Saturday, May 25, 2019


On Victoria Day this past Monday I was busy taking tulip photographs at a variety of sites. One of them was Parliament Hill, where the beds at the north end of the front lawn have tulips.

This shot looking up at Centre Block shows that there's some scaffolding up around the base of the Peace Tower, part of the work being done on the building.

A view to the west takes in the West Block, where the House of Commons is meeting for the next few years while work is happening.

The beds have a mix of reds, yellows, and some of the Canada 150 tulips. The last of them seems to be late in blooming this year, though there were some of them visible.

Each year I always make a point of getting a ground up view of tulips and the Peace Tower.

From the east end of the lawn, this takes in more of the West Block.

Coming out of Parliament, I photographed this view of planters filled with tulips before one of the gates.

This other perspective shows the East Block in the background, as well as the statue honouring Henry Harper, done in the Galahad style. Harper was a journalist, civil servant, and friend of William Lyon Mackenzie King; in 1901 he gave his life trying to save a woman who had fallen through the ice on the Ottawa River.


  1. I like the photos which include the tulips in the foreground and parliament in the background.

  2. Love the photos with the beautiful tulips.

  3. What a beautiful and imposing building is the Parliament of Canada!
    And so surrounded by tulips is like a fairy tale!

  4. Beautiful gardens around the big building!

  5. The Tulip Festival must be a huge boost for tourism in Ottawa.

  6. ...Parliament Hill is the crown jewel of Ottawa.

  7. They look beautiful with those buildings as a background.

  8. The 'ground up' views are cool.

  9. @Fun60: thanks!

    @Nancy: thank you.

    @Iris: thank you.

    @Ella: that I can see.

    @Italiafinlandia: definitely.

    @David: that it is.

    @Tom: indeed!

    @Marleen: I agree.

    @Anvilcloud: thank you.

    @Francisco: thanks!

  10. Beautiful once again. I like your photo from the ground with red tulips in the front. :-)

  11. Your photos of the tulips with those great old buildings in the back are beautiful.

  12. You got some great pics of the tulips with the buildings behind them, William.

  13. Hello, the tulips and views of the building are lovely. Wishing you a happy weekend!

  14. The building really sets the tulips off. Surprising!

  15. Ottowa looks amazing at the best of times William but stunning right now. You have some stunning architecture 💙

  16. Beautiful flowers, well documented with the buildings of such stature. I had to look up Canada 150 tulips to know what they are...and now I see your captures!

  17. WOW! So beautiful, the architecture and the flowers. I feel like I am looking back on a grand past from a very ordinary day. :)

  18. Lovely view and photos from Parliament Hill ~

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

  19. I love the posts from Parliament Hill!

  20. Nice to visit a modern democracy! Victoria WAS all that. Nice sharing, William

  21. Great photos especially the one next to the bottom, love the colour against the grey stone:)

  22. @DJan: thank you!

    @Jan: thanks!

    @RedPat: the combination is quite photogenic.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @Red: it does, yes.

    @Grace: especially now.

    @Barbara: I'm still hoping to get shots in of a site here with beds of that type, but it'll have to wait until after the weekend.

    @Sandi: thanks!

    @Carol: thank you.

    @Marie: thanks!

    @FG: thank you.

    @Cloudia: especially these days.

    @Mari: thank you.

    @Rosie: so do I.

  23. The tulips look great with the buildings in the background.

  24. I like this post!!! Very uplifting! Colour does that to me!
    : )

  25. There are some very nice views in this post. You tulips and Peace Tower shot is especially nice.

  26. i love the architecture in the background ...that is so awesome!! what a view. love this season in your neck of the woods. well done. ( ;

  27. These are gorgeous, William. And I love the architecture as well.

  28. A wonderful selection of photographs, thank you.

    All the best Jan

  29. Good compositions of the pictures.

  30. @Bill: they do indeed.

    @Catarina: I can relate.

    @Kay: thank you.

    @Jennifer: thanks.

    @Beth: thank you.

    @Jeanie: me too.

    @Jan: you're welcome.

    @Klara: thanks.