This article was published in May 2008 showing the Dutch bulb fields photographed from the air.
The photo above shows six million tulips coming into flower. The bulbs were planted in late October and early November and are ready to be picked in May. They are sold as bunches of cut flowers in floral shops and supermarkets. More than three billion tulips are grown each year and two-thirds of the vibrant blooms are exported, mostly to the U.S. and Germany.
Their dazzling colors are thanks to the years in the 17th century when Tulipmania swept the globe and the most eye-catching specimens changed hands for a small fortune.
This colorful landscape is a short-lived phenomenon. When the flowers are gone, the land will be cultivated for vegetables.
Enjoy your Sunday. Don't these photos make you want to plant bulbs? I have to stick with daffodils because the deer have eaten every tulip I ever planted. Boo Hoo.
Pollen from a variety of common plants: sunflower, morning glory, hollyhock, lily, primrose and caster bean. The largest one at center is nearly 100 microns wide (human hair is approximately 100 microns thick). (Dartmouth Electron Microscope Facility ~ Dartmouth College)
Now I know why honey bees are so fond of pollen---because it is so beautiful!
My photograph. I planted 600 trees at my previous residence. I had a lot of them transplanted here when I moved. This blue spruce is approximately 18 years old and almost as tall as a telephone pole. The beautiful grove of evergreens in front of my house shields it from the road very nicely.
The U.S. Postal service will issue this stamp set on February 9, 2009 to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. It is very fitting that our first African American President will take his oath of office 3 weeks before the Lincoln bicentennial.
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