The Netherlands’ Keukenhof was closed to the general public for the first time in 71 years. In the meantime, the Dutch photographer Albert Dros had the opportunity of a lifetime to visit this place.
As we all are cooped up indoors due to the quarantine orders, most-populated tourist spots also look barren and empty. But it’s also a good thing for some overcrowded hot spots. The world-famous flower garden, The Netherlands’ Keukenhof looks even more breathtaking with not having any visitors. Dutch photographer Albert Dros contacted the authorities over at Keukenhof to ask if he could fulfill his one lifelong desire: to photograph the garden while there were no visitors around and they agreed. He shared the stunning views he was able to capture in a now-viral Facebook post.
He stated in his Facebook post “As a real Dutch man, I am a big fan of our flowers. And as a landscape photographer, I enjoy our beautiful spring each year in which I always find time to photograph the flowers and show the beauty of the Dutch flowers to the whole world. Most of you probably know the world-famous Keukenhof, the most beautiful tulip garden in the world. Every year millions of tourists visit this garden. That’s a huge lot considering the garden is only open in spring! Every year, a hard-working crew makes sure the garden looks as good as ever, including this year!” Dros had visited Keukenhof every single year to take photographs. But, this year was very special as there was no one else, bar him and the work crew.
The flower garden was closed to the general public owing to the new-coronavirus for the first time in over seven decades. Even though it is closed, the dedicated crew of gardeners was still taking care of the beautiful foliage. He wrote, “The flowers look incredible and get as much attention and care as always. All the passionate gardeners do their work as they’re used to. Because even without people, nature and the show of the garden goes on.” He visited Keukenhof and got to work, clicking some phenomenal photos of the blooming flowers as he had already acquired permission to do so. Finally, he fulfilled his dream of photographing the flowers while no visitors are there.
Dros explained the experience to be alone with the flowers after visiting during the peak tourist season for several years. “When I visited the park it looked at its best. Interestingly enough, we have experienced the sunniest April EVER in the Netherlands, making all the flowers pop very fast. Photographing in broad daylight with the strong sun was a challenge. But forget about the photography for a moment: Walking around there all alone, with only the sounds of birds and the incredible smell of all these flowers, is an experience by itself. I sometimes just sat next to the flowers and the water, enjoying the nature for 30 minutes long. It was just a magical experience. Having no people in the park allowed me to photograph paths and angles in a certain way that you normally don’t get to see because of the crowds.”
The bright and stunning natural beauty of the flowers in the garden was captured the photographer effortlessly. He took all kinds of magnificent photos as he had multiple types of cameras. He carried a drone with him and he was even able to get numerous photos from a bird’s eye view. We all are asked to stay home, but we can all enjoy a little bit of The Netherlands’ Keukenhof thanks to his brilliant photography.