Okay, so the title is not too original….but you really do tiptoe through the tulips at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Washington State!  Venturing down the rows between the tulips is frowned upon, but everyone tiptoes along the edges to get up close and personal with the blooms. Especially if you have a camera in hand!  Now, I just returned from a jaunt down to Seattle a few days ago, and I must confess that we bypassed Mount Vernon and the tulip fields this trip.  Seems Spring has started off slowly this year, so the tulips are a little late but, from what I hear, they should be blooming by this weekend. The photos in this post were taken at last year’s festival (2010).

The festival runs every year from April 1st to April 30th, and sometime during those 30 days, you’re guaranteed to see some blooms!  Over 1 million visitors attend this event each year, and can view over 300 acres of amazing colour. There’s quite a few different farms, viewing gardens planted with every imaginable spring bulb, all sorts of events, and no, that last shot isn’t a close up of me at lunch time, it’s an alpaca.  Even they like the tulips! (One of the fields has some alpaca neighbours you can check out for fun.)  And of course there’s the fields. Breathtaking.

All the photos in this post were taken by moi, and for even more amazing images and further details, you can check out the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival on Facebook.