Tuesday, September 14, 2010

BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS OF THE NETHERLANDS' TULIP FARMS

At first glance, it looks like a giant child armed with a box of crayons has been set loose upon the landscape. Vivid stripes of purple, yellow, red, pink, orange and green make up a glorious Technicolor patchwork. Yet far from being a child’s sketchbook, this is, in fact, the northern Netherlands in the middle of the tulip season. With more than 10,000 hectares devoted to the cultivation of these delicate flowers, the Dutch landscape in May is a kaleidoscope of giddy colors as the tulips burst into life. The bulbs were planted in late October and early November, and these colorful creations are now ready to be picked and sold as bunches of cut flowers in florists and supermarkets. More than three billion tulips are grown each year and two-thirds of the vibrant blooms are exported, mostly to the U.S. and Germany.

Their dazzling colors are thanks to the years in the 17th century when Tulip mania swept the globe and the most eye-catching specimens changed hands for a small fortune. But like a rainbow, this colorful landscape is a short-lived phenomenon. When the flowers are gone, the land will be cultivated for a rather more mundane crop of vegetables. The Netherlands produce more than nine million bulbs a year.




















12 comments:

  1. an amazing tapestry! Thank you for sharing. =)

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  2. Real, but unreal! Thanks for sharing the photos. They are so lovely!

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  3. Mountains? Mountains? MOUNTAINS?! Is that a mountain behind that John Deer tractor? I know my country is beautiful. Especially in spring with all the bulbs in bloom. But, really, there are no mountains to be found. Flat as a pancake.

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  4. The mountain with snow is Mt. Rainier (a stratovolcano) near Seattle, Washington,USA as are the other images with green hills and mountains. These images are not from Holland. Washington State also has large tulip cultivations--I should know, I have been there and you can see Mt. Rainer from there.

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  5. Robin from OregonApril 14, 2011 at 8:14 PM

    Yes - That mountain behind the John Deere tractor appears to be Mt. Hood in Oregon! These must be photos of tulip fields from many places around the world - very beautiful!

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  6. i miss it so much

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  7. Wowww,,,,Its simply outstanding man....

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  8. Can anyone tell me in which city is this form...?

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  9. So fantastic and joyful.

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