Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Another Year Ends

2013 comes to an end today. Tomorrow is another theme day for City Daily Photo, with Photo Of The Year as the theme. I thought I'd end the year with a visit to Nepean Point again. I went a few days before Christmas to pay my respects to the statue of Samuel De Champlain, fitting, since 2013 marked the four hundredth anniversary of his first trip up the Ottawa River. It was a snowy day, almost giving a monochromatic feel to the pics I took at the Point.

A closer view of the man himself, free of the scaffolding that was here during Nuit Blanche back in September. It is a commanding position high over the Ottawa River.

This looks back to where I've come on a path that comes alongside the National Gallery. Major's Hill Park is across the boulevard, and the top of the Chateau Laurier can be made out above the trees. On the right you can make out the East Block on Parliament Hill.

The Ottawa River is below the point, and the ice was well on its way to forming here. In fact, only in the background can you see open water.

It's fitting for my last picture of 2013 to be that of Parliament Hill. The view from the Point on a sunny day is quite dramatic, and yet I liked the effect of a snowy, misty day for a completely different mood. 

A Happy New Year to you all!


  1. A great way to end the year in blogging, a series of beautiful photos of Ottawa shrouded in snow. Happy New Year !

  2. There is no question that your New Year will start covered in snow. Looks beautiful. Have a super celebration and warmest best wishes for the New Year!!

  3. Look at all that snow! Great shots, William. I can't wait to see what you pick for your photo of the year.

  4. ohhh now that looks cold! great series of photos and have a happy new year!

  5. @Stuart: thank you!

    @Revrunner: three or four months of that to come!

    @Lauren: thank you!

    @Tamera: fortunately that one was easy to choose!

    @Tanya: it was a cold day!

  6. You were out and about on a very wintery day!

  7. Excellent choice...but all that **** makes me cringe!

  8. Sigh I love snow ...so beautiful shots. A Happy New Year !


  9. I love these snowy shots, William. Have a great New Year's eve!!

  10. 42 minutes to New Year, 10ndegrees, no rain, no snow, looks like a spring time. Many good wishes from Norway. Be with us, William.

  11. They do look almost like black and white pix! And the last one is indeed lovely!

    Happy New Year!

  12. I do love a good monument and of course all the snow. Great pics. Have a Happy New Year!

  13. Magnificent view of Parliament Hill, love the moodiness and the monochromatic colour scheme!

  14. All of these are terrific. You live in such a beautiful city! Lucky guy! Happy New Year!

  15. @Sharon: I love wintery days!

    @Norma: snow is good for you!

    @Barbara: this time of year, that's to be expected on a cloudy day, but it works beautifully.

    @Tess: thank you!

    @RedPat: thanks!

    @Inna: you obviously need some snow!

    @Lorelei: thank you!

    @Cheryl: thanks!

    @Krisztina: I'm smack dab in the best season of the year!

    @Anonymous: thank you!

    @Merisi: thanks!

    @Merry: it's a good place to live in.