Tuesday, June 7, 2016

White And Red On The Hill

These tulips are by one of the entrances onto Parliament Hill. The statue is in memory of Henry Harper; I have featured it before, but if you're unfamiliar with the story, look here. Harper, of no relation to the not at all missed former prime minister that we gave the boot to last October, died young and heroically. As a friend of Mackenzie King, his statue is the only one in the Parliamentary precinct that is not of a politician or monarch.


The tulips in the flower beds feature a couple of types this year- red ones, and the Canada 150 anniversary tulip. They make for a lovely photo subject.

31 comments:

  1. Among monuments and tulips, at this time, Ottawa is a wonderful city.

    Tomás.

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  2. Really lovely looking tulips. Greetings!

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  3. Is there a place without tulips ? :)
    I love these colourful photos, William !

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  4. The buildings create a nice background for the tulips.

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  5. Composition and artistry in these photos is inspiring. I like the way the cement border in photo 1 cuts through the photo and the people are looking at the statue. So much to see in today's photos. Loving some of the more playful details!

    Janis
    GDP

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  6. they looks especially beautiful with that backdrop!

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  7. @Tomas: it is lovely to have tulips here, while they last.

    @Blogoratti: thanks!

    @Karl: we have so many, even in spots I rarely go to.

    @Bill: they do, yes.

    @Norma: indeed!

    @Janis: thanks!

    @Sharon: thank you.

    @Tanya: they certainly do.

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  8. I really like those Canada 150 ones. I imagine they may be available for us this fall!

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  9. I was so glad to hear that the statue Harper was unrelated to the dipship Harper. My favorite photo here is the third one. Great composition and so dynamic with that spire rising up into the sky!

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  10. The tulips are a great combination with the impressive buildings in the background.

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  11. The only color you're missing here is blue--as in red, white and . . . well, you get the picture. :-)

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  12. i love the ones where you show the building at the side of the blooms. great angles, William. BRAVO!! ( ;

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  13. Looks pretty with all the tulips.

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  14. Those tulips look like peppermint....good enough to eat.

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  15. Beautiful series, William!

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  16. @RedPat: they will be. Home Hardware's going to be selling them come fall time, so they'll be ready to bloom in the spring.

    @Lowell: I can't resist featuring the Tower in full with these tulips, though it does mean that one either has to lie on the grass or hold the camera very low and hope you're getting the shot right.

    @Marleen: thank you!

    @Jan: and would you believe that the prime minister at the time, Mackenzie King, didn't want tulips planted because he thought they'd distract? Gardeners planted them while he was away, and the following spring, he was absolutely delighted by the sight.

    @Revrunner: as it turns out, I can't recall ever seeing tulips in blue. Violet is as close as it gets.

    @Beth: thanks!

    @Gunn: it really does.

    @Pat: well, I know people did eat the bulbs during the last winter of the Second World War.

    @Linda: thank you.

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  17. The tulips are pretty....but the Parliment buildings are amazing!

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  18. You used to tulips to show off the parliament buildings. Nicely done.

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  19. Lovely tulips and buildings!

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  20. I really like how you've used to tulips to lead to the spectacular buildings! Thanks for your comment on my blog today, William.

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  21. These are so, so, so pretty! This must be a wonderful time of year in Ottawa.

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  22. @Mari: definitely.

    @Janey: they are a good combination.

    @Red: thanks!

    @Lois: thank you.

    @Lynette: you're welcome.

    @Kay: tulip time here is always beautiful.

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  23. Lovely colors together - white and red.
    Nice photos.

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  24. Beautiaful red and white display!

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  25. Love the reds and whites. I saw this name when we visited the gallery, I shuddered at first, then figured out it was no relation to our former PM!

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  26. Your buildings are show pieces in a clean city.

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