The first day of the month is always a theme day for members of City Daily Photo, and for the first of May, the theme is Smell. This was chosen by Anna, who lives in France but has blogged regularly about Tahiti. You can find other takes on the theme here.
My choice for this was simple. Each May here in Ottawa and Gatineau we have the Tulip Festival, with a rich variety of tulips in public parks and private gardens. While not all tulips have a scent, there are those that do, and they're all a delight. I took shots at various locations of tulip beds through April, with the plants starting to push up through the soil. With these first two shots, this is at the War Memorial, where the plants were just starting to come up through the soil, contrasting nicely with the remaining snow at the time.
This view is in Major's Hill Park, with the National Gallery beyond the tulip bed.
Nearby, these tulip beds have the Gallery and Notre Dame Basilica as a backdrop.
And these tulips were pushing up through the soil on Parliament Hill.
These were taken early on Friday morning at Dow's Lake, where the park serves as one of the focal points of the festival, which runs this year from the 12th of May to the Victoria Day weekend. One tulip bed was starting to show its colours- it's always one of the first beds to bloom. I will be starting a series on the festival in a few days; hopefully more blooms are showing very soon!