Monday, April 12, 2010
So I actually followed my own advice this weekend, and I headed up to Mt. Vernon to check out the tulips. I hadn’t made it in a couple years, so I figured it would be a good chance to see what I could come up with now that I’m older, wiser, better equipped, and (dare I say it?) better at taking pictures than I was last time. That last part is of course up for debate, but what is NOT up for debate is that I definitely take MORE pictures at a time now, so the odds are totally in my favor. I think I got some great ones, but I haven’t had a chance to really dig through and see what I’ve got yet. I wanted to post one today, since it’s, you know, topical, so I started at the very beginning and looked through them until I found one I wanted to post. This was the 6th picture I took on Saturday, and it’s good enough. I could have gone with, say, number 4, but I figured a picture of the car all loaded up and ready to go wouldn’t be as exciting.
Everybody keeps saying that the tulips were early this year, due to our somewhat warmer than normal winter (El Nino). Normally, the festival basically goes from the beginning of April to the end of April, but I think things started blooming a couple weeks early this time around. So, if you’re still hoping to hit it up, I think you’d be okay next weekend, but it’d be questionable for the weekend after. There were only really a couple fields when I was there though, most of the area was either all plowed up or being used to grow other stuff. I’m not sure what that means as far as your tulip opportunities, I’ll leave that one up to you. Traffic wasn’t too bad. I mean, don’t get me wrong, the place was mobbed, but it wasn’t as bad as I had feared. Just be prepared to move slowly at times, bring some good tunes or something, it’ll be fine. I think it may actually be worse in the morning though. We got up there around 2pm or so, and I think a bunch of folks had already been there and gone home. Whatever, now I’m just rambling.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron 17-50 mm f/2.8 lens. 1/2500s, f/3.5, ISO 100. Focal length: 50mm.