Monday, April 18, 2011

Give me a chance to tromp through the mud, and I'll take it.

 I've had a long standing love affair with tulips. 
 We have a local tulip festival that is spectacular, and muddy.  Maybe it's spectacular because it's muddy. 
 Nearly every year, I go at the wrong time. 
Meaning, that I go when everyone else in our county, and every surrounding county, also goes. 
 And then every photo has touristy looking people in the background.  It's irritating. 
 This year, my man was having a birthday, we got a willing auntie to babysit, and we made the annual pilgrimage by ourselves. 
 Oh I know what you're thinking.  "How on earth could you miss such a gorgeous photo opportunity with your children?"  Let me assure you, nearly every year for the past eight years, I have carefully documented photographic evidence of the fun you don't have when you bring children to a muddy field that contains flowers they can't pick, rows they can't walk down, and nothing to do but look.  In other words, they absolutely hate going to the tulip fields. 
 When they were little, they would try and pick the many flowers, or try to climb into the muddy rows, and it was a challenge to get even one cute photo. 
This year, we smartened up. 
 We left the hoodlums at home.  And we went right before sundown, on a Friday night. On an overcast day. After a rain storm.  We had the run of the place.  Not one other person was there when we pulled over. 
 We broke a few rules....
 And played on some nearby farm equipment...
 .... and I got to take a million photos of tulips that all look basically the same.   It was grand.  
 And fun. 
Maybe next year I'll take my hoodlums...

Then again, maybe I won't.  (grin.)


Do you have anything like this where you live?

29 comments:

Patty said...

Oh I WISH we had something like that here! Well, there are the Biltmore House gardens, but it's a couple hours away and not cheap to get in. And yeah the kids hate all the rules and just looking lol. Glad you two got away on your own and had fun!

Alicia said...

that is gorgeous, dahling :)
ya, i so wish there was something that cool here, but right now we're looking at winter advisory all week...so your little jaunt to the tulip heaven's kinda making me depressed. kidding...just a bit down, i wouldn't say depressed :)

PandaMom said...

GASP!!!!!!! And I thought our Texas Bluebonnets were something to rave about! lol!! Those are TO.DIE.FOR.GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!! Love your darling yellow rain boots and just for the record......I made your yummy teriyaki turkey & pineapple sliders tonight for the family. Yum. Thanks! ; )

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

*sigh* I just love tulips!!! These photos are wonderful. The last time I went to a tulip farm/festival, I was about 12 or 13 but I remember how pretty it was.

Dandy said...

I've never seen anything like that! So I guess that means no we don't have anything like that here!

Jen said...

This is my first time commenting here. Love your blog, look forward to the emails each day. I have a new appreciation for tulips, having moved to the Netherlands (Holland) last fall. Have you heard of the Keukenhof Gardens? Beautiful, just beautiful. I wrote a post about them: http://jenbucketlist.blogspot.com/2011/04/amsterdam-part-deux.html

KC and the Sunshine Kids said...

Ahhh - Burlington/Mt. Vernon Tulip Festival!!! I grew up on Whidbey Island so we went to this EACH year!! My grandmother actually owned a spectacular little home in Mt. Vernon..LOVE it there! We are on the other side of the mountains on this lovely state and although NO tulip fields we have ALL our apple blossoms in full bloom! The scent is divine! My hubby & I took a romantic back-road motorcycle ride the other day and the air was FILLEd with the smell!! We also have GREAT wineries over here! Tagaris...Red Mountain Winery is 5 minutes up the hill from us! This past weekend was Spring Barrel tasting...everyone was out in full force! ;)

Tonya said...

Great photos! We have missed the tulips the past couple of years. I'm hoping to get up there this week. Please say they will still be there and not cut. So glad you had a great time...alone...with your man! Love that.
Tonya in Washington State (but you knew that already)

Holly said...

I feel positively swoony just looking at those pics. They are amazing photographs. I, too, am a tulip lover.

daisy said...

How gorgeous! What a wonderful and muddy spring day!

We have The Flywheeler's Antique Tractor Club here. Love it and go whenever we get the chance. No flowers, but lots of other cool country stuff!

