Abbotsford Tulip Festival near Vancouver, BC, Canada
Beautiful tulip fields at the Abbotsford Tulip Festival in Abbotsford near Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
My apologies for my inactivity of the last couple of months. We have been busy and we traveled to Belgium to visit family and friends. We just returned last Thursday.
About this photo: Coming home to Canada from our trip to Belgium, where the weather wasn't all the great the last few weeks, was fantastic as we were greeted by warm sunny weather and temperatures around 23C (73F).
We took full advantage of that lovely weahter and headed out to the Abbotsford Tulip Festival in the Fraser Valley about a 40 minute drive from our place. The tulips were in full bloom and we got a nice backdrop with Mount Baker in the distance (located in Washington State, USA)
*Camera Model: Sony ILCA-77M2
*Focal Length: 17mm
*Exposure Time: 1/50 sec
*ISO Speed: ISO-100
*Exposure Program: Aperture (A)
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Some information on the Abbotsford Tulip Festival: Peter Warmerdam and family immigrated to the Fraser Valley from the Netherlands in 1948. Of course he brought some of his Dutch heritage, horticultural knowledge and farming experience to the area and he began to grow flowers.
In 1974, Peter purchased land on Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford growing flowers. The family farm has since expanded their crops to include outdoor tulips, daffodils, gladiolus and peonies along with greenhouse tulips and daffodils.
The Abbotsford Tulip Festival has been created by Alexis, Peter’s granddaughter, to celebrate the beauty of tulips and the Dutch heritage in the Fraser Valley. (Information comes from abbotsfordtulipfestival.ca/)
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