On the first day of the month, photobloggers from around the world participate in a theme for the day. This month the theme is Heights. You can find other participating blogs through the City Daily Photo Theme link here.
This was an easy one for me; I took the lift up to the observation deck of the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill, looking down onto the wide front lawn, the Centennial Flame far below, and downtown Ottawa.
The Tower rises to a height of ninety two metres (300 feet for you Yanks); the observation deck is beneath the clock itself. You get a splendid view of the city, the Ottawa River, and Gatineau over on the Quebec side of the river. Just below the deck, on all four corners, gargoyles are positioned; this is typical of the stonework throughout the Parliament Buildings, where one can easily find intricate carvings. There's one such gargoyle below at the lower left, looking out towards the West Block.
There has been a lot of ongoing restoration and construction going on around Parliament Hill these days; it's a long process, and much of the work being done at present is on the West Block. From above, you really get a sense of the scale of the work, as well as on other buildings across Wellington Street, which will be housing displaced workers for a few years.
This small island is in the middle of the Ottawa River, and I wanted a closeup on it from up high. It's only inhabited by birds, and a few scrubs and brushes. If we have a serious winter coming up (fingers crossed), that whole island, except for the scrubs, will be under water during the spring thaw.
Cutting back to a wider view west of the Ottawa River, which carves a path between Ontario and Quebec. The West Block and the Supreme Court beyond it tower over the heights rising up from the river below. The river will freeze over in the winter- aside from some fast flowing currents coming from the Chaudiere Falls. I will have more views from the Tower tomorrow.
Cool. It's nice to see the lie of a city. I especially like the last shot.ReplyDelete
How come you didn't walk up? :-)
There is a staircase, but only used in case fire alarms go off!Delete
The last photos is excellent!ReplyDelete
One of my favourite vantage points from the deck, looking west.Delete
Great view! I agree with Carla--love the last one best.ReplyDelete
I've always wanted to take photos from the observation deck of the Gateway Arch.
I like the island shot. I'm drawn to islands for some reason.ReplyDelete
I should photograph it from river level before the winter comes....ReplyDelete
I like the river view bestReplyDelete
It's a wild river at times, even in the heart of the city. I've loved it ever since I've lived here.Delete
Marvellous views which are really enjoyable to see. Well done. And, you got to take a lift! Hooray!ReplyDelete
Yes, no climbing stairs!Delete
I didn't know you had started this blog! I think I was away when you began.ReplyDelete
I haven't been to Ottawa in so many years and never up the tower. Great view and wonderful shots.
Thanks! Yes, I started in September. I love the view from the tower.Delete
My compliments for your blog, your views for this theme day are simply great!ReplyDelete
This is the best vantage point to view the massive restoration work (even if most of it shrouded). Glad you caught the gargoyle.ReplyDelete
From the ground level, the work is visible, but much more so at this angle.Delete
These are great choices for theme day.ReplyDelete
Wonderful series of photos ; but the first shot is my fave :)ReplyDelete
It's a heck of a view!Delete
Beautiful view from up there. Gives you a whole new perspective...so love the last shot, the clouds and the water are in tune!ReplyDelete
I was pleased the weather cooperated. I've been up there in less pleasant conditions.Delete
I love gargoyles. Wish we had more in Jerusalem.ReplyDelete
It seems to be a very Gothic tradition to add those in.Delete
Interesting contribution to the theme day.Have a good weekend!ReplyDelete