Daffodil Hill

I found my thrill... (I know it was on Blueberry Hill, but that song keeps running through my head whenever I think "Daffodil Hill")

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills
When all at once I saw a crowd
A host, of golden daffodils.

~ William Wordsworth

Joanne commented that she couldn’t wait to see the daffodils.  I am not sure they are worth the excitement of a cliffhanger so I decided not to make Joanne or you all wait.  Photographing Daffodil Hill is easy.  Getting good images is not.

You see, Daffodil Hill at Lake View Cemetery is a good sized hill.  As I mentioned in a previous post, 100,000 bulbs were planted in the 1940s.  Left to their own devices, daffodils will cheerfully naturalize an area.  The daffodils on Daffodil Hill have been happily growing, stretching, and spreading for over 70 years so who knows how many daffodils there are on Daffodil Hill?  (Is this starting to sound a little like a tongue twister?)

The last time I tried to photograph Daffodil Hill, it didn’t work out well.  I went for wide views which ended up looking like lots of yellow dots amidst the green.  That gives you a good idea of how many flowers there are, but it doesn’t really capture the beauty of all those sunny little heads waving about on the hill.

It’s also easy to overexpose yellows and whites, particularly with a bright, cloudy sky like we had above us on Saturday.  Dark, gloomy clouds are so much better for taking photos of bright flowers.  They make the colors pop.  Bright white overcast skies, on the other hand, blow out the color and light.

So I tried something different this year.  I worked in small sections.  This method worked much better than trying for the panoramic view.  You can still see that there are numerous daffodils, and you can also tell that they are daffodils and not generic little yellow dots scattered across the landscape.

For oft when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

~ William Wordsworth

The trouble with this method, though, is that I’m probably boring you to tears with all the Daffodil Hill photos.  One more and then I’ll switch to something else.

I have recently been gifted with a few blog award nominations by some wonderful bloggers.  A big thank you to Dounia of Next Stop, Local Bonnie, and Christine of dadirridreaming.  I sincerely appreciate the honor and the recognition.  Please pardon me for not following any (or all) of the rules.  I’ve shared 7 things about myself many times over, and just can’t think of anything else (I’m willing) to share other than the usual day to day ramblings.

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If I’ve missed anyone who has nominated me lately, please accept my apologies.  I am having a tough time keeping up lately, but am grateful for the blog love.  I ♥ you all, too.

Hello and welcome to my new visitors and followers.  I hope to get around to visiting your blog neighborhood soon.

Tulip magnolia

I think that about does it for today’s post.  Thank you for visiting.  It’s a gorgeous day here in the Bogs.  A little chilly, but the sun makes up for the nip in the air.  Perfect hiking weather.  The flowers and trees seem to have survived last night’s dip into the 20s without any lasting harm.  There was a little droopiness in the daffodils and tulips this morning, but they have bounced back.  Spring seems determined to have her way.


77 Comments on “Daffodil Hill”

  1. milkayphoto says:

    Daffodil Hill looks like a magical place. You did very well in photographing it!

  2. Dounia says:

    Lovely post and Daffodil Hill looks like it comes straight out of a fairy tale. Beautiful photos, as always! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. The daffodils are simply stunning! Plus, I love the title of your post. Too fun, Robin. Happy Tuesday, my friend!

  4. Joanne says:

    **sigh** “Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze”…how beautiful the daffodils are! And you have really done a fantastic job with the photos Robyn. What a joy it must be to visit Daffodil Hill. The daffodils, (although not blueberries!) must certainly have been a thrill to behold. Your little love doves are a pair of cuties too. 🙂

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  6. Becky says:

    Beautiful photographs! Thanks for visiting my blog, it gave me the opportunity to discover yours!

  7. tedgriffith says:

    Beautifully done, Robin!

  8. bearyweather says:

    Good job, they turned out great. And, thank you so much … for putting a song in my head 😉

  9. that first pic is really strong!

