Behold: mother nature’s quilt. Holland, for hundreds of years, has grown more tulips than anywhere in the world. Tulips, which thrive between March and May after being planted in the fall, come in a variety of shapes and colors. In fact, tulips have been cultivated in every color except for classic blue. Some are perennials, meaning they continue to grow back year after year, while tulips in colder climates sprout up from the ground just once.
Take a springtime drive through the Dutch countryside, and you’re bound to see rows and rows of these hearty, colorful blooms. But step back even further – from the distance of an airplane, perhaps – and you’ll see that hundreds of rows of carefully-sowed bulbs morph into a breathtaking display of colorful stripes.
Photographs by Bruxelles5 on Flickr