Saturday, March 8, 2014

Bidding Adieu To Winterlude

It's time to say goodbye to Winterlude... have you felt overdosed by it?

On the last day of the festival, I found myself up at Patterson Creek in the Glebe. It's an offshoot of the Rideau Canal, a stretch of which makes up the skateway. This area is good for kids who might be a bit nervous being out on the open ice of the Canal with many more skaters. I like the bridge, where the creek joins the rest of the skateway.


Close to the bridge is this massive tree.


Using its trunks to frame skaters on the Canal seemed like a different way to take a shot.


Back in Confederation Park with this final shot from that last weekend. Another one of these ice sculptures you could pose behind was erected just in time for Valentine's Day. It seems appropriate to leave off with this one, lit in red.




28 comments:

  1. That looks so cool. It never gets that cold in Sydney.

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  2. That's a fantastic tree. I'm guessing it's been around for awhile.

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  3. Lovely shot with that huge old tree! I really like that they keep the canal and creek clear for skating.

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  4. No, I haven't! I can't get enough of real winter. The tree is so majestic, I wonder how old it is. And that heart is to die for! You could have kept it for Valentine's day 2015!

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  5. Jane: Arch bridges are fascinating! Every time I see an arch bridge I have this weird habit of looking for the keystone. I am intrigued by the idea that without it the bridge would fall apart. Out of habit I looked for the keystone in your picture. It is very prominent. Cool!

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  6. Jim: I would think not!

    Stuart: indeed. I have no idea how long.

    Elaine: and it is still open today.

    Ciel: I could have!

    Jane: I have always found arches fascinating

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  7. I've enjoyed all your posts about Winterlude. They make me think of visiting.

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  8. AWESOME tree! i really liked seeing your neat snow sculptures.

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  9. I bet a lot of photos were taken at that last sculpture.

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  10. Beautiful blue skies!
    Here, we had the worst winter ever: storms for two months, the ocean has gone wild like never before and our coast is a mess from north to south. Millions of tons of sand were washed away from the beaches and the damages on man-made structures are unbelievable. Gladly, it seems to be over, the skies are blue and temperatures are above 20ºC now.

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  11. A no nonsense,solid and dependable bridge!
    How long before the big melt? (hahahahahahaha!)
    Jane x

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  12. Very nice shots on a gorgeous day.

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  13. @Furry Gnome: you should do so at least once.

    @Tex: thank you!

    @Sharon: when I took that shot, there was a whole lineup of people waiting to have shots taken.

    @Jose: your part of the world really got hammered this year.

    @Jane and Chris: seven or eight weeks.

    @Luis: thank you!

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  14. Good post. Goodbye to the festival. Love the bridge/underpass. I really love to ice skate but finally gave my skates away. As I move further out in the country there are fewer places to skate. MB

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  15. Love the tree shot, skaters between the trunks!

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  16. bye till next year winterlude! definitely didn't feel od'd by it :) love that tree!

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  17. These photos are wonderful memory joggers of a 'life' growing up in the Northeast.

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  18. All good things must come to an end. Beautiful blue skies!

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  19. On the contrary, far from feeling overdosed, I have enjoyed each and every photo. It's so different from what we get down here and is very interesting. Loved the last photo with the people in the heart. Thanks for sharing them all William and have a great weekend :)

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  20. You have given us full coverage of all the wonderful sculptures and amazing event. The shot through the tree is lovely! Enjoyed it all!!!!!

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  21. I've enjoyed your Winterlude tour, William!

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  22. @MB: I don't skate, but there are rinks within a minute's walk from my front door.

    @Cheryl: I went for the unusual with that one.

    @Tanya: I'll have to find out what kind of tree it is.

    @Birdman: thanks!

    @Linda: on that day, they were crisp!

    @Denise: you're welcome!

    @Norma: it seemed appropriate to end with that one.

    @Lauren: thanks!

    @RedPat: thank you!

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  23. Seeing all the winterlude posts, William, has made us consider taking a Canadian trip in winter just to see the snow and ice sculptures. What we need is more time for all the adventures we plan in our minds.

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  24. I've thoroughly enjoyed each of these posts! Winterlude appears a wonderful event for your city. Thank you for sharing!

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  25. End winter arriving for spring begin, happy sunday.

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  26. @Beatrice: I can make recommendations!

    @Lowell: thanks!

    @Retriever: thank you.

    @EG: thanks. I really do have to make a habit of checking the last comments in a post within a week, otherwise here I am a year later answering comments.

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