Tulips burst into a patchwork quilt of colors in the Netherlands

Posted: February 4, 2013 in Art, Environment, Tourism
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It may be cold outside right now, but here’s a promise of good things to come. French photographer Normann Szkop snapped these amazing aerial photos of the tulip fields of Anna Paulowna in northern Netherlands.

BY / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2013, 3:12 PM

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Here’s a vibrant reminder of what makes springtime in the Netherlands so beautiful.

French photographer Normann Szkop took to the skies last year to capture these glorious aerial shots of tulip fields in Anna Paulowna, a town in northern Netherlands. For tulip farmers, this beauty is a business. The flowers are sheared off, and about 2 billion bulbs are exported every year. But for a fleeting moment, the angles and lines created by these tulips turn mass production into quite a lovely thing.

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The Dutch fields start working early, producing crocuses in late January, according to the National Geographic. Then come the daffodils, narcissi and hyacinths. The flower season reaches a climax in April and May, when tulips blanket the fields like a quilt of many colors.

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The Dutch have learned to capitalize on this spectacle, drawing tourists in with an annual Tulip Festival. This year’s festivities will begin April 17. 

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The first tulip arrived in the Netherlands from Asia in 1593, sparking a flurry of sales that would later be called “Tulipomania.” During the 17th century, one bulb could cost you what a Ferrari costs today, The New York Times reports.

The bulbs are destined for Dutch auction houses, where sales of tulips produce about $300 million every year.

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See more photos at “Flying over the Tulips Fields” Flickr page.

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Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/tulips-fields-full-bloom-article-1.1253883#ixzz2Jv8jXqYs

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