Tulips form a genus of spring-blooming
perennial herbaceous bulbiferous geophytes.
They are usually large, showy and brightly colored,
generally red, pink, yellow, or white.
The National Capital Commission having prohibited all photography, the Mayor of Ottawa having implored, the National Capital Commission having relented, the Big Guy dropped me off at one of the entrances to the Tulip Festival to walk the walk and to take photos at an appropriate physical distance from anyone else crazy enough to be out in the sub-zero temperatures. It was 6:45. The 06:45 kind.
By the time I was a third of the way along the iconic path I had two things. First, an ice cream headache without the calories. Second, the knowledge that reluctance is not limited to my tulips this year. There was a decent show at either end and nothing at all in between.
Well. This too shall pass. Or arrive, as the case may be. In the meantime, I decided to cobble together a video tribute to the tulips that I had hoped to see, drawing on photos from other years when the flowers actually were “large, showy, and brightly colored.”