Thursday, January 1, 2015

City Daily Photo Theme Day: Photo Of The Year

Happy New Year, and welcome to 2015! The first day of each month is a theme day for members of City Daily Photo. For the first of January, the theme is Photo Of The Year. You can find other favourite photos of  bloggers by clicking right here.

I had several that stood out for me in 2014. The first two were ice sculptures, lit at night, in Confederation Park during Winterlude.

This one, on Parliament Hill, was taken on a day supposedly meant to honour veterans of the Afghan War, but basically little more than an excuse for our not so beloved Prime Minister to bask in his own bloated ego. Still, it stands out for me because of the moment of contact captured here between a civilian on the ground and one of the soldiers on the Leopard tank.

The Tulip Festival in May is always big here in Ottawa and in Gatineau. This bed of tulips, on the Quebec side of the Ottawa River in Jacques Cartier Park, stood out for many readers because of that lone yellow tulip lurking among the red and white tulips.

This bed of tulips at the base of the Peace Tower is one of my favourite shots, both of the Festival and of the Tower.

The shooting and death of a ceremonial guard on the 22nd of October at the War Memorial brought out much concern and sympathy from readers. I used this previously posted detail photograph of the monument in my post the following day. It's my favourite of the many photographs I've taken of the Memorial.

I close out with this look at Alex Janvier's Morning Star, which is perched high above the Museum of History, aka the Museum of Civilization, over in Gatineau. It's an amazingly vibrant, bright work of art that always takes my breath away. Tomorrow I'll be presenting a variation of this theme for pics from 2014.


  1. You had some great photos in 2014. have a great 2015.

  2. Beautiful selection, William. Happy 2015 to you. :)

  3. I remember many of these wonderful photos.
    Especially liked the War Memorial and Morning Star.
    I don't always comment on your Photo Blog especial when you have 60 comments even before I get there. But I do enjoy your photos.

    cheers, parsnip

  4. Some really great photos to start off the year. I especially love the soldier on the tank. Happy New Year to you and yours.

  5. One can never look at the monument without reflecting on Nathan C.

    Wonderful photos. Looking forward to more, Dear. Happy New Year

  6. I like this series. You made very great selection.
    Our new year started with a gray day, and soon we don't have any snow... joke...:) But is has gone a lot away.
    Be happy in this first day in new year.

  7. I wish you a very happy New Year too, William.
    Love the ice sculptures! And the tulips of course :)

  8. We begin the year showing you some wonderful photos, glad of we start well.


  9. You have taken so many wonderful photos! I especially love the ones from tulip festival. The yellow tulip looks bright and proud among red and white sea! And the shot with Peace Tower is amazing!
    Happy New Year!!

  10. It is funny to see that nobody can choose one photo but have a lot of favourite ones. I like all of them!

  11. So many pictures, with wonderful colors! Happy New Year from Tuscany!

  12. There's a lot to be said for each of these. The soldier and civilian and tank stand out as do the wonderful tulips. A very Happy New Year, William!

  13. You had a great year for taking photos, William!

  14. you share beauty and poignancy all year long. thank you, william.

  15. All lovely but the tulips with the tower has to be my very favorite one!
    Happy New Year!

  16. All your shots are winners, but I like the ice sculpture ones, since they remind me of those lollipops, clear but colored, my grandmother used to buy me. They came in different shapes--animals, sleds, etc.

  17. Happy New Year for you and your family, William!
    Looking at these shots, I think 2014 has been a good photo year for you. I specially like the photos of the icesculptures and the last shot of the tulips.

  18. You had a good photographic year, William. The tulips series was the most memorable one for me. Enjoy 2015!

  19. You have given us all a wonderful tour of ottawa over the last year. I loved the ice sculpture shots. Happy New Year, William!

  20. Very varied and interesting shots. Happy New Year!

  21. @Red: thanks!

    @Linda: thank you!

    @Parsnip: I suspect any time I go into that museum, I'll take shots of Morning Star.

    @Hilary: thanks!

    @Cloudia: that day will always have a shadow on the monument.

    @Sharon: thanks!

    @Whisk: thank you.

    @Orvokki: thanks.

    @Marleen: I knew ice sculptures and tulips would figure prominently.

    @Tomas: thanks!

    @Revrunner: and to you!

    @Peter: thank you!

    @Tamago: come May when the festival returns, I'll have lots more tulips to show!

    @Marianne: thank you!

  22. @VP: thanks!

    @Lowell: and when I took that picture that day, I didn't see that moment of contact until later.

    @EG: thanks!

    @Gnome: thank you!

    @Tex: you're welcome!

    @Jose: thanks.

    @Luis: thank you.

    @Birdman: hopefully this year will be good.

    @Judy: I was pleased by how that one turned out.

    @Pat: they do have that quality.

    @Jan: thank you!

    @Jack: thanks!

    @RedPat: thank you.

    @Linda: and to you!

  23. Those are all wonderful choices. Happy New Year !

  24. Superb collection but my favourite one is the last (as you may remember). Happy New Year William, meilleurs vœux !

  25. the flowers are my favourite - happy new year

  26. The last one is my favorite. Happy New Year, partner!

  27. Wonderful choices! Thanks for a wonderful visual year in 2014 and all the best in 2015. I look forward to seeing what you share this year.

  28. Ah, familiar places and spaces! Love seeing them again!

  29. If I have to select one of those great photos, I would choose "tulips and Peace Tower". I love how you framed that picture. Perfect!

  30. I'd have to have to choose a favorite! They are all eyecatching!

  31. @Stuart: thank you!

    @Ciel: it's splendid work by the artist.

    @Gerald: thank you!

    @Randy: thanks!

    @Norma: it certainly does stand out!

    @Kay: you're most welcome!

    @Jennifer: a pleasure to show them.

    @Murcia: thank you very much!

    @Cheryl: this is why I don't narrow it down to one!

    @Eve: thanks!

  32. very soon. i love them uplighted with green and blue. ( :
    gorgeous spire.

  33. I really like the two tulip photos. Happy New Year to you!

  34. A wonderful collection. Happy New Year.

  35. Great theme here William, lovely photos from those beautiful ice sculptures to the tulips to the poignant photo of the memorial. Thanks for your comment on my latest post by the way. You would fit in beautifully with our family ;)

  36. Nice round up William. Happy New Year

  37. Excellent series of shots William, I remember them all.. loooved the tulips and the ice sculptures. The Memorial sculpture too is very impressive.

  38. Lovely set of photos, and obviously hard to choose one of them.
    I love those tulips against the blue sky.
    The ice sculptures are unbeatable.

  39. These are all fantastic! (It's not easy to get a good picture of an ice sculpture, especially when it's lit up with crazy colored lights -- I salute you!). I think my favorite must be the Peace Tower with the tulips in the foreground. It looks like a postcard! I also like the one of the tank and soldiers on Parliament Hill. Very photojournalistic. Happy New Year, William! Can't wait to see what you post in 2015!

  40. Wonderful collection !
    A very Happy New Year, William !

  41. @Beth: the spire of the Peace Tower is one that I always love to photograph.

    @Pamela: thank you!

    @Jim: thanks!

    @Denise: I expect so!

    @Bill: thanks!

    @Grace: thank you!

    @Mumbaiiteanu: the tulips are something I'll never get tired of.

    @Tamera: I've seen other photographers at that low angle, and I've done the same with tulips and the tower myself on previous occasions.

    @Karl: thank you!