Wednesday, May 15, 2019

A Colourful Pathway

I returned again to Dow's Lake and Commissioners Park a week ago today to see how the tulips were doing. Today's posts are from that visit. The tulips were starting to show.

Daffodils come out around the same time as tulips, and more often than not can be found in spots that are outside of the formal flowerbeds.

I continued along the path.

A large sculpture stands here in the park, one of a matching pair. Its twin stands in Apeldoorn in the Netherlands. Man With Two Hats is by the artist Hank Visch, and marks the friendship and bonds of the Canadian and Dutch people that sprang up out of liberation of the Netherlands at the end of the Second World War. The Tulip Festival finds its roots in that as well.

Continuing along the path, I photographed daffodils in the grass, with the lake in the background.

Here we have the beds that are typically the first to show in the park in terms of colours. The bed in the middle was the most colourful. Of course this draws what I call the Tulip Paparazzi, of which I am one of those ranks.

The park ends at the above houses, but the bike path continues along the Rideau Canal as it departs from the lake area. East of Bronson Avenue, another bed was full of a mix of colours.


  1. So beautiful! And I love "Man With Two Hats" - nice gesture!

  2. I too like the idea of the man with the two hats being a link of friendship between the Canadians and the Dutch people.

  3. A little bit Holland in Canada ... :)
    I love the tulips ...

  4. So fast time flies. The tulips are blooming again.

  5. Ooo yes. Looking good. There will be a fabulous display any day now.

  6. Como eu gosto de ver os jardins floridos.
    Um abraço e continuação de uma boa semana.

    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
    O prazer dos livros

  7. It is nice to see the man with two hats as opposed to politicians with two faces, of which Ottawa has an adundance.

  8. ...when we visited last year, the Dow's Lake area was a favorite. It's great to see colors other than white.

  9. So many flowers! Love the statue with the silliness of 2 hats. I admit I enjoyed the bed with multi colors. The others seem more formal. Guess I like flowers in the grass as well. What a wonderful place to enjoy such beauty1

  10. The tulips will be wonderful again, but I specially like that beautiful and friendly sculpturen of the man with two hats.

  11. I am sure that it is all rather glorious by now.

  12. The Dutch have never forgotten how Canada helped liberate them during the war.

  13. @Iris: it is!

    @Rosemary: it's a positive legacy of the war.

    @Ella: and a bit of Canada in Holland.

    @Nancy: finally.

    @Joan: they've been late this year.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @David: that's true.

    @Marianne: they do.

    @Tom: it's a splendid area for the tulips.

    @Barbara: some beds have a mix like that, while others have a solid colour before another section has a different type.

    @Jan: it's a whimsical sort of statue.

    @Anvilcloud: I'm planning on getting back down there in the afternoon. I've got a post regardless for tomorrow.

    @Marie: it's a wonderful bond to have come out of the Second World War.

  14. Oh my gosh, it certainly is amazing! The statue having its twin in the Netherlands is really something special, you reminded me of this, I have been here before, spring in certainly in the city is a sight to behold!

  15. All of the flowers are a bit behind schedule this year with our cool spring. They are lasting longer though.

  16. When you look for tulips , you find some other good things along the way like the statute showing Dutch and Canadian friendship.

  17. Hello, the tulips are beautiful. Lovely blooms. I like the statue! Wishing you a happy day!

  18. @Laurie: thank you!

    @RedPat: behind schedule here too. I'll see what they're like later today.

    @Padre: that was a good day in terms of sunshine.

    @Red: I enjoy photographing that statue.

    @Eileen: thank you!

  19. Those pretty flowers are starting to make an appearance. I love the colors in the last photo.

  20. Colourful indeed, finally ! :-)

  21. Beautiful flower fields, love the tulips.

  22. Beautiful always. Thank you for showing all.

  23. i love the yellow ones. so pretty. 2 hats ... wow, very cool. ( ;

  24. Tulip time has finally arrived. YAY!!!

  25. @Sharon: and more so today. I'll be photographing them past the festival, anyway.

    @Karl: they are a delight to see.

    @Sami: I love them too.

    @Carol: you're welcome.

    @Beth: thank you.

    @Bill: definite yay!

  26. I have been waiting for these. Already lovely and they have just started blooming. Tweeted.

  27. Gosh so many have flowered already William, beautiful to see 🌷

  28. I love the "Man With Two Hats" sculpture. And your final picture. If I were there I suspect I would be one of the tulip paparazzi as well.

  29. So pretty! I love the multicolored display the best. :-)

  30. Beautiful!

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  31. There are some beautiful ones there, William. It's fun to see them all come on.

  32. Here they come, and they are looking beautiful.
    I like the 'Man with two hats'

    All the best Jan

  33. @Kay: we've got plenty of them.

    @Mari: thank you.

    @Grace: their blooming varies.

    @Catalyst: it's an appropriate label.

    @Catarina: a few days makes a big difference.

  34. @DJan: thanks.

    @Carol: they are.

    @Cloudia: thank you.

    @Jeanie: yes it is.

    @Jan: me too.

    @Klara: it is.