Spring is a beautiful season in the Netherlands. Every year, there are many different flowers to see and photograph. You might know me for my many years of photographing tulips. But there are so many more beautiful flowers to see in the Netherlands!

During spring we occasionally get some very cold nights here during spring with temperatures dropping way below zero. When that happens, fruit growers spray all of their fruit trees with water during the night and early morning. This actually protects flowers, the opposite of what you would expect. Sleepless nights for the fruit growers, but beautiful frozen flowers in the morning. The water freezes around the flowers and buds and gives a protective layer for the ‘real’ destructive frost. In the morning, the water unfreezes from the first sunlight, and most flowers awaken untouched! The frozen water around the flowers gives a magical effect!

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Awaken

Awaken

Plum blossoms awakens two hours after sunrise by the first sunlight under a blue sky.

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#2

Water Spray

Water Spray

Water spray constantly spraying the little flower buds of pear blossoms, making the water freeze around them and also causing beautiful ice pinnacles below them.

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#3

Red Dots

Red Dots

The little red flower buds are apple blossoms.

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#4

Asleep

Asleep

Here you can see how the water bulbs are still thick as this was photographed before the sun rose with temperatures still way below zero. The ice is crystal clear as you can see the little flower bud right through it.

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#5

Apple Buds

Apple Buds

I really liked the contrast between the red buds and the crystal clear ice created by the water. The red really makes it pop through the ice.

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#6

Tie

Tie

Sometimes the ice creates spectacular structures around the flowers. In this case, it looks like a tie!

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#7

Orchard

Orchard

A wider view of the trees getting sprayed by the water with the first light of the day.

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most likely not human
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

as am amateur photographer, I really love all of these

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Apple Baby

Apple Baby

Super close up of an apple blossom bud in its very early stage.

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most likely not human
Community Member
8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

this reminds me of those resin flower jewelry charms people wear, so pretty!!

#9

In Peace

In Peace

Getting very close to the little apple blossom buds where you can see how they are ‘in peace’ in their little shell of frozen water.

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Judy Reynolds
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And when the ice thaws, the buds go on to blossom!

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Frozen Half

Frozen Half

Taken more than 2 hours after sunset when this water bulb melted halfway, exposing the flower the sun unharmed.

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#11

Red Icycles

Red Icycles

A slightly wider view of the apple blossoms.

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#12

Frozen Flower

Frozen Flower

Frozen blossoms, that actually look like just one flower on itself with the frozen structure.

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Teresa Stabler
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's remarkable how each one gets encapsulated instead of it just being one big blob of ice.

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Frozen Duo

Frozen Duo

Two flowers that awaken from their melted ice.

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James Draper
Community Member
8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

great picture ...I loved seeing this picture.

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