Sunday, May 19, 2024

Vivid Tones

 I was glad to have come out here when I did. Weekday visits to the Tulip Festival are quieter than the weekends. When I returned for more shots, it was on a weekend, and it was exceedingly busy.

This particular bed has a sculpture at its heart, and tulips here and there among other plants.

Here we have a raised circular bed. Note the signage on the far side.

The signs tell the story of the Tulip Festival, which rose out of the Second World War. The Dutch, who had been liberated from Nazi occupation by Canadian soldiers, sent tulips in gratitude- and have done so ever since each year. A few years later, a formal festival was proposed.

The Second World War was particularly hard on the Dutch, especially so the last year.


  1. I didn't know about the Dutch connection. Interesting post.

  2. To think that there is a resurgence on Nazism is a cause for great sadness.

  3. ...slower and less crowded days would appeal to me too.

  4. Magical flower display ~ great photos ~ thanks,

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  5. You keep coming up with some knock out captions.

  6. I always like seeing tulips in the spring. Great color in your photos.

  7. What a grand time to be in Ottawa, William.

  8. Beautiful photographs.

    All the best Jan

  9. Those orange tulips are so pretty.