May 19, 2015

Canadian Tulip Festival


The tulip is a symbol of international friendship and is Ottawa's official flower. The tulip legacy dates back 70 years when the Dutch government and royal family made a gift of a thousand tulip bulbs to the people of Canada as an expression of deep gratitude and friendship for the sacrifice Canadian soldiers made in liberating the Netherlands near the end of the Second World War. In 1953 an annual festival of commemoration and celebration of the tulip legacy was born. Each year, the Dutch royal family still sends 20, 000 bulbs to Canada.
Since this past weekend Canada celebrated Victoria Day, my family and I couldn't think of a better place to visit than the capital city of Ottawa with its beautiful tulip festival. Millions of tulips adorned Parliament Hill, the banks of the Rideau Canal and Down's lake, hosting the biggest display and the festival itself. Despite the fact that some of them have already faded, I tried to capture the joy and colour of these delightful spring flowers brought to our day. 


Thank you so much for taking the time to read and share your thoughts.
I hope you all have a splendid spring season! 




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12 comments:

  1. Wow! Your pictures are beautiful!! Takes a steady hand (or a tripod) for that

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  2. so beautiful, there are so many amazing varieties now! the red/white striped are gorgeous!

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  3. That pink and white variety makes me smile; I immediately think of peppermint!

    What an array of glory my friend. ENJOY! Anita

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  4. Absolutely beautiful photos and tulips :)

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  5. Stunning! And what a beautiful story, I didn't know that at all. Thank you for sharing. You captured them beautifully xx

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  6. If anyone was to capture the beauty of this festival---it's you. Gorgeous photos and it renews my love of tulips. I planned to plant more this fall...now I'm even more eager! Thank you, Sylvia!

    Jane x

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  7. Absolutely beautiful!

    Madelief x

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  8. What stunning shots! Featuring this at Wow this week.

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  9. Just gorgeous !
    We used to go to Ottawa often to see them - haven't been in a few years now - so I'm thrilled to see your beautiful images!
    Hugs from Montreal

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  10. I saw your feature over at WOW and I had to hop over to see more of your photos! Pure gorgeousness and thanks for sharing it!

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  11. Stunning photography Sylvia! Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!

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