Netherlands – Keukenhof Gardens

Our second day in Holland was spent at the Keukenhof Gardens which is covered by over 7000 bulbs in 800 different varieties in the spring. Each year new varieties of tulips are showcased at the gardens and people flock to gaze or photograph the blossoms.

Keukenhoff Gardens
Keukenhof Gardens

 

These gardens are only open for six to eight weeks each year when the bulb flowers are blooming, and farmers exhibit their best tulips hoping that amateur and professional horticulturalists will buy their bulbs.  The gardens are truly gorgeous to behold.

Tulips at the Keukenhoff
Tulips at the Keukenhof

 

Photographing with a tripod was a challenge because of the crowds of people but I did manage to use a tripod for the above images. Then, I tried a new (to me) technique called “shooting through.” From a low vantage point, you look for one tulip or bloom that is shorter than the others and focus on that one flower at a large aperture (f/4) and let the surrounding blossoms or petals go to blur. I did not use a tripod for the following image. I got down low and focused my camera upwards to find an interesting angle.

Finding a different angle on the tulips.
Finding a different angle on the tulips.

 

 

Possibilities for photographing tulips were endless and the colors were so stunning it was easy to find good subjects.

Pink Tulips and Blue Flowers
Pink Tulips and Blue Flowers

Another thing you will notice at the Keukenhof Gardens is how the flowers beds are planted   with flowers of complementary colors such as this curving flower bed of purple and orange tulips. The colors are even more stunning when they are in large groupings.

Complementary Colors
Complementary Colors

 

Now I have plans to plant tulips in the ground around my home. The bulbs will be planted in the fall. Can’t wait to see them and photograph them.

For more information about the Keukenhof Gardens, you can visit their site here.

For my next blog I will explore the city of Amsterdam. Thanks for reading along.