Posts Tagged ‘spring’

Skagit Valley Tulip Sunrise

Rows of pink tulips, Skagit Valley, Mount Vernon, Washington

Another year, another spring and another sunrise in the colorful RoozenGaarde fields of tulips in Washington State’s Skagit Valley.  Now at least a 15 year tradition, my family makes the 45 minute pre-dawn drive to witness and photograph another spectacular sunrise over 350 acres of tulips standing in neat rows organized by Dutch settlers since […]


Spring Arrives in the Skagit Valley

Daffodil field, Skagit Valley, Mount Vernon, Washington State

Nothing signals the arrival of spring in Western Washington like an expansive field of blooming yellow daffodils in the Skagit Valley. Starting with 5 acres in 1947, the Dutch immigrant Roozen family now runs the Washington Bulb Company on 2000 acres of Skagit Valley fertile soil, making it the largest daffodil, tulip and iris agricultural […]


Even More Boulder River

Un-named waterfalls fall into the Boulder River, Boulder River Wilderness, Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington, USA

My wife and I enjoyed the Boulder River Trail so much last weekend, that we decided to hiked it with friends again this weekend.  


Boulder River Waterfalls

Boulder River, Washington

The Boulder River Trail is a spring classic in my book.  When the high country is packed with snow and I want a quick spring photo trip on a cloudy day, it’s the Boulder River that I turn to for its waterfalls, mossy boulders, canyon walls, old-growth forest and wildflowers.  This natural beauty is protected […]


Skagit Valley Tulips

Tulips, Roozengaarde display gardens, Skagit Valley, Washington

A few photos from Roozengaarde’s fields and display gardens in Mount Vernon, Washington.


Flowering Yoshino cherry trees, University of Washington Quad

Cherry trees blooming in University of Washington quad

Blooming Yoshino cherry trees, Liberal Arts Quad, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington


Spring Arrives in the Skagit Valley

Daffodils blooming on a Skagit Valley farm, Skagit County, Washington, USA

Spring has sprung in the Skagit Valley with these yellow trumpet dutch master daffodils heralding the changing of the seasons.  Follow the bloom progression from daffodils, through tulips and finally to irises on Roozengaarde’s bloom map. My advice for enjoying the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival without the crowds:  visit on a weekday or arrive […]


Dawn Breaks Over a Skagit Valley Iris Field

Dawn breaks over a field of blue irises, Mount Vernon, Skagit Valley, Skagit County, Washington, USA

Yesterday morning’s sun just starting to rise over a field of purple irises.  RoozenGaarde grows over 1000 acres of colorful iris, tulip and daffodil bulbs in Washington State’s fertile Skagit Valley. Photo info:  Canon 5D Mark II, Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift lens, six HDR exposures at f/22, ISO 100.  


On Location: Columbia River Gorge!

Balsamroot and wind turbines, Haystack Butte, Columbia Hills, Washington

Updated April 29, 2012 Follow along on a photo journey through the Columbia River Gorge. View Columbia River Gorge – April 2012 in a larger map Follow along on a photographic journey through the Columbia River Gorge as we hike to plummeting waterfalls along the Gorge’s “wet side” near Portland, Oregon, as well as tour […]


Columbia River Gorge – Day 8 – Bridal Veil State Park

Bridal Veil Creek, Bridal Veil Falls State Park, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon, USA

Sunday, April 29 The last stop on my Columbia River Gorge tour was a quick morning hike to Bridal Veil Falls in Bridal Veil State Park.  Another cloudy day provided ideal conditions for photographing the creek and forest. Thank you for joining me on my tour of the Columbia River Gorge.  Please feel free to […]


Columbia River Gorge – Day 7 – Mosier Twin Tunnels Trail

Morning over the Columbia River with white wooden guard rail along edge of Mosier Twin Tunnels Trail, Mosier, Oregon, USA

Saturday, April 28 Finding the orchards in Hood River well past their prime bloom, I went for a morning walk on the Mosier Twin Tunnels Trail, starting at the Mosier end.  This is one of a few old sections of Historic Columbia River Highway that are converted to trails for joggers, hikers and bikers. The […]


