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N 55 B 1.7K C 18 E May 4, 2018 F May 5, 2018
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We all know that Tulips originate not from Holland but from the far-reaching Ottoman Empire. Much has been written about that provenance, and it's particularly relevant to the history of this Horned Tulip. It was described in Europe already in 1753 by great Carolus Linnaeus, who named it for polymath and naturalist Conrad Gesner (1516-1565). He writes that it comes from Cappadocia and was brought to Europe in 1559. Possibly, I might add, through the efforts of Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq (1522-1592), 'Austrian' diplomat to the Ottomans.
A quarter of a century before Linnaeus's description - during the bizarrely luxurious reign of Sultan Ahmed III (1673-1736) between 1703 and 1730 - Ottoman Tulip Craze frilled to a frenzy. That's testified to by a court painter Mehmet, who gives exquisite pictures of some 50 Tulips in his Osmanlı lalesi or Lale mecmuasi of 1725. Many of his flowers boast frills and filaments and quaintness not often seen in Tulips. One of these is this Tulipa acuminata.
I don't know when it was first cultivated in European gardens. But in 1876 Henry Harpur-Crewe (1828-1883), an English theological naturalist, waxes eloquent: "T. acuminata cornuta, with its strange narrow parti-coloured petals, is so quaint and curious that no one who has once grown it likes to be without it".
Here it's a staple of the Amsterdam Botanical Garden.

Tags:   Tulips Tulipa gesneriana f. acuminata Horned Tulip Hortus Botanicus, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Ottoman Empire Carolus Linnaeus Conrad Gesner Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq Cappadocia Sultan Ahmed III Mehmet, Ottoman court painter 'O 'Osmanlı lalesi' 'Lale mecmuai' Henry Harpur-Crewe flower

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Amsterdam

Tags:   holland Amsterdam Holanda escultura angeles craneo muerte

N 20 B 3.7K C 44 E Jun 6, 2011 F Jun 9, 2011
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29/04/2011 & 01/05/2011; For this theme, I just had to get my Lego out. Oh, the fond memories... :)

I'm giving the main stage to dedicate the Dakar rally, but I have also worked out a few other ideas. There's only 1 moment of grief, as I lost my Lego palm tree in the making of the evening shots. :(

At least I learned 1 lesson that particular evening, and I've put it to practice straight away when I continued working out my Lego ideas a few days later: never put your Lego near the water, when the wind is blowing towards it. ;)

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N 62 B 3.6K C 15 E Feb 18, 2017 F Feb 23, 2017
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Mamiya 7II, 65mm, Kodak portra 400.

Tags:   Mamiya 7II 65mm rangefinder film 120 Medium format 6x7 Kodak portra 400 Amsterdam urban urban fragments urban entropy graffiti Amsterdam-Noord


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