Skagit Valley Daffodils and Snow Geese
Daffodils Fields in the Skagit Valley #50700
Daffodils and Snow Geese in the Skagit Valley, two sure signs that spring is here in the Northwest, even if the weather says it isn’t.
If you’re planning on visiting this famous destination in the coming weeks here is the latest report from RoozenGaarde. As you probably expected, blooms are a little behind schedule this year due to the prolonged cold weather.
Large flock of Snow Geese taking flight in the Skagit Valley #15870
Skagit Valley Washington Daffodil Fields
Skagit Valley Washington Daffodil Fields #50652
It’s hard to believe it’s already the beginning of March and spring is just around the corner! Although I enjoy winter and its snow it will be nice to return to warm weather and the fresh scent of leaves and flowers. One of the first exciting locations of the season here in the Pacific Northwest has to be the Skagit Valley Washington Daffodil Fields. In just a few short weeks the daffodils will be up and carpeting the valley with their bright yellow blossoms. Since the weather can still quite gloomy and wet at the end of March there aren’t as many tourist for the daffodils as there are for the showy tulips that come up several weeks later.
This image was made last year on my first visit to the flats, the local term for the farmlands and wetlands of the lower valley. As always it’s advisable to get there around daybreak or late afternoon to be in a good position for good light. It’s essential to have a variety of lenses although a wide angle is the most useful, along with a good tripod graduated neutral density filters. Being late March the biggest concern you may face photographing the fields will be wind, as with most flowers the slightest breeze can set them in motion.
If you’d like to visit, the fields are just west of I-5 and Mount Vernon about 70 miles north of Seattle. While you’re in the area you can also check out the quaint shops and restaurants of La Conner. Also don’t forget to keep your eye out for the flocks of Snow Geese and Trumpeter Swans wintering in the farm fields to the south.
More Skagit Valley Tulips: This one is about as fresh as it gets, from this morning in the Skagit Valley. I woke up early enough to get down there in time for sunrise but had my doubts about the light since the sky was clear and the stars were out. To my pleasant surprise the Valley sported a thin layer of fog, perfect for adding some color and diffusing the light just enough. Working this field as the sun rose I was the only one there. It wasn’t until the light and drama had burned off that other photographers began to arrive!
Skagit Valley Tulip Sunrise #50889
This winter there has been a lot of attention on the unusual amount of Snowy Owls migrating to the Pacific Northwest, but don’t forget that this is also prime viewing time for the migrations of Snow Geese and Trumpeter Swans. Like the annual Tulip Festival in April the Snow Geese are a prime attraction to the Lower Skagit Valley in Northwest Washington. From now until well into April huge flocks of these birds can be seen foraging in the farmlands west of the town of Mount Vernon, sometimes right alongside main roads.
If you make a trip to photograph these magnificent birds please remember that they are resting and foraging here to store energy for the long trip to the Arctic. Under no circumstances should you approach them or give cause to put the flocks in flight, this only causes undo stress on them and lessens their chance for survival.