I had the chance to play tourist this afternoon after work. One last time to capture the tulips for this year. Too many photos to choose from, but I decided to go with one that showed a rainbow of colors. Here is a link to other Tulip Season photos I have taken this Spring.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Not the most beautiful of photos, but kind of an interesting aspect of the whole tulip crop and cycle. Tulip farming is not just a tourist attraction, it is a business here. So a few days after the tulips bloom, all of the blooms are lopped off so that the plants can use all their energy to grow big bulbs for fall planting. For fun, these tulip petals will be collected by creative highschool students for a neat collaborative art project tradition. ( I will try to capture that tradition on another day. This was one of the first fields to bloom, so also one of the first to be lopped. There are still amazingly colorful fields all over the valley. Coincidentally, I captured this field in an earlier photo when the plants were just starting to sprout. I love the cycle of life in a farming community.
Monday, April 27, 2009
All the neighbor dogs were outside talking and singing about something and Roswell just wanted to check things out. You can really see what a big dog he is when he stands up like this.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Tonight Erik and I got to go meet the captains and crew from the Deadliest Catch. I took lots of schmaltzie pictures with the crew, but decided just to go with the t-shirt photo. It was funny, I was standing behind Andy trying to take this picture and he kept moving around. I know I must have looked silly trying to get a photo of his back.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Notice the smoke plume in the background. These guys are busted! Tonight we had a great Discovery Education RoadShow in Anacortes. The Discovery Team was there to inspire us with all Discovery Education Streaming can do. As they were presenting, the power went out. This wasn't a blip, this was a 4 county wide outage. The team just kept going. Drawing the screen on the whiteboard and sharing the different features of DEStreaming. Then we pooled our cameras and computers and created some fun digital stories of the evening. Was inspiring to see how creative and innovative teachers can be in a pinch.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Happy Earth Day! Lincoln School has a beautiful school garden that gets better week by week. They grow fruit and veggies to serve in the school cafeteria. Kids learn about gardening, the earth and healthy foods. Today there was quite a bit of activity as the garden club worked after school. Kids were creating new beds, harvesting radishes and spinach and making mosaic bricks for the courtyard. I love that kids are learning that slow food is the best food.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
The tulips are really late this year but they are just starting to show their stuff. This is the first field with any color and they still have some opening to do, but I just couldn't wait any longer to get a shot. I am sure that there will be more. I was out at 7am this Monday morning hoping to miss the tulip traffic. There were already photographers set up with their cameras and the workers were in the fields harvesting.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Today was the first day of the Tulip Festival Street Festival. Erik and I love walking down to the fair and listening to the music, looking at the arts and crafts and eating fair food. It is always great to see friends and former students. This man is part of a band from Otavalo, Ecuador. They are here every year and play other festivals in the area as well. I always enjoy talking with them about Ecuador, since I lived in Ecuador for 3 years. Today I got a beautiful shot of a magnolia against the blue sky. But I am going for variety and the story of the day so I chose this photo instead.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Today I volunteered at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Kiwanis Salmon BBQ. They BBQ daily for 3 weeks. We had busloads of people who come from all over to see the tulips and eat salmon. We served over 200 people for lunch. They said that they make about $100,000 doing this each year. All of the money goes back out into the community in the form of scholarships and such. So, coming back to work smelling fishy was for a good cause.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
The rhododendron is the state flower of Washington. They are just starting to bloom. Took this one as I was out in the seemingly never ending rain poking my nose into flowers.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
It is a tradition at our church to decorate a cross with daffodils for Easter Sunday. Each person is given a flower to add to the cross. By the end of the second service, the cross is completely covered in bright, happy, daffodils.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
We started out going to yard waste this afternoon and ended up going on a nice little drive in an area we hadn't driven to before. We visited the puppies and kittens at the shelter, had a great meal at a little roadside cafe, and even saw a tiger. This was a little run down church along the way. Easter is not until tomorrow, but remembering and honoring is good to do every day
Friday, April 10, 2009
For a little variety today I decided to go with a student art piece. I always love visiting Madison and seeing the student art on the walls. It is always changing which I am very happy to see. Art is such an important way for students to express themselves.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Lots of beautiful flowering trees around the valley right now. It is like Spring just exploded during the week I was away. The swans and geese have headed North, the trees are all in bloom, the fields are being plowed, flats of starter plants are being shipped from the green houses, the valley is hopping.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
This currant is just starting to bloom. When I added another garden a few years ago, I wanted to add native plants and bird friendly plants. This fit the ticket for both. The humming birds love it as well
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
More daffodils. It is an absolutely beautiful day today and I had a chance to get out before school and take some shots. Had a hard time choosing but went for the one with the bus. This is actually a retired school bus now being used to transport farm workers. Today there was lots of activity in the fields. Lots of tourist who came for the not yet blooming tulips, but were blessed with sunny daffodils instead and the farmers, busy harvesting potatoes, tilling the fields, etc. I even took photos of a helicopter hovering over the fields to get an aerial view.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Actually got a better photo of this a few weeks ago. But after a day in meetings, my choices were slim. This morning before all the meetings, I headed to the fields to see the developments from the week that I was away. Best Road now has a round about. Just in time for the Tulip Traffic. Because it is Tulip Time (technically, the tulips aren't out yet, these are daffodils, but 'tis the tourist season) it is hard to pull over and get out to take a photo. So this was just a quick shot as I drove around the new round about this morning.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Just driving shots today. A long way to go and ready to get home. It has been a great trip. Fun and spontaneous, waking each morning not knowing the direction we would take. Saw this covered bridge from the freeway on the way down, but we were in search of sun and didn’t stop. This time, we decided to take a closer look.
Friday, April 3, 2009
Today was a driving day but since we were driving through the prime agricultural region, I made sure that we stopped at a few fruit stands along the way. Had one of the tastiest oranges ever
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Very different day today as we spent the day in the resort towns of La Quinta, Palm Desert and Palm Springs. Gone is the wildness of the Mojave Desert, in it’s place, manicured lawns, irrigation and brightly colored flowers. The flowers are beautiful, but there is something special about the surprise of desert wildflowers. As we walked around the resort today, we did see a few surprises such as a road runner with a lizard in his mouth and this happy little hummingbird
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Beautiful day in the desert. We enjoyed our drive through Joshua Tree National Park stopping to climb on rocks and take pictures of the many wildflowers along the way. We are spending a few days at a resort in Palm Desert. (Thanks Priceline). Today we drove around the Salton Sea. Not really that exciting, but we caught the sunset.