Spring, the Awaited Season
April 20, 2014
“Spring is the awaited season. . . . Not a season at all but a longing. At my age it is natural to ask: how many more times shall I witness this waiting? The waiting is for a new beginning. It is not a question of the year being young but of the offer of choices again. In the winter of discontent, there are not choices.”
— John Berger, The Shape of a Pocket
Last year in April I was in the Netherlands seeking the elusive tulip — elusive because unseasonably cold weather delayed the blooms until the very end of the month. This year I was content to travel closer to home. The Skagit Valley, about an hour’s drive north of Seattle, hosts a month-long Tulip Festival every April. And many fields are in peak bloom right now. I never tire of the spectacular, jewel-toned flower fields, so different from the corn and oats and soy bean fields of my Midwest childhood.
Here are some photos from the 2014 growing season: