Sunday, May 10, 2009

Tulip Time in Iowa

We attended a tulip festival in Pella, Iowa.
It is a three day event every year.
We stayed for two days.

Pella is a Dutch community in south central Iowa.

This tulip is known as the "Pella" tulip.
It was developed for the town of Pella by growers in Holland.

The town is charming and Tulip Time is beautiful!

The tulips are fantastic!

There were two parades each day.
These two napped on their shoes after dancing in the parade.

I did some shopping.
So I needed a shopping bag.

I have begun collecting pottery mugs from the different festivals we attend.

A storm blew in while we were walking about on the square.

A downpour to water the tulips.

It quickly passed.

We heard about a kite festival that was being held in the small town of Grennell,
just north of Pella.
Saturday morning we drove up to see kites!

A windy beautiful day.
Perfect for kites!

I was "Wowed!"

I love kites.

They are beautiful.

They are fun!

A strong 25 mph wind kept the kites flying high.

I so enjoyed watching the proformance kites.

Some kites had small kites on their strings

and some had super long tails!

One small delicate kite was blown onto the netting of the kite field.
I waited to see if she would be claimed.
After awhile I took her off the netting.
She came home with me!

People came from all over
to fly their kites.

Kites are so beautiful and fun!

I bought an umbrella.

An umbrella for summertime festivals.


Tim Parish said...

Loved the kite photos! Great photography, and the subject matter was close to my heart :-)

Fancy box kites photograph well, and that magnificent hexagonal design was no exception!

Vicki ~ FL said...

Beautiful tulips ~ cool kites and great umbrella.
Also, thanks for checking out my blog.

Miss_Yves said...

Thanks for visiting my blog.
A splendis day, indeed with splendid photos !
I noticed the typical Dutch shoes - "sabots"!

lazyclick said...

Snaps of Tulip's and kites are beautiful

Reader Wil said...

Lovely photos! The tulips look a bit like Keukenhof in the Netherlands. Keukenhof is a park with all kind of tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and other bulb plants and a windmill! I loved your kites too! Thanks for yoyr visit

The Magic Onions said...

Love those cloud photos!
And the napping on their clogs... priceless!

Irene Toh said...

The tulips are so pretty and then the kites just took my breath away.

Chris said...

Really good to see some colour, Sherry. I love tulips and kites too. Really wonderful pics :-)

Snappy Di said...

*Tip toes into your house and steals that umbrella*. LOVE THE UMBRELLA!!

The Blue Ridge Gal

Tammie Lee said...

It looks as though you had a wonderful time!