This morning I got up around 5:30AM to get to the Woodburn Tulip Festival around 7AM to try and catch some sun between weeks of rain while the tulips were near their peak in the fields. It was muddy and I was slipping like crazy but I really enjoyed the Spring color on display.
The tulip farm is wildly busy during days when the fields are near their peak, but the key to catching good photos there is to buy a Sunrise Pass if you can only go one day very early (when the flowers and weather align) and you can drive in an hour before sunrise (maybe 5AM?) even though the gates officially open at 8 or 9AM depending on the day. Few people know about this early option, so chances are even on perfect mornings you might only share the acres of fields with a couple dozen people.