The first day of the month is a theme day for members of City Daily Photo, and for February, the theme is Loving Life. You can take a look at other interpretations here. I decided early on that the ideal subject for this theme would be something many people love to do here in Ottawa during the winter- skating on the Rideau Canal as it winds through the city core. This view from earlier this month looks east from the Bank Street Bridge.
This view, later that same day, looks south from the Mackenzie King Bridge downtown.
There is a skating rink at Ottawa City Hall, near the Canal, that has skaters to be found most times of the day. It has the backdrop of the Hall and the provincial courthouse- as well as a handy Beavertails hut right off the rink if you're feeling peckish. I took these on a more typical grey day.
These shots are from the Canal again, taken yesterday, at the Pretoria Bridge. The couple walking hand in hand along the ice surface seemed to fit the theme.
I finish, admittedly, on a more somber note, but perhaps a reminder to love life, because you never know when your time is up. I also took this shot yesterday, on Parliament Hill; this flagpole stands to the east of Centre Block. Flags are now flying at half mast in the city after six men were killed and others were injured by a lone gunman while praying at a mosque in Quebec City on Sunday.