Roses may be the traditional flower for this time of year but it’s the patchwork fields of Tulips in Holland which have caught my eye. I already have an obsession with brightly coloured stripes and these cultivated fields with there rows of red, yellow, purple, pink and orange are truly beautiful.
These images taken by Photographer Normann Szklop seem almost fake due to the vibrance and the conformity of the rows of flowers but the fact that they are indeed natural makes them even more wonderful.
Like the rose acts as a floral symbol for the UK it is the tulip which has come to be a loved symbol of the Netherlands. Many tourists visit the country just to see the bright coloured flowers and the astonishing view over the bulb fields. But it’s not just Tulips which keep Holland’s fields vivid with colour. The floral season begins with crocuses, followed by the daffodil and the yellow narcissi. Next the hyacinths and tulips blossom followed by the glorious gladioli. Now all we need is for the AirPano guys to take an ariel 360 over these patchwork fields. If a pano were to be taken during each different seasons we would get to see just how the natural landscape changes in it’s beauty.
The cultivation of flower bulbs began more than 400 years ago and today Holland produces more than nine billion bulbs every year, of which two thirds are exported overseas. Evenly distributed, this number would allow for almost two flower bulbs for every person on the planet. Isn’t that a lovely thought.