Each year the Swan Island Dahlia Farm has a dahlia festival. And it's impressive for any flower lover, with a huge range of dahlia varieties. I've tried to capture a sense of that range with the following images.
Flower Walk, 22 April 2016: Farewell to Portland's Richmond District
Just after sunset on 22 April 2016, I walked around a couple of the blocks in my Portland neighborhood taking a few photos of the many dazzling flowers along the sidewalk. I am preparing to move to a new area here, so it was a little bittersweet. So here is something of a goodbye to my 10 years (next month) in Portland's Richmond district.
Swan Island Dahlia Instameet, August 2016
Tollen Farm, Oregon, April 2017
On the last day of April 2017 Amanda and I visited Tollen Farm on the outskirts of Wilsonville, Oregon. The farm features lots of fun animals including miniature donkeys, horses, even a llama with a most amazing face. The farm supports itself with a little shop with indoor and outdoor gifts and a bunch of cowboy boots...
Flower Gardens, May 2017
On Memorial Day weekend 2017, Amanda and I visited two incredible flower farms (both family-owned) north of Salem, Oregon: Adelman Peony Gardens and Schreiner's Iris Gardens. I've seen a fair number of breathtakingly lovely sights in my life, but it's hard to top looking out across acres and acres of irises or peonies, wow! And the aromas, sigh, were so good too. It's hard to beat Oregon in the spring, and these spots (along with the Wooden Shoe tulips earlier) are living proof. Plus, you can buy the flowers for your own yard...
Swan Island Dahlia Festival, 2017
In Canby, Oregon, a small farm called Swan Island has declared itself the dahlia flower capital of America. Once you visit, and walk through the explosions of color, it's hard to disagree. The only creatures happier there than flower-loving photographers are the bees. They ecstatically buzz like electrons around every flower...