Walking along the edge of the field towards the back where the tulip pickers are, I join them.
They are working in a quiet manner, silently picking the spring flowers. In unison, they advance, slowly, rhythmically. Reaching over, gently snipping the bottoms of the tulip stems.
There is no machinery doing this labor of picking and gathering tulips. Each stem is touched by the hand of a human being.
I feel privileged to be an observer.
"Humankind has not woven the web of life.
We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
All things are bound together. All things connect."
Mary Lamery is a lifelong resident and native of the Pacific Northwest. Lamery paints regional landscape in a manner that leans towards 19th century French Impressionism. Through her project, "Washington Americana," she will create original landscape paintings from her journeys through Washington for the creation of an art book of painted landscape of Washington State.
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