ActiveRain Spring Flowers Challenge: Tulips

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ActiveRain Spring Flowers Challenge: Tulips

Charlotte, North Carolina blogger Debe Maxwell, CRS has issued the May Challenge for ActiveRain blogger members.

Simply post your favorite photo of a flower (or more than one in one blog post) that you are especially fond of. Include the name of the flower and any additional information about where the photo was taken and why it's your favorite.

By sharing our love for these beautiful flowers, we can bring a little bit of joy and positivity to the world. Let's embrace the challenge and celebrate the wonders of springtime together!

Since flower photography is a hobby for me, It is a challenge to select favorites among my photographs. So, I decided to select one kind of flower and use photographs taken on one day in the spring. My selection of locations was Longwood Gardens. 

Longwood Gardens is one of our favorite destinations for day trips. The location is in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, a little over a two hour drive north from our home in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Longwood Gardens is a wonderful place to visit at any time during the year. In the spring, there are thousands of flowers to view and enjoy. 

They have a very large conservatory for indoor displays and many acres of flowers on display in the outdoor spaces. There is much walking to do and Dolores prefers to drive one of the electric carts available for visitors. We usually visit in the morning and then take a break for lunch in the dining area before doing additional touring with our cameras in hand. Sometimes, we will visit another attraction or two in the area which might be the Brandywine Museum of Art, a favorite restaurant or a brewery or winery tasting room. It is a wonderful area to explore.

My flower selection was tulips. and I am posting a few photographs for your enjoyment. If you follow my blog posts, you have seen many other flowers from Longwood Gardens and other locations.


Tulips, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania USA
Canon PowerShot G11
Photograph by Roy Kelley
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
Posted by

Roy Kelley, Retired, Former Associate Broker, RE/MAX Realty Group

Gaithersburg, Maryland  

Comments (29)

Brenda J. Andrew
Professional Realtor in Conroe/Willis, TX

Oh my gosh Roy!  I am so thankful for this challenge and your post.  I was visiting your blog today just so I could see what beautiful pictures you would have posted.  I was so blessed to see this and see such beauty so early in the day.  I am sorry to say, I didn't even look at the challenge for May, mainly just due to everything going on this month.  Thanks for continuing to share this beauty with us, challenge or no challenge.  It is very much appreciated!  Have a beautiful and blessed week!

May 31, 2023 05:42 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Those are some amazing tulips!  You have always had the best photos of flowers in the Rain!

May 31, 2023 06:21 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Roy - an excellent photography collection.  Your garden of photos has been nicely gathered and arranged in this post.  

May 31, 2023 07:06 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Great photos, and if you enjoy tulips then you must visit the Keukenhof in the Netherlands, they have the most amazing display. I spent a day there a few years ago, it was amazing.


May 31, 2023 07:29 AM
Ben DeHaven
Haven Realty & Investments - Lakeland, FL
Proudly serving Winter Haven & Lakeland, Florida

Thanks for sharing your tulips with us Roy! Take Care. 

May 31, 2023 09:29 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Roy,

You hit it out of the park.  I like how you chose tulips.  I don't get to see many tulips.  So this was an outstanding variety for me to enjoy.

May 31, 2023 10:03 AM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

Beautiful pictures Roy Kelley! Longwood Gardens looks like a nice place for a day trip. Next time we venture that way we will have to stop in.

May 31, 2023 11:00 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Buzz Mackintosh 

If you have not visited Longwood Gardens, you should definitely plan a day trip. You can make ticket reservations online.

May 31, 2023 11:37 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Roy, I have very fond memories of you and Dolores and Gita at Longwood Gardens.  Your photos are always stunning.

May 31, 2023 11:47 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Roy and great pictures from you as always and thanks for sharing them with us here in the Rain.

May 31, 2023 11:53 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Oh, Longwood Gardens have what seems to be MILES of tulips, don't they, Roy?! Your photos are simply breathtaking as always. As Lise Howe said, this challenge seems to have been made just for you!! 

Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos in this month's challenge, Roy!

May 31, 2023 04:57 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Roy- Tulips are one of my favorite flowers!!!! I'd rather have tulips than roses!!! I love your photos!

May 31, 2023 07:32 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Your feedback is always welcome and is very much appreciated.


Jun 01, 2023 05:11 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

That's a delightful collection of Tulip photographs, Roy.  I always enjoy Tulips because they announce the arrival of spring.

Jun 01, 2023 05:14 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Roy, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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Jun 01, 2023 05:16 PM
Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Roy, you have shared a wide variety of tulips and their colors are just spectacular, Thank you

Jun 01, 2023 06:42 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

No one can compete with your beautiful flower pictures, Roy! You have an outstanding talent to capture the beauty and essence of these plants.

Jun 02, 2023 06:46 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Myrl Jeffcoat 

Thank you very much for the feature recognition. It is much appreciated.

Jun 02, 2023 06:54 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Beautiful photos, Roy! What a delight to see those flowers and to photograph them.

Jun 03, 2023 03:10 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for your comments. Your feedback is always welcome.

Jun 05, 2023 07:59 AM