One Yellow in a Sea of Purple

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    Tulip cultivation in the fields of north Norfolk.

    Most of the tulip growers around Spalding have moved their operations to Holland and now grow daffodils earlier in the year. Last year I was only able to find one grower left in the and he grows specialist tulip varieties in smaller numbers under glass. However, somewhat by chance, whilst exploring some back roads on the way to Hunstanton last year, I did find a field of tulips near Swaffham which is a little reminiscent of the wide expanses of fields that could be found in New Holland a decade ago.

    Although its somewhat counter-intuitive when faced with a field of flowers, the tulips are actually being grown for their bulbs - the flowers are a waste product. In fact the grower has a special mower on tall legs which can run along the rows cutting all the heads off. A beneficial side effect is that the petals will be used to decorate the floats in the Spalding Flower Festival this bank holiday weekend.


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    1. Kovis 73 months ago | reply

      Congratulations Andrew! You are a winner of Round 1 of the CY 5's are Wild Challenges. This photo is now eligible to compete in Round 2 of the 5's are Wild Special Challenges.

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      You may post this photo in a future regular challenge, as long as it is not the photo you choose to compete in Round 2 of the 5's are Wild Challenges.

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    2. Jaffuel 73 months ago | reply

      great shot

    3. julioc. 72 months ago | reply

      perfectly composed and with such vibrant colors... great shot Andrew.

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    4. Mind Meld 72 months ago | reply

      Awesome vivid colors and a marvelous composition.
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    5. Phil Carpenter 72 months ago | reply

      Stunning colours and composition. I have read somewhere that these fields were around in Norfolk but have never come across one as yet. A great find.....!

    6. [deleted] 72 months ago | reply

      The Spalding Flower Festival must be a fantastic show.
      This image certainly is! The yellow against the purple, - wow!
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    7. anglia24 72 months ago | reply

      Magnificent colour. so seasonal~~~*

    8. saxonfenken 72 months ago | reply

      Tremendous Tulip shot, I had one like that but seem to have lost it this year.
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    9. Juan B.E. 72 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Jotbe's Group (Invited Only) - Give 2 Awards, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    10. Teri A 72 months ago | reply

      Andrew, this is such a wonderful photo. I love everything about it!

    11. stevenbulman44 72 months ago | reply

      This should be on the cover of a book on flowers or how to photograph them. Superbly done, this is gorgeous.

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    12. Eli K Hayasaka 71 months ago | reply

      Wow. That's great!
      I love that color contrast!

      re: Yes, that's an old train carriage.

      Best regards!
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    13. Koeshke 71 months ago | reply

      Absolutely lovely shot. Well done.

    14. ~Terri~P~ 71 months ago | reply

      Outstanding in so many ways!

    15. fulham phil 64 months ago | reply

      Simply stunning photo, would grace any wall.

    16. ஐ doro 51 ஐ lentamente ritornare :) 63 months ago | reply

      What fantastic colours and wonderful picture!!

    17. valentino * 53 months ago | reply

      bella fotografia

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