Monday, October 31, 2016

The Living Dead March On Parliament Hill

I thought of posting these in two separate posts today, but figured one photo-heavy post would be better, as both subjects are right for today. These Hallowe'en decorations are outside of a house in Centretown. I took the shots a few days ago.

The Zombie Walk is an annual tradition in early October. People who love the zombie genre get themselves all zombiefied and march (zombie style) up to Parliament Hill. I came across the event after much of it was done, but there were still some of the participants on and around the Hill. 

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Unfocused And Needing A Dark Knight

I took these shots on Good Friday back in March while on Parliament Hill, considering the idea of using them for the Out Of Focus theme day. It was the bare hint of a reflection on the surface of the snow- a coating of freezing rain that had come down on top of it- that made me think of the potential for the surface itself being out of focus. When you see the Parliament buildings reflected on the ice, you only really see the outline of the buildings, no detail. I chose something else for the theme, but wanted to hold onto these for a lead-in post.

And now for something completely different... this sign was recently outside a pub in the Glebe.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Carrying On With Two Work Sites

I have been periodically photographing the progress of work around the National Arts Centre, which is the site of a project that is seeing the placement of a glass enclosure around much of the building. It's a project due to be finished in time for Canada Day next year, and you can find the previous post here. In the meantime, the building is still in use for concert performances while the work goes on.

This view is across Elgin Street as I was crossing; the structure that's being erected will feature a new main entrance on this side. 

Work is nearly complete on the other project here, the National War Memorial, which has been having some renovation work being done on the grounds around the monument this past summer. Early this month, much of the outer fencing that's surrounded the site was removed, giving a view to the passerby of what's been going on. The site is due to be accessible shortly after the beginning of the month, giving residents a chance to pay their respects in the days leading up to Remembrance Day. For now, it's enough to be able to look at the Memorial, all polished up after being under scaffolding for the last few months.

Coming onto Plaza Bridge, I got different perspectives of the work at the NAC before crossing over to the east side of the Rideau Canal. I also got perspective shots of the Canal, looking both ways. These shots were taken after water levels had been lowered for the winter season.

Friday, October 28, 2016

The Horse Pasture In The City

I came across something unusual in Gloucester: a horse pasture with a mother and colt. There was a saddlery business attached to the property, with a barn, hence the horses. It just seemed odd in the midst of an urban area. The mother was content to graze in the early morning light, while the colt came right up to the fence to say hello.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Following The Rising Dawn

Gloucester is a portion of Ottawa, taking up the southeast part of the urban area; before amalgamation, it was a city in its own right. I was out this way back in late September very early one morning during that rough spell I was having- I ended up walking along a road and photographing the morning as it started to present itself.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Fall Colours Within Ottawa

This street is in Centretown, with Dundonald Park at the left.

While these fall colours are in Lowertown.

I was passing through the campus at the University of Ottawa late one afternoon. These shots are from there.

These views are from the same day, taken on the Laurier Avenue Bridge over the Rideau Canal. The first view looks north towards Parliament Hill and the Chateau Laurier, while the second view looks south towards Cartier Square.

This view on another day is from the east bank of the Canal, north of Laurier Avenue; the sculptures you see below the trees are a set I've shown before here, though for the life of me I can't find the post.

I finish with two views at the National War Memorial. Around the beginning of the month, the construction walls were removed from the outer perimeter on the north side, so it's possible to at least get a look at the Memorial; the upkeep work there is nearly at an end. I'll have more fall colours after the November theme day, but we'll be looking at a few other things until then.