In the Spring – Part III

As I crouch on the deserted street to get eyeball-to-bloom with the tulips I put in last fall, pellets of snow start to fall and I wonder.

3-photo collage of tulips at different stages of openingI wonder how much longer this stupid weather is going to continue.

I wonder whether anyone is walking by the tulips at Dow’s Lake on this nippy afternoon, now that the National Capital Commission has bowed to public/political pressure and rescinded its unprecedented/unpopular ban on all tulip photography in the name of reducing the transmission of COVID-19. It’s a sad coincidence that this week marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

I wonder whether I really planted only yellow and white tulips last fall or whether other colours will soon make themselves known.

I wonder whether I’ll be able to stand up.



  1. Jim Robertson

    The tulips are certainly a bright spot on the street!!! And they all came up at the same time in a blaze of colour.

    ( I know what you mean about getting up )

  2. Jim Taylor

    Not about tulips, but about another sure sign of spring — hummingbirds. They’re baaaaack! In the past, we’ve only had two pair nesting in our mountain ash tree. This year we must have at least four pair, maybe more. The day the first hummingbird arrived, I put out the feeders again. Two nights ago the little birds were swarming around the feeders like mosquitos at a campfire, zipping and buzzing and doing cartwheels in the air. Each feeder has four “blossoms” on it, but despite that limitation, one of the feeders had four birds clamped onto the sitting bars, and one more flying hovering sipping nectar right over the top of a lesser bird. I’ve never seen that before.
    And I didn’t have to try to stand up afterwards, either.
    Jim T

  3. John Whitman

    Isabel – maybe yellow tulips blossom before the rest. There are two beds of red tulips at Dow’s Lake, and all the other beds that have blossoms are yellow. Admittedly, the other non-red beds aren’t in full blossom except for one bed that is in full yellow blossom.

    1. Isabel Gibson

      John – How did I miss this comment? (That’s rhetorical. :-)) Certainly different strains of tulips bloom at different times. I’ve never checked to see if there’s also a colour connection. Interesting.

    1. Isabel Gibson

      Barbara – A tulip whisperer, that’s what I yam. ๐Ÿ™‚ I find them frustrating because I’ve never taken a panoramic shot that felt as good as the real panorama looked. That’s why I tend to go close, I think.

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