Photographer's Note

Wrong, Tulips are originally coming from Turkey. Most people associate tulips with Holland, "tulips from Amsterdam" as the song goes, But even before a European envoy found them in the ornamental garden of a Turkish sultan, they were popular with the Indian shahs. They were originally native to Turkey, Iran, Syria and parts of Asia and have been cultivated in Europe since the 16th century.
It was the Dutch who began to breed them in 1593. The first tulip bulb was planted by the Dutch botanist Carolus Clusius, he was the director of the Holy Roman emperor's garden in Vienna (1573–87), in the Hortus Botanicus of Leiden and by 1633 the Dutch upper classes had been gripped by Tulip mania. Bulb merchants were earning the equivalent of $56.000 a month by trading in futures. Bulbs were changing hands for up to $750 the equivalent of $750.000 today, while they were still in the ground and before the buyer had even seen it in flower!

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Date/Time: 2004:05:15
Shutter speed: 1/400 sec
Aperture: 4.0
Exposure mode: Program
Flash: Off
Metering mode: Evaluative
Drive mode: Single frame shooting
ISO: 100
Lens: 70.0 to 200.0 mm
Focal length: 200.0mm
Subject distance: 0.294 m
AF mode: AI Servo AF
Image size: 3072 x 2048
Image quality: Raw
White balance: Auto
Color space: AdobeRGB
Saturation: Normal
Sharpness: Normal
Contrast: Normal
Tone: Normal

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