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Lessons from a tulip field
One year, after months of Seattle rain, a single sunny day emerged mid-spring. So, like many other Washingtonians do, I headed out to the beautiful Skagit Valley to enjoy a day of photographing and wandering through its fields of tulip and daffodil blooms; a delightful annual pilgrimage!
The fields transform into acres of brilliant color for a few short weeks in April, which gladdens many hearts and signals the end of winter. Around that time, local newspaper front pages trumpet, “Peak Weekend!” with great urgency.
Driving up over a familiar rise that day, giddy with photo-op anticipation, I experienced a visual shock—nothing but brown dirt clods as far as the eye could see. I’d chosen a day too far past that “peak”—the fields had already been plowed under.
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