It is blog circle time once again! I have been having so much fun working on these monthly projects and blogging about them. I’m so grateful to be connected to these wonderful photographers. With each month that goes by, I see some amazing photography coming from these ladies, and I am just amazed and honored to be a part of this group!
For the June edition of Life Love Lens, I will be sharing some images from a little road trip I took to Holland, Michigan in early-May. Holland is home to the annual Tulip Time Festival, and I’ve been wanting to plan a trip there for years. Tulips are my absolute favorite flower on this earth. I love that they are one of the first signs of spring after the long, frigid, Michigan winter. There’s nothing like that first sight of tulip leaves popping up from the ground, telling you spring is here! The thought of walking through a field of blooming tulips (with my camera, of course) makes me giddy.
So I told myself 2014 was finally going to be the year we made it to Tulip Time. I started having visions of my 3 ½ year old daughter prancing around the tulip fields in front of my camera. I mentioned it to my good friend Emily Hutson (who also happens to be a photographer within this blog circle), and she told me that she had always wanted to go too. So we made it happen!
Well, in typical Michigan fashion, the weather was pretty uncooperative, and due to cold temperatures, the tulips were a little behind in their blooming schedule. So, the tulip field that we visited only had a couple rows that were barely in bloom. I was still able to get some good shots, but nothing like I had envisioned, as the tulip field was still mostly green.
On day two of our trip, Violet and I visited a fun little place called Nelis' Dutch Village. I was just looking for something fun to do with Violet before we had to get in the car for 3 hours, so I had no expectations about this place. To my surprise, this was a fantastic location for taking pictures. And somehow, they had tons of gorgeous tulips in bloom! On a non-photography note, this place is perfect for small children, if you're ever in that area and looking for something fun to do with your little ones. We spent several hours there, Violet had a blast, and I went to town with my camera. Success!
Well, enough talk, let’s look at some photos, shall we? And when you are finished here, please don’t forget to visit Sarah Ann Photography to see what she is sharing for the June edition of Life Love Lens!
These next couple of images were taken at Windmill Island Gardens.
In the tulip field...there was one pink row and one purple row in bloom. Violet's two favorite colors...I guess it was meant to be. :)
Below, Violet found a broken tulip and decided she needed to rescue it. :)
Onto Nelis' Dutch Village, where we were greeted with these beauties!
The background below is a giant "wooden" shoe/clog which was painted bright yellow. Kids could climb inside it and then go down a huge slide. Violet was obsessed with it! I was obsessed with it as a photography backdrop. :)
They had a little Dutch schoolhouse. Violet is pretending to be the teacher.
Have I mentioned that I think this girl is TRÈS COOL???
The merry-go-round had these amazing vintage carousel horses decorating the inside walls.
And there were bunnies!
Hello there Mr. Goat.
And more beautiful tulips...
I must have been on my A-game that day, because I never get this many real smiles out of this girl. She has Photographer's Child Syndrome after all, which means she is usually making a weirdo face or running away from my camera. Maybe I need to take her on more road trips. Maybe tulips make her happy, like her mama. All I know is I love that face. I love her weirdo face too...but I especially love this face. :)
Sorry Nelis...this broken tulip was an accident, I swear!
I'm so glad Violet and I finally made it to Tulip Time! I think we might have to make it a yearly tradition.
I hope you enjoyed checking out my photos. Now head on over to Sarah Ann Photography's blog to see the beautiful images she is sharing today. She is super talented...leave her some love while you're there!