Woodland Tulip Festival Photo Gallery

A beautiful look at spring on the other side of the world

Benno Dobbe grew up where these pictures were taken.

With more than 10,000 hectares (25,000 acres) 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 ready to be picked and sold as bunches of cut flowers at 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.

1) In the first picture, millions of tulips can be seen coming into flower.

2) 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.

3) The fields of north western Holland explode into a colorful springtime display.

4) Final photo ... a view from eye-level.

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