Monday, 23 April 2012

Spring Surprise

Like everyone else in Eastern Ontario, I woke to the surprising sight of snow falling this morning. And also like just about everyone else, I took photos of it. Snow this late in spring is unusual in this part of the world, so most people were grumbling about it. But I was impressed how beautiful the snow was as a background for the tulips that are just starting to bloom.

The colours of the flowers and the leaves really stand out against the whiteness, like swirls and blobs made by pastel crayon on a sheet of white paper. 

These tulips are in a park on the Gatineau side of the Ottawa River that I walk past every day on my way to work. They almost look like a tulip army, marching off into a snowy field in the distance. In a week, these tulips will probably be basking in the warmth of a sunny afternoon - always a cheerful sight in an unpredictable Canadian spring.


Jennifer Pearson Vanier said...

It is a little shocking to wake to snow after the middle of April but those flowers sure look lovely against the stark white stuff. I love our Canadian weather! Never boring.

Jenny said...

I'm not usually a fan of mass plantings of tulips like the one in Gatineau, but with the snow they look really good. In the garden, I thought the flowers looked pretty with the snow like they'd been dusted with icing sugar.

Sarah said...

I agree - that white background really makes the colours pop!

Knatolee said...

They look SO pretty in the snow! I love these photos!!