The first day of each month is a theme day for City Daily Photo bloggers. You can find other examples from around the world by clicking right here. The theme this month is Zest, and when I first heard about it, I wondered how to capture that, and thought of perhaps figuring out a way to fit my current series on tulips into it. I looked up the definition, and among its meanings are the emotions of excitement and enthusiasm.
A big event a week ago here in town was Ottawa Race Weekend. There are a series of races held over the weekend, including a marathon and half marathon on Sunday. On Saturday there were a number of shorter races. Nearly forty eight thousand participants from here in Canada and all over the world took part this year, cheered on by spectators that probably numbered twice that. The man who ran the fastest time in the marathon this year came from Ethiopia, and set a record for fastest time on Canadian soil. Runners go out to raise funds for charity, for the exercise, or their personal best times. I thought of this event, and realized I could capture that enthusiasm in the faces of some of the runners, or the applause of spectators. Most of the runners have faces of pure concentration, but periodically you see the gleam in the eyes, the hint of a smile, or a broad grin. These shots are downtown, during the 5K race on Saturday. In the space of a few minutes along Elgin and Queen Streets, I probably took a hundred shots. Thank Odin for digital cameras, because that'd be a whole lot of film, wouldn't it?