Tip-toe Through the Tulips


A couple of years ago Lori and I wanted to add some color to the garden for when the snow melted in early spring, so we planted a ton of tulips in and around the house. When I say a ton, I mean a ton – we planted them everywhere! We figured the squirrels would get some, the frost would get some, and some just wouldn’t make it. And if by some chance they all made it, then great… we would have the most amazing springtime garden.

That first spring was indeed pretty spectacular. We must have had close to one hundred tulips come up in all sorts of colors, and in all sorts of places we had forgotten we had even planted. Over the years though, fewer and fewer of them have survived the harsh Maine winters, and now there are only maybe twenty brightly colored blooms scattered around the yard.

There might not be as many of them, but those that have bloomed are no less beautiful. The reds, yellows and oranges are incredibly vibrant, and for us Mainers they are a very welcome sight as we ease out of another long winter. Stay tuned though… Lori and Sam have been doing some work on the front garden, and it is starting to take shape very nicely – I will post photographs soon.

Both of the images in this post are from the same group of tulips in the front yard from this evening. I moved the camera across the scene while the shutter was open for about half a second creating what is, for me, a very pleasing effect. See more images using this technique here.


2 thoughts on “Tip-toe Through the Tulips

    • David Patterson

      David… thanks. I wanted to fill the frame with all of the wonderful colors. These were made in the late afternoon/evening, so there was also some really nice warm light hitting the scene.

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