The last winter in our side of the world has been extremely mild, even now we have some unusually warm days, causing plants to bloom early. Weather reporter even say that nature is one month ahead of itself.
When we had one of these warm, spring days earlier this week, me & the boyfriend headed to a parc we have heard of in Amstelveen ( a city near Amsterdam ), a Cherry Blossom Parc. The Parc has 400 cherry blossom trees, the trees were donated by the Japanese Women’s Club, also we found out that all trees have been named; 200 have Japanese women’s and 200 have Dutch woman’s.
When we arrived only a few were blossoming, yet still I got to take some nice shots. With some adjustments in photoshop, I got to create a nice whimsical effect.
In this time of year it’s great to live where I live, which is a the edge of the bollenstreek or “flower area” Tourists from all over the world make a stop here to enjoy the sight of these flower power fields and no wonder, cause on a sunny day, as it was when I drove through there, the colors are so beautiful and intense.
When you have the change to buy some of tulips or hyacinths, grab the opportunity to brighten up your house with a bit of dutch spring colors.
Update: 3 May – Since I have made it onto Freshly Pressed and this post is greatly visited, I decided to add a couple more photos 🙂
For eight years I have lived in this house, and although our garden is relatively big, and it does attract a lot of birds, this summer was the first time I saw a butterfly. So I rushed in to get my camera and grabbed my camera to capture the moment.
Also the lavender attracted a lot of beez, but these little creatures were so buzzzy buzzzy that wasn’t easy to get them in the picture. And i was disappointed to find out that the photo’s weren’t sharp or under exposed. There went my project.
On a lazy day I took the pictures, and saw if anything lost could be fixed, and quite frankly I was amazed with the results that came out.
I know that in general too many pictures of flowers are taken and posted on blogs and sites like Flickr. I myself am also guilty of this, but it’s because they’re such an easy and often beautiful subject; they never complain when you take ten minutes longer or stick your lens in between their peddles.
I took these photo’s from blossoms, but posting similar photo’s seemed a bit boring, so I let my creativity flow, and added some beautiful quotes.