Monday, August 31, 2015

Odds And Ends And Random Curiosities

To close out the month, an odds and ends mix of images. This sculpture stands outside the front entrance of Library And Archives Canada.


This little one could be seen crossing a sidewalk at a fair clip into Dundonald Park. I believe it to be an American dagger moth caterpillar.


The 417 is the east-west freeway that crosses the city, combined with the 416, which runs south to the St. Lawrence River. This work site is at Kent Street in the core, where work has been going on for some time. It appears now that a bridge section is being put together here as a replacement for the nearby bridge. That's the technique used here as much as possible- build the replacement close by, and then over the course of one weekend, close the freeway, remove the old bridge, and put the new bridge in. If it happens to be sometime soon, I'll document that process.


A spare shot from the Busker's Festival on Sparks Street, I took this shot because of these unusual stilts this man was walking around on.


Down at the Ottawa Locks along the Canal, this mother and her brood of ducklings were busy preening before a swim.


Along Wellington Street, I liked this reflection shot of the Confederation Block of Parliament Hill against the modern tower. The more old fashioned building among the glass is the core of the Bank of Canada. This complex has been undergoing serious work in the last year or so.


Finishing off with this, we have these two dinosaurs on the grounds at the Museum of Nature. These are chasmosaurus irvinensis, on the east lawn. For those members of City Daily Photo who have been looking at the theme day post for tomorrow, this is a summer shot of the sculptures as a comparison to the winter shot at that link.

41 comments:

  1. Ottawa for you is a mine of precious metals. Others see them.

    Tomás.

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  2. It is a nice mix of photo's of situations you can see in Ottawa. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. No political themes today? I am very curious to see what you'll post tomorrow.

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  4. Love the top sculpture. I imagine that it prompts many candid shots of people cozying up to the statue.

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  5. The reflection shot is beautiful.

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  6. Caterpillars, ducklings, and dinosaurs... and people: Oh, my! Great street photography. Can't wait for tomorrow.

    Janis
    GDP

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  7. I'd love to know what the boy on the bench has done..the girl looks mad at him!
    Jane x

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  8. Can you believe it is the end of the month?

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  9. Fun to see all the curiosities, William. Great post.

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  10. Quite a variety of shots here today!

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  11. Nice variety today. I really like the reflection in the second last photo

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  12. @Tomas: an interesting way to see it!

    @Marianne: you're welcome!

    @Halcyon: tomorrow's here soon enough!

    @Kate: it really does, yes. The Oscar Peterson statue has the same effect.

    @Deb: it was just chance, looking up and seeing that reflection, and I knew I wanted to photograph it.

    @Revrunner: that's the first time I've ever photographed an insect. It was moving at a good pace.

    @Janis: thank you!

    @Jane and Chris: she does look annoyed!

    @Jennifer: where does the time go?

    @Linda: thank you!

    @Sharon: it seemed appropriate to end the month this way.

    @Red: thank you!

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  13. Do the members of parliament have a view of those dinosaurs? Seems they would make a great reminder....

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  14. I would like to use that bench on my blog on benches...

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  15. I love that caterpillar, William!

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  16. Nice collection of great photos. I like the 1st photo and the ducks swimming in the water.

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  17. Blimey, what a great post! And VP's happy (that was my first thought when I saw the pretty bench pic!)

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  18. Like that caterpillar - such a vibrant colour!

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  19. We have a similar sculpture ( the first one) in Ft. Worth. My little 2 yr old granddaughter was amazed by it. She kept wanting to sit down by it.

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  20. Love the first sculpture and the reflection!

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  21. A nice collection! I like the caterpillar :)

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  22. the last sculpture made me smile. :)

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  23. @Eve: the Museum's probably a fifteen minute walk from Parliament Hill, straight down the street. Most of them would never walk that! I don't even think the PM walks from his offices to the Centre Block, and that's a short stroll!

    @VP: feel free!

    @Linda: it caught my eye as I was walking, and I had the camera.

    @Nancy: thank you!

    @Ciel: thanks!

    @RedPat: I don't think I've seen one like that before, but I'm not often looking for them.

    @Janey: the Oscar Peterson sculpture gets the same reaction for passersby. I haven't photographed it in awhile.

    @Jackie: thank you!

    @Marleen: I was glad the shot of the critter turned out. I'd never taken insect shots before.

    @Tex: me too!

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  24. Funny to see dino in the middle of a parc. Il Switzerland we have many Rich places of discoveries places of dinosaurs.
    Chenilles processionnaires ?! We had an experiment in young class, Of course many years ago. All the class had skin troubles.

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  25. The first sculpture of the couple on the bench was my favorite followed by the mother duck and her family. I used to take lots of insect shots, but never knew the names of most :-(

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  26. Very good selection William for curiosities, the sculptutis lovely..

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  27. I like the sculpture in the first shot too and the one of the guy walking on the stilts. Interesting collection of photos William!

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  28. Great photos, but loved the first sculpture of the smirking boy with the apple. It looks like he is handing it back to Eve.

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  29. @Beatrice: here there are a lot of dinosaur fossils in Alberta. The museum has quite a collection as well.

    @Beatrice: this insect was my first!

    @Geoff: thank you!

    @Lois: thank you!

    @Mari: it does look like that.

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  30. A fascinating collection. I'm with some of the others liking that first sculpture a lot...but wasn't it Eve who gave the apple to Adam? :)

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  31. Lots of bits and piece. I like the first shot, the sculpture, the best. It has a lot of action for a moment so frozen in time.

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  32. I like that first sculpture very much !

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  33. Super collection of curiosities William, the statue is very sweet.

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  34. I wonder where the caterpillar is going!

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  35. That certainly is a good collection of curiosities!

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  36. there are many curiosities in your city :)

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  37. Fun! I was hesitant to publish a dino since you had used one as the example but Dinosaur Land is the oddest thing we have near my town.

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