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“Although tulips are associated with Holland, both the flower and its name originated in the Ottoman Empire. The tulip is actually not a Dutch flower as many people tend to believe.

The tulip, or "Lale" (from Persian لاله, lâleh) as it is called in Turkey, is a flower indigenous to Iran, Afghanistan, Turkey and other parts of Central Asia.

After being described in a letter by the Dutch ambassador in Turkey in the 16th century, Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq, who was also a great floral enthusiast, tulips were brought to Europe in the 16th century; the word tulip, which earlier in English appeared in such forms as tulipa or tulipant, entered the language by way of French tulipe and its obsolete form tulipan or by way of Modern Latin tulīpa, from Ottoman Turkish tülbend, "muslin, gauze." (Wikipedia)

I took this tulip in early May when we were dreaming of a hot summer!

F16 1/100th sec zoom at 300mm spot metered natural evening light

Thank you for stopping by my peony and leaving your comments. Hoping you will like this one,


Tags: Flower Garden Tulip Gloucestershire Flowers and plants Close-up and macro

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thetriguy 11 23 12 United States
26 Sep 2008 12:06PM
Beautiful image.
Best, Bill

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TyChee Plus
11 275 1 United States
26 Sep 2008 12:12PM
Perfect lighting in this.
CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
26 Sep 2008 12:32PM
Stunning image, Jean-Noel, perfect lighting and presentation. Carol
26 Sep 2008 1:07PM
Beautiful lighting
26 Sep 2008 1:10PM
Lovely presentation and very well lit.

Nice on.

photophantom 8 108 3 Philippines
26 Sep 2008 1:14PM
3D beauty!
26 Sep 2008 1:42PM
Super colours, textures and lighting. Looks good against the dark background. An interesting write up too; I admit I always thought tulips originated in Holland.

SlowSong Plus
8 6.4k 29 England
26 Sep 2008 2:03PM
The petals fall really nicely into shapes. Very pretty. Thanks for all the info too.
26 Sep 2008 3:19PM
beautiful image, great color and light.
piccy 10 8 Wales
26 Sep 2008 3:45PM
A very nice tulip and so well taken. Let's hope next years blooms herald a better summer.
26 Sep 2008 3:53PM
Wonderful colours and a great play with light and shadows.
Bob_V 9 1 2 United States
26 Sep 2008 4:10PM
Marvelous light and color in this beauty, so well captured and presented.
26 Sep 2008 4:52PM
Beautiful.... superb lighting

HUMIE 9 2 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2008 5:46PM
Beautiful colour in this JNC....super light too.

cjl47 8 4 3 England
26 Sep 2008 6:01PM
Gorgeous, superb colour and detail.
Portknockie 12 48 Scotland
27 Sep 2008 5:11PM
Beautiful colour and a great shot..

Rock Plus
14 10 2 England
27 Sep 2008 7:50PM
Great shot.

27 Sep 2008 10:28PM
wonderful colour nice capture
norton 12 6 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2008 2:01PM
Lovely image the colour and lighting are superb,well captured JNC...........

dianah 10 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2008 10:27AM
This is beautiful Jean Noel..wonderful silky feel to the petals and the colour is glorious against the black.
hellsbells8868 8 151 2 Wales
30 Sep 2008 9:28PM
Beautiful image...
1 Oct 2008 10:11AM
Great bit of info on a nice flower. Superb light,
Misty56 8 22 1 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2008 10:52AM
Hi Jean
just surfing through the gallery, came cross youo photo's
all i can say is they photos with a driffrence, love the lighting,
the way you made it look so dramtic


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