Monday, May 21, 2018

The Hill

Today is Victoria Day, a holiday here in Canada named for Queen Victoria, our monarch when Canada was organized under Confederation, and I will be largely offline photographing, as it's the final day of the Tulip Festival (lots more to come here, however). I thought it appropriate to feature Parliament Hill today, since its placement results from a decision Victoria made when she designated this place as the capital. And during the Tulip Festival, the flowers can be found around the Hill, such as in planters leading into the gateways. I always get in one post from here during this festival.

There are also beds of tulips out at the north sides of the lawns, with bushes as their backdrop.

They are popular with photographers- this view takes in the East Block as well.

I seem to like taking one stretch of these tulips and photographing them two ways- normal settings and black and white. Colour works better, obviously, as the red tulips become much less noticeable in black and white.

Crossing over to the west lawn, I photographed the tulip beds as they continue.

Another angle I like to take at least once during the festival- a view from the ground up incorporating the Peace Tower.

Aside from the main tulip beds at the north end of the lawns, there are two tulip beds that flank the sides of the Peace Tower. This is the west one.

While this is the east bed.

Leaving Parliament Hill, I crossed Wellington Street to the south side, passing the Parliamentary block housing the Prime Minister's offices, which stands to the left here. There are planters set up down this sidewalk, and the view incorporating the Parliamentary blocks beyond made the shot a fitting one.

Sunday, May 20, 2018


Late one afternoon before the Tulip Festival started, I decided to come up onto the rooftop terrace at the Rideau Centre mall downtown. There are pathways amid the grass and flowerbeds here, and tulips at this time of year. This first view looks east, with Arts Court and the old Carleton County Gaol in the background, and the campus of the University of Ottawa beyond that.

While red dominated the tulips in the eastern beds (at least during this visit), gold dominated elsewhere on the terrace.

Here we have proof that not all gardeners are human. Tulips not yet in bloom are growing among the bushes in this area- the result of squirrels, no doubt, transplanting bulbs.

I startled someone as I passed by here. He can be seen on the right of this shot.

I zoomed in a bit closer. There are a couple of rabbits up here. With plenty of grass around here, and the soil deep enough to support trees, they probably never leave the terrace, though they can, via staircases descending off the roof.

One final shot of tulip colours. We'll be off to another spot tomorrow.

Saturday, May 19, 2018


I'm starting today with where I left off- the three beds of tulips west of the main pathway, with its bright colours. A lot of the tulips here are early bloomers- red and pink emperors, for instance. Earlier this week when I returned, the reds were past their prime in these beds.

Each year there are banners set up in Commissioners Park about the bonds between Canada and the Netherlands. This year it's been updated. I've been posting several of them over at the Ottawa Daily Photo Facebook page photo gallery, but here are some additional ones that I took during this second visit to the park. There will be more from this park before I'm done with the festival series, but for now we'll be moving to other locations.

Friday, May 18, 2018

In Bloom

More from the pathway in Commissioners Park. I took this view some days earlier on my previous visit, and you might remember it from the earlier post. The tulips were coming along nicely in the beds around it, which are the last beds at this end of the park.

The park ends at Bronson Avenue, and there is a large bed of tulips just east of Bronson, between the Rideau Canal and the Glebe. I photographed it from both sides.

Then I started back into the park, pausing to photograph the first bed of tulips just as one photographer was doing the same with the people she was with.

I'm finishing today's post with the last of the panels here in the park. Malak Karsh, the esteemed landscape photographer (and brother of Yousuf Karsh, the esteemed portrait photographer) is the figure most responsible for the Tulip Festival, recommending the idea in the years following the Second World War. Down the line we'll see another note or two of Malak, certainly after I'm done with the series, and perhaps if I get a chance to go over to the Museum of History on the weekend to photograph the bed of tulips named after him.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Pathway

A reminder to members of City Daily Photo that the June theme day is Me. I will be interrupting this series for that day before getting back into the tulips, as I already have had that post ready for quite some time. :)

Here we have more views of tulips and tulip beds along the path in Commissioners Park during my second visit.

Two more panels from the park. Canadian soldiers liberated the Netherlands at war's end, and it has created an enduring friendship between the two countries. Tulips have been part of that ever since, with the Dutch royal family and the Dutch government sending tulips to Canada each year. A million tulip bulbs grace the flower beds that are part of the festival here in Ottawa and Gatineau. That doesn't include those tulips in residential gardens.

Princess Margriet has regularly returned to Canada.