Some 300 years ago the Dutch began to go wild over tulips (See previous story). Today they still grow them by the millions.
Tor Eigeland, who lives in Spain and free-lances for such publications as National Geographic, International Wildlife and Smithsonian magazine, photographed the fields and flowers on these pages along Holland's sandy, wind-swept North Sea coast between The Hague, Leiden and Haarlem and at Keukenh of gardens, showplace of Dutch bulb-growers, near Lisse. Tulips bloom in the Netherlands between mid-March and mid-May peaking sometime around the middle of that period, depending on how long winter lingers.
At Keukenhof (the name, dating from the 15th century, means "kitchen garden") over 800,000 visitors stroll each spring beside canals, a lake and a windmill, through wooded parks and vast greenhouses to admire outdoor sculpture, swans and, of course, the flowers; flowers everywhere, especially tulips in every shape, pattern and color.
There are some six million blossoms on display in all - the choicest specimens of Holland's glowing yearly bounty.