Mean only one thing, it's Tulip Festival time here in Skagit Valley.
Every year, beginning on April 1 Skagit Valley hosts the Tulip Festival for the month. Normally, the tulips bloom by the second week of April. But this year, the tulips bloomed early.
Aren't they beautiful? There are literally acres and acres of color as far as the eye can see.
The picture above was taken during the Tulip Festival in a previous year, but the effect can be seen every year.
There are several events occuring during the festival, including a street fair in downtown Mount Vernon. Bus loads of tourists visit the participating farms solely for the purpose of taking pictures of the beautiful blooms.
So, if you're planning on visiting the area to see the tulips this year, you might want to play your visit early so as not to miss the blooms.