Sunday, May 14, 2017

Before Blooms

The Canadian Tulip Festival is under way now through the Victoria Day weekend, and so it is time for me to start with my own series on it. The blooms have been late this year. I took these a week ago today, on a wet Sunday afternoon in Major's Hill Park. Most of the bulbs hadn't yet shown their colours, but some were starting to do so.


The park, with its views of Notre Dame, the National Gallery, or Colonel By's statue, which appear in these shots, is ideal for tulip photography. We'll be back here again when things are in full bloom, and this series is going to take awhile, beyond the time of the festival itself.


Daffodils always show up before or during the blooming of the tulips, and they can be found in many a lawn. These are at the northeast corner of the Glebe, on a slope below Highway 417, one of two main freeways in the area.

19 comments:

  1. Nice views of Notre Dame.

    Tomás.

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  2. In a few days this will be a sea of tulips!

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  3. The tulips do their best to explode, a few days more and their beauty will show.

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  4. ...William, I hope that you show them in all their glory!

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  5. I always love your tulip time photos.

    Janis
    GDP

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  6. Wishing you a lovely May Sunday my dear William :)

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  7. Tulips have great beauty but are an incredible amount of work. I like tulips so I look forward to your posts.

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  8. YAY!! The tulips are here! The Tulips are here! Always love your pictures. Our Tulip fields are all gone--heads lopped off!
    MB

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  9. It won't be long now and you're so fortunate to have these glorious flowers cover the earth of Ottawa!

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  10. Lovely views and gorgeous tulips!

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  11. Tulip Time has arrived. A great view of Notre Dame.

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  12. They are about to spring forth!

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  13. @Tomas: thanks!

    @Marleen: indeed!

    @Marianne: just a few days make a difference.

    @Tom: starting tomorrow!

    @Janis: I love showing them.

    @Cloudia: thanks!

    @Red: I will have lots!

    @MB: ours are blooming.

    @Lowell: we have many.

    @Linda: thanks!

    @Bill: that church is so photogenic.

    @Sharon: to the delight of many.

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  14. It's so cool you have Tulip Festival! A little bit of sun and they will fully bloom!

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  15. Great photos and a magnificent display. I also enjoyed the sculpture and the buildings in the distance. It's a beautiful city.

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  16. They may not have opened, but they are still colorful.

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  17. How lovely to have a tulip festival.

    All the best Jan

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