Munich, Germany's open-air market has interesting shops, flowers, vegetables, fruit, restaurants, etc.
In early April, the tulips are in bloom and are obviously one of Europeans favorite flowers.
In the mid 16th century, the tulip was introduced to Europe from Turkey. The Dutch became the premier growers of tulips. The flowers beauty, and also because of its timing of the beginning of Spring, popularized it as a status symbol and a sign of royalty. Probably in part because of the demand and cost of tulip bulbs.
It is interesting to note that the Dutch created one of the first modern trading markets with tulips. The selling and trading of tulip bulb 'futures' would create selling and trading pracitces much like today's stock market commodities traders, market to market margins, short selling, etc. In 1637 the speculative bubble burst just like modern stock market crashes.
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ikeharel (37190) 2010-04-04 6:29
A multicolors pic. - flowers are always a celebration for eyes.
Well done, Ray.
5.9Euro's for 105% ??? What that?
Have a nice Sunday.
yeln (11502) 2010-04-04 14:43
very good motive for the shooting range.
very clean and sharp photo. beautiful flower color.
buscape (6219) 2010-04-05 9:54
you have found a great variety of tulips for sale at the marketplace in Munich. I especially like the color range of this shot that you have captured in a natural way. Fine framing and a good theme for Easter.
Leconte (5795) 2010-04-05 15:02
impressive array of tulips, the flowers of Turkey, fantastic colors and beautiful set, beautiful composition,
kastanaras (1160) 2010-04-07 4:12
Hello my friend Ray,
Excellent composition and framing.
A cooperative pandesia colors of tulips
Wonderful colors, good management of light and sharpness.