Monday, February 29, 2016

A Winter Playground Along The Ottawa River

Do we say Happy Leap Year Day? It sounds a bit of a jumble. Anyway, I'm marking the occasion over at my writer's blog with an image post.

This view in Jacques Cartier Park takes in the Ottawa River and Ottawa itself on the far side, with Parliament Hill standing out. The park featured more snow sculptures this year, as well as snow slides, and a stage area for performers. It is always busy here during Winterlude.

42 comments:

  1. I would love to visit the winter playground during Winterlude. I think it is fun and good place to go out in the cold instead of sitting at home.

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  2. People are very entertaining with snow, fortunately they have it.

    Tomás.

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  3. Fun place and beautiful snow sculptures, although I prefer the ice sculptures :)

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  4. Wonderful sculptures. That middle one looks like a frozen Michelin man.

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  5. I like the stacked blocks and the igloo.

    Janis
    GDP

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  6. I like those snow sculptures very much.

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  7. @Nancy: it is fun.

    @Tomas: and plenty of it.

    @Karl: the ice sculptures are prettier, I think.

    @Halcyon: indeed!

    @Stuart: in this case it is an inukshuk.

    @Janis: thanks!

    @Marianne: as do I.

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  8. That looks fun! I like the inukshuk snow sculpture.

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  9. I wouldn't want all your snow, but you certainly have entertaining sculptures going on!

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  10. My what big teeth that walrus has :) It's a little hard for me to imagine all that snow and ice sitting here in 30C William :)

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  11. Love that header. Again all wonderful images. All that snow and cold and I am out planting strawberries today and Sweet peas too. Interesting though
    MB

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  12. The last snow sculpture is a wow? It tells a complete story. I think snow sculpture shows up much better than the ice.

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  13. @Pamela: it's a lot of fun!

    @Tex: so do I.

    @Linda: apparently we're in for more of it.

    @Sharon: it's quite a beastie!

    @Grace: I'm glad we're nowhere near 30C. That's my threshold for heat.

    @MB: it'll be a long while before planting happens here.

    @Norma: the carvers did great with that one.

    @Red: it makes for a great backdrop for the stage.

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  14. I don't think I've ever known a city that celebrates winter and make it joyful as Ottawa!

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  15. You make a visit to the cold North VERY worthwhile day after day!

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  16. Snow slides sound fun! And those sculptures are all fantastic!

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  17. A fantastic playground, so unusual for us!

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  18. I love those snow sculptures! This is such a great way to bring winter alive. I'm starting to understand why you like snow and winter.

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  19. Great ones, William. I really like these snow sculptures.

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  20. Awesome series, William! Well photographed!

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  21. This is my favourite so far!!! Love the walrus and Inukshuk!

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  22. Wonderful post again, William, it seems there's no end with all those beautiful snow sculptures.

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  23. I don't think I've ever seen snow sculptures before your recent posts, William.

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  24. @Lowell: we do our best.

    @Cloudia: thanks!

    @Tamago: the snowslides are a lot of fun.

    @VP: it's one of the cornerstones of Winterlude.

    @Bill: indeed!

    @Kay: I can't resist it.

    @Marleen: thank you!

    @Linda: thanks!

    @Ciel: they were well constructed.

    @Jan: there'll be an end, but this series is going to take me to the middle of March!

    @RedPat: I think I posted some in my first year, but I didn't get out here last year, unless I'm mistaken.

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  25. Walrus reminds me of the Beatles. "I am the Walrus . . ." :-)

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  26. Lovely photos and snow art ! Way to much snow for me though lol . Thanks for sharing , have a good day !

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  27. Great stuff William. I love the walrus and the half igloo...

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  28. i love the walrus. that is too awesome! ( :

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  29. @Revrunner: Goo goo ga joob, if that's how the lyric goes!

    @Country Gal: I love the snow!

    @Geoff: thank you!

    @Beth: I figured the walrus would be popular!

    @Mari: I agree!

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  30. looks like a fun-park in the snow. great images William.

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  31. Love the large sculpture, the face, the seat in the half igloo and the dogs with the sled. Great photos!

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  32. A fun playground! I love that walrus.

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  33. This almost makes winter look like fun! Almost.

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  34. Well, if snow is a person's artistic form. They sure have a lot to work with up there. Very nice photos William. Even better when enlarged.

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  35. Amazingly creative, thanks for covering it!

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