A calm, yet colorful scene in Keukenhof Park, Netherlands.
What can I say about Keukenhof….? Well, it’s a big flower garden / park outside of Amsterdam, that’s only open to the public for 2 months out of the year — and during those two months, it’s covered in mind-blowing levels of floral color. We were able to visit it this year, and it’s got to be one of the most amazing visual experiences that I’ve ever had.
If you’ve ever seen “The Wizard of Oz,” there’s this one transition after Dorothy’s house crash lands on the Wicked Witch of the East, and her door opens to show a ridiculously saturated colorful landscape (quite a contrast to the black & white film that preceded it!). Walking into Keukenhof is a lot like that — you can be almost giddy from the sensory overload at first. In recent years (aside from the COVID shutdown), about 1.5 million visitors from across the globe come to see it each year (so, averaging about 26,000 visitors per day).
OM System OM-1, 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro II lens
f/8.0, 20 mm, 1/60 sec, ISO 320