So. About midway between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, BC is a fertile and picturesque valley where a lot of agriculture takes place called the Skagit Valey after the large river that run through it from the snowy North Cascade mountains. Among that agriculture is the farming of ornamental bulbs and cut flowers for the trade.
It's a sweet photo op and there were quite a few people out today availing themselves of it, myself included.
It's probably a few days still from its peak but it was nevertheless quite a sight. I'll let you be the judge.
I must say that after a long gray winter a display of exuberant spring color such as this is a real tonic.
One last photo I took driving home--this is the view of the Salish Sea and the San Juan Islands from the outstandingly scenic Chuckanut Drive. Subtle color can be beautiful as well.
Thanks everyone. I've seen similar bulb farms in Holland, Michigan and in Holland, NL but I think this is the best setting to enjoy the display. Spring here is *verdant* and the near proximity of ocean dotted with hundreds of beautiful islands and glaciated alpine wilderness the setting is (weather permitting!) one of the most special I know of.
I should add that thee photos were taken with an eighteen dollar camera(GE J1458W, display model from K-Mart usually maybe sixty or seventy dollars) my girlfriend bought me as a throw into the pocket to have whenever and if it gets broken or lost it was only eighteen bucks camera. And I love it. The photos are close to the same as my far more expensive Canon Elph, this one charges from a simple USB plug and well, eighteen bucks. Speaking of Holland, it should be perfect for the first Koningsdag. See how it holds up to canal water and beer splashage--and likely rain.
Thanks for this, fumobici. I've never made it down at this time of year, I'm usually on the I-5 heading south and miss all this. Yes, this is the perfect climate for growing bulbs as you can leave them in the ground all year. In places like Michigan or Wisconsin, they'd have to be dug up and stored every winter.