Monday, August 25, 2014

The Cannons And Artillery Crews

I have a holdover from Victoria Day today. On Parliament Hill a salute is made each year on that day to Queen Victoria by firing cannons in a salute. Members of the Canadian Forces arrive on the Hill towing the artillery in advance. Soldiers for this gun crew are just getting the cannon unhooked from the transport truck. I looked at this shot again yesterday and just noticed the two spires of Notre Dame in the background.


27 comments:

  1. A serious cannon. Nobody would dare invade Ottawa that day!

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  2. Let's hope this cannon and all other weapons will only have to be used at this kind of festivities.

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  3. Lot easier to carry this thing around with a truck. I saw a photograph of men during our Civil War hauling a cannon behind them using ropes. Whew!

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  4. Glad it is a peaceful act to carry out the canon. There are a lot of worries going on in the world unfortunately.

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  5. Unloading a canon from a truck is not something seen every day. Nice photo.

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  6. @Linda: thanks!

    @Stuart: well, if they tried to invade Ottawa, the prime minister's sanctimonious attitude would make them turn around.

    @Tomas: indeed!

    @Jan: definitely.

    @Revrunner: that wouldn't be enjoyable.

    @Marianne: unfortunately, yes.

    @EG: no, it's a fairly rare sight on the Hill, but there are some occasions.

    @Birdman: I thought of posting the blog with that title!

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  7. the uniforms are so neat and clean to be doing 'unloading' work. :)

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  8. It can be interesting when you re-look at past photos and see things that you missed the first time, nice one William.

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  9. There is a lot of work that goes into this salute.

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  10. Every now and then I will get a nice surprise when I get my pictures on the big screen. Something I didn't notice at the time I took them.

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  11. Nice photo! And I can see the spires, too!

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  12. Funny how you see extra details in pics later!

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  13. @Tex: Quite true; they're in not quite full dress uniform, but not the daily utilities either.

    @Grace: thank you!

    @Luis: thanks!

    @Jen: thank you.

    @Sharon: and the crews no doubt have done it many times before.

    @Judy: it definitely caught my eye with this one looking at it again.

    @Cheryl: it's been awhile since I last photographed that church. Haven't photographed it inside yet either.

    @RedPat: this was a pleasant detail.

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  14. Do you think Queen Victoria heard it?!
    Jane x

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  15. I like it when I find extras in my images. Some good some not! MB

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  16. There's so much to see in that photo that if you hadn't pointed the spires out, I wouldn't have noticed them!

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  17. Just think, that cannon was once state of the art for artillery. Maybe robots and drones are the way to go as long as they don't target humans. Whoever runs out of money first loses.

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  18. @Jane and Chris: it was loud enough!

    @MB: I actually found another one today in the image that I hadn't realized!

    @Jennifer: thank you!

    @Ciel: that church is one I never get tired of photographing.

    @Mari: that's an idea.

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  19. Collin would love this. He's got a thing for weapons of all kinds.

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  20. I would like to see and hear this!

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