Thursday, 16 May 2013

The Amazing Tulips




“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”
― Albert Einstein

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Colourful fields of tulips as far as the eye can see. These were shot in British Columbia, Canada. Many places around the world see Tulip Festivals in their region, and these fragrant and beautiful flowers used to be so popular that the expression "Tulip Mania" was coined.

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The Wooden Shoes Tulip Festival held in Oregon. In 17th century Holland, tulips were so important that you could measure someone's social status by the exotic tulips they cultivated. At the peak of this 'tulip mania', individual exotic tulips would be sold for more than ten times the annual salary of a skilled worker.

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Keukenhof, Lisse in The Netherlands. A common sight in Dutch parks during tulip season.

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Woodburn Tulip Festival in Oregon.

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The photographer who took this stunning shot won the Picsean World Photo Contest.

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Every year in the spring The Skagit Vallet Tulip Festival sees hundreds of thousands of visitors come to enjoy the endless colours of the newly blossomed tulips.

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A colourful sunset. Tulips come in many hues and colours except pure blue. The closest are the violet tulips.

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This looks like Holland but it isn't, this is Oregon again. Many believe that Holland is where tulips originated, but in reality, they were first cultivated by the Ottoman Empire (Turkish empire) more than 500 years ago.

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The Skagit Valley Tulip fields on a cloudy afternoon.

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In Persia, to give a red tulip was to declare your love. The black center of the red tulip was said to represent the lover’s heart burned to a coal by love’s passion.

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Under the orange heads of the tulips.

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The Keukenhof garden in Holland is home to no less than 7 million flowers.

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Tulips make every photo look colour enhanced, as if they were more colourful than real life.

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A typical sight at Dutch tulip colour fields.

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For over half a century Keukenhof has been the largest flower garden in the world. We cannot imagine how beautiful it must be to walk there and enjoy the heavily perfumed air.

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Red tulips, like roses, are a sign of love.

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Kodak Moment

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A celebration of purple and red, green and pink. Not all tulips are fragrant, but all of them can be eaten, and indeed during WWII and the 1944 Dutch famine, people survived by eating tulips and sugar beets.

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Again, this is not Holland, but Sakura City in Japan.

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The Serpent Garden in Japan.

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At one point the tulip was the most expensive flower in the world. during the height of Europe’s tulip mania, a single Viceroy tulip bulb was purchased for two lasts of wheat, four lasts of rye, four fat oxen, eight fat swine, 12 fat sheep, two hogsheads of wine, four casks of beer, two tons of butter, a complete bed, a suit of clothes and a silver drinking cup!

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A pink dreamscape in Southern Netherlands. Pink tulips are a sign of caring and strong attachment.

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White tulips are usually associated with purity and innocence, while cream colored symbolize commitment. Yellow tulips used to represent hopeless love, but now are a more positive symbol of sunshine and brightness. Purple tulips are a sign of royalty and rebirth.

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Our Colourful Blue Planet

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A white peacock among orange tulips at Keukenhof

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The Canadian Tulip Festival, which claims to be the world’s largest tulip festival, is a major event held annually each May in Ottawa, Canada. During World War II, the Dutch Royal Family took refuge in Canada. Princess Margriet of the Netherlands was born at Ottawa Civic Hospital in 1943, and the Canadian government declared the land to be extraterritorial. This was done to ensure that the princess would have Dutch citizenship. Every year since, Queen Juliana and the royal family after her death have sent tulip bulbs for the festival.

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Gorgeous white and red tulips.

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An ocean of red tulips at Fraser Valley.

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 White tipped purple tulips in New York City. 

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A rainbow over tulip fields in British Columbia, Canada.

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A fantastic sunrise over the tulips at Woodburn.
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