Viewing them at an aerial perspective, Holland’s tulip fields look like a gigantic painting of brilliantly-coloured patterns — almost unbelievable.
The vibrant colours of yellows, reds, greens and blues which resemble neatly arranged bright crayons in a box, bloom in mid April to the first week of May.
Normann Szkop, a French photographer shot these adorable aerial photos in a small Cesna plane. They exhibit acres and acres of patterned ornaments at the height of the growing season. No efforts of photo manipulation is needed to make them look as captivating as they truly are.
Holland’s long spring season with cold nights makes it the perfect country for growing flower bulbs. This agricultural craze began almost 400 years ago, leaving a tradition of fragrant tulip-planting business to local farmers in the country.
Every year, this astonishing sea of tulips attract hundreds of thousands of tourists from around the world. Travellers who want to catch a glimpse of the pure color show park their caravans beside the fields.
The world’s most beloved tulip garden in Holland is Keukenhof, which is popularly known as the “Garden of Europe.”
In an attempt to discover every hue and rare species of tulips, around 800,000 tourists pay Keukenhof a visit. This 32-hectare tulip attraction lasts shortly like a rainbow — a span of 8 weeks. Nevertheless, visitors are more than willing to wait for this yearly phenomenon.
Holland contributes 44% of the worldwide trade in floricultural products. This makes it the dominant international supplier of flowers and flower products. 77% of all flower bulbs traded worldwide come from the Netherlands, the majority of which are tulips.
Tulip lovers worldwide will rejoice at the fact that flower production in the Netherlands is at a record high. Dutch growers are currently targeting a two billion annual tulip harvest.
Origin of the Lucrative Tulip Industry in the Netherlands
The popularity of the tulip flowers can be traced back in the late 16th early 17th centuries. It became popular after traders from the Ottoman Empire introduced the bulb to the Dutch from the in the mid-1500s, because it condoned the region’s harsh climate conditions. Over a period of time, the tulip became a luxury item to own and breed, its rare and high quality characteristics led to an increase in demand.
As the mid-17th century began, the tulip became the Netherlands’ fourth largest export. During this era, greenhouses also started to bud in the region, the early versions used to grow the valuable flowers all year round. The tulip lost much of its value when a market crash took place after the upsurge in sales. Despite of this, the years spent cultivating the flower left the country with a horticultural skill set that farmers used for growing crops.
After World War II, the tulip started to regain popularity, making it far more affordable for the average person. Because of this successful recovery, farmers shifted back to cultivating the flowers, and the Netherlands became the largest tulip exporter in the world.
Amaze yourself anew with more photos of Hollands’ majestic tulip fields in bird’s eye view from Szkop here: