Road Trip around Holland//Tulip Fields and Windmills

Yay Road Trip!

Towards the end of April 2017, I spent a few days travelling around Holland in search of the tulip fields and windmills. Based in Rotterdam, by car I travelled north to the small island of Texel. On the way I  visited Keukenhof Gardens, The Molencomplex and continually stopped by the roadside to photograph the colourful Bloemen fields.

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I took the Canon 450D on this trip with a standard lens. no tripod, but picked up plenty of Tony’s Salted Caramel Chocolate, Yummy.

 

 

 

Unfortunately the weather throughout the trip was cold, wet and hailstones, not  perfect conditions for taking photos, but you have to make the best of it and with a bit of perseverance and patience I managed to get the shots I wanted of the beautiful flowers and charming windmills. I was extremely lucky to see so many fields still in bloom and even managed to follow by foot, the tractor cutting the tulips.

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Harvesting the Tulip Fields

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Keukenhof Gardens, Lisse. The gardens were understandably very busy.  Bright and colourful tulips were in abundance. A sea of colour it was hard to pick which flowers to photograph, they were all so beautiful. Below are the tulips I managed to capture between the crowds of people.

 

In comparison, by photographing at the roadside there was more time to compose the shot and  soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the experience. Wind Turbines boomed away beside the rich coloured fields creating a dramatic scene.

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The Molencomplex  is a world heritage site and home to 19 windmills. A tranquil  place and a pleasure to visit. It was a quiet day (perhaps the rain had deterred people form visiting) I spent many hours here walking around the site and using the many footpaths to gain a different perspective of the windmills. A walk further out of the area I came across a small agricultural field with a cow posing in the perfect position, in front of the windmills.

 

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All photos have been post edited in Capture One Pro and a bit of tweaking in iphotos, no photoshop.

I hope you have enjoyed looking through the photographs.