Spring can be one of the most beautiful seasons, and not just because the cold is gone and the sun is bright. Everything in hibernation starts coming to life again, and that includes beautiful flowers from around the world.
You will want to visit the Netherlands after seeing this.
A French photographer has captured spectacular aerial views of the Dutch tulip fields in full bloom, and the results are mind-blowing. Normann Szkop took a his camera on a plane to demonstrate the beauty of Anna Paulowna, North Holland, in April.
From the air, the tulip beds look like giant technicolor patchwork quilts, with rectangles of pink, yellow, purple, orange, green, and red.
"The tulip has come to be a loved symbol of the Netherlands,” Normann said. “Many tourists visit the country just to see the bright coloured flower and the astonishing view over the bulb fields.”
And can you blame them? Just look at that.
Although the growing season lasts from March until August, Normann took his photos at a time when all the tulips exploded into bloom at once.
“The season begins in March with crocuses, followed by the daffodil and the yellow narcissi,” he said. “In April the hyacinths and tulips blossom to some time in mid May, depending on the weather. Later, in August it is time for the gladioli.
If you’re looking for a good time to visit the Netherlands, April could be it. But Normann explains that tulips are such an important part of the culture, that you can enjoy them whenever.
“Even when spring is over, the Netherlands is still a garden and visitors can enjoy flowers all year round,” he told Daily Mail.
Holland has been growing the bulbs for over 400 years and they continue the beautiful tradition to this day. It’s not just for looks though - the country’s economy depends on it.
“In the 20th century, the bulb flower business continued to boom, resulting in the establishment of auction and trading houses, large-scale cultivators and cooperatives,” Normann said. “Today, The Netherlands exports bulb flowers in large quantities to over a hundred countries worldwide.”
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