Tulip Fields ~ Netherlands
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.
The Dutch landscape in May is a kaleidoscope of colors as the tulips burst into life. Vivid stripes of purple, yellow, red, pink, orange and green make up a glorious Technicolor patchwork. The tulip season begins in March and lasts until August.
This is, Netherlands in the middle of the tulip season.
The flower-growing area just south of Amsterdam is where millions of tulips come into bloom each spring.
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 bulbs were planted in late October and early November. The Netherlands produces more than nine million bulbs a year.
More than 10,000 hectares (1 hectare = 2.47 acres) are devoted to the cultivation of these delicate flowers.
These colorful creations are now ready to be picked and sold as cut flowers in florists shops and markets.
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.
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