Sunday, October 12, 2014

At The York Steps

The York Steps ascend from the Byward Market up into Major's Hill Park, with Parliament's Peace Tower visible in the background. They lie between the American embassy to the right and the Connaught Building to the left- the Connaught is the headquarters of Revenue Canada, for you Canadians who grind your teeth in annoyance in the run-up to tax time. The steps are a beautiful set of stairs, often used for wedding photos. I had mused on staging a murder on these steps in a future novel, but given how many security cameras have to be lingering about here, that was probably not a good idea.


  1. Awesome capture! I love the light and colours.

  2. Feels like the bones of a great Capitol growing over centuries
    ALOHA from Honolulu
    =^..^= . <3

  3. Thats one way to keep fit climbing them every day

  4. I see some great aerobic possibilities here. :-)

  5. A nice open space with great colours.

  6. I suppose a murder in Parliament is also out of the question?
    Jane x

  7. that is a cool angle. neat steps. you can pull a ROCKY moment. ( :
    ha. ha!!!

  8. I agree with Beth. Go for a Rocky moment...and get it on video!

  9. well, glad the planned murder was just in a story. :)

  10. @Linda: thanks!

    @Cloudia: it does.

    @Bill: that would do nicely.

    @Tamera: thank you!

    @Revrunner: oh, yes!

    @Chrissy: indeed.

    @Jane and Chris: what I have in mind for the sequence, yes.

    @Beth: You could!

    @Norma: yo Adrian!

    @Tex: yes, we can't have that actually go on.

    @VP: when I get around to it, I chose a different location for the crime in question.

  11. I can see that you have some nice colors in your October trees. Great light and shadow

  12. That would be a good place to get some exercise. Stair climbing is said to be good for the body.

  13. Maybe it's easier to stage a wedding than a murder? ;)

  14. Nice light and shadows. A murder you say, hmmm :)

  15. So many things to see in Ottawa! Beautiful!

  16. @Spiderdama: thank you!

    @Judy: it is! Usually though when I pass this way, it's coming down the stairs.

    @Marleen: definitely!

    @Bill: involving an Irish politician, of all things.

    @Jen: thank you!

  17. You would have to think of a way to disable the security cameras before committing your murder mystery there.

  18. It would be a lovely setting for wedding photos, and murder mysteries :)

  19. Ok, your perp is a hacker. Shuts down the power grid then does the deed.
    Love the shot. Looks like just the exercise my body doesn't want right now.

  20. Anyone who commits a crime with surveillance cameras in the area is simply NOT thinking.;)

  21. I guess, living in rural Ontario, assisting hospice clients, I'm happy to pay my taxes. I'm in the minority, though! I've seen such poverty, as a teacher. Kids in Care, foster care, and people living on ODSP.
    "For those to whom much is given, much is required!"

  22. If there's a murder committed by a masked man on these steps in the future William, you'd better have a good alibi :) I'm a big fan of steps, love climbing them, such excellent exercise!

  23. @Mari: I would!

    @Denise: a lot of people use those steps for photo ops.

    @Kay: that would do it.

    @Jen: thanks!

    @EG: true!

    @Jennifer: I agree.

    @Grace: these are wonderful steps- better for going down than up!

    @Peter: definitely!