I was looking through some of my recent photos, and came across these lovelies. I just adore tulips, especially the parrot variety. Their ruffled "feathery" appearance, hence their name, and the way they arch so gracefully. Every day they put on a different show as they continue to grow and bend towards the light. It is easy to see why so many seventeenth century Dutchmen went broke investing in the precious bulbs, I undoubtedly would have joined in the "Tulipmania".
This weekend, on May 8th & 9th, is the 62nd Annual Albany Tulip Festival in Washington Park. Over 200,000 tulip blossoms will be the star attraction! Another highlight will be the crowning of a new Tulip Queen. The Queen will reign for a year, and serve as a goodwill ambassador throughout Albany.