The typical Dutch landscape is always rich in gorgeous flower bulb fields. The spring starts with crocus season, followed by daffodils and hyacinths, and finally, the tulips.
Tulips are the best-known Dutch flowers and the long spring season with cool nights makes the country the ideal place for their growing. From mid-March to the end of May, tulips turn vast areas of Holland into a colorful patchwork quilt.
Albert Dros, a 34-year-old popular photographer from the Netherlands, claims that he is “addicted to landscape photography and capturing the beauty of the world.”
The work of the passionate photographer has been published in the biggest media channels in the world, such as Time, Huffington Post, Daily Mail, and National Geographic.
He adores photographing flowers as a way to show the beauty of the Dutch flowers to the rest of the world. Tulips usually grow in the countryside, and everyone in photography loves snapping a photo of them, as they are almost perfect from any angle.
Have you heard of what many consider to be the most beautiful tulip garden in the world, Keukenhof? The magical 32-hectare Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse, Netherlands, is often referred to as the Garden of Europe.
This piece of heaven on Earth is visited by millions of tourists every year, or on average, by about 26,000 visitors a day. The garden is only open for 8 weeks a year, in spring, from Mid-March to mid-May.
Every year, dedicated staff at the park plant 7 million bulbs of different species. This year, like always, the hard-working and passionate gardeners made sure it looks stunning!
While it is mostly known for its lovely tulips, the park is abundant in various other flowers as well, including lilies, irises, hyacinths, daffodils, roses, and carnations.
They are all planted in aesthetically pleasing patterns and are often arranged to form larger shapes of flowers like the fan-favorite tulips and tea roses.
The visit to the majestic flower garden is a powerful visual therapy, an opportunity to enjoy the peace and calm and absorb an endless stream of positive vibes.
Yet, for the first time in 71 years, the garden is closed this spring.
“I’ve been photographing the tulips since forever, mostly in the countryside. I photographed them from all angles you can possibly imagine, but there was one thing that I still wanted to capture one time in my life: Keukenhof without any other people. This seemed impossible, until this year’s April 2020.
With the COVID-19 virus keeping everyone at home and tourists away, I knew this was my only chance of making this happen. I contacted Keukenhof explaining what I had in mind and they were so kind to let me photograph the garden for a day.”
The spectacular series of photos aims to reveal the beauty of the park, so “too bad there’s no smell involved.”
“When I visited the park it looked at its best. Interestingly enough, we have experienced the sunniest April EVER in the Netherlands, making all the flowers pop very fast. Photographing in broad daylight with the strong sun was a challenge. But forget about the photography for a moment: walking around there all alone, with only the sounds of birds and the incredible smell of all these flowers, is an experience by itself.
I sometimes just sat next to the flowers and the water, enjoying nature for 30 minutes long. It was just a magical experience. Having no people in the park allowed me to photograph paths and angles in a certain way that you normally don’t get to see because of the crowds.”
As the park has no visitors, the zig-zag paths offer a detailed sight of the layout of the garden.
This is the famous Keukenhof windmill.
These beautiful tulips are very rare.
The road of blue grape hyacinths is known as the “Blue River.”
One of the numerous classic Dutch bridges, surrounded by countless colorful tulips.
The popular large tulip flower!
Seas of tulips around the pool with the fountain in the middle.
Lines and lines of tulips, hyacinths, and narcissus flowers in between the trees.
Since the garden is rich in different kinds of flowers, it is the ideal place for photographers who love to create portraits of flowers.
The pools are magnificent, and they reflect the trees and flowers.
In some parts, there are differently-colored seas of tulips.
The paths are in perfect harmony with the trees and flowers.
The white bridge close to the park’s entrance reveals the scale of a hill with thousands of tulips in front of it.
This is a low-angle perspective of dozens of cherry blossoms combined with tulips.
A high- key portrait of the Fritillaria Imperialis flower.
Zigzag lines of flowers, water, and paths.
The lines and shapes in which the flowers are planted in detail.
A white tulip with a red leaf standing out in the lot.
A grape hyacinth.
A spring scene that reminds of summer.
The lines and shapes of tulips in the park.
The afternoon sun peaking through the trees.
A variety of flowers in the park.
A Japanese cherry blossom tree in a fairytale-like scene.
A part of the big pool on the right, and tulips’ lines and shapes pointing towards the middle.
Small patches of hyacinth flowers carefully placed on the grass between the trees.
The red and yellow carpet of tulips from above.
A breed of a narcissus flower.
Can anyone get enough of this?
The walking bridges in the park with cherry blossoms on top.
Reflections of stunning trees and flowers in the water.