Tuesday, April 1, 2014

City Daily Photo Theme Day: Triangles

The first day of each month is a theme day for photo bloggers from across the world who are part of City Daily Photo. The theme for the first of April is triangles, and you can find more interpretations of the theme right here. I find myself wondering if someone might think outside the box and use a love triangle for their interpretation... though I think Facebook filters might blow a gasket if the photos were of the triangle participants in question engaged in activities not requiring clothing.

Anyway, now that I've put that visual in your head (you're welcome), I decided to return early last week to a site I've shown you before, the Ottawa Convention Centre downtown, since the glass wall is all triangles.

The wall is 30 metres high, 90 metres long, and consists of over a thousand glass triangles, each a different size. So of course it seemed an ideal location to photograph triangles. Even if a disreputable devious rascal turns up in a shot or two. Hey, wait a minute... I'm the disreputable devious rascal!

The wall is curved, so the reflections can be rather different from panel to panel. Below we have the neighbouring Westin Hotel on the left, the Chateau Laurier in the center, and the Government Conference Centre reflected in the glass.

The glass wall carries on past the interior space, ending as a wing of sorts on the north sides. The entire shape of the wall is meant to evoke the shape of a tulip. And even here, the triangular pattern repeats itself.

Inside, from the third floor, this view through the glass gives us the Rideau Canal below the Mackenzie King Bridge. Confederation Park is on the far side of the bridge.

Since I'm finishing off my tour of Parliament Hill tomorrow, it's fitting to finish today with this view of the Parliament buildings and the Canal through the glass. I have more pics from inside and outside the Convention Centre, but we'll leave those for later.


  1. Wisely chosen ultimate shot - it ROCKS! Buckminster Fuller would approve. I like the Govt Bldgs framed by their modern cousin.

    was this what you were obliquely referring to in your opening:

    ALOHA from Honolulu

    =^..^= <3

  2. I love the triangles and the angles of these photos!

  3. Lol, I hadn't thought of a threesome! :-)

    Lots of cool triangles here and a nice self-portrait!

  4. A crazy number of triangles! You win.

  5. Man you nailed this theme. That convention center is fabulous.

  6. Great pics - as usual. Picking up your earlier theme, I visited Vimy and other Western Front memorials last week - for the third time - and am trying to think how I can get a bit about Canada into A Bit About Britain! The Canadian memorial at Vimy is particularly stunning - and moving.

  7. Lovely triangular shpes in the glass, William. Some would take well to stained glass, me thinks.

  8. Cloudia: I have heard of the band but not that song.

    Linda: I had alternatives but somehow this location seemed right.

    Hamilton: it was hideous during construction but fron the design sketches I knew the end product would be worth it.

    Jim: thanks!

    Chieftess: thank you!

    Ciel: I couldn't resist that one!

    Peter: it occurs to me that including the Peace Tower is also a triangle at its top.

    Stuart: it really is such an improvement on the old centre.

    Mike: that is a place I must see for myself someday.

    Julie: I think so too!

  9. Who knew there could be so many triangles in our lives?

  10. Wonderful shots of all those triangles.
    I specially love the "broken reflections" in the third photo.

  11. Did you count the triangles?!
    Jane x

  12. This theme certainly has caused many of us to be very alert to our surroundings. You found a winner for today!

  13. Super, William! You were thinking creatively when you put this post together. ;))

  14. Many triangles. Great choice William.

  15. I tend to see triangles everywhere lately... Hope it will pass...

  16. really neat! rascal in triangles...

  17. Every structure has triangles at some point and you caught these details perfectly.

  18. Very clever, very cool and I think you've nailed this theme day! :)

  19. You definitely found the perfect place to photograph for Theme Day, even with the devious rascal sneaking in there! Wonderful shots and I like the reflections too.

  20. @Revrunner: I looked for others, but this place seemed the most suitable.

    @Jan: so did I!

    @Jane and Chris: fortunately, no! I found the vital stats of the place online.

    @Kate: thanks!

    @EG: thank you!

    @Luis: thanks.

    @Rob: you know you've seen too many triangles when they haunt your dreams.

    @Tex: I couldn't resist that line!

    @VP: thanks!

    @Tanya: I thought so.

    @Lowell: thank you!

    @Lois: thanks! And I've been enjoying seeing other takes on this already.

  21. I think you've the most triangles for theme day so far! This post is so much fun! And that includes the disreputable devious rascal.

  22. A great find for "triangle" day! I wish I had had more time to get something interesting like this. I especially love your shots framed with the triangles.

  23. I'd say this is a perfect choice for the theme. I've seen a lot of new buildings using these triangle shaped glass panes recently.

  24. All types of triangles---can you name them all? Ha!
    A love triangle--love it. The creative juices are flowing.

  25. Wow, so many triangles William, great choice!

  26. Excellent interpretation of this theme, great shots!

  27. A very interesting building. I've been to Ottawa twice in the summer. A very nice city.
    Thank you for stopping by at Polonica: Home Again.

  28. Great post for the day, William!

  29. @Hilda: thank you!

    @Halcyon: I did like yours!

    @Sharon: it's strange how when we start looking for a shape like this, we start seeing it all over.

    @MB: I can't recall my math classes! And the Sisters Of Little Or No Mercy would not be pleased!

    @Karl: thank you!

    @Jose: thanks!

    @Denise: thank you.

    @Zosia: you're welcome.

    @RedPat: thanks!

  30. Great series of shots - this looks like a really interesting building...and the glass looks remarkably clean. Good find for today's theme!

  31. The glass looks extraordinarily clean. I guess the maintenance was included in the building specs! Unlike our weather vane ...
    Rosemary from Blois Daily Photo.

  32. That's a lot of triangles. I like the last photo best!

  33. @Kay: thank you!

    @Rosemary: I've seen window cleaners working on it. They use hydraulic lifts for a good part of it.

    @Bibi: so did I!

    @Mari: thanks

    @Jackie: thank you!

  34. OK. You win. You have the most triangles and the biggest structure with triangles.

  35. Okay, now you're showing off! But seriously William, these are great shots and fun to view.

  36. That wall looks really cool! And I love that we got a peek of you in there too :)

  37. Great work, the building looks magnificent!

  38. The triangles framing the view well, making it even more interesting.

  39. Now these are all very creative interpretations of this month's theme!

  40. Never saw a building with so many triangles! Kept thinking about love triangles though, you disreputable devious rascal!

  41. The wall and building were made for this theme. Tell that disreputable guy he done good.

  42. Ok William now that I have the threesome image out of my head :) WOW what a fantastic series of images.. Talk about a photogenic building, couldn't be a more perfect fit for the theme.

  43. @Jack: it's quite a structure.

    @Linda: I enjoy this building.

    @Norma: that it is.

    @Randy: thanks!

    @Meradeth: thanks!

    @Carraol: it does!

    @Wilf: I agree.

    @Merisi: thanks!

    @Cheryl: I couldn't resist.

    @ODP: he knows!

    @Grace: it's a wonderful place.