All good things must come to an end, and so today we bring my series on the Tulip Festival to a close, more than a month after I started. Walking east of the Museum of History, here at the entrance to Jacques Cartier Park in Gatineau, an oversized sculpture of the late Montreal Canadiens player Maurice "Rocket" Richard always greets the visitor. Seeing it reminds me of the late Birdman, a die hard Boston Bruins fan who'd commented on the Rocket when I featured him in a couple of previous posts. During the festival the Rocket has tulips behind him.
Coming down into the park itself, one finds large tulip beds overlooking the Ottawa River, with the Alexandria Bridge, the spires of Parliament Hill, and the curves of the museum in the background of these shots. Canada geese were strolling around on the lawn while I was there. In winter, of course, this park is one of the epicentres for Winterlude, turned into a snowy playground. What a difference a few months make.
I hope you've enjoyed the series, and haven't overdosed on tulip colours.