On the first real warm weekend in the latter part of April, I went down to Dow's Lake, where many of the tulip beds are to be found here in Commissioners Park. You can see the lake in the background of this first shot. A circular bed is here, and the tulips were starting to poke out of the soil. A little warmth can work wonders. I was up on Parliament Hill a couple of days ago, and the tulips in the beds there have progressed quite well in the days since I took these shots.
I walked on, photographing other beds where the tulips were asserting themselves.
My last shots of this visit were taken by this statue. The Man With Two Hats is a tribute to the Canadians who liberated the Netherlands in the Second World War. Artist Henk Visch created this and a matching sculpture, which stands in Apeldoorn. Both statues were unveiled by Princess Margriet (who was born here in Ottawa during that period). This year's Tulip Festival kicks off in a few days, so expect lots of tulip colours here in the not so distant future.