Do you love tulips?

I do. I also love photography and playing with filters. Early this spring, impatient for tulip season, I found a photo from a year previous and played.


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  1. taborstomreg on May 13, 2020 at 10:02 am

    Great pics.

    While we are on tulips – had approx 100 to start with – squirrels and bunnies nailed approx 70%

    • Kathy on May 13, 2020 at 12:47 pm

      Sadly, we’ve lost a lot of ours that way too. Last fall we planted lots of daffodils. I don’t love them quite as much as tulips, but it seems the squirrels and rabbits don’t either! 🙂

      • Tom on May 13, 2020 at 1:48 pm

        I agree with your daffodil reasoning
        But they come earlier than most tulips and are spent during the tulip season

        • Kathy on May 13, 2020 at 2:44 pm

          You’re right. Daffodils do come earlier. Not as early up here and there’s overlap with some tulips before the daffodils disappear. Still, it would be nice if squirrels and rabbits could develop more of a taste for invasive weeds instead and leave our tulips alone!

  2. Janet Barclay on May 13, 2020 at 10:45 am

    I do love tulips, so I was excited to learn that the Tulip Festival is being held online this year – not the same as being there, but since I wouldn’t have been going to Ottawa anyway, it’s a step up! They’re supposed to be posting a virtual tour soon at

    • Kathy on May 13, 2020 at 12:42 pm

      Thank you for including that link, Janet. I’m sure my tulip-loving readers will appreciate it — as do I!

  3. wendy mason on May 13, 2020 at 11:52 am

    Absolutely exquisite!

    • Kathy on May 13, 2020 at 12:49 pm

      Thank you, Wendy. 🙂

  4. Janice Mason Steeves on May 14, 2020 at 8:10 am

    Nice!. I do love tulips

    • Kathy on May 14, 2020 at 4:51 pm

      Thanks, Janice. I know you follow me on Instagram. I’ll try to post a photo of this year’s tulips while they’re still in bloom — if I can get one that begins to do them justice!

      • Janice Mason Steeves on May 15, 2020 at 11:25 am

        I don’t seem to have any tulips here…….too many squirrels.

        I went to Holland one year when I was in the tulip-painting mode (which I was for years!), to see the Keukenhoff Gardens. I was in heaven! Glorious.

        • Kathy on May 15, 2020 at 12:54 pm

          It seems there will be fewer tulips and more squirrels than usual here too this year. I imagine the sight of those gardens would stick in your brain forever! I hope I get to see some of your tulip paintings some day.

          • Janice Mason Steeves on May 15, 2020 at 1:57 pm

            Ahh, I have no tulip paintings left.

            I can clearly remember my time at the Keukenhoff. Yes, stuck forever in my brain!

          • Kathy on May 15, 2020 at 3:04 pm

            Too bad for me. We’ll have to come up with another excuse to get together, when we can do so again safely. 🙂

          • Janice Mason Steeves on May 15, 2020 at 4:35 pm

            I look forward to it.

            I’m starting to dream of walking Hue in the Cons early in the morning watching the mist rise off the lake and hearing the geese squawk away.

            Seems like it happened in a land far far away.


          • Kathy on May 15, 2020 at 6:02 pm

            My dog is a little too fond of goose poop for me to share your dreams of squawking geese. But yes it will be nice to get back in the Cons. 😊

          • Janice Mason Steeves on May 15, 2020 at 6:10 pm

            hahahaha! Absolutely hilarious.

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