Let’s tiptoe through the tulips…
Well, actually let’s take a walk through the tulips. A photographer friend invited me to join her in taking tulip photos to enter in the Pro Photo Supply’s “Catch the Color” photo contest.
By the time we were able to get out to the fields in mid April, the flowers were at 80% color or bloom. 100% apparently was toward the end of March. The variety of 80% colors and the immense fields of flowers at this year’s Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in Woodburn, Oregon impressed me and seemed to impress the dozens of other photographers taking photos as well. We were told that by the end of April, not a bud or flower would still be there. Despite being “late” in the season, I enjoyed the late morning photo shoot.
The price of admission seemed a little high at $5 per person; that’s just to wander around looking at tulips. The cool kiddie rides, pony rides, the cow train tour and elephant ears all – naturally – have an additional cost. The tip from the guy in the admission booth was to park as close to the tulip fields, behind the blue porta-potties. Not exactly my first chose – behind the outhouses that is – but parking in the corner of the lot did help when leaving and trying to find the car in a packed lot.
While most likely the tulip color is over, the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm is open throughout the year with other flowers and country appeal.