Jensamom23 said...

Tulips are my favorite flower in the world! Your evening sounds like the perfect date, too. We are fortunate to live down the road from an iris farm which is spectacular at this time of year.

Deborah said...

Your pictures are beautiful. Love the tulips. Wish they had a festival here.

simonsonk said...

In Southern California, we have the Flower Fields (theflowerfields.com), with about 50 acres of blooming ranunculus. It's near Legoland, too.

Domesticated-Bliss said...

Gorgeous pictures!! I would love to tromp through that mud to see those flowers, there are no tulips in florida - it's way too hot! Though we do have orange groves and strawberry fields :)

Carmen said...

I LOVE tulips, too! Up in Michigan they have the Holland Tulip Festival which I have yet to attend, but would love to some day. When we bought our house a few years ago it came with lots of tulips sprinkled here and there. Every year I swear I will plant more tulip bulbs but by planting time I'm bored with yard work and skip that idea. Every spring I wish I hadn't. *sigh*

Love your pictures!!!

Jewel said...

I LOVE your photos!!! We haven't been out to the fields but I did go to the street fair and I was thinking...you need to have a booth and sell all your great stuff and maybe these photos as well! Seriously! Think about it;) I especailly love the pictures taken from above the plant and the tulip with rain drops.

The Camouflage Sunflower said...

Simply Beautiful!
I have sunflower pictures like this. In the past I always miss them blooming, but this year I caught them at the perfect time. I have a hundred or so pics of them!

Talia said...

Sadly, no we have nothing like this and boy, I am a wee bit jealous! What a great date night you had! Good for you for knowing this isn't something your kids (no kids for that matter) would be interested in and for spending time alone with your honey.

twisted little sister said...

What I want to know is how on earth you got your man to go to a tulip field? Does he have any single friends? hee hee

Rachel said...

I'm going up there with a group of friends this weekend! Your pictures are absolutely lovely! And that reminds me that I need to buy some rain boots...

Susan S. said...

Those are SO pretty! It's way too hot in Texas for tulips so I've never seen them growing (just from the florist). That was cool that you and the hubby got to go by yourselves. That would be frustrating for the kids---no picking and no playing in the mud.
In Southeast Texas we have fields of beautiful bluebonnets in the spring. Everyone goes on rides in the country and uses it for a photo op. Sometimes hard to avoid other bluebonnet pictures hunters, traffic, bugs and snakes but it's a tradition. :)

Jo - To a Pretty Life said...

Oh, I Love tulips! The neighbourhood rabbits keep eating mine as they're sprouting. The even bite off the flower but before it even makes it out of the ground. I need to get something...

Your photos are absolutely gorgeous!

carissa... brown eyed fox said...

i think i would have been tempted to plop myself right down in the middle of a row!
oh wait but... then i'd have mud in my hair! :O)

that is amazing!
i can only imagine being there amongst them!!!!!!!
the bluebonnets in texas are pretty awesome but...
don't tell... i think yall got that beat!
sheesh!
that is something else!

jociegal said...

I've always wanted to make the trip up from Portland to see this and maybe this year I actually will! Great photos and you and your hubs are seriously adorable!!!

julieann said...

super cute pic of you in the big tractor wheel.

Mrs. C... said...

Seriously adorable boots!!! I love tulips too, but funny where I live, there are two issues. Number one, normally the heat kills them, but this year I would have had luck if not for #2. Number 2, we have rabbits whom roam our yard, and tulips my dear are one of their favorites. Rascally Rabbits! Glad you and hubby had a simply wonderful and beautiful time.

Kelli said...

What a beautiful outing...just the two of you. Love the rule breaking and those yellow boots!!!! Those pictures are just amazing.

Karen P said...

Tulips make me happy. Were you in Skagit Valley? My daughter and I passed through there on our college search Nov 09 and I'd love to come back one day;). My favorite flower

Chelsea said...

I live in the Seattle area as well but didn't make it up to Skagit this year :(. I heard there was a traffic jam on I-5 yesterday outside Mount Vernon because everyone was flocking to the tulip fields during the one sunny day! Thanks for sharing your pictures!