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Every year, somewhere between April and May, the elm trees cover the streets of Amsterdam in what is called the “spring snow”.  There are a lot of these trees in the city, more than 75,000 of them.

The seeds — rustling little flakes — fly over the city, over the streets and canals, they get into your house and sometimes make a mess in parts of Amsterdam. I like this time of the year, I love the sound the elm trees make when the wind blows through their branches, I like to see the paper-like cases flying in the air and creating a carpet on the street. It’s a real celebration of spring and good weather, time to stop and smell the roses listen to the elm trees scattering their seeds. 

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6 Comments

  1. I just love your photos! It’s amazing how peaceful Amsterdam looks on them. My favourite is the one with a car reflection in the water. Beautiful!

    • Thank you! It was actually a special day, the first really warm day of this spring, and that part of the city was quiet and peaceful indeed 🙂

  2. We’ve been getting a lot of them blowing into our office.

    Great photos 🙂

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