Greeting the sun in the tulip fields. (April 2014)

Pink tulips in the mist of sunrise at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Concentrating most of my photography on landscapes, I’m no stranger to an early-morning photo shoot. Still, getting up to greet a sunrise takes a certain amount of sacrifice I seldom muster. Even working in Skagit County, where I’ve captured the beauty of the tulip fields during the annual festival for years, I’ve never coaxed myself out of bed early enough to see the blooms at sunrise. Until this year.

I was rewarded for my loss of sleep with a magnificent sunrise that was a pleasure to witness with or without a camera. I was even more gratified when I saw the images I brought home from the trip.  I was so happy with the pictures I drank an extra cup of coffee a couple days later and returned to experience another dawn in the fields.​​​​​​​

The sunrises on the Skagit Valley Tulip fields with the top of Mt. Baker on the distant horizon.
A field of red tulips greets the dawn during the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

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