In Commissioners Park, there is a raised tulip bed in a circle. When I passed by on my evening stroll, the plants were still green. A close look might note two shades of green in the bed, so there are two types of tulips here. The bed will look quite different when I next feature it.
Along one side of the circle are a series of display boards about the Second World War, the liberation of the Netherlands by Canadian troops, the ties between both countries, and the origins of the Tulip Festival. I've photographed the entire series before, but wanted to photograph some this time, which include the fact that Crown Princess Juliana and her daughters stayed here in Ottawa during the War, and her daughter Princess Margriet was born here. The baby was christened at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church downtown; the photographs on the last of these panels were both taken by the portrait photographer Yousuf Karsh.
Further along the pathway is a large statue overlooking the lake. It is called The Man With Two Hats, by the artist Hank Visch. It is one of two identical statues, the other standing in Apeldoorn in the Netherlands. This one has been here since 2002 and was unveiled by Princess Margriet. Both statues symbolize the close bonds between Canada and the Netherlands.