Swan Island Dahlia Instameet, August 2016
Leach Botanical Garden, May 2017
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...
Silver Falls State Park, Oregon (set 2 of 2)
Twice in October 2017, I visited fabulous Silver Falls State Park, just south of Silverton, Oregon. Here is the second set of two. (See the first.) I was amazed how much the tree colors had changed in just a few weeks. Ah, autumn!
Swan Island Dahlia Festival, Oregon
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.