Colorful Photographs of Tulip Fields As Seen From an Airplane


The colors you see in these photographs are real — they’re not simply landscapes modified using Photoshop. They’re photographs of tulip fields captured by French photographer Normann Szkop from the air.

Szkop captured the dazzling landscapes while sitting in a Cesna airplane above Anna Paulowna, a town in the Netherlands. He writes,

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 the 20th century, the bulb flower business continued to boom, resulting in the establishment of auction and trading houses, large-scale cultivators and cooperatives. Today, The Netherlands exports bulbflowers in large quantities to over a hundred countries worldwide.











Szkop managed to capture tens of these colorful landscape shots during his flight. You can see all of them in this Flickr set titled “Flying over the Tulips Fields.”

Flying over the Tulips Fields [Flickr via Colossal]

Image credits: Photographs by Normann Szkop and used with permission

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  • Jonathan Maniago

    Like defragmenting a disk drive on Windows XP.

  • Leonardo Abreu


  • Mansgame

    They take tulips VERY seriously there. Just absolutely gorgeous. Would love to get in there with a macro lens and an ultra-wide angle lens.

  • Mansgame

    I see a few bad sectors there.

  • FP


  • Alberto Monteraz

    Wonderful subject, poor photographs IMHO, not the best angle and framing certainly, color could be better and the crappy and strong light does not help either.

  • Philip Esarza

    fake. definitely farmville. lol

  • Anneke Reiss

    this is definately NOT fake Philip… I live here… in the middle of those fields and although I have never seen it from a plane it certainly does look this way!

  • alksdjf

    Angle and framing are certainly an opinion

  • Marcus Spencer
  • Jos Zomerplaag

    I live in Amsterdam and I see those tulipfield very often. Not realising how wonderfull and special they are for people abroad

  • Bryan Philippi

    That is indeed quite beautiful. And to think I live right here but never really looked twice at tulips. I never knew people abroad would be so interested in them =p

  • Alberto Monteraz

    Sure, that is why I said IMHO

  • shaifuddin

    nice colors, I’d love to fly over it in like a bird and more get shots.