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.
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!
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.
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!
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I’m late – for a very important date! The Portland, Oregon Rose Festival features lovely all living things floats too! Here’s my addition to the challenge from last week!
Not too late, Lindy! So glad you came along!
So glad you came along this week too, Lindy!
Hi Leya. A bit of creativity from aboriginal artists in Canada. Such wondrous photos you’ve presented of the floral parade. https://odaciuk.wordpress.com/2019/04/25/lens-artists-creative-ones/
So glad you liked the pictures, Olga – now I want to see what your artists in Canada have made!
There are all wonderful! My favourite, unusually for me, is the snake because of those red scales. How much work has gone into these – not just the arranging, but growing and conditioning the flowers.
You’ve already seen my post – I almost forgot to link it in here, but luckily your comment acted as a reminder:
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.
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Nooooo, I don’t mind 😀
Beautiful examples of creativity, Ann-Christine! Those flowers are just gorgeous!
So glad you liked the creativity here – much work done on them!
I really like your colourful photos. it must have been a very happy parade to see. Your photo challenge really captured my imagination and I’ve been thinking about it for days. Here’s my response – https://beinginnatureblog.wordpress.com/2019/04/25/creative-photography/
Suzanne – so happy this challenge captured your creativity! I will pop over!
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Your photos are so brilliant and colorful. 😀
Here is my entry for the week.
Thank you so much, Cee! And thank you for joining in!
They are really works of art! My favourite is the giant bird 🙂
Thank you for stopping by and commenting! Glad you liked them, and the bird was the winner in the parade.
How glorious are those flowers! What a treat.
So glad you enjoyed them! I was completely exhausted with all impressions when evening arrived…
I bet you were, Leya. So much to take in. And when looking at your photos, that is when you can really appreciate all the little details. ❤
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This parade is certainly beyond amazing. Big round of applause of those who created these jaw-dropping wonders 🙂
Well – I cannot but agree – the people behind all this are very creative and skilled!
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Beautiful images Anne-Christine .. many thanks for the challenge. Here is my entry for the challenge http://ryanphotography.uk/2019/04/24/lens-artists-photo-challenge-42-creativity/
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Thanks so much for the nudge, sweetheart. I really did appreciate it. Hope you had a wonderful Easter 🙂 🙂 https://restlessjo.me/2019/04/24/celebrating-life-at-easter/
Thank you for taking us to your glorious parade, Jo! And I had a great Easter too as both my children were at home. 😀
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Here’s my contribution,
Thank you, David – welcome!
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Such vivid color in your images, for my response I went the opposite way, thinking in black and white instead of my usual color view:https://wp.me/p2owKx-19r
I absolutely love your son’s working space!
So glad you take another creative way…and smiling at so many lovers of my sons space!
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I have joined in! Thanks for a fun prompt, Anne C. I hope it is okay to post the link here? https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/2019/04/20/lens-artists-photo-challenge-42-creativity/
It is very much OK, Amanda! Thank you so much for joining in the fun – welcome!
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Hi Anne-Christine, What great photos of creativity you have. I love your son’s office. The floats are gorgeous. We have the floats parade for new year here in town. Here’s my post about my ceramic artwork.
Miriam, how great you like the challenge! Looking forward to seeing your ceramic creativity!
Thank you, Anne-Christine!
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?
We do – just like you two do. So we host once a month. A good idea.
Indeed it is a good idea.
I love when flowers are used in creative ways. Beautiful!
Me too – they are living things, so you must handle with care!
Very festive and very creative. I have here something for you this week. https://travel-with-tech.blog/2019/04/23/lens-artists-photo-challenge-42-creativity/
Sorry guys I think I put a comment somewhere where I shouldn’t have. Now, I can’t find it. Silly me. Now here is my take for this week https://travel-with-tech.blog/2019/04/23/lens-artists-photo-challenge-42-creativity/
Came back to look at the wonderful things which have been posted for this challenge and decided to leave another link: https://anotherglobaleater.wordpress.com/2019/04/22/earth-day/
Thanks for joining in!
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What an astonishingly wonderful festival, Ann-Christine. Creatively captured here. My offering is a bit tangental to your challenge, but it is topical 🙂
Mmm, thank you for leaving this message…from nature herself!
That’s a very lovely way of putting it 🙂
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For Rome on her birthday and for a certain street artist and for everybody who enjoys street art.
