Thursday, June 8, 2017

Bright Colours Along The Shore

I came into Jacques Cartier Park to photograph the tulip beds here; the park is along the shore of the Ottawa River, on the east side of the Alexandra Bridge, with views across the river to Parliament Hill. There was something else going on here while I was visiting. Structures are being erected for MosiaCanada, a living art exhibit involving plants growing out of the frames that will be ready for Canada Day and then through the fall. I showed you one of these when I was here during Winterlude. Others were being added in place.


Here we have the tulip beds in the park. It was a mixture, with yellow, orange, and the Canada 150 tulips dominant.


Coming back out of the park, I paused at the main entrance, where tulips are always planted around the larger than life statue of legendary Montreal Canadiens player Maurice "Rocket" Richard. It's a big statue, and the artist managed to put almost all of the weight of it onto one skate and the hockey stick. The Rocket looks like he's about to line up his next shot on goal.

29 comments:

  1. I do LOVE tulips, but here it was image number 2 from the top that made me look again....and again.

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  2. Intriguing - love the tulips and the statue certainly capures movement. Winterlude? - what a fabulous term! - even though I see it refers to a particular festival in Ottawa.

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  3. ...there is great action in the statute.

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  4. The flower beds are huge! So wonderful to see these.

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  5. Hello, the tulips are beautiful. I like the statue too! Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

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  6. Today's photos have a special glow to them. There is so much movement in the second and final photos.

    Janis
    GDP

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  7. cool statue... gorgeous fields of blooms. ( ;

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  8. @Gunn: I look forward to it being done.

    @Mike: and a great festival.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Tom: definitely!

    @Marleen: they were pretty!

    @Eileen: thank you!

    @Janis: I agree.

    @Beth: indeed!

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  9. William, Ottawa definitely has more tulips than the Netherlands ! :)
    I also love the hockey player.

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  10. With 150 tulips and Canada's 150 birthday, there are tulips all over the place for celebration.

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  11. I so love the beautiful tulips! The place is full of tulips! I like the statue too!

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  12. The tulips are as beautiful as always William, particularly the wee red rogue tulip in the fourth shot 😀

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  13. There is something special about that one red one among all those white ones that I admire. It's kind of like it's daring to be different.

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  14. @Karl: a lot of them do get planted, but I suspect Keukenhoff outdoes the number we have here.

    @Cloudia: I could have titled this post that way!

    @Red: somewhere along the line I heard they'd planted 300 000 bulbs of the Canada 150 variety.

    @Nancy: they are such a cheerful sight to see this time of year.

    @Grace: I spotted that red one and figured I'd have to photograph it.

    @Sharon: you wonder how it happened, if it's a holdover from a previous year that was missed when they were doing the post-festival work.

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  15. Interesting photos - and beautiful.

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  16. Once again the tulips are so gorgeous, and I really like the statue, such movement in it somehow.

    All the best Jan

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  17. Oh, those tulip beds are simply magnificent!

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  18. Photo #2 looks b&w. I like it very much.

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  19. The statue does look like he's going to shoot the puck. Very nice!

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  20. @Orvokki: thanks!

    @Jan: thank you!

    @Lowell: they really are.

    @Linda: that they are.

    @Klara: that's the effect the sky had that day. I seem to more often than not end up with gloomy skies when I photograph here.

    @Bill: it was a well designed statue.

    @Norma: lots of yellow!

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  21. They are so pretty! I wish I could see them in person.

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  22. The tulips are absolutely breathtaking!

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  23. Our tulips are all gone now; area these recent photos? They look so fresh and well-formed.

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  24. The scale of those growing structures is really huge. that's going to be a lot of growing in the next month or so. In the meantime, plenty of gorgeous tulips.

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  25. Are you going on Canada Day? I cannot stand crowds like that these days. I've sung on the Hill back in the day on Canada Day!

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