Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival - Woodburn, Oregon - Nature Photographer

Every year I rejoice when the weather gets warmer and the sun makes a more prominent appearance in the Willamette Valley. The Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival is an amazingly beautiful display that gives the community the opportunity to enjoy the weather and color that the many shades of tulips have to offer. Although I want to make it out there each year, I rarely do. This year, I vowed to enjoy the tulips from a photographer perspective, and I enjoyed every minute of it! I woke up early on that early April morning to try to catch the lunar eclipse. I didn't make it in time, but I did rush out to see dawn over the tulip fields. The drive out was difficult. I had been to the fields only twice before, and only in total daylight. On this particular morning the roads were covered in dense fog. We are talking maybe 10' visibility fog. I passed the entrance at least once, but I finally found my way through the black morning fog to the parking lot in the very back of the fields. I planned ahead and decked out in my winter coat, gloves, and rain boots. I fumbled through my camera gear to collect only the necessary items. Using my iPhone as a flashlight (technology is AMAZING), I found my way to the field. Keep in mind it was PITCH BLACK at this point. I took some early morning shots using my phone as a "flash" and found a good isolated spot to wait for dawn. After about 30 minutes I realized that dawn was never coming. The sun was up but the fog made it impossible to enjoy the sunrise over the mountain and fields. I took to hiking around the fields and taking as many carefully planned snapshots as I could. I am truly so proud of the photographs I captured on that early morning at the farm. It was well worth the thick layer of mud on my boots and jeans, the sore back and legs, and the difficult drive and frustrating morning to capture some photos that I already plan on getting printed. Please enjoy these photos as I have! If you are interested in having any of these photos printed for your wall, please email me at amy@photosbyamynicole.com