Saturday, June 15, 2019

Tulips And Feline

Starting where I left off yesterday, I went up into the pathway behind this particular bed to photograph the tulips with Dow's Lake in the background.

The path went on.

This particular supreme life form was relaxing near the flowerbeds. And yet wouldn't cooperate with a lowly photographer to get more than one shot. Note to self: carry catnip for bribes.

Tomorrow we conclude this year's look at the tulips.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Along A Stone Wall

Carrying on with our walk, here is that large, long bed of tulips.

The path continues to a low stone retaining wall behind the flowerbeds, one that slowly curves away from the park. The tulips were exquisite.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

With Burgundy Lace

Here we have more of the tulips in Commissioners Park, at their height.

If you're wondering about the title of this post, it's for this lovely pink tulip, part of a mix of tulips in a particularly large bed seen in some of the shots above, around midway through the park. We pick up here again tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Returning To The Lake

All good things must come to an end, including my coverage of this year's Tulip Festival, and so to close out the series over five posts, I returned to Dow's Lake, where the biggest of the sites is to be found. These were taken two days after the festival ended on Victoria Day. I'll have more of this to come.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Colour At The Museum

The Canadian Museum of History is on the shoreline of the Ottawa River in Gatineau, across the river from Parliament Hill. Formerly the Canadian Museum of Civilization, it presents the story of Canada's history in its permanent galleries, along with regular special exhibits. At present one of those is about Neanderthals, which just opened in the second half of May and runs through most of January 2020.

The museum was designed by First Nations architect Douglas Cardinal, and if you only visit one museum in the area, this should be it. Here we have a bed of tulips flowing alongside the bushes, with the curatorial wing in the background.

In this case I photographed a planter with tulips along the walkway.

Here we have migrating tulips in the bushes beyond the formal beds, no doubt a legacy of furry tailed gardeners.

Back to the amazing splash of colours in the formal beds.

I know there are flowerbeds up around the main entrance. Here we see the graceful curves of the curatorial wing on the left, and the exhibit building beyond it. Cardinal's architectural style takes its influences from his First Nations roots, and can be seen in other buildings he's done, including the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington. Cardinal lives in the Ottawa area, and to me, this is his masterpiece.

Here we have the tulips in the beds near the entrance.

There is a stairway leading down towards the shoreline that separates the two halves of the institution, and the gap allows for a view of Parliament Hill.