Friday, May 20, 2016


There is a bed of tulips on the east side of Lansdowne Park, with a view of the Rideau Canal, which surrounds a statue of two torch relay runners. The statue was installed after the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. Walking around it gives one multiple perspectives, including a view into Lansdowne of the Aberdeen Pavilion.

Lansdowne is one of the sites this year, with the Pavilion hosting various activities. I'll be showing more from here in the next couple of days, but these shots, taken on the opening day of the festival, show a couple of the large tulip sculptures that can be found at various sites. This one has two local waterfalls painted on opposing sides with a 19th century era look; in the first shot, it depicts the Rideau Falls, which I've shown you before during previous visits to the site. The other side shows the Chaudiere Falls on the Ottawa River, upstream from Parliament Hill. At present, those falls are not easily accessible or photographed, and look rather different from what they would have looked like when Champlain first saw them.

This last one might bother some conservative politicians down in the States. So much the better.


  1. Beautiful tulips, William, and I love the art sculptures!

  2. The second shot is my top pick. Love it.

  3. Another beautiful spot! And you're quite right about the image on the last sculpture. Yep. So much the better.

  4. I like your colourful and artistic posting today.

  5. Tulips are on all sides, a pleasure to watch them.


  6. Landsdowne park in the UK is a horse course, think yours looks better

  7. The art sculptures are pretty. You live in the land of the tulips. It nice to see such celebration over the beauty of tulips.

  8. I like those artworks of tulips.

  9. Belo trabalho e lindas tulipas.
    Um abraço e bom fim de semana.

  10. The tulips look like the flames on the torch. I love the idea of the painted tulips. Around there, we have cows, horses, and pigs in communities, but no painted flowers, to my knowledge.


  11. @Linda: thanks!

    @Whisk: thank you.

    @Kay: I saw that one and figured I ought to get a shot.

    @Gunn: thanks!

    @Tomas: true.

    @Bill: at least this part.

    @Bill: it is.

    @Marianne: so do I.

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Janis: here it's all tulips.

  12. Back again after a very sad week, but my spirit is uplifted by your photos of those beautiful tulips. Laughed at your comment about there reaction to the last photo. Don't worry, William; there are plenty of us (more than you might think) that are tolerant and sensitive to the rights of others.

  13. I do love the tulip sculptures William, your comment made me smile :) I think as Kate said there are many tolerant US citizens, let's hope they all vote when the time comes :)

  14. That's a wonderful bed of tulips around that statue, and I like the big sculptures of the tulips with the beautiful paintings.

  15. Those sculptures are quite fantastic and I love them. And I looked closely again at your header - it is superb photography!

  16. Love the color of that Tulip bed and love the sculptures of the different Tulips.

  17. I love those yellow and orange tulips and those painted tulips are fantastic.

  18. @Mike: curious... I hope whatever you're testing about works.

    @Kate: having had been there myself, I know grief is a huge blow.

    @Grace: I certainly hope so.

    @Jan: the painted tulips are a nice touch.

    @Lowell: thanks! I've got a comparison pic from this year's tulips for that header coming up in a post in a few days.

    @MB: thank you.

    @Sharon: yellow and orange do make a pretty combination.

  19. You show your wonderful capitol in such a nice way!

  20. The tulips look fabulous! I even like the sculptural ones!

  21. The yellow-red tulips looks wonderful, and the tulip art are so lovely. Nice idea.

  22. I like the idea of the tulip sculptures. Artists are given the same shape to paint and express their ideas. It's amazing what they come up with.

  23. Some artists sure have a beautiful touch to those tulip sculptures. Awesome! Nice you can just stroll along and take whatever you wish. Thank you for doing that.

  24. gorgeous blooms. i enjoy the art work. that is too amazing!! wonder how long that took to plan, paint & work on? ( ;

  25. The yellow and red are stunning! And I agree with Ivy. The second shot is my favorite.

  26. @Cloudia: thank you.

    @RedPat: it's been a very good year for the tulips.

    @Orvokki: I think they're fun- though some could use a touch up from the artists.

    @Red: they're very creative.

    @Marleen: and I have a few more along the line to come.

    @Carolann: you're quite welcome.

    @Beth: it must have taken quite awhile.

    @Norma: thank you!

  27. Love how the tulip colours so beautifully highlight the art of the statue. And amused by your comment on the last piece of art.

  28. Os canteiros de tulipas são majestosos em beleza e tonalidade
    E as obras de arte são espetaculares
    Um bom final de semana

  29. It's amazing to see these images. Well done.

  30. @Gemma: so do I.

    @Mari: thank you!

    @Gracita: thanks!

    @Tex: thank you.

    @Linda: I agree.

    @Jennifer: thanks!