Four years after arriving in the Netherlands, I still get a buzz of excitement as the spring approaches and the Dutch bulb fields start to explode with colour. The bulb fields in Holland are a unique part of the landscape for three months of the year from March till May. If you have never experienced the riot of colour, or smelling a field of hyacinths before you even see it – you have missed out on something in life!
Every year I take the trip over to the North West of Holland at least three times during the bulb flowering window. From week to week the landscape changes, as each of the bulb species takes its turn on the stage, which is why I love to go so many times! Early on in the season the fields are a riot of every shade of yellow you can imagine as the daffodils flower, and then follow the pink, purple, blue and white hyacinths. Last but by no means least the tulips take the stage from mid-April – and they come in every colour you could imagine!
Driving the areas of Holland where the bulb fields are most prolific as a photographer is like driving a child through a sweet shop, I find myself wanting to stop every 5 minutes as a new block of colour appears on the side of the road. Often I spot a colour in the distance, and then it’s a bit like a treasure hunt to figure out how to get to it!
I have had the pleasure of showing many friends and family this amazing landscape for a number of years, and in 2016 for the first time, I organised a tour of the bulb fields, especially for photographers from The Guild of Photographers.
In 2016 Nathalie, Ed and Nicola joined me for 3 days and we all had a wonderful time - Both Nathalie and Ed have kindly written a few words about the tour.
“This was a fantastic few days away with like-minded creatives in a fabulously photogenic location. Charlie was a great guide who had planned everything out to the smallest detail. Although the weather didn’t always cooperate (we lost the opportunity for a balloon trip over the tulip fields), we never struggled for something to point our cameras towards. However, the stars of the tour were not the lines of colourful tulips, or the photogenic windmills, or the delightful meals, or refreshing coffee breaks, or pretty canals and wonderful architecture, but instead the 3 other people on the tour. Everyone shared, everyone laughed, everyone enjoyed and everyone left as friends.” - Ed Burrows
"My first ever night/long exposure photography - and what a beautiful place to try it out - I couldn't have wished for more helpful and talented people to help - Charlotte was so encouraging and there was nothing she couldn't or wouldn't do to make our trip as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Highly recommend this trip" - Nathalie Rouquette
In 2017 the Tulips of Amsterdam photo tour will once again run with the support of the Guild of Photographers from the 24th - 28th April - an extra day longer this year and inclusive of all accommodation and food. The tour will be a unique opportunity to experience the Dutch bulb fields in a small group of like minded, enthusiastic photographers.
Join us for a fantastic colourful 4 day photographic journey in Holland. A complete sensory experience. This tour offers a full 4 day itinerary, offering a diverse range of photographic opportunities. Explore the Colourful bulb fields of North Holland, visit the world famous Keukenhof Gardens, enjoy a guided photo tour of Amsterdam, photograph beautiful windmills and traditional Dutch villages ; all whilst enjoying the company of other like minded photographers.
Not only will you see and photograph the unique landscapes of this country, but you will also smell and taste what makes this country unique. There is nothing quite like smelling a field of hyacinths before you even see it, and of course Holland is world famous for its cheese.
In a small group of 6 photographers plus your guide and (an experienced photographer and Craftsman with the Guild) you will travel throughout North Holland, photographing the beautiful bulb fields in bloom, traditional windmills and pretty Dutch villages.
A trip to the world famous Keukenhof Gardens is included in the trip. Enter as it opens and enjoy the tranquility and perfection that can only be achieved by an early morning visit.
Weather allowing we will take to the air above the tulips for a once in a lifetime opportunity to photograph the fields from above. The balloon flight being especially scheduled for this tour.
Holland is famous for its windmills. You will visit the mills of Schermerhorn – a UNESCO world heritage site to photograph, and if you wish, you may explore inside.
Everyone has heard of Edam cheese – those cute Baby Bell adverts! The small town of Edam is beautiful and very photogenic. With its tiny canals, wooden houses and cobbled streets, you will find yourself in a world away from bustling Amsterdam where you arrived into the country.
Your tour concludes with a guided afternoon into evening photo tour of Amsterdam. With a guide who knows where all the best photographic opportunities are, you will be left to enjoy the image making rather than the map reading!