Point Defiance Dahlia Garden

I don’t know the first thing about gardening or growing flowers, but I do love dahlias. Point Defiance Park in Tacoma has a beautiful dahlia garden that blooms this time every year. It’s free to the public, well maintained, with ample parking, and is very enjoyable.

Today was a perfect day for macro photography – cloudy skies, nice and cool so the bees weren’t very active, and it had just finished with a light sprinkle of rain. Furthermore, while we were there, I was the only one photographing the dahlias. A couple of people were there for a moment or two, but otherwise it was just me! Usually it’s full of people, but today – nada. Minutes after we left, you could see the crowds of photographers and people enjoying the flowers all about. No way we could have timed that better – just lucky!

We brought along the bicycles and had a chance to bike the Five Mile Drive after the flowers. This scenic drive is closed to vehicles on the weekends making it a safe place to ride your bike or go for a walk. Without that Subaru I bought last year, we would not have had any way take our bikes out like this before, nor do some of the hiking trips we’ve done in the last year.

Photos were shot with a Fuji X-T4 and Zeiss Touit 50mm f/2 macro lens and edited in Lightroom.

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