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 […]
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 […]
My wife and I enjoyed the Boulder River Trail so much last weekend, that we decided to hiked it with friends again this weekend.
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 […]
A few photos from Roozengaarde’s fields and display gardens in Mount Vernon, Washington.
Blooming Yoshino cherry trees, Liberal Arts Quad, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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.
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 […]