The flower fields in the west of Holland are at their best in April and May. That’s when the spring bulbs, such as tulips and hyacinths are flowering. The cultivation of flower bulbs for commercial purposes started in Haarlem and the surrounding area about 400 years ago. The area between Haarlem and Leiden eventually became known as 'De bollenstreek' - the bulb district. For many years, a large part of the population earned their living from bulbs, whether in nurseries, export, or in industries that supplied the sector. The town of Lisse regarded itself as the centre of the bulb-growing area, boasted a postmark that declared: "Lisse, the centre of the bulb district". The famous flower exhibition "de Keukenhof" can be found here.
The Netherlands produce approximately nine billion flower bulbs annually. Evenly distributed, this number would allow for almost two flower bulbs for every person on the planet. The tulip remains the most popular and recognizable bulb flower. Most people think of the tulip when they think of bulb flowers. The tulip is followed in popularity by the daffodil, the gladiolus, the lily and the crocus.
I took photos of flower fields in Holland for last 7 years. It was only this year when I was really lucky with the weather as the sun was shining on the field on a stormy day. It created wonderful contrast in colors.
PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K20D, f/8, 0.002 sec (1/500), ISO 100, 18 mm
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barni (15747) 2008-05-06 1:48
Bonne perspective et une bonne ambiance avec ce ciel sombre.
Have a nice day
dkeus31 (27735) 2008-05-06 2:50
superb image, the dark sky gives a perfect background to the field which has a strong light.
This gives a strong contrast to the picture, that's working very well!
MarcT (20958) 2008-05-06 3:03
Beautiful colours with superb dark background.
Perfect use of the depth through your wide angle.
velocista (897) 2008-05-06 3:10
olá, great, great landscape!!! the contrast between the tulips and the stormy sky is a great motive for a Van Gogh painture!! congratulations.
Jeppo (17639) 2008-05-06 3:16
I like the depth of this image. the stormy sky prodives with an even sharper and pleasant contrast!
cbrman (21637) 2008-05-06 3:37
Les tulipes sont à la mode sur TE ces derniers temps. Cette vue forme une perspective parfaite. Les tulipes sont un peu délavées et manque un peu de couleurs mais par contre le contraste avec ce ciel sombre est parfait.
Bien vu !
Asiulus (1176) 2008-05-06 5:42
Good perspective - the space is sucking me into this landscape! Nice proportions between earth and sky. Vivid colours, but surprisingly - not looking artificial ;-)Strong contrast of sky and flowers is marvellous. Well done!
lilimih33 (9912) 2008-05-06 16:41
Dramatic sky and great light!
Beautiful field with tulips!
cherryripe (21015) 2008-05-07 2:50
Fantastic pov creating so much depth. I like the way the lines converge and that the surrounding fields are different colours too. The heavy contrasts and the dramatic sky are superb.
Although you're migrating, I hope it does mean that you will still visit us here on TE with your photos.
jonathan_hart (21274) 2008-05-07 7:50
excellent light and dark sky, providing an exceptional contrast :)
CeccoPhoto (2717) 2008-05-09 2:47
very good composition here.
the field is very cool!
- Copyright: Lucie CzNLUkKw (lucinka) (9976)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-04-13
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Pentax K20D, Pentax SMCP-DA 18mm - 250mm f/3.5-6.3 AL
- Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2008-05-06 1:44
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