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.