Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #42 – Creativity

Creativity is the use of imagination or original ideas to create something new or somehow valuable – inventiveness. The created item may be an idea, a scientific theory, or even a joke; or a physical object, maybe a new invention, a literary work – or a painting. Being creative is a very valuable asset today – and has always been. That is, when creativity is used in a positive way.

I believe for many of us, being creative is a way to relax from our ordinary jobs (of course your job is creative in its own way too) and also to develop our minds as well as the use of our hands.

Snapshot of my son’s desk – (he is a graphic designer, and the wall quote is by Einstein)

Maybe the creative space most used today is at the computer in our own room? Or maybe not? This week’s challenge is all about Creativity – hobbies, crafts, creative spaces at home or places you have visited – show us your creative post…unlimited!

Last week I was fortunate enough to visit Keukenhof in the Netherlands, and the annual Flower Parade (Bloemencorso in Dutch). This is a glorious feast brimming with beautiful colors and delicious flowers. Twenty huge floats and thirty lavishly decorated cars follow a 42 kilometer route from Noordwijk to Haarlem.

Millions of flowers and the creative work of hundreds of volunteers make this most amazing flower parade possible. And, hundreds of thousands of visitors from Holland and abroad are drawn to the colorful flower spectacle every year. Let’s have a look at something of the brilliant Dutch creativity!

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Some floats were so big, that they were divided into two – like this one.
The impressive Phoenix

It was a very cold morning, with temperatures below zero – So, to save the flowers, all floats and cars had to stay inside before the parade started.

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This float was the winning equipage – But there were also very modern themes – creativity unlimited!
And how about driving your car from an Easter egg?

Thank you for joining in the fun, and while we are looking forward to seeing your creativity flow – we wish you all

Happy Easter Holidays !


Thank you, Patti for your simply Delicious challenge last week!


148 comments on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #42 – Creativity

    • Thank you so much for joining in, Susan, a gorgeous artist! And yes, I was so impressed with all the work with the flowers here…so much time and so much talent.

  1. I am green with envy, Leya! I always wanted to visit Keukenhoff – but I didnt’ know about the parade. It is amazing. The colour and ingenuity is impressive. A perfect post for the prompt. Do you swap around hosts each week?

    • Thank you – and I agree about the turtles. I went on the other side at first and was happily surprised when I spotted them from the right side of the float.

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    • Thank you very much, Draco. When I was young I used to make flower decorations, wreaths and eternelle decorations – so for me this was a real treat.

  3. Wow, what a fabulous parade! Can’t imagine the creative work behind the scene. It must be challenging to choose a winner. Thank you so much, AC for the tour via your lens. 🙂

    • Glad you joined me on the tour – and I don’t know how they can choose a winner either. And who is the jury? So love that you enjoyed the pictures!

  4. An amazing set of images Ann-Christine. I’m insanely jealous of your visit to the flower capital of the universe!! And agree with Patti that your son’s desk is awesome!

    • Tina, I really had a great day over there, so glad you liked the images too. I will tell David about his neat desk…I cannot imagine from where he got that ability…a quick look at my room and you will know where he didn’t get it from anyway.

  5. Beautiful post, AC. Inspiring. I love your son’s desk. I am sure it is a lot neater than mine. 😊😊Glad that you saw the flowers this year. Beautiful!

  6. Flower shows are always great sources of creativity, Ann-Christine, and Keukenhof looks fabulous. Another of those places I’ve always meant to go, and by the time I’ve thought about it, tulip season is over 😦 A very happy Easter to you and yours! 🙂 🙂

    • Happy Easter to you as well, dear Jo! Your ending up not seeing it is the usual way for me to end up as well…slow starter, but finally got there!

    • Thank you, John, I agree – no place like it. And I was very happy to finally see the parade as well. The idea of going to the starting point early, before the parade was on its way, was a hit.

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