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Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal

As the Northern Hemisphere descends towards Winter, through the Fall, this image speaks to the renewal of Spring. CIA took this photo of the bulbs which spring up everywhere in the Netherlands as the snow melts, and the sun starts to make itself felt.

Mostly Daffodils, Leiden, NL


Photo by CIA, near Da Kooi; we were completely surprised when this otherwise ordinary stretch of public space was suddenly transformed into this verdant field of flowers.

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  1. That’s just amazing!

    November 10, 2012
    • You should see the bollenstreek (bulb fields); they make this look like a flower pot…! Completely worth a visit to the Netherlands.

      November 10, 2012
  2. Beautiful! My boyfriend, who spent many of his youngest years living in the Netherlands, is at this very moment out buying bulbs with our son. We are very much looking forward to some renewal of this nature!

    November 10, 2012
    • We miss the Netherlands a lot, and we only left a month ago! I suppose as summer sets in here, and we look at the dropping temperatures there though, we’ll start to smile (double summer!).

      I hope the bulbs grow well, and that you and yours enjoy them.

      November 10, 2012
  3. There’s nothing like a carpet of flowers. Great photo.

    November 10, 2012
  4. I love the autumn, but when I see your photo I’m reminded that I love the spring as well! But right now I’m looking forward to the winter 🙂

    November 10, 2012
    • I am super-happy to be skipping a winter this year; two years ago we went from winter here in New Zealand to winter over in the Netherlands. So we’re finally getting our missed summer back!

      For me, a little snow goes a very long way…

      November 10, 2012
      • I like the winter, but it lasts too long… Two winters in a row? Definitely too much winter!

        November 11, 2012
  5. Hah! So how does it feel to go from Spring to Summer and back to Spring? xoM

    November 10, 2012
  6. I didn’t know the CIA took an interest in such things! 😉

    November 10, 2012
  7. #

    Do they smell wonderful??

    November 10, 2012
    • Good question – I remember the flowers very well, but the olfactory part of the equation I don’t recall at all!

      November 10, 2012
  8. The flowers are so beautiful.

    November 11, 2012
  9. i miss my garden 😦

    November 11, 2012
    • We miss ours too, but are going to embark on a balcony-ensconced, pot-based vege garden (where there’s a will, there’s a way, right?); still the amazing thing about the bulbs here is that this isn’t a garden, it’s just a bit of median strip! The Netherlands really knows what it’s doing with bulbs…

      November 17, 2012
  10. I wish I can see these flowers for real! so pretty! 🙂 I guess every part of Netherlands is lovely, my friend used to live there and all her photos were so beautiful!

    November 16, 2012
    • I don’t know about everywhere in the Netherlands being beautiful – but much of it is, much of the time! Whereabouts did your friend live, and what was she doing there?

      November 17, 2012
  11. Beautiful! I was in the Netherlands many years ago and amazed at the beauty of the fields and fields of bulbs . . . ribbons of color as far as the eye could see.

    November 17, 2012

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