Amsterdam Impressions 4: Keukenhoff and Tulips

May 24, 2013

Tulips, Keukenhof, Holland

Tulips, Keukenhof, Holland

“I suppose there must be one or two people in the world who choose not to like tulips, but such aberration is scarcely credible.”
— Anna Pavord, The Tulip

We came to the Netherlands in April to see the tulips, but this year’s lasting cold weather meant that the tulip season was late.  We were too early for the blooming peak.  Still, we went forward with our plans to visit the famous Keukenhof gardens, and I’m glad we did.  The gardens there were spread out over acres, and it felt like we were walking on a grand estate, with flower beds under a forest of tall trees, a lake, a hedge maze, a windmill, arbors, outdoor sculptures, and several indoor pavilions with bulbs and blooms.  I hope my photos convey the pleasures of this day trip.

Early morning sun through the leafless trees, Keukenhof

Early morning sun through the leafless trees, Keukenhof

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View across the lake

View across the lake

Tulips waiting for a bit of warmth and sunshine

Tulips waiting for a bit of warmth and sunshine

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Nearby fileds in Lisse starting to show color

Nearby fields in Lisse starting to show color

View of the adjacent flower fields from the windmill at Keukenhof

View of the adjacent flower fields from the windmill at Keukenhof

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Indoors at the Willem-Alexander pavilion the display beds were in bloom for all to enjoy.

Indoors at the Willem-Alexander pavilion the display beds were in bloom for all to enjoy.

A photographing frenzy

A photographing frenzy

Still dressed for the cold in mid-April

Still dressed for the cold in mid-April

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View of fields near Lisse from the tour bus window

View of fields near Lisse from the tour bus window

Last look at Holland from the airpolane window, my last day

Last look at Holland from the airplane window, my last day

"Tulip" by Ellsworth Kelly, 1984 from the book, Plant Drawings

“Tulip” by Ellsworth Kelly, 1984 from the book, Plant Drawings

In the tradition of art training, this is my attempt to copy Ellsworth kelly's tulip drawing

In the tradition of art training, this is my attempt to copy Ellsworth Kelly’s tulip drawing

Watercolor and ink sketch of tulip "Schoon Solffer" copied from Bratholomeus Assteryn (1607-1667) found in Anna Pavord's book, The Tulip

Watercolor and ink sketch of tulip “Schoon Solffer” copied from Bartholomeus Assteryn (1607-1667) found in Anna Pavord’s book, The Tulip

Watercolor sketch of tulips

Watercolor sketch of tulips

Another watercolor sketch of tulips

Another watercolor sketch of tulips

3 Responses to “Amsterdam Impressions 4: Keukenhoff and Tulips”

  1. Chris Says:

    Gorgeous…looks like the Northwest weather we’re having now! The Lisse fields could be the Skagit Valley!!

  2. shoreacres Says:

    I far prefer tulips to roses, and these are splendid. Your drawings are lively and appealing, and the closeups are, too. We so rarely see anything here but “plain” tulips – such variety!

    • Rosemary Says:

      Seeing all the tulips indoors at the pavilion made up for me missing the Skagit Valley tulips fields to year. I still like the double parrot tulips best.


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