Then it is for us as well! Thank you for joining in, Manja! Always a treat.
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So many flowers. What a fab celebration and such creativity
Here is my contribution A-C
Glad you liked them, Brian – you always show us a multitude of colourful flowers and birds, so, happy to give you something in return!
That’s so lovely, thank you ❤
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Great stuff, but I find the turtles to be quite cute.
Here’s mine for the 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.
hi a.c. wonderful creativity showing your pictures, here is my post, https://wp.me/p2AvI7-35a.
Thank you, Robert – I will pop over to you!
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Love that extravagant bird!
So do I – exquisitely done with the red Anthurium against the yellow!
Marvelous choice to combine nature and human nature as partners in the creative process.
Glad this resonated with you, Sally!
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What a wonderful party of color and creativity!!! Great photos! 🙂
Thank you so much, Ana! It was a beautiful day for me – and I am glad to share!
That is quite something! Nice way to celebrate spring.
Here is my contribution: https://blackbodyblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/26/inner-beauty/
Thank you! And – your entry is quite something too!
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I enjoyed the color and fun ideas here
and here is my take for this week:
I am glad you enjoyed them – and thank you for joining in!
An intersting post. Certainly some creative juices on show in these displays.
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.
What an amazing parade. How wonderful you managed to see it this time. I love the quote on your son’s wall. My creative space is often my computer.
You would have loved the whole Keukenhof concept, I am sure, Mandy. And yes, the computer can be a useful tool. Wishing you a beautiful Sunday!
Oh dear A-C, it was a lovely Sunday, until I heard the news from Sri Lanka a few hours ago.
Had to look it up…I hadn’t heard. Terrible.
I have close Sri Lankan friends here in Christchurch. They have just celebrated New Year. What an awful beginning to the year. Have you been to SL? I haven’t.
Awful…so horrible. My husband has been to Sri Lanka and totally loved the friendly people. I haven’t been there, no. Very warm/hot for me.
So incredible! I adore the cobra!
I really enjoyed this morning – I think you can tell! Glad you loved the cobra as well – fantastic idea with the Anthurium neck!
Exactly, I really love Anthuriums!
Thank you so much for the mention. That really means a lot! And Anastasia thanks you as well!!
Here is my creative submission. https://proscenium.me/2019/04/20/puttin-my-eggs-in-one-basket/
My pleasure – So glad Anastasia send her love as well!
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Here is my contribution to this photo challenge: https://chava61.wordpress.com/2019/04/20/lens-artists-photo-challenge-42-creativity/
Thank you for joining in!
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Wow those floats are amazing. Very creative!
Glad you enjoyed them too – so glad to share them, because they made me smile!
Well, I realised I had a number of recent things to fit the bill for this prompt, A C : https://suejudd.com/2019/04/20/lens-artists-photo-challenge-42-creativity/
Well, you really have, Sue! Already popped over – and loved it!
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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!
Yay – glad you liked it!
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.
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!
Thank you, Patti! glad you enjoyed it too – I was very happy indeed to finally get there. I will tell David about his desk…and I am always jealous of him for keeping it so neat and de-cluttered. Everything in his home is like that. I wonder from where he got that?
He didn’t get it from us. 🙂 🙂
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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!
I love the Keukenhof. No place like it. And a Flower Parade too! Nice.
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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Beautiful examples of creative floral display. Why does it remind me of New Year’s Day and Pasadena, California? 🙂
Thank you, and yes – why?
The annual Tournament of Rose’s Parade is held there every January 1. It is a similar event with flowered floats.
A – but only with roses?
It was once, many years ago, only roses I think. For as long as I can remember, though, the exterior of the floats must be covered with, for lack of a better term, “plant materials”.
Thank you for the explanation! And if it is not only roses anymore – chances are there can be even more interesting creativity.
Thank you, Cindy! Hope you are fine and enjoying the weekend!
Ah, interesting theme- I’ll have to get thinking! Meanwhile, Happy Easter to you and yours, A C!
And to you, dearest Sue! We have fantastic weather – but don’t know if I enjoy it or fear it. 22 degrees and burning sun in April?
I am pleased to see we are to get more seasonal temperatures again in a few days…22C in April is to be feared
Yes, we are too. Down to 14. Stay well –
Thanks, and stay happy!