Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Festival Blooms At The Museum

I went over to the Gatineau side of the river one day to photograph tulips at a couple of sites. First I came to the Canadian Museum Of History, where some stray tulips had ended up among the bushes here. I suspect squirrels were involved in the transfer.


Coming around the curatorial wing of the museum, I took in a view of the front of the exhibit wing. There was a bed of tulips near the entrance, with a good view of the fountain and Parliament Hill across the river.


While crossing the Alexandra Bridge over to Gatineau, I looked over to the flowerbed down this path; it's close to the river, and unfortunately with this year's high waters, it seems the flooding of early May wiped out this year's tulips there. The flowerbed was there, but the greenery was not.


I headed along the path towards Jacques Cartier Park, passing again by the curatorial wing, with the blossoming trees around it.


Passing beneath the bridge, I went out onto some of the docks here to photograph the river itself. The Ottawa River forms much of the boundary between the provinces of Ontario and Quebec, and this year's flooding was hard. The boats that would usually be docked here were not to be seen, and only a couple of the larger tour boats were on the river.

36 comments:

  1. Fantastic views. Thanks for heading over to Quebec to get them for us. ;-)

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  2. I think you are right, a squirrel planted that tulip.

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  3. ...the museum is such an interesting building.

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  4. Such a pretty city. - especially in spring

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  5. So lovely, You are lucky to have such amazing places to visit and photograph, especially when the tulips are out.

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  6. I like to see flowers growing on unexpected places, like the tulip.

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  7. Hello, the tulips are beautiful. I like the pretty purple color. The museum is a cool looking building. Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

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  8. The horticultural squirrels are doing a wonderful job 😊 beautiful images William!

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  9. the idea of purple & orange, great picks!! 😁

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  10. Beautiful series, William!

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  11. Really enjoyed reading back through your last few posts William. I've never seen so many beautiful tulips! Walking around Ottawa this time of year must be a real treat. Hope there is more sunshine than rain for all of us in the next little while ... we could all use some drying out.

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  12. It has been a hard spring for so many people along our waterways. I hope things get back to normal soon!

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  13. That is some museum. I love the lonely tulips in amidst the other greenery Darn squirrels. The flooding did kind of mess things up!

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  14. I didn't know that the museum of history hadng itself.aping based on curves such as the building itself.

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  15. @Halcyon: I just wish the one bed hadn't been washed out. That's a favourite view at tulip time.

    @Maywyn: it's just the sort of thing they'd do.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Tom: it's great architecture.

    @Dianne: it certainly is!

    @Lauren: there is a lot to do here.

    @Marleen: these bushes were definitely unusual for tulip growing.

    @Eileen: it's a wonderful museum to take in.

    @Grace: who'd have thought of squirrels as gardeners?

    @Beth: definitely!

    @Linda: thank you!

    @Wendy: today is a sunny day, finally!

    @RedPat: the rivers still need to drop in terms of water levels.

    @Lowell: it was quite bad a month ago at the peak of the high water.

    @Red: the architect, Douglas Cardinal, is of First Nations background and tends to incorporate the idea of water flowing into his works.

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  16. You show here amazing places, William, I would be glad to visit them one time...

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  17. Love the close up of the tulip and the ribbon-esque, curvy lines in many of the photos.

    Janis
    GDP

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  18. I love the first tulip especially, as well as all the storied places you showed, William

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  19. I like the way those tulips are popping up among the bushes. I guess I can thank the squirrels for that.

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  20. Beautiful shots, those squirrels are always planting surprises for us. I have a few around here that I know I didn't have a hand in :) Sorry to hear about the flooding.

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  21. I LOVE spring flowers!!! Thank you for sharing William!!!

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  22. @Karl: I enjoy showing them.

    @Janis: thank you.

    @Cloudia: thanks!

    @Sharon: I'm surprised they pop up among the bushes.

    @Klara: thanks!

    @Denise: the water levels still aren't what they should be- the tour boats can still only dock on the Gatineau side- the boat ramp on the Ottawa side is still submerged.

    @Chieftess: you're welcome!

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  23. I love that one lone tulip in the first photo.

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  24. Beautiful images William. My favorite is the fountain, very pretty with the background.

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  25. Yes squirrels have been know to transplant a few bulbs here and there!

    All the best Jan

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  26. One bed may have gone, but the rest is still spectacular.

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  27. I guess those squirrels are just doing their job!

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  28. @Norma: me too.

    @Bill: it stands out for me too.

    @Jan: it's just like them.

    @Mari: it is indeed.

    @Lois: a good way to look at it.

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  29. Beautiful. The 3rd photo is my favorite.

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  30. The museum is such a beautiful building, with or without tulips. I hope water levels get back to normal soon.

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    1. It took quite awhile for water levels to subside.

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