Fields and Orchards

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On Sunday, we drove along the back roads out to the Wooden Shoe tulip fields for their annual festival. We missed going last year, but went the year before.


It's nice to try and go on cloudy days, when the sky is lavender blue.


The fields stretch out farther than you can really perceive.


At the far edge of the field is an enormous hazelnut grove. It was so gorgeous. I think I'll save most of the photos of it for tomorrow, because they really should have their own post.


We had decided that we would order a bunch of bulbs of just one type of tulip to plant along our fence. As we walked, we talked about what kind to get. That was a conversation that can't easily be transcribed, but it went something like this: "How about that one?" "Maybe. How about that one?" "Maybe." (Repeat 14 times.)


There were a ton of bugs in the air. Big huge flies of a type I'd never seen before.


You can actually see them flying in the air up there.


She almost blends into the flowers and trees.


I like these classics, myself. They remind me of a kindergarten, for some reason.


Tulip transportation.


Clog commute.


Ah, it was beautiful. I love tulips.


We wound up ordering bulbs like these, called 'Mistress'.


So what kind did you get?

Oh, how magnificent and inspiring. The shot of the orchard is beautiful..Thank you for sharing.
Val in Kansas :-)

me too !! Wow

This is one of the most beautiful things that I have ever seen!

Incredibly beautiful! thank you for sharing with us! So what kind did you decide to get?

Beautiful, your picture make me feel like I'm right there with the tulips!

Jealous, I'm so jealous - no tulips here in the NE too many critters eat them. The deer, while gorgeous and peaceful to look at, are voracious eaters of tulips and other flowers. So I am on a quest to have a pretty garden with flowers the deer won't touch. Daffodils, I have those... but no tulips!

Melissa L. says: April 12, 2010 at 09:34 AM

I bet you got the kindergarten tulips. Did you?

this may sound like a crazy question, but what do they do with all of those tulips after the festival? do they just live out their days in those large fields, or do they get cut and sent off to groceries and florists to spread their love?

i love tulips too!

I went through a phase of not liking tulips ( too old ladyish I thought...I preferred orchids...) Now I have returned to liking everything old ladyish, including tulips. I have always wanted to come to that tulip festival, but we are never over that direction this time of year. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous photos...

Absolutely gorgeous! I can't even imagine being in the middle of that!
We don't have to wait until next year when they bloom along your fence to find out which one was chosen, do we?
I don't know if I could pick just one!

OMG these are the prettiest pictures ever! They don't even looks real; they look like gorgeous paintings. You are so lucky to live so close to such beauty. I've never seen anything like that!

Laura Burch says: April 12, 2010 at 09:52 AM

Jeez, these photos are beautiful. It looks like you were in Holland!

Oh how fabulous! Did you decide on what to get?

Oh... my.... goodness... you have just given me yet one MORE reason to covet the opportunity to live in Oregon. Those are about the pretties photos I think I've ever seen!

Reminds me of "Tulip Time", in Holland, MI.

Mary Ann in Vermont says: April 12, 2010 at 10:21 AM

I see that the bugs made a *heart* above the tulips! I cannot believe that you even captured that amongst your amazing and phenomenal photos.

Mary Ann in Vermont says: April 12, 2010 at 10:32 AM

Oh, one more quick need to make a little dress, patterned after these photos!

What a gorgeous wonderland of color.

Wow!! I so love tulips. Right at the end I was saying you should get these - and you did. So very beautiful all of them but yours? Well perfection really, gorgeous colour and shape (even got curly curvy leaves). Stunning photos. Thanks for bringing them to us.

Nice choice! That conversation happens daily with my 13 year old son. Do you want Pad Thai for dinner? Maybe. Do you need new runners? Maybe. Do you have any homework? Maybe. Wanna rent a movie? Maybe.


Aren't these beautiful!! I am so spoiled for my office is about a mile from the fields. So everyday after work on my trip home I drive through these fields. Thank goodness for a season pass. One of your bloggers asked what they do with these after the festival. Starting about a week after the festival they cut all the blooms off, sad I know. Then they leave plants in the ground so the bulbs get bigger. These are the bulbs they will be sending out to all the people who ordered. Just a hint if you didn't order come Sept. they have there gift shop open and have bulbs for sale. I'm so lucky to get this view twice a day.

Your photos are beautiful! I could put every single one on the wall.

thank you for transporting to me such a magical place. incredibly gorgeous tulips

quilterlee says: April 12, 2010 at 11:28 AM

Absolutely beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing.

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