Breathtaking Spring Bulbs in Holland

Pink Tulip Macro Detail, Keukenhof Gardens, Netherlands, Breeze Pics, Bernadette Meyers
Pink Tulip Macro Detail, Keukenhof Gardens, Netherlands, Breeze Pics, Bernadette Meyers
Pink Tulip Macro Detail, Keukenhof Gardens, Netherlands, Breeze Pics, Bernadette Meyers

These photos are from my archives - I’ve had the joy of visiting Keukenhof in the springtime on three occasions now and if we hadn’t moved back to Australia, so far away, I would love to go every year. The flowers were in full bloom, 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. 

Tulips and Flowers in Keukenhof Gardens, Netherlands, Holland, Breeze Pics, Bernadette Meyers

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.

Tulips and Flowers in Keukenhof Gardens, Netherlands, Holland, Breeze Pics, Bernadette Meyers

The parklands are carefully laid out and every flower seems to be just at the perfect stage of bloom.

Tulips and Flowers in Keukenhof Gardens, Netherlands, Holland, Breeze Pics, Bernadette Meyers

There were two 'rivers' of grape hyacinths, I think this one lined with daffodils was my favourite.

Hyacinths and Flowers in Keukenhof Gardens, Netherlands, Holland, Breeze Pics, Bernadette Meyers
Flowers in Keukenhof Gardens, Netherlands, Holland, Breeze Pics, Bernadette Meyers
Tulips in Keukenhof Gardens, Netherlands, Holland, Breeze Pics, Bernadette Meyers
Tulips in Keukenhof Gardens, Netherlands, Holland, Breeze Pics, Bernadette Meyers
Tulips in Keukenhof Gardens, Netherlands, Holland, Breeze Pics, Bernadette Meyers
Tulips in Keukenhof Gardens, Netherlands, Holland, Breeze Pics, Bernadette Meyers

Or - carefully picked colour combinations.

Tulips in Keukenhof Gardens, Netherlands, Holland, Breeze Pics, Bernadette Meyers
Tulips in Keukenhof Gardens, Netherlands, Holland, Breeze Pics, Bernadette Meyers

There are no words to describe the beauty of the sun shining through a bed of grape hyacinths!

Hyacinths in Keukenhof Gardens, Netherlands, Holland, Breeze Pics, Bernadette Meyers
Hyacinths in Keukenhof Gardens, Netherlands, Holland, Breeze Pics, Bernadette Meyers
Hyacinths in Keukenhof Gardens, Netherlands, Holland, Breeze Pics, Bernadette Meyers
Hyacinths in Keukenhof Gardens, Netherlands, Holland, Breeze Pics, Bernadette Meyers

Or the quiet detail of an anemone flower or the extravert details of the tulips.

Anemone in Keukenhof Gardens, Netherlands, Holland, Breeze Pics, Bernadette Meyers
Macro Tulip Detail in Keukenhof Gardens, Netherlands, Holland, Breeze Pics, Bernadette Meyers
Macro Tulip Detail in Keukenhof Gardens, Netherlands, Holland, Breeze Pics, Bernadette Meyers
Macro Tulip Detail in Keukenhof Gardens, Netherlands, Holland, Breeze Pics, Bernadette Meyers

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!

Tulip Fields near Keukenhof Gardens, Netherlands, Holland, Breeze Pics, Bernadette Meyers
Tulip Fields near Keukenhof Gardens, Netherlands, Holland, Breeze Pics, Bernadette Meyers

Just a few windmills for good measure.

Windmills near Keukenhof Gardens, Netherlands, Holland, Breeze Pics, Bernadette Meyers

I think I could happily live at Keukenhof Gardens!

Macro Tulip Detail in Keukenhof Gardens, Netherlands, Holland, Breeze Pics, Bernadette Meyers