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After a good number of years living in The Netherlands, we finally made it to Keukenhof. It's one of those things you don't think about much because it's "right there." It was a warm and sunny weekend in Amsterdam so we got a car and brought out a couple of under-used lenses. As many of you know we love to get large structures and wide open spaces so the 35mm f/1.4 and the 105mm Micro f/2.8 don't come out of the bag much. Keukenhof and the Tulip fields made for a great opportunity to see what these toys can do.

- Keukenhof Tulips -The Netherlands -

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Keukenhof is among the world's most photographed gardens. It covers over 32-hectares and has over 7 million hand-planted flower bulbs making it the largest bulb park in the world. It attracts over 800,000 visitors each year. That's a lot of tourists considering that the gardens are only open from mid-March to mid- May.

Springtime flowers are some of the most photographed flowers in the world, including the tulip. Tulips are easy to grow, they come in an incredible variety of colours, heights, and flower shapes, and some are even fragrant and there are now over 3,000 different registered varieties.

Originally cultivated in the Ottoman Empire (present-day Turkey), tulips were imported into Holland in the sixteenth century. In the mid-seventeenth century, tulips were so popular and expensive that they were used as money until the market in them crashed.

 Their vibrancy of color and shape makes them great subjects for photography.

Link to Keukenhof's website if you'd like information to plan a future visit:

Multi-colored Double Tulips

Yellow and Red Tulips

Variety of Colors

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Springtime Tulip Mix

Red Tulips

Under Pink Tulips

Fiery Tulips

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Keukenhof (Netherlands)

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