The Tulip Fields: aerial photographs of millions of tulips grown in the Netherlands

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We brought you Tom Hegen's stunning aerial Salt series where he documented salt production in Europe, taking photographs from above using a drone. Now brace yourselves for his latest collection, focusing on the tulip fields of the Netherlands.

"Dutch tulip farmers grow around two billion tulips every year," the German photographer explains. "The Flowers come into full bloom for three to four weeks a year, between April and May. Once the tulips are in full bloom, the farmers run cutting machines through their fields, lopping off the colourful flower heads. This is done so that the remaining energy of the flower gets directed back to the bulb so that it will bloom better and stronger. Mainly the tulip bulbs are sold, rather than the blooming flower head itself.

"In 2015, a total of 926 different tulip cultivars were supplied via the flower auction. The Dutch horticulture sector is the international market leader in flowers, plants and bulbs. Some 77% of all flower bulbs traded worldwide come from the Netherlands."

Using a DJI drone and the camera pointing directly downwards, Tom's resulting images show the impact of these tulip fields, picking out the colours and patterns that come about from this manmade annual event. Tom adds: "I am attracted by the abstraction that comes with the change of perspective; seeing something familiar from a new vantage point that you are not used to. A drone just enables you to see more."

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