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Aerial view of the Netherlands’ tulip fields

Though it might not feel like it yet in your neck of the woods, spring is just around the corner (hey, we’re being optimistic here), and that means the Netherlands is preparing for nature and the nation’s tulip farmers to start painting the landscape with a spectacular palette of color.

Norman Szkop (aka Flickr’s Bruxelles5) has a stunning collection of aerial shots taken in 2011.

Flying over the Tulips Fields in Anna Paulowna a municipality and a town in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland.

The tulip has come to be a loved symbol of the Netherlands. Many tourists visit the country just to see the bright coloured flower and the astonishing view over the bulb fields. The season begins in March with crocuses, followed by the daffodil and the yellow narcissi. In April the hyacinths and tulips blosssom to some time in mid May, depending on the weather. Later, in August it is time for the gladioli. Even when spring is over, the Netherlands is still a garden, visitors can enjoy flowers in the Netherlands all year round.

In no time at all, these little beauties will be popping up in a yard near you, so hang in there, folks.

Full story at Bruxelles5 @ Flickr via Twisted Sifter.

Bird’s eye view of the Netherlands.

Photo credit: Bruxelles5

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