Ottawa in Bloom

I went for a walk last night, without a camera, in the New Edinburgh area of Ottawa and was amazed by all of the colour that has just erupted in the city over the last few days. So, today, I grabbed my camera and returned to the area to take photos. I walked along MacKay St. which is one of the streets that borders the Governor General’s residence, known as Rideau Hall, and also ends, in the North, at the Prime Minister’s residence. It is one of the oldest areas of town and has many mature flowering trees and shrubs as well as lush beds of beautiful perennials. Without further ado, I’ll let you see for yourselves. Happy Spring everyone!

Apple Blossoms
Cherry Trees

If you’d like to see the rest of my photos from today, please go to my Flickr page.


23 thoughts on “Ottawa in Bloom

  1. Gorgeous pictures Isobel. Those cherry blossoms are especially nice. I actually bought a cherry tree for the backyard just last week. I’m looking forward to seeing it bloom next spring.


    1. Hi Omar! Thanks. I haven’t been out with my camera for a while. I went snap-crazy with all the colours yesterday. It was fun!

      I have a few cherry trees in my yard. I have a more mature choke-cherry and a smaller regular cherry that blossomed for the first time this year. It’s been in my garden for several years but never seemed to do anything. I guess it’s happy now. It’s such a thrill to see the blossoms. I hope yours is quite glorious next year. πŸ™‚


  2. Thank you Isobel for a most beautiful set of photos of Ottawa in Bloom.

    I played the slide show on your Flickr page over and over again.

    All the photos are superb. I particularly liked one of a little girl in a Field of Dandelions. It’s a dream inspiring scene.

    From what I’ve read and seen (in photos) about her, Ottawa is one of the nicest cities in North America. Thanks again for taking your camera and for letting us see your wonderful city through your eyes πŸ™‚


    1. Yes, Abufares, Ottawa was rated number one this year, I’m proud to say. It is quite a lovely town and I so enjoy getting out with my camera to play tourist once in a while.

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the photos. Thank you for the lovely comment. That was my little Anna amongst the dandelions…she called it a “magical place”. It was kind of magical. πŸ™‚


  3. Hasn’t been before time the spring over here either. Winter was really cold and there was more snow in Scotland than at the Vancouver winter Olympics! That said it’s sunny now and my vegetables are growing I’m off outside.


    1. Hi Paul. It was, indeed, a very long winter and I am so thrilled to see the gorgeous blush of spring…finally. It’s not consistently warm enough to plant my veggies yet, but by the end of May, I should have them all in. Thanks for dropping by. πŸ™‚ Enjoy the sunshine.


  4. I loved your pictures.
    Here in PerΓΊ, summer is definitely gone. Even though it’s not that cold yet, we have fresher days and nights already.
    But those colors were unkown to me. Thanks for taking the time and get back to those beautiful places with a camera. And thanks for sharing them with us.


    1. Gabriela, I’m so glad you dropped by! πŸ™‚ It never occurred to me that Peru would be rolling into fall…but of course. I find springtime and fall the most colourful seasons here. Summer is more bland and winter is, well, white. lol! So I have more fun with my camera in spring and fall. I hope I’ll have an opportunity to get out again soon and I definitely will share. Thanks for your comment.


  5. So glad you went back to capture it all, i agree, it’s really beautiful. I was actually surprised, returning back to Montreal, how much the trees had blossomed this weekend, but nothing like were Ottawa is at. Great pictures!!!


    1. Hi CosmoChick! I’m glad we took that walk in the first place. I wish I’d had the lighting of the evening when we were there. It was kind of magical. But the colours were definitely still gorgeous when I went back during the day. It’s great to see you here and I hope spring arrives in full soon in Montreal. πŸ™‚


  6. That little girl in the dandelion field!! Soooooooo Cute!!!! And the little boy petting the “rat”!!!! Adorable!!!! ;-).


    1. Hey Brigand, interesting you find the children sooo cute and not so much the blooming flowers. Hmmmm…I do too. πŸ™‚ You must be living in Ottawa for such a long time you have gotten used to the lovely scene in spring! Must be that…


    1. Oh, KJ, those nasty sandflowers! They get into everything. 😦 Poor you. I hope the weather clears up soon.

      Taken with a Canon EOS! Well, it is a far superior photo to mine. But the composition is definitely similar.

      Thanks for dropping by!!


  7. Hi Isobel!

    Your Trillium picture brings back so many memories for me. I used to live in Quebec as a child. The trilliums grew everywhere in the woods around my house and in Quebec it was legal to pick them [I’ve since found out it’s not illegal to pick them in Ontario apparently]. The flowers have always held a sort of mystique for me and because of that they’re one of my very favourite flowers. The picture reminds me of how they looked in the Quebec woods. So thank you for that.

    I was actually wondering if you would consider talking with me about posting a blog for a video contest specifically for Canadian women. It’s called the Who Inspires U contest and it supports inspirational women by offering a $10,000 grand prize for the best video created. I’m doing my best to get the word out so more ladies enter. I actually won last year, and it was one of the best experiences of my life. If you’re interested in helping me in any way I would be very grateful. My email is listed on this comment if you decide you are in fact interested. If not, thank you again for your beautiful pictures.

    – Shawna


    1. Hi Shawna. Yes, you’re not allowed to pick the Trillium in Ontario because it’s our Provincial flower. That is my understanding anyway. They are so pretty and since they are out only briefly, it’s a treat to spot them.

      Thanks for the information on the video contest. I will consider it and email you if I wish to participate.

      So glad you dropped by.


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