Wednesday, June 5, 2019

A Mixture Of Floral Settings

I took the shots in today's post in the days following the official closing of the Tulip Festival, which came to an end on Victoria Day. There were planters outside the Chateau Laurier.

This second one from this spot includes Parliament Hill in the background.

A short distance away, flowerbeds outside the Bruyere Hospital included tulips.

I took an extended walk on this particular day, heading over to the other side of the Ottawa River. Coming back, I came to this observation platform at the end of the Alexandra Bridge to photograph the river below Nepean Point. This view of planters on the platform works well in combination with the heights of the Point above. The statue of Champlain is up there.

From there I headed into the Byward Market. There is a sculpture in one of the courtyards, with tulips in planters. Dancing Bear is the title of this 1999 abstract work by the Inuit artist Pauta Saila. I photographed it from various angles.

Nearby I took in two views of tulip planters looking west, with the Peace Tower in the background. The York Steps head up out of the Market, positioned between the Connaught Building to the left and the American embassy to the right.

On another day I photographed these tulips at the University of Ottawa.

And on another day still, I found that I was too late to photograph a particular tulip bed at Lansdowne Park in the Glebe, but caught this bed of tulips nearby, alongside the Rideau Canal.

And on yet another day, I took this shot of tulips with the Supreme Court in the background.


  1. Good photos, I can see the dancing bear dancing!

  2. Cute bear and the tulips look even better in those everyday situations. Beautiful!

  3. A beautiful touch of colour in the city.

  4. I can see the dancing bear sculpture. The colourful tulips are beautiful and they brighten up the place.

  5. ...when it comes to tulips, Ottawa knows how to do it up right!

  6. The raised beds here and there add to the festival nicely.

  7. Hello, the tulips are beautiful. They are lovely to see around the city. Wishing you a happy day!

  8. Surely the city will be a lot less colorful when all the tulips have bloomed out, as they are so lovely.

  9. @Maywyn: it's a wonderful sculpture.

    @Iris: thank you!

    @Italiafinlandia: indeed.

    @Cloudia: thanks!

    @Nancy: they do.

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Tom: we have a lot.

    @Anvilcloud: they do.

    @Eileen: that they are.

    @Sandi: indeed.

    @Beatrice: as it is, many of them are done now.

  10. I'm glad you took pictures of that bear statue from various angles. I'm not sure I would have known what it was. And the tulips are, as always, wonderful to see. :-)

  11. That second shot caught my attention, not only your great combo of near and far focuses, but the clean modern lines which frame the old architectural style.

  12. Beautifully composed shots William.. love the whimsy of the dancing bear ✨ Hopefully still a few more tulip posts 🌷

  13. The pink shades are beautiful.

  14. Whether large fields of tulips or small plants, they are an impressive flower.

  15. The planters with tulips is a great idea.

  16. @DJan: I figured taking shots from multiple angles would be suitable.

    @Barbara: thanks!

    @Grace: more to come.

    @Marleen: I agree!

    @Red: that they are.

    @Marie: I think so too.

  17. The planters are nice and they do a good job with the colors here!

  18. It must be wonderful to see so many tulips all over your city.

  19. The tulips really beautify the city. It looks gorgeous!

  20. Your city would be a beautiful sight at the best of times, but with all the tulips blooming, it must be incredible!

  21. The tulips are late this year. Mine are really just getting going. Don't forget, winter just pulled out last week here in the Upper Valley!

  22. the rocky wall is cool. great extra to the flower feel. nice! ( ;

  23. Do you still have many tulips in bloom?

  24. The colours are still beautiful.
    In the Netherlands a lot of flowers and blossoms stayed extra long colourful and fresh. Is there something like that going on in Canada too?

  25. @Jeanie: they so.

    @Sharon: it is.

    @Bill: I agree.

    @Denise: thanks!

    @Karen: they were late here this year too.

    @Beth: thank you.

    @RedPat: there are some still in good shape.

    @Jan: we have had a relatively cool spring. Heat can do them in.

  26. I really like your second shot, and the ones with the dancing bear. The only thing wrong with tulips is that they seem to be over and done too soon. They're so beautiful.

  27. Love your photo with Parliament Hill viewed through the arch:)

  28. Creative shots 'around town.'

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

  29. The tulips do make the city look even better!
    Another wonderful collection here William, thank you.

    All the best Jan

  30. @Joanne: thanks!

    @Kay: that's true.

    @Rosie: thank you!

    @Carol: indeed.

    @Jan: they do, yes.