On Saturday morning I read an article about the general weather situation in Europe. The situation is very strange. A low-pressure area at the Azores Islands leads the warm air to the north. So, Iceland has temperatures around 20°C while the south has only 10-15°C.
Here in my region we currently have cold nights, only a bit above the freezing point and 8-12°C during the days. Usually May should be a warm pre-summer month. But, that’s not too rare to have some cold days in die middle of may. You know, each day has a patron or saint. And because of the phenomena of having remarkable colder days in the middle of May, these days are called ‘Ice Saints‘ (Mamertus, Pankratius, Servatius, Bonifatius and Sophia – May 11th – 15th). It’s know as a farmers rule for centuries. This year, they are very early and have much power. This conditions are for about 3 weeks now and there is no sign of change visible up to now.
In the middle of June, there is a second cold spot, know as sheeps cold.
This is my contribution to Monochrome Madness organized by Leanne Cole. Look at here site on Thursday (Australian time), to see many more monochrome images created by many other talented photographers from all over the world.
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Tulips are sawn by putting onions in the ground. That’s different from i.e. weeds, grass or many flowers. Here you only have tiny seeds, often not much
bigger than pinhead. Thus, you won’t expect to find plants i.e in the unploughed strip or in the boundary ridge. So, you won’t imagine that such a big seed would get lost. But, it happens, as you can see.
Living in the row means shelter for each single flower. So, i.e. they can stand hard wind easier or cold nights. Although, some of them seemed to have decided to live their own live, separate from the others, more than a meter (more than 3 feet) away from their siblings in the rows. And they are also still standing.
It seems to be similar to us. Some people also decide to live their own live, independent from others and different in style.
Respect each individual. Regardless of their origin and their (cultural) background.
When I was in the tulip fields last week, I was surprised by a few flowers in the rows. The tulips grow in long rows of tulips of the same color and the same shape – all flowers of the same kind. This is necessary, because, as I also wrote in my last post, the onions are meant to be sold correctly sorted in homogenous collies. But, every now and then, there was a single different flower. The aliens were usually only different in color and / or shape, but I also found hyacinths between the tulips. A funny surprise.
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Last year I was introduced to tulip patches here in our region and wrote about here and here. I knew about the tulip farms in the Nederlands, but wasn’t aware, that there are also tulip farms here in Germany. Friends of mine are living in that area, so I asked them to drop me a note, when the tulips are out.
I hope, you’ll enjoy them as much as I do. So, don’t miss the gallery at the end of this post.
As I mentioned last year, Continue reading “Tulips everywhere”
My last post was on a tulip field, I got introduced to by a friend. Now, I want to show you a few of the different tulips. I was very surprised of the huge variety. Even I know tulips differing in color and size. but, here were tulips of shapes I’ve never seen before.
Originally, Continue reading “Tulips”
The Netherlands are well-known as a flower growing country and the flower everyone connects with the Netherlands first is the tulip, even tulips originating from Persia. I heard about big fields with tulips and was eager to visit one for taking photographs. But going on a trip Continue reading “Flowers everywhere”