This post has absolutely nothing to do with portrait photography. I've just spent a few days in Holland, enjoying Spring! The flowers were in full bloom at Keukenhof Gardens. It was so spectacular that I think I almost fainted with the overwhelming beauty. I'm not sure which is more amazing; the vast beds of colour or the individual beauty of each flower.
We arrived just after 8am when the gardens open. There was a thick frost which had melted and the remains were sparkling in the morning light.
The parklands are carefully laid out and every flower seems to be just at the perfect stage of bloom.
There were two 'rivers' of grape hyacinths, I think this one lined with daffodils was my favourite.
This bed was filled with a mixture of tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and grape hyacinths - of all different colours. There were also much more organised beds all with one colour and type of flower.
Or - carefully picked colour combinations.
There are no words to describe the beauty of the sun shining through a bed of grape hyacinths!
Or the quiet detail of an anemone flower or the extravert details of the tulips.
Having a camera definitely slows you down while travelling and helps you to stop and notice things other people walk past, I savoured every minute in the gardens. When I returned home, someone asked what I intend to do with all the photos of flowers. I thought about it and decided that it doesn't really matter what I do with them. The process of taking them made the experience rich beyond words, it allowed me to immerse myself in the exquisite beauty of the flower world. The only thing which dragged us away from the gardens after 10 hours, was the desire to explore the nearby area and find bulb fields. The evening light was gorgeous and we walked for a couple of hours around the fields. The scent of hyacinths was magic!
Just a few windmills for good measure.
I think I could happily live at Keukenhof Gardens! Next we visited some (dancer) friends in the north of France - but that is another blog, with dance portraits.