Tulips are my favorite flower – it has been for the past few years. My friends have often brought me tulips as gifts when I host dinner, and I’ve fallen more in love with them because of their character when they bloom.
I had no idea we had tulip farms in here in the US. I always assumed I’d have to go to Holland or likewise to see them.
I had been talking with my longtime girlfriend Lie Shia (Victoria Canada castle wedding we attended last year) to plan a visit to see her in Seattle before her baby arrives this summer. I wanted some girl time with her and it has been a while since I’ve been to Seattle. I used to go so often since it’s close to Nor Cal, almost every summer growing up from what I remember, maybe other times during the year since my dad attended UW for undergrad and had close family friends who lived there. Some have since passed away.
I remember spending time at Lake Sammamish on a canoe, I have a photo of me getting into the boat with my Uncle Bud – my dad’s college roommate who passed away long ago from cancer. We were so close to him, he’d come visit us ALL the time and he introduced me to Paula Abdul and also did so many arts and crafts with us growing up. I am so thankful for his influence on my life when I was a young girl. OK, crying now. I struggle a lot with loss, it’s almost paralyzing for me and it has gotten worse with age, ugh.
Anyway, Lie Shia took me to the Tulip Festival which includes two tulip farms, we stopped at both. It was lovely as you can see. It was also cold *wink*
The tulip farms are close together – about 10 minutes apart and I was thrilled with the timing of the blooms – I booked my flight within two weeks when Lie Shia said it was time. We went on a week day and it’s about 1 hour north of Seattle. On the weekends it’s crazy I hear so if you can schedule time to go during the week, go. And just when we left it started to rain, so be prepared.
The time I was there it just rained in the evening and so we got really lucky with fantastic weather. I’m more of a 65-80s girl depending on wind and if I’m at the beach, haha. But, wind creates motion in photos and I love that so much.
I decided after being a little chilly in the tulip fields wearing a dress I needed nude leggings to wear under long dresses. I found a pair on Amazon and it’s fleece lined. I wore a long dress to Yellowstone and froze and thought I needed to add some warmth, so I have these prepared for the future!
These were all taken by Lie Shia using my Fujifilm X100F and some with the 85mm teleconversion lens that simply screws on over the top of the fixed lens! It’s my travel camera and really user friendly for others to use.
Here are a few stories from Instagram I shared while I toured the tulip fields –
I hope you get to experience it one day, it’s worth going. You might have a few more weeks left if you can head up there, or schedule it next year. I can’t wait to return! This was an experience I will never forget, I could have stayed all day.