Thursday, June 6, 2019

The Colonel Amid Colours

Major's Hill Park is another tulip site. This statue of Colonel John By, the military engineer who led the building of the Rideau Canal and is considered the founder of Ottawa, stands in the park, overlooking the Ottawa Locks of his canal down below. Tulips were growing in the beds around and behind him.

Here the Connaught Building and Chateau Laurier can be seen in the background.

From the far end of the bed, the statue of Colonel By has a view across to Parliament Hill.

I stepped out to the east entrance of the park, where planters could be found. This has more of a view of the Connaught Building. The headquarters of the Canada Revenue Agency, the building was designed by architect David Ewart, who also designed the Museum of Nature and the Royal Canadian Mint. The building construction started in 1913, and is in the Tudor-Gothic style.

This view to the left takes in its neighbour, the American embassy.

One more look at the planters, and I went back into the park.

Close by in this shaded spot there were the odd tulips that were clearly replanted by other gardeners. Of the nut hoarding, furry tailed variety.

More planters could be found on the west side of the park where the path overlooks the Ottawa River.

Today I'll leave off with these yellow tulips in the shade. Tomorrow we'll have a look at tulips on the north side of the park.


  1. Impressive statue - and again, awww, I love those flowers, keep it coming!

  2. Colonel John By ... Father of the nation!
    His statue is imposing!

  3. The buildings look so European, which of course is not a miracle. Have to admit that I never heard about the Colonel !

  4. If our parks here have such beautiful flowers blooming away, I would be visiting our parks more often.

  5. ...and the beautiful colors go on and on!

  6. The Colonel enjoys a beautiful scenery|

  7. And the Colonel saw that it was good.

  8. Hello, the statue is beautiful and I love all the tulips. Gorgeous blooms. Enjoy your day!

  9. Brilliant title, "The Colonel Among Colours." Love these photos, especially the last one, the way the black bark frames the yellow tulips on the left!


  10. Is that armor? I wonder how hard it was to walk around like that and with that very tall hat.

  11. I am still enjoying the tulips. The yellow ones are especially pretty.

  12. No doubts... that is a beautiful city!!

  13. What incredible tulips everywhere! And the furry gardener got his due...though usually his relatives ate the bulbs I planted.

  14. The furry gardeners tend to eat the tulip flowers that I have planted.

  15. It must keep you busy for a long time to visit all the tulip beds and sites.

  16. What a colorful time of year for you!

  17. @Iris: thank you!

    @Ella: it's a good statue.

    @Gattina: I mention him from time to time.

    @Nancy: this is a pretty park.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Tom: and more to come.

    @Italiafinlandia: definitely.

    @Jan: he'd be proud of his legacy.

    @Eileen: thank you!

    @Marie: I like it too.

    @Janis: so do I.

    @Sandi: not armor, but elements of the uniform like the epaulets on the shoulders would give that impression.

    @DJan: that they are.

    @Catarina: especially in May.

    @Barbara: that happens!

    @RedPat: a very squirrel thing to do.

    @Red: it does.

    @Sharon: it is!

  18. Beautiful flowers and I love the buildings in the background, too. The view with river is also beautiful!

  19. I think Toronto's nickname should be tulip city. Or is it already?

  20. The beauty is endless, beautiful images Wiiliam.

  21. Tulips everywhere you look! 😀

  22. Anyone who does what he did deserves a statue. What gorgeous tulips!

  23. Favorite is that 'single rose' shot ~ ^_^ Love simplicity ~

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

  24. @Tamago: thank you!

    @RR: we are definitely not Toronto! :)

    @Bill: thank you!

    @Marleen: indeed.

    @Jeanie: I agree.

    @Carol: thank you.

  25. The tulips add such a beautiful touch to everything.

  26. Ottawa must be so beautiful when the tulips are in bloom.

  27. Always love to see glimpses of Chateau Laurier, those nut hoarding gardeners have been busy 😉

  28. what a great day, love those puffy clouds. ( ;

  29. Isn't that an impressive statue, and of course gorgeous tulips :)

    All the best Jan

  30. @Tammie: they do.

    @Joanne: we have a lot.

    @Kay: it is, yes.

    @Grace: I love the Chateau.

    @Beth: so do I.

    @Jan: thanks!

  31. Blue sky adds beautiful shades to tulips.