Tiptoe Through the Tulip Fields

The tulips, once again, are coming to an end of their glorious blooming. Their blooms came later than usual this year, due to the below normal temps we experienced in March, here in the Pacific Northwest. That, plus the above normal amounts of precipitation, made it very difficult to visit the tulip fields, but I finally found a dry enough day to make the trip to a regional tulip bulb farm , before the flowers were topped off. I found that having puddles in the field make for more interesting photos. Here are some samples to enjoy.

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Blooms on Parade

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Rhododendron dendricola The steady spring rains have kept me from returning to my favorite gardens to do more spring, floral photography. By luck, Easter weekend turned out to be just lovely for getting out and exploring in the gardens. Easter … Continue reading

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Pacific Bonsai Museum Native Exhibit

I attended the opening celebration of the new “Native” exhibit at the Pacific Bonsai Museum, in Federal Way, Washington. This is an exhibit I was anxiously anticipating. Even the rain showers didn’t keep me away!

The pairing of the the artwork of Swiss artist Iuna Tinta alongside the bonsai exhibits works so effectively. The brush style and colors incorporated in the artist’s paintings are exquisite. Here are samples of her work at the exhibit.

I invite you to visit the expressive and colorful artwork of Iuna Tinta that will be on exhibit through October 8, 2017. Visit the Pacific Bonsai Museum website for more info.

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Tropical Rhododendrons

So what’s currently blooming at the Rutherford Conservatory at the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden? Some of my favorites that I wait for each year to bloom! Here’s a few images of Vireya (tropical rhododendron) blooms.

Lovely Pleione Orchids are blooming as well.

The garden and conservatory is located in Federal Way, Washington. Operating hours are Tues – Sun, 10AM – 4PM.

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The Art of Bonsai

Blossoming Plum Bonsai

I recently visited the Pacific Bonsai Museum, located in Federal Way, Washington. Saturday, April 8th will be the opening celebration of a new exhibit called “Natives.”

Below are a few photos I took of some of the fine specimens at the open-air museum, set in a natural forest setting.

Blossoming Pear Bonsai

Bougainvillea Bonsai

The Pacific Bonsai Museum is open Tuesdays – Sundays, 10AM – 4PM. It is closed Mondays. Admission by donation.

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