Columbia River Gorge – Day 6 – Oneonta Gorge

Oneonta Creek flowing through Oneonta Gorge, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon, USA

Friday, April 27   Buoyed by yesterday’s walk in Eagle Creek, I decided to tackle Oneonta Gorge today. The river was cold, but not unbearable.  I waded up into the entrance of the Gorge in water up to mid-thigh, again using my tripod and a ski pole for balance.  Then I had to climb over […]


Columbia River Gorge – Day 5 – Eagle Creek and Punchbowl Falls

Punchbowl Falls, Eagle Creek Recreation Area, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon, USA

Thursday, April 26 Another rainy day … perfect for photographing waterfalls, streams and wildflowers again.  Today’s adventure:  hiking up Eagle Creek to shoot Punchbowl Falls, a classic Pacific Northwest shot. Extra tennis shoes and hiking socks my backpack, I headed up the trail 1.9 miles to a rocky beach just downstream of Punchbowl Falls.  You […]


Columbia River Gorge – Day 4 – Waterfalls!

Wahkeena Falls and footbridge, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon, USA

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 Finally, a day of sweet spring rain … exactly what I came down to the Gorge for.  Time to photograph the waterfalls, creeks and forest wildflowers along the “wet side” of the Columbia River Gorge near Portland, Oregon. The photo above is Wahkeena Falls, a short hike up from the Historic […]


Columbia River Gorge – Day 3 – Rowena Plateau & Klickitat River Loop

Sun rises over wildflowers on the Rowena Plateau, Tom McCall Preserve, Rowena, Oregon, USA

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 I spend this morning’s sunrise up on the Rowena Plateau, part of The Nature Conservancy’s Tom McCall Nature Preserve just west of The Dalles, Oregon.  Rowena Plateau offers wildflowers and great views out over the Columbia River from basalt cliff tops. I’m there about 30 minutes prior to sunrise to scout […]


Columbia River Gorge – Day 2 – Dalles Mountain Road

Balsamroot and lupine blooming in spring, Columbia Hills State Park, Klickitat County, Washington

Monday, April 23, 2012 The Dalles Mountain Road is in great shape for wildflowers.  Balsamroot and lupine are all in peak bloom. The Road is a favorite April destination, providing “big sky” views across the Columbia River towards Mount Hood.  And, important for us photographers, the wildflowers and views are all protected and made accessible […]


Columbia River Gorge – Day 1 – Ponytail Falls

Horsetail Creek plummets over Ponytail Falls and moss covered boulders, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon

Sunday, April 22, 2012 Today’s hot weather is rapidly melting spring mountain snow pack.  All of the creeks and waterfalls along the scenic Historic Columbia River Highway are at full throttle. Ponytail Falls is one of my favorite short hikes in the area, as the trail goes through a deep alcove behind the falls.  The […]


Skagit Valley Tulips

Sun rises over field of red tulips in the Skagit Valley

After a cooler than normal spring, the Skagit Valley tulip fields are finally in full bloom.  Now is the time to head up to the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival taking place in Mount Vernon, Washington.  This Pacific Northwest premier event draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to see millions of tulips, a good reason […]


Spring Arrives to the Skagit Valley!

Daffodils blooming on a Skagit Valley farm, Skagit County, Washington

Spring is here!  The daffodils  are in full bloom on this Skagit Valley farm, a sure sign that spring has finally arrived to Western Washington.  RoozenGaarde grows millions of daffodils, tulips and irises on over 1000 acres of fields. Photo info:  Canon 5D Mark II, Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift lens, 1/8sec at f/18, ISO 100.


Boulder River

An unnamed waterfall drops into the Boulder River, Boulder River Wilderness, Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington, USA

An unnamed waterfall plunges into the Boulder River, Boulder River Wilderness, Washington State I’ve been catching up on my photo processing, working through a few unprocessed photo shoots from last year.  Here is a selection of photos from a June hike up the Boulder River Trail, in Washington State’s central Cascade Mountains.The Boulder River cuts […]