Saturday, April 5, 2014

Art In Rather Cold Climates

From yesterday in the comments, I thought I'd add two links for Doors Open. Ontario has a program of open house events for historical buildings and places of interest from May to October each year, and this is the home page. The events listings for Doors Open events can be found right here on the site- Ottawa has it in early June this year. If you're in Ontario and want to attend these events- or if you'd like to see what it's all about so you can suggest the same sort of idea in your community- check those links out.

I took this on a particularly cold morning several weeks ago at Carleton University. The steam rising from the maintenance plant really shows itself on such cold days.


Also from several weeks back, this house in Old Ottawa South, not far from my place, has this colourful mural on the wall.


It was a hint of warm weather on a very cold day, when I took this shot.


This one's more recent, from a house in the Glebe. The hedge on one side of the property ends with this screen at the street.


The circle of birds is a nice touch.


Finally, ending with a shot from February. The National Gallery's glass tower was at this point free of the iceberg canvas that had dominated the scaffolding around it through the latter half of last year. The scaffolding, when I took this shot, was being dismantled, the job of replacing glass panels finished.


33 comments:

  1. I love that wall mural...and the birds! Beautiful!

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  2. I remember you talking about Doors Open in the past. Looking forward to seeing your photos of the places you visit!

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  3. The art and architecture shine. But I can't imagine working outside in this cold. How you must long for Spring.

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  4. I do like the looks of that bright sunflower.

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  5. Love the sunflower and the cardinals. It looks good and there are triangles, lol!

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  6. Great photos . There is so much out there for everyone to photograph ! Thanks for sharing . Have a good weekend !

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  7. You've treated us to so many lovely views today!!!

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  8. Linda: thank you!

    Norma: it is a good way to engage with the community.

    Oakland: actually I'll miss winter.

    Revrunner: it really stands out.

    Ciel: there are indeed:!

    Country Gal: thank you!

    Greensboro: my pleasure.

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  9. You have posted a very interesting medley of photos today. The top photo with the steam is very strong and I love the art work on the two buildings.

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  10. Thanks so much for coming by and visiting me!!
    I must get to Doors Open this year in Toronto.

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  11. I'm so glad you came around to visit our blog...You've opened up whole new vistas to me. Not having been to Ottawa and knowing very little about the place, I'm always surprised and delighted to view your photos.

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  12. We've decided to attend Doors Open in our area this year...you convinced us!
    Jane x

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  13. Ya, this time of year in cold climes, steam is a photo- hog!

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  14. the mural is pretty. i really like the screen with the birds and wreath decor. :)

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  15. The Doors Open sounds like a great program made available to the public

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  16. Nice mural. Is hotter when I look on it.

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  17. I love your photos. I lived in Ottawa for 25 years!
    (ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

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  18. Love the birds at the end of the hedge! Makes the fence thingie really stand out!

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  19. @Kate: thank you!

    @Jackie: Toronto's weekend has even more than ours.

    @Lowell: thanks.

    @Luis: thank you.

    @Jane and Chris: take pics when you do!

    @Birdman: it certainly is!

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  20. @Tex: It was a spur of the moment shot, just passing by and noticing it.

    @Cindy: it is, and it's in your area as well.

    @Inna: thanks!

    @Jennifer: I've spent a good deal of time in your area as well.

    @Cheryl: yes, it does!

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  21. How lovely is the circle of birds, I want one for my front door :) The National Gallery building looks fantastic, would love to see it again in your summer William.

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  22. Beautiful shots! The circle of birds is my favorite.

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  23. I love the birds on the screen too!

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  24. The birds and the sunflowers are nice and well done. That glass tower is amazing and I would like to see it better in future.

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  25. The glass tower of the gallery is really something!

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  26. That is one tall looking screen! And the sunflower is very cheering.

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  27. Birds---flowers---get rid of the snow. MB

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  28. Cute little birds on the screen, but I like the sunny photo the best.

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  29. The sunflowers and the birds on the screen are all very cheerful. I would imagine they're welcome on a brittle winter's day. And the glass tower on the National Gallery is amazing. I'll bet it lights the building below beautifully.

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  30. Amazing structure in the bottom shot!

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  31. Wonderful, I love the sunflower and the birds on the wall.

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