Concentrating most of my photography on landscapes, I'm no stranger to an early-morning photo shoot. Still, getting up to greet a sunrise takes a certain amount of sacrifice I seldom muster. Even working in Skagit County, where I've captured the beauty of the tulip fields during the annual festival for years, I've never coaxed myself out of bed early enough to see the blooms at sunrise. Until this year.
Tulip SunriseThe sun breaks over the Cascade Mountain Range, bathing the tulips in the Skagit Valley with dawn glow. The peak of Mt Baker is seen on the horizon.
I was rewarded for my loss of sleep with a magnificent sunrise that was a pleasure to witness with or without a camera. I was even more gratified when I saw the images I brought home from the trip. I was so happy with the pictures I drank an extra cup of coffee a couple days later and returned to experience another dawn in the fields.
Pink MistThe new dawn sun casts its glow off the soft mist that blankets the pink tulips and fields of the Skagit Valley.
Dawn TulipsA field of red tulips greets the dawn during the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival