Tuesday, June 29, 2021

John McCrae And The Flock

 Continuing on where I left off yesterday. I mentioned how the parkland on and around Green Island had several monuments. This is one of them, one of two matching sculptures of the Canadian soldier, doctor, and poet John McCrae. He is the author who composed the poem In Flanders Fields during the darkest days of World War One. Another of this statue by the same artist is in his hometown of Guelph, Ontario.

Across the path, a number of Canada geese were having lunch.

This is a view of the west branch of the Rideau Falls from the platform alongside the neighbouring property.

That property is home to research labs of the National Research Council. Tulips here were at their last stage as I passed by.

Heading back, I photographed some tulips through the fence outside the Royal Canadian Mint.


  1. I like the statue. Unusual to see a monument of a seated figure.

  2. Hello,
    The statue is beautiful. What a wonderful variety of photos, I like the goose, waterfalls and the pretty tulips.
    Take care, enjoy your day and week ahead.

  3. Stunning waterfall, dramatic how the water cascades over the side. The power of water captured well.

    The red and white tulips go well together. Lovely geese too.

  4. ...Ottawa has such lovely public art and this is one of them.

  5. One can imagine that a statue of John McRae will provoke no controversy, and there will not be cries advocating for its removal.

  6. The sculpture of John McCrae is a lovely tribute William, such an iconic poem �� super series of images here ��

  7. Nice sculpture of John McCrae. The geese are happy to be out under the sun. I like the waterfall. Beautiful white and red tulips.

  8. @Fun60: Ruth Abernathy, the artist, has done it before. Her statue of Oscar Peterson in town has him sitting on his piano bench.

    @Italiafinlandia: they are.

    @Francisco: thanks.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @Gemel: I agree.

  9. @Tom: definitely.

    @David: that's true.

    @Grace: thank you.

    @Marie: I do too.

    @Nancy: thanks.

  10. Nice waterfall and I like the statue of John McCrae. Have a lovely week William.

  11. Ah the omnipresent beautiful tulips!

  12. That is an impressive statue and a nice tribute.

  13. That poem is one of my favorites, in a sad way. It's so very evocative of the loss in war. I'm glad McCrae is so well recognized in Canada, and beyond Guelph.

  14. Ach! Canada Geese! You can keep them! :-)

  15. Great photos of the statue and geese ~ Xo

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  16. You took us on a nice tour of Green Island. I like the statue of Joel McCrae. Enjoyable scenic views and of the geese and flowers.

  17. @Sami: thanks!

    @Magiceye: they are everywhere.

    @RedPat: it is indeed.

    @Sharon: thank you.

    @Jeanie: he deserves it.

    @Revrunner: I rather like them.

    @Carol: thanks!

    @Denise: it's a nice spot.

    @Jan: lots of room for them.

  18. I like the last two shots with red and white tulips.

  19. Lovely shots of the statue. I like the red and white tulips in your last shot too.

  20. I admit it. It was the tulips that caught my eyes! Tweeted.

  21. Nice to see John relaxing with his notepad.

  22. I enjoyed seeing something else along with the tulips! Nice waterfall indeed. :-)

  23. Did not know the author of Flanders Field was a Canadian! I memorized it when we were required to recite "by heart" a war poem -- maybe in about the 6th or 7th grade (in other words practically a century ago -- of course, I didn't fully appreciate it then, but I do now.

  24. @Red: as do I.

    @Bill: thank you.

    @Mari: thanks.

    @Anvilcloud: it's a great pose.

    @DJan: thanks!

    @Maywyn: plants that last into the fall replace them.

    @Sallie: it is quite a legacy he left behind.

  25. In Guelph we lived just down the street from McRae's original home, now a museum.

  26. Do people go swimming near the falls or is it too dangerous?