Caught My Eye: Tulips

18 Feb

Before they came the air was calm enough,

Coming and going, breath by breath, without any fuss.

Then the tulips filled it up like a loud noise.

Now the air snags and eddies round them the way a river

Snags and eddies round a sunken rust-red engine.

They concentrate my attention, that was happy

Playing and resting without committing itself.

~ From Tulips, by Sylvia Plath

My mother sent a version of these photos and the text below to me in an email today (which reminded me of the poem) and kinda filled me with awe, so I wanted to share.  I tried to track down the original source or photographer with no luck,  looks like it’s been traveling around the interweb  for a couple of years now.  But, I did stumble onto this version with the gorgeous photos made into a video and set to one of my favorite songs, which is even more magical! Enjoy a little glimpse of spring to come.

“At first glance, it looks like a giant child armed with a box of crayons has been set loose upon the landscape. Vivid stripes of purple, yellow, red, pink, orange and green make up a glorious Technicolor patchwork. Yet far from being a child’s sketchbook, this is, in fact, the northern Netherlands in the middle of the tulip season. With more than 10,000 hectares devoted to the cultivation of these delicate flowers, the Dutch landscape in May is a kaleidoscope of giddy colors as the tulips burst into life. The bulbs were planted in late October and early November, and these colorful creations are now ready to be picked and sold as bunches of cut flowers in florists and supermarkets. More than three billion tulips are grown each year and two-thirds of the vibrant blooms are exported, mostly to the U.S.and Germany.

Their dazzling colors are thanks to the years in the 17th century when Tulip mania swept the globe and the most eye-catching specimens changed hands for a small fortune. But like a rainbow, this colorful landscape is a short-lived phenomenon. When the flowers are gone, the land will be cultivated for a rather more mundane crop of vegetables. The Netherlands produce more than nine million bulbs a year.”

– Original Source Unknown

5 Responses to “Caught My Eye: Tulips”

  1. Carol February 23, 2011 at 12:47 pm #

    Thanks for the glimpse of spring on this snowy day.

  2. Bex February 23, 2011 at 2:39 pm #

    Carol, maybe you can post some pictures of the snow for us here in AZ! I just had to bring my nephew in from outside because I was getting sunburnt! Our winter lasted a whole week this year I’m afraid.

  3. Carl V. February 24, 2011 at 5:01 pm #

    How lovely! Even more so as I sit here typing on a sleet-filled, cold day. I have always liked flowers but it wasn’t until a few years ago that I really became aware of how beautiful tulips are. There is something so amazing about them and I think I like them better than roses when it comes to a choice of flowers to buy for my wife.

    • Bex February 25, 2011 at 11:43 pm #

      They have more personality and vibrancy to them in my opinion than roses. I especially love the variegated colored ones. They always remind me of my childhood in Idaho, they were all over in the spring there!

  4. Carl V. February 26, 2011 at 6:52 am #

    Back when my wife turned 30 (which was a while ago) I bought her 30 tulips instead of roses and the arrangement was gorgeous. We have a few gardens near my work that plant tulips and although they are only around briefly they are very beautiful.

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