Raindrops on Tulips is a photograph taken after an early spring rain in Oregon. These luminous blooms glowed like jewels when the sun briefly came out. Beautiful tulips are perennial plants that are grown from bulbs and are known for their large, showy flowers in the early spring. The bulbs are planted in late summer or early fall, up to six inches deep. Native to mountainous areas, the bulbs require a period of cold dormancy called vernalization. In the long, cool springs that tulips love, the plants usually produce one cup-shaped flower per stem in all colors, with the exception of blue.
The first tulips were most likely cultivated from wild plants in the 10th century in Persia. It is known that they were bred and propagated during the Ottoman Empire. The word, tulip, is thought to have ultimately been derived from the Persian term for turban, tubend, for the shape of the flower. The sources are obscure however.
1594 is considered the date of the beginning of tulip mania in the Netherlands. Although they may have been planted in private gardens years before, the 1594 spring flowering in the Leiden University’s Hortus Botanicus was the beginning of the tulip industry. The director of that university, Carolus Clusius, was the original planter of the teaching garden at the university and the author of the first major work on tulips in 1592.
Tulip mania peaked in the 1630’s when speculation drove the expense of the bulbs so high that they became treated as a form of futures currency.
Dutch tulips and the Netherlands have been linked to this day.
Jeanette French, paintings, photographs, canvas prints framed prints, metallic prints, acrylic prints, greeting cards, gift cards, fine art.
Creating portals of light, love, joy, beauty, compassion, hope and gratitude is my lifelong passion and gift for the earth, hence the name of my art business, For the Earth. My mother painted in oils when I was young and encouraged my own drawing, painting and handcrafting in all forms. My father, the photographer, gave me my first camera at age 8. As a result of these loving influences, I am a lifelong student of both mediums. I am grateful to my wonderful Pacific NW painter teachers, Stan Capon and Edi Olson, for training my eye and technique. I hope you will enjoy this image as much as I enjoyed its creation. More gifts for the earth can be found at these websites: jeanette-french.artistwebsites.com and jeanette-french.pixels.com.
May 8th, 2020
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