These shots are my first of the year, taken on New Year's Day. I headed over to Carleton University to catch the O-Train, and thought the minimalist look of the rails through the snow made for an interesting image. The same applied to animal tracks beside the station through the fresh snow.
Downtown, I came to Parliament Hill, which had been the scene of a big party on New Year's Eve. I should have come on down- I developed a headache late that afternoon and stayed in. These banners are hanging downtown along Wellington Street, a mark of the 150th anniversary of Confederation. The statue behind it is Henry Harper, whose presence I've featured before.
Crews were busy on the Hill, bringing down the stage and other infrastructure elements of the previous night's events. The evening had included two sets of fireworks, a concert, and a passing of the torch by school children from Ottawa's City Hall to the Centennial Flame.
This stage was set up down at City Hall, a few blocks away. Something else has been set up here as well- a large torch sculpture that I assume is going to remain lit for a good long while- probably through this anniversary year. This was where that passing of the torch had begun.