Well, not strictly from Amsterdam, but close enough. When I was planning when to visit each city, I did have an idea quite early on to visit Amsterdam in April. And one reason for this was to be able to see the bulb fields. Actually I just scraped in with this by the skin of my teeth. As I was flying in there weren’t nearly as many brightly striped fields visible from the air as I had remembered previously. Fortunately I managed to make a little tour past some bulb fields within a day or so of arriving – and this was just as well. By the time I left nearly all the fields had been “topped”. The tulips in the vase are “rescue tulips” as my Mum christened them. There were a couple of lads walking through the stripes doing the tulip equivalent of “tattie rogueing” which they called “zieke zoeken” – looking for all the tulips that are diseased or not the correct colour. The offending tulips were pulled up and thrown aside. Actually I think the irregular stripes on some of these are more pleasing than the “correct” ones.
A side effect of being in Holland was to be reminded of how much I love doing flower photography. I haven’t done many flower shots in the last year or so as I felt I had maybe “shot enough flowers already” and needed, at least with Polaroid film, to concentrate on other things. But after being surrounded by so many flowers, both growing and in the wonderful flower shops I think I’ll be making a bit of time to put flowers in the picture again. I have my own favourites ( tulips, gerberas and a new favourite – ranunculus) but I’d be interested to know what your favourite flower is.