I have always loved tulips.  In the spring I always look forward to the Atlanta Botanical Show and the beautiful flowers they have on display.  One of my gillty pleasures is researching festivals or special events around the world. When I plan traveling destinations, I want to go somewhere that I can experience something incredible and something unique that I can’t experience back at home.  Recently I was browsing through Flickr and just fell in love with the Netherlands in the spring.  Every March the fields just outside Amsterdam turn from ashy patches into geometric patterns of color. It’s right of of a Wizard of Oz movie. Beautiful reds, purples, pinks and yellows are on display in tulips at full bloom, a sight that truly looks like a piece of living art. Abstract rainbows of color fill the landscape in these beautiful photos by French photographer Normann Szkop, who hopped in a Cesna with pilot Claython Pender to soar above the tulip fields in Anna Paulowna, a town in North Holland. Collectively, the millions of neatly planted flowers create sprawling patterns and designs that tourists flock to witness with their own eyes every season.  You must check out the entire 100+ photograph set over on Flickr. This is an event that only lasts a month before the farmers cut all the tulips down and sell them for us to purchase, so the window to see them is small.  I am always looking for places to travel with my husband Gable and I think this may have to be on the list.  At the very least these images are the perfect inspiration for my next painting.  Stay tuned and in a couple of weeks I shall have a post on my progress!
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