My friend Donna and I drove to Holland Michigan on May 1st to see the Tulip festival. It was my first visit. We arrived a day before the festivities (and crowds). Our timing was perfect. We had a wonderful visit seeing the flowers and walking through the town. I hope you enjoy the photos.
Besides beautiful tulips, the city of Holland has planted a huge variety of daffodils, which happen to be my favorite springtime flower. This photo shows the windmill on Windmill Island. This was the last windmill to leave the Netherlands. Windmills are now considered national monuments and cannot leave the country.
The windmill is named De Zwann which is Dutch for “The Swan” or graceful bird. It is a grain mill that was bought from the Netherlands (Vinkel, Brabant) in 1964. It is over 240 years old, and many of the wooden parts are original. Donna and I were able to tour the mill which was very cool. Holland actually has a certified Miller who mills flour in the mill which is no simple task I can assure you.
This photo is taken at a park in downtown Holland. There were rows of blooming tulips to enjoy. The weather was perfect for our visit.
Looks like someone mixed a red tulip in with the purples here. I had to smile when I saw this lone red tulip blooming in all its glory.
I love this color combination of bright pink and yellow. Just looking at these colors makes me happy!
This is an image of the shoreline of Lake Michigan just outside Saugatuck. We are blessed with beautiful shoreline in Michigan. Walking the beach and listening to the waves and wind was the perfect end to the perfect day!