Tiptoeing through the Tulips

This morning we had to stop in Utrecht and pick up some final camper documentation from Donna. After that, we were free to wander about Europe, with our first stop being the western part of Holland, to see the fields of those famous Dutch tulips. We found a campground within bicycling distance of the Keukenhof, a park that features acres and acres of beautiful tulip gardens.

On the road, as we approached our campground, an incredible sight caught our eye. Fields with bright stripes of red, pink, purple, green and yellow lurked everywhere. And the scent of the hyacinth! Sweetness everywhere! The fields with red tulips were particularly mesmerizing; I just couldn’t take my eyes off the intense red of the flowers. It was so bright, our camera had a hard time processing the images correctly!

A streak of red tulips

A streak of red tulips

Field of white hyacinth

Field of white hyacinth

Hyacinth farm

Hyacinth farm

Caroline among the tulips

Caroline among the tulips

The intense color creates an interesting effect in this photo

The intense color creates an interesting effect in this photo

After settling in at the campground, we hopped on our bikes an rode over to the Keukenhof. We felt pretty lucky because we had a beautiful ride on a typical Dutch bike path through the tulip fields to get there AND we didn’t have to park a car. Tulip season is just starting in Holland, but everyone wants to see the blooms, so the Keukenhof was busy with tourists. We locked up our bikes by the entrance and spent several hours wandering around the fabulous outdoor gardens and the indoor conservatories. It was amazing!

White with red

White with red

Lovely white and red tulips

More lovely white and red tulips

Looks like a Georgia O'Keeffe painting

Looks like a Georgia O’Keeffe painting

Just.. wow

Just.. wow

Here is a slide show of all of the specimens we photographed in the conservatory:

And here are photos from the grounds of the Keukenhof:

And this just might be my favorite shot of the day, and its not even tulips!

A river of grape hyacinth

 

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