Oh, Canada: A Celebration in Photos

A special day deserves special photographic treatment. Herewith, a montage of provincial flowers represents the places in Canada where I’ve lived.

Montage of trillium, western red lily, and wild rose

Provincial Flowers: ON, SK, AB

A bouquet of tulips from Ottawa represents Canada’s role as sanctuary to the Dutch royal family during WWII and Canada’s liberation of Holland, still remembered and celebrated by Dutch schoolchildren.

Three tulip thumbnails: orange and yellow, backlit; mix of yellow and red in large bed.

Ottawa Tulip Festival:
Home, Dow’s Lake, Home


Close-up of backlit purple tulip.

Ottawa Tulip Festival:
Purple Tulip


Close-up of three red/orange striped tulips.

Ottawa Tulip Festival:
Red/Orange Striped Tulip

Finally, two kinds of maple leaves represent the whole country: Japanese maples, glowing in the spring sunshine; and sugar maples, warming the fall.

Close-up of red leaves of Japanese maple in spring.

Japanese Maple


Single red sugar-maple leaf on grey paving stones

Sugar Maple Leaf

Happy Canada Day!



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4 Responses to Oh, Canada: A Celebration in Photos

  1. Jim Robertson says:

    Nice selection pics, Isabel.

    You had a nice crop of flags in your garden this morning. Thank you !!!

  2. Alison Uhrbach says:

    I still get a thrill when I see a big red maple leaf in Ottawa. As you know, as an Alberta kid, red maple leaves were a myth, not a reality. My first trip to Ottawa in the fall (when Mark first moved there) I was picking up leaves off the ground all the time – I had QUITE a pile of them, and still find them now and then, as bookmarks in books I’ve read. (a wonderful use!)

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Alison – Yes, my office-mates here used to laugh at me for picking up leaves when I worked on a project in Ottawa but was still living in Edmonton. I couldn’t understand how they could be so cavalier – not taking them for granted is a gift.

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