Explore - Highest position: #26 on April 28th, 2009 (Thank You!)
The Skagit Valley Tulip festival happens every year in the month of April. Even if you're a dude and don't give a damn about flowers, I guarantee that when you see tulips of various colors going all the way to the horizon, you'll have to admit it's pretty awesome. I was dragged there kicking and screaming about 7 years ago by an ex-gf. I actually enjoyed it and have tried to make it there ever since. The most difficult parts of the festival are trying to guess which weekend will be the best in terms of the fields being in bloom and also trying to navigate around the countless thousands of people.
I was trying to setup for the obligatory sunset shot across the tulip fields at Tuliptown, but about 20 minutes before the sun actually set, they booted me and a several others so I had to scramble to another tulip field and see if I could salvage a shot in time. I did make it to the Roozengaarde fields and snapped a few pretty good sets, but on the way back to my car, I walked right past an old, dilapidated barn. The closer I got, the more interesting it was. It was obvious it was once painted very colorfully presumably for reasons related to the tulips. Over the decades (?) the paint has faded almost completely. It didn't appear to be in practical use anymore. It seemed so fragile that one big puff of wind would blow it over. Glad I took the extra five minutes to shoot it, because I think they turned out good.
The shot: Nikon D90, 18-200mm @ 22mm, f22, ISO 100 - 3 bracketed shots (-2, 0, +2), Photomatix Details Enhancer.