Saturday, November 1, 2014

City Daily Photo Theme Day: Landmarks

The first day of each month is a theme day for members of City Daily Photo, and for November, the theme is Landmarks. You can find other interpretations of the theme at this link.

Parliament Hill, of course, is what many of us think as the pivotal landmark in a national capital region filled with landmarks. These first two spare shots are from a previous visit. I have not been up on the Hill since the events that took place here last week. This first view takes in Confederation Hall in the Centre Block from the gallery above.


And the second is from the observation deck in the Peace Tower, looking out on the Ottawa River and Gatineau on the Quebec shore. The Library of Parliament always stands out so well, and dominates this shot.


I'm adding on a favourite shot of Centre Block taken this summer through the main gate, which is used on ceremonial occasions.



51 comments:

  1. We started the month with good shots !

    Tomás.

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  2. Doesn't seem right that a building this grand and beautiful should be marred by violence.

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  3. Absolutely great, a really impressive building!

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  4. I have to agree with Revrunner. It's a shame that people will have to think about such a horrible event when they visit this beautiful place.

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  5. I really like that main gate.

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  6. @Tomas: thanks!

    @Revrunner: it certainly does not.

    @Marianne: there's always something new to be found here.

    @VP: I have always enjoyed visiting it.

    @Sharon: unfortunately that's going to be the case for a long while to come.

    @Dina: so do I. The only day I could photograph it in full was on a Sunday, since I had to step out on the street.

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  7. I also agree with Revrunner. I doubt anyone will ever be able to visit Parliament Hill without remembering the events of that day. But then, we shouldn't ever forget....

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  8. I really like your choice of this aerial photo that shows your city well.

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  9. Great shots for today's theme, William. I specially like the first two images. The view over the Ottawa River and Gatineau is breathtaking.

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  10. This is a perfect choice for the theme. All wonderful but I love the second shot.

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  11. @Norma: and yet we must move past it.

    @Birdman: it's a great view from the observation deck.

    @Tex: thanks!

    @Jan: it's a view I never get tired of.

    @Judy: thank you!

    @Cheryl: thanks!

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  12. I love that second photo!!! And the clouds in your third photo are fantastic!

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  13. So great and beautiful! Meny great details. I would love to visit this

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  14. You share some very impressive buildings in Ottawa. I love this one and the gateway also. Marvelous photos!

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  15. Hmm. Maybe just a bit over the top with the Gothic revival to my taste. Great photos.

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  16. You're right. Ottawa is filled with landmarks... I guess it was difficult to choose just one.

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  17. Such an ornate and beautiful building. I especially like 'your river view'.

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  18. @Linda: thanks!

    @Spiderdama: it's well worth a visit.

    @Denise: thanks.

    @Jackie: I thought so.

    @Audrey: merci!

    @William: Gothic revival's definitely not to all tastes.

    @Stuart: I was pondering several options, but with what happened, going with the Hill seemed appropriate.

    @Barbara: it's such a grand river.

    @Beth: thanks!

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  19. The first two shots are marvellous!

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  20. What a beautiful building! The gallery is so ornate...so much to take in. It's quite a landmark. Nice shots and the gate is worth a repeat visit.

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  21. There are so many beautiful landmarks in Ottawa. The library of parliament is maybe my favorite though... or the peace tower!

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  22. You had so many landmarks to choose from and you chose well! ;-)

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  23. We have many beautiful building in Ontario...glad that you are showcasing some of them.
    Jane x

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  24. Wonderful variety and stunning shots.

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  25. A grand and beautiful building, the pointed roof top looks particularly interesting.

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  26. @Ciel: thanks!

    @Kay: the stonemasons did such beautiful work all over the Parliamentary blocks.

    @Halcyon: it's hard to pick a favourite!

    @RedPat: thanks!

    @Jane and Chris: it's a pleasure to do so.

    @Lauren: thank you.

    @Wilf: the library in particular is a part of Parliament that I absolutely love to see from many angles.

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  27. Somehow the first two shots remind me of a grand cathedral and the last one of the gates to an imposing castle.

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  28. As always, fabulous photos and commentary, William!

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  29. The view of the library is one of my favourites.

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  30. Beautiful images, William. I winced a bit on seeing Parliament Hill so soon after the recent tragedy. But, you are right, it is a fine landmark of Ottawa.

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  31. The view looks amazing. Ottawa is now on my list.

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  32. Great images and choice for this theme, William !
    You have so many fantastic landmarks there!

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  33. I was wondering what you would choose with such a selection there in Ottawa!

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  34. @Mari: well, since the Parliamentary blocks are built in a variation on Gothic styles, that's apt.

    @Greensboro: thanks!

    @Jen: thank you!

    @Randy: I never get tired of seeing the Hill.

    @Hamilton: it's such a magnificent part of the Parliamentary precinct.

    @Tanya: thank you!

    @Jack: I have not been able to take pics of the tributes around the War Memorial since then, but I'd like to. It's quite emotional to see.

    @MB: thanks!

    @Peter: nice to know!

    @Karl: there's no shortage of them!

    @EG: I had several choices, but this felt right.

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  35. Lovely pictures William! I just love that clock in the tower in the last shot.

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  36. Your parliament is so grand! Great compositions you have posted here.

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  37. Beautiful landmarks. It is lovely to see them.

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  38. How tempted were you to run upo and temporarily remove that portable sign from the main gate, take your photo, then replace? Two months ago it would have seemed innocent enough. I wouldn't do it now though!

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  39. GREAT photos! That gate is fantastic...

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