Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Views Of The Rideau Canal In Winter Glory

Two other views of the Rideau Canal from within the Convention Centre, taken in March. The National Arts Centre on the other side will be getting a major expansion, announced a few days ago by the Dark Lord's Cabal (otherwise known as two members of the Prime Minister's Cabinet, one of them being the Walking Temper Tantrum currently serving as our foreign minister. John Baird, if you ever happen to see these words, holding your breath or screaming bloody murder when you don't get your own way are not the ideal techniques of diplomacy, you bloody prat!). 

It'll be designed to offset the Sixties era architecture (the 60s were not a good era for architecture). The NAC is a major setting for music and theatre here, with the NAC Orchestra in the midst of a final season under its current primary conductor, the renowned Pinchas Zuckerman, who has spent fifteen years here leading the orchestra and will be moving on to new things after this year's programming concludes. He will be missed.


I love getting into this building and taking advantage of the glass wall to frame shots. Here we look just a little further up the Canal and spot Parliament Hill.



35 comments:

  1. A rant from Mr Kendall ? I can,t believe it! However, I completely agree with you about this pathetic crowd.

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  2. I like the glass frame shot, as well.

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  3. Yep, the framed shot is cool. :-)

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  4. With so many shots seems a visual battle.

    Tomás.

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  5. I also like the glass framed shot, William !
    You have more snow than we have...

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  6. So much snow I haven't seen for a long time.

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  7. so beautiful, but I feel cold just looking!

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  8. I'd love to be out skating on the canal right now.

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  9. @Red: while I find that the most obnoxious member of the cabinet tends to vary depending on who's speaking at any given time, Ol' Johnny Baird is often to be found there.

    @Whisk: thanks!

    @Revrunner: thank you.

    @Tomas: indeed.

    @Karl: over a winter we tend to get a lot.

    @Marianne: I rather like having a lot of snow.

    @Hilary: cold is a good thing!

    @Stuart: a lot of skaters here are looking forward to it.

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  10. i don't know your politicians at all, but i always get a kick out of your descriptions of them. :)

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  11. There must be a lot of hilarity at gov. meetings. Free entertainment? Well, maybe not so free.

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  12. Downtown Ottawa really is such an interesting place!

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  13. I think I see lots of people skating on the canal.

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  14. Such a beautiful winter scene!

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  15. With the snow is even more beautiful, but I am not sure I will stay around too much with this weather!

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  16. Tell me more about that walking temper tantrum!

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  17. I haven't heard that expression for a very long time, made me laugh out loud. Great shots!

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  18. @Jan: thanks!

    @Tex: let's just say I'm really looking forward to the end of the Harper regime.

    @Birdman: Stevie Harper is many things... but hilarity would not be one of them!

    @Furry Gnome: I do love living here, despite the politicians!

    @Sharon: it can get quite crowded on the Canal.

    @Judy: thanks!

    @VP: oh, I love this weather!

    @Norma: I also refer to him from time to time as The Sneer.

    @Denise: I tend to use a lot of British vernacular in what I say. Bloody prat certainly qualifies in this case!

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  19. Nice window shot! Your politicians sound bad, but then I look at ours. Sigh.

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  20. Do I see people having a picknick there, in the cold?

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  21. I like your framing of Parliament!

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  22. That is a very nice vantage point. I always enjoy both your photography and your descriptive commentary. Wishing you a wonderful new year!

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  23. A frozen canal... How can I complaint about being cold here?! LOL!

    Don't get me started on politicians... Let me just tell you that our former PM is behind bars now. Many think justice is finally being done in this country but I'm not so optimistic, scandals regarding impunity seem to never stop.

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  24. This is the way Canada's supposed to be. ;-)

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  25. love all those windows, i love the wording "winter glory" ... sounds so pretty. ( :

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  26. @Cheryl: politicians are like diapers- both should be changed often, and for the same reason.

    @Marleen: oh, yes, there are several vendors in the structures along the ice, including those selling Beavertails (not what it sounds like).

    @RedPat: thanks!

    @Anita: thank you!

    @Jose: I'd like to see our PM behind bars, but I doubt we'll get that lucky.

    @Halcyon: yes, it is!

    @Beth: I'm addicted to winter weather!

    @Ciel: much more to come, no doubt!

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  27. You seem to have a lot going on in Toronto in terms of public projects. The infrastructure in the US is to the point where it's dangerous to assume a bridge will hold or a street won't cave in. You do get some good shots from that vantage point and I can see people skating on the canal. I'd love to be skating on that canal.

    There were only two birds, so your befogged mind is not so befogged after all!

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  28. Lowell's right, especially about U.S. infrastructure. There were lots of public works projects in the 1950s and 1960s and not much since. A good many were not built to last this long...

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  29. Loved that last shot. Seattle had some huge projects in the 80' and 90's. I don't know about the rest of the U.S. I didn't live in those areas.

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  30. Good views! What if the weather never goes back to normal?

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  31. We went to a concert by the NAC orchestra, conducted by Pinchas Zuckerman, here in Edinburgh in the autumn. It was sublime, but also very poignant as it was the day after the shooting at Parliament Hill. We had a minute's silence at the start in memory of Nathan Cirillo.

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  32. Yes, Baird, the other Ottawa mayor! Iddaknow what he's up to. I've never liked him.
    Lovely photos. I agree with your sentiments about politicians. You wax wickedly about them!

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