Daybreak Over Tulips

April 11, 2016

“Distinctive realms appear to us when we look and hear by poem-light.”
— Jane Hirshfield, Ten Windows:  How Great Poems Transform the World

Daybreak with fog, Skagit Valley, Washington

Daybreak with fog, Skagit Valley, Washington

Dawn in the Skagit Valley

Dawn in the Skagit Valley

My niece and I drove to the Skagit Valley this weekend to see the tulip fields in bloom.  She is a photographer, like me, and therefore was willing to hit the road in the dark hours of early morning so that we could be in place as the sun rose over the farms of this region.  We had lovely weather, and the beauty of the breaking day was just awesome.  Knowing that these golden minutes were fleeting heightened their beauty.  I think that Jane Hirshfield’s word, “poem-light,” perfectly captures the dawning day.







“A Light exists in Spring
Not present on the Year
At any other period —
When March is scarcely here

A color stands abroad
On Solitary Fields
That Science cannot overtake
But Human Nature feels.

It waits upon the Lawn.
It shows the furthest Tree
Upon the furthest Slope you know
It almost speaks to you.

Then as Horizons step
Or Noons report away
Without the Formula of sound
It passes and we stay —

A quality of loss
Affecting our Content
As Trade had suddenly encroached
Upon a Sacrament.”
— Emily Dickinson


3 Responses to “Daybreak Over Tulips”

  1. E. Bancroft Says:

    Beautiful photos of a beautiful region and bravo for getting up in the wee hours to be there before the sun rose — obviously well worth it! You must be itching to make a few of those photos into watercolours! I’ll look forward to seeing them….

  2. shoreacres Says:

    Fabulous photos. I’m amazed by the variation in the light. Have you done a bit of processing, or does the light there truly vary that much? It makes so much difference when you have mountains and valleys, too. We don’t have the sort of scenery that allows for those “layers.” Just gorgeous.

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