Monday, August 3, 2020

Garden Of The Provinces And Territories

Picking up where I left off yesterday, the flowerbeds had mostly white tulips in the Garden Of The Provinces And Territories. Here the spire of Christ Church Cathedral stands above them.

I'm not sure if these tulips are removed each year or not. They provide the first spring colours before other plants take over through the summer and fall.

Here to the west of the Garden, another tulip bed can be found. Christ Church stands there in the background.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Floral Colour Among The City Landmarks

Returning to the Tulip Festival in May today, here we have a bed of them with the Supreme Court of Canada in the background.

The neighbour to the court is the headquarters for Library And Archives Canada. More of them were here.

And across from Library and Archives is the Garden Of The Provinces And Territories, where tulips were to be found in terraced planters and in flowerbeds.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

City Daily Photo Theme Day: City People

The first day of each month is a theme day for members of City Daily Photo, and for August, that theme is City People. Check out how others are interpreting this theme right here.

It has been awhile since I've featured the sculptural set here, which is my take for the theme. The work of Canadian artist Barbara Paterson, The Famous Five monument is one of an identical pair, the other located in Calgary. It honours five Canadian women involved in the Women Are Persons case that ultimately went before the Privy Council in 1929 and confirmed that yes, women are persons under the law, and could be appointed to the Senate. This was part of a broader movement at the time for suffrage. The sculptural set was unveiled on Parliament Hill in 2000. At present, with the work going on around the Hill, the decision was made to move them over here, as opposed to encasing the set in scaffolding to protect them as has been done with some statues on the Hill. This is outside the Government Conference Centre at Plaza Bridge, where the Senate is currently meeting, which makes it a fitting spot for the monument. The building started out as the main train station, more than a century ago.

A set of plaques features the story of the case, as well as profiles of all five women: Emily Murphy, Nellie McClung, Irene Marryat Parlby, Louise McKinney, and Henrietta Muir Edwards. Their signatures are inscribed in the paving stones before each sculpture. Two of the statues, all larger than life, are sitting, while the others are standing. The headline confirming that women are people too is proudly displayed by one of them.

I took multiple angles of the sculpture set, with landmarks in the background that include Parliament Hill, the Rideau Canal and National Arts Centre, the War Memorial, and the Chateau Laurier.

These sculptures tend to be a popular one for photo ops, as we can see here. Having people in amid the statues gives you a sense of the larger scale of the statues. The artist did wonderful work with their design. For the time being they will remain here, until work around Centre Block is completed.

Friday, July 31, 2020

A Colourful Delight For The Senses

Today I finish the month with this bed of tulips in Gatineau.

A wider view here, with hints of the Portage office complex in the background. Tomorrow is the theme day, so I'll be back to covering the festival after that.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Soft Shades Mixed Together

I found the colour combination of tulips in this particular Gatineau flowerbed to be pleasing. I wonder what it'll be like next year.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Tulip Colour In Gatineau

There is a bed of tulips near where the Portage Bridge emerges into Gatineau, and close to the Portage office complex. I had never photographed it before, but decided to do so this time as I was in the area. It was a mix of purple, pink, and a soft yellow. I'll be closing out the month with this bed for the next two days.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Floral River And Rocket

Yesterday I mentioned the formal bed of tulips along the east side of the Museum's curatorial wing. Here it flows, with a river of shrubs and bushes behind it.

A short walk to the east lies Jacques Cartier Park. Here there are also large tulip beds, but this year I couldn't access them. The area of the park they're in is undergoing some rehabilitation at the moment, and so they were out of reach. Instead I photographed tulips at the park entrance.

They can also be seen behind this larger than life sculpture of the legendary Montreal Canadiens hockey player Maurice "Rocket" Richard. Whenever I photograph this sculpture, I am reminded of Birdman, the late photoblogger from New England who some of you knew. As a Boston Bruins fan who saw the Rocket in action, he and other Bruins fans hated the Habs teams of that era, and would comment about it when I'd show this one. The mutual loathing between Habs and Bruins fans persists to this day, but in Quebec, the Rocket was a legend, and throughout NHL history, he remains one of the greatest to ever play the game.

Monday, July 27, 2020

The Work Of Squirrels

On the east end of the curatorial wing of the Museum of History lies another formal tulip bed. It is set before a backdrop of shrubs and bushes. And it is here that we find evidence of squirrel gardeners, as different coloured tulips from previous years have been replanted and grow each year among the shrubs and bushes.