About an hour north of Seattle is the Skagit Valley, which is North America's largest grower of tulips, iris and daffodils.
The tulips are in full bloom right now, and we spent the afternoon oohing and aahing at their beauty.
It's hard to capture the enormous scale in a photo. There are 1,000 acres altogether. This is just one of many large fields.
Every once in awhile you find a rebel tulip,
Or a patchwork one.
How would you like your garden to look like this?
These tulips are grown for their bulbs, which are sold all over the world. The flowers, short-lived, are picked and tossed away.
A good reminder that what's important is often deep down inside and can't be seen.
Which brings me to my all-time favorite virtue.
Happy holiday weekend, everyone!