Monday, 4 October 2010

floriade tulips

Last week I was in Canberra for a conference and stayed the weekend to catch up with friends. It happened to be during Floriade, their month-long tulip festival, so I have lots of photos to share. This photo gives you an idea of the general layout - large fields of patterned tulips and a little ferris wheel. The fields were planted to form images - everything from words to animals to lollipops - but you couldn't tell at all from the ground. I just enjoyed the colours.
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This was one of my favourites - just a simple rainbow.
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I think this was a unicorn or something, I just liked the coordinating colours.
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Most of the fields were more like this - a crazy riot of colour.
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Near the pond there was a slightly more "wild" field interspersed with daisies.
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Another clear block of colour.
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And finally, here and there they had these crazy "exploded" tulips, I'm not sure what they're actually called.
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And I had to add this photo of some of the entertainment - a giraffe woman!
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There was also this adorable old-fashioned pipe organ playing a medley of songs. I happened by when it was going through the whole book of Phantom of the Opera.
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Next up, some other highlights of Floriade.

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