  10. I think you did a great job capturing the daffodils. And I love the tulip magnolia!! 🙂

  11. Spectacular images – can’t wait until all my tiny clumps of dafs spread throughout the woods!

  12. Oh, what a beautiful and magical spot…I LOVE daffodils…and entire hillsides of them…wow! The Wordsworth poem is one of my favorites….and then my own heart also fills and dances with those daffodils…thank you for your wonderful photos!

  13. ladyfi says:

    Those daffodils are delightful!

  14. I loved loved loved your daffodil photos!! Bring ’em on! And those magnolias.. lovely. The one branch in my kitchen has lost it’s petals but at least it is now sprouting little green leaves. Woe is my.. still snow here!

  15. dadirri7 says:

    rapturous scenes on daffodil hill! we are too warm here to grow most bulbs successfully so this is rare sight for me, thanks so much 🙂

  16. Sallyann says:

    Wonderful ! 🙂 and I for one will never get bored or fed up with seeing daffodils. 😀

  17. dragonfae says:

    How cool! I love Daffodils! You did an awesome job photographing them, bad lighting or no. 🙂

  18. TBM says:

    Wonderful flowers. I always love seeing them. They are starting to disappear in London–they bloomed early.

  19. aFrankAngle says:

    This week has been more like spring than that balmy stuff we had earlier. Love the pics, but if you need to get “Blueberry Hill” out of your head, go to YouTube, search “Putin Blueberry Hill” … simply who would have thunk it?

  20. You did a wonderful job capturing the beauty of Daffodil Hill!! 🙂

  21. Libby says:

    Beautiful. I so love your blog I have Blogger Tagged you. See my blog for details. No pressure.

  22. giselzitrone says:

    Wunderschöne Bilder so richtig Frühling Grüsse lieb und wünsche einen schönen Nachmittag Grüsse lieb Gislinde.

  23. Pat Bean says:

    Your photos brightened my day. Thanks for sharing.

  24. Kala says:

    Gorgeous capture of the daffodils growing amongst the trees, Robin.

  25. Karma says:

    Ooh, I think Daffodil Hill is a place I’d really like to go to. Thanks for sharing it – and you didn’t bore me at all with all the shots.

  26. jeanne says:

    Where is my blanket and my book? Beautiful place!

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  28. Dana says:

    I think your daffodil shots are great (and I wasn’t bored at all scrolling through them all.) I was also stoked to see my favourite blossoms of all– tulip magnolias!– pop up in a cameo appearance at the end of this post. 😉

  29. What a lovely sight! Daffodils are “happy” flowers!

  30. Wow, that’s a lot of daffodils!
    We have a hill nearby, covered with bluebonnets…needless to say, we call it bluebonnet hill 😉 We went last Sunday, and I’m sure the photos will find their way onto my blog at some point 🙂

    • Robin says:

      That’s a sight I would love to see, Michaela! I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a bluebonnet. I looked for images and they remind me of our grape hyacinths. Looking forward to seeing them on your blog. 🙂

  31. jane tims says:

    Hi Robin. I like the first and fourth images the best. I see what you mean about the difficulty in capturing the essence of their crowdedness and movement. You have done very well!! Wordsworth’s poem about the daffodils remains one of my favorites. Jane

  32. It’s a fairytale landscape! Lovely shots :).

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  34. eof737 says:

    I love daffodils and sadly they bloom but for a short while… These are lovely. 😉

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  36. Look at all of that sunshine in the grass! It doesn’t last long enough!

  37. Lorraine says:

    I loved those pics and as far as being boring, not hardly! My husband and I will be visiting Daffodil Hill in the near future and your photos gave me some hints and ideas as to what I might want to try. I can’t wait to dig deeper into your site and see what else you have to offer ☺

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Lorraine. 🙂 I hope you had a good time visiting Daffodil Hill and that you were able to get some great photographs. 🙂

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