Tuesday, July 1, 2014

City Daily Photo Theme Day: Celebrating Summer

The first of each month is City Daily Photo Theme Day. For the first of July, the theme is Celebrating Summer. You can find other takes on this month's theme by clicking at this link.

Summers here tend to bring out the motorbikes on our roads. This government office parking lot down in Little Italy is one that I've shown you before in the winter, and this time of year, motorbikes can be found on it, including this three wheeled Spyder.


Most of the motorbikes are in the same area on this lot.


The Hello Kitty decal is a nice touch on the one in the foreground below.


The motorbike in that link above is also here, below, being driven in the proper season, still with the sidecar attached.


There was a small paddle attached to the sidecar, with a rather peculiar set of words inscribed on it. It's readable, I assume, if you click on it.


Now then, today is also Canada Day here in Ottawa. I will be downtown through much of the day among a horde of crazy Canucks, so I'll have to play catchup tomorrow. Have a look at my writer's blog for my annual Canada Day post- I have it scheduled to go live at the same time this one does. In the meantime, I'll leave you with a picture fitting for the day. This is taken on the east side of the Rideau Canal, with the War Memorial, Parliament Hill, and Plaza Bridge all before us. Happy Canada Day!





49 comments:

  1. What a cool motorbike and boat. Happy Canada Day, William!

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  2. Good take on Celebrate Summer. The bikes are out on the good days. Varoom Varoom
    Have a good Canada Day. MB

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  3. Happy Canada day, I hope that at some point you'll be out and about on a bike, lol!

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  4. J'aime beaucoup la premiere et son cote Robocop :)

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  5. That was brilliant, I loved the disclamer on the Ural Paddle

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  6. A URAL with sidecar! And look, it's the canal!

    Happy Canada Day

    ALOHA from Honolulu
    ComfortSpiral
    =^..^= <3


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  7. Taking a ride on that canal boat might be a great way to spend the afternoon of Canada Day !

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  8. Great post William, love the bikes especially the first and a very nice river scene.

    We are back after our month long trip to Europe. We woke up in Oslo yesterday morning and went to sleep in our own beds last night. We all agreed it was a fantastic trip but so good to be back home. This vacation was for all of us but mainly for my 93 year old father-in-law who attended the 70th D-Day Commemoration Ceremonies in Normandy and then traced his roots from four generations ago in Norway. We also visited Devonshire where I lived for many, many years before moving to America. I will be sharing lots of photos and stories in the days ahead, and will try to get some on my blog towards the end of the day. Meanwhile, loving visiting again but still coping with time changes :)

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  9. Nice one! What is it with bikes (at the risk of offending bikers)? Happy Canada Day!!

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  10. Yes, summer is the motorcycle season her too. You see a lot of them on the road.

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  11. What could be crazier than a bunch of "crazy Canucks" on motorbikes. :-)

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  12. The Spyder seems to have been taken from Star Wars! :-)

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  13. those are some sweet bikes!

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  14. Fabulous photos of the motorcycles. If Mr. GDP sees these, he'll have me on a motorcycle, for sure!

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  15. Enjoy your celebration of Canada Day, William, and we will also celebrate this week with July 4th coming. I was wondering if you also rode a motorbike after viewing these photos.

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  16. @Linda: thank you!

    @MB: the more good days the better.

    @Ciel: well, not today, more's the pity.

    @Olivier: merci! It does remind me of that.

    @Bill: I got a great laugh out of that.

    @Cloudia: I really do love getting shots of that Canal in.

    @Stuart: I'm sure those boats will be busy today.

    @Denise: welcome back!

    @Mike: they're a pleasure to ride.

    @Bieb: I really associate them with summer.

    @Revrunner: emphasis on crazy.

    @Jose: it does have that going on.

    @Hilary: I like the Harley.

    @Greensboro: by all means show them!

    @Beatrice: I have in the past. They're a good ride.

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  17. the paddle is unique. the 3-wheeler is, too. never seen one of those in person. i see the trikes a lot. :)

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  18. Yes indeed, I have seen a ton of motorbikes lately!

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  19. These are absolutely great William. Happy Canada Day!

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  20. oh that hello kitty sticker is funny! happy canada day!

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  21. Oh that paddle! The tour boat looks like a good way to view the countryside! Happy Canada Day!

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  22. I find motorbikes slightly scary, or it could be the way they weave in and out of the traffic.. Happy Canada Day William.

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  23. A great choice for the theme day. I know how Canadians like their bikes! :)
    Hope you enjoy Canada Day. I'm missing it this year. :(

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  24. Motorbikers have a lot of fun also here in the summer, good choice for this theme!
    Happy Canada Day, William!

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  25. You know it's summer when the motorcycles are out!
    Wishing a Happy Birthday to Canada today!

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  26. Happy Canada Day! Motorcycles are a good way to soak up some of that warm summer air.

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  27. Happy Canada Day! I hope you have some summer to celebrate, our is sketchy but quite pleasant...

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  28. The canal looks so lovely. Happy Canada Day!

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  29. Happy Canada Day EH? Lovely post and photos ! Proud to be Canadian , since 1867 !

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  30. Quite an impressive display of motorbikes. Enjoy Canada Day and have a super summer too!!

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  31. Happy Canada Day, William! Lots going on up there today1

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  32. Hope you are having a great day!

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  33. The sidecar is a hoot! Have a great day celebrating.

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  34. That first one looks like something that Darth Vader would ride.

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  35. That first one...is that Optimus Prime?

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  36. That paddle is awesome! I've been riding for decades, and sidecars are a rare and wonderful sight. Congratulations on finding one whose driver has a sense of humour!

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  37. Very nice photos! I guess you just don't see any motorcycles around there much of the year. The paddle inscription is very funny!

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  38. Enjoy the day!

    (The boat reminded me of Amsterdam.)

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  39. A nice collection of bikes. Belated Happy Canada Day! I used to go to see the fireworks every year when I lived there.

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  40. The motorcycles have been terribly loud. They've built an electric one, but they've made it noisy, too. Terribly disappointing. Love the photos.

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  41. @Jane and Chris: I had a long day, but a good one.

    @Tex: I see those Spyders around every once in awhile.

    @EG: they seem to be everywhere.

    @Luis: thank you!

    @Tanya: thanks!

    @Cheryl: I should take the canal boat sometime.

    @Grace: thank you!

    @Halcyon: as long as I live here and am able to do so, I love getting downtown in Ottawa for Canada Day.

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  42. @Karl: thank you!

    @Judy: it was a nice day, even if we had a control freak trying to turn it into his day (thanks for nothing, Prime Minister)

    @Sharon: they're a great way!

    @VP: we had an interesting day yesterday weatherwise- mostly humid, with brief downpours. Fortunately I was inside and they were short.

    @Krisztina: I never get tired of that canal.

    @Country Gal: me too!

    @Lauren: that many motorbikes, I can't resist.

    @RedPat: every Canadian should come up here once for Canada Day.

    @Marleen: a long but productive day!

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  43. @Mari: you don't see sidecars often on these things.

    @Jack: yes, it does!

    @Norma: not the Michael Bay version!

    @Buck: this driver does!

    @Jim: thanks!

    @Pat: well, we do see them from April well into October.

    @Gunn: I've seen pics of Amsterdam with very similar boats.

    @Zosia: I love the fireworks.

    @Jennifer: thank you!

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  44. I would be affraid to ride one of those.

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  45. The disclaimer on the paddle is hilarious!

    I've never seen or even heard of the Spyder before. I like it! It looks like an adorable little robot. :) Love the chocolate color too.

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