My daytrip at the Keukenhof Gardens, a mere 3 years ago, was absolutely perfect. The sun was out, shiny and warm, the drive through the tulip fields was dreamy and the gardens were filled of millions of colorful flowers. It really didn’t get any better than that.

While any level of photographer would be in heaven there, the amateur-blogger-photographer (yes, that is an official level) in me opted for the macro lens that day. And boy, I’m so glad I did! I got some amazing shots with an  incredible amount of details – despite the fact that it’s been a while since my visit, these flowers still adorn my screensaver today. Have a look at my very best photos of Keukenhof Gardens for yourself!

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This one is probably my favorite of all. I love how the yellow slowly merges into vibrant red. Nature really does know how to make pretty things!

There’s no doubt in my mind that if you visit Amsterdam in the spring, you simply MUST make a daytrip to the Gardens, even if you are not a nature’s lover or the proud owner of a green thumb (I am neither – I hate camping and I killed an aloe vera). The drive through the tulip fields alone is worth the trip! Tickets are only €21, and I think it’s rather well spent euros. Even though back then, I was totally broke during that leg of my eurotrip and finished the day eating crackers by a canal for dinner – it was still worth it.

Have you ever been to the Keukenhof Gardens? What’s your favorite photo of the Gardens?

 

17 comments

  1. Comment by Katherina

    Katherina Reply April 18, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Wow, lovely pictures, Marie!!

  2. Comment by JoAnna

    JoAnna Reply April 18, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    I’m so smitten for macro flower photos. I’ve done a few photo essays of them myself on my blog as well.

  3. Comment by Alexa Meisler

    Alexa Meisler Reply April 18, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Beautiful. Lovely. I’m sure they smell as amazing as they look! Great shots.

  4. Comment by Andrea

    Andrea Reply April 18, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    These flowers are just stunning – the first few look so interesting with their toothed petals – never seen those before!

  5. Comment by Hawaii Vacation

    Hawaii Vacation Reply April 19, 2012 at 9:26 am

    I absolutely love the Keukenhof gardens. Agree it is one of the best places to make macro pictures though making landscape is also pretty impressive there as you can choose the angle so that it captures different colours.

  6. Comment by Christy @ Technosyncratic

    Christy @ Technosyncratic Reply April 19, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    You’re getting me SO excited to visit! Unfortunately the weather forecast for the Amsterdam area is showing rain for the next week, but I’m hoping we get some sunshine. The flowers look so much prettier with sun on them. :)

  7. Comment by MikeG

    MikeG Reply April 21, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Nice Pics, i live 4km from the Keukenhof, i visid it every week, i think that every one who visit the Keukenhof has a camera ;-)

    Your (macro)pics are great.

    Greetz from The Netherlands.

  8. Comment by Laurence

    Laurence Reply April 24, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Spectacular macro shots :) I visited the Keukenhof about 20 years ago, remember it being very flowery!

    • Comment by Marie

      Marie Reply April 24, 2012 at 3:22 pm

      Thank you so much – I’m glad you like them! Funny how Keukenhof changes but remains the same.

  9. Comment by Laura @Travelocafe

    Laura @Travelocafe Reply April 29, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Count me in! I am a great macro lover.

    • Comment by Marie

      Marie Reply May 14, 2012 at 11:00 pm

      Especially with such pretty subjects!

  10. Comment by Lucie

    Lucie Reply May 10, 2012 at 12:52 am

    Thank you for this beautiful article, I’m going to Amsterdam in one week, and seriously considering a trip to go see the tulips…

    • Comment by Marie

      Marie Reply May 14, 2012 at 10:42 pm

      You should :-) It’s the most amazing thing ever! You’re going to be a bit late for the flower fields in the countryside but the garden will be quite lovely.

  11. Comment by Mary @ Green Global Travel

    Mary @ Green Global Travel Reply May 31, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Great photos. You capture the texture of the flowers beautifully!

    • Comment by Marie

      Marie Reply May 31, 2012 at 11:24 pm

      Thank you! :)

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