Sunday, February 19, 2017

Cold Rogue

The Chateau Laurier always participates in Winterlude as one of the official hotels, and ice sculptures are found at the front entrance. These get a good deal of sun exposure during the day, as they face south, unlike the ice sculptures at the nearby Lord Elgin Hotel, which only get direct sunlight in the morning. So these end up looking less transparent as time goes on.

Passing to the west side of the Chateau, where it overlooks the Rideau Canal, I noticed work going on on the terrace that usually takes the pedestrian to Major's Hill Park. The work extends down into the Canal itself. This is a temporary framework for an event that will be taking place here in early March, after Winterlude is done. It's called Crashed Ice, and involves skaters doing something, well... slightly insane. This event is also held yearly in the old quarter of Quebec City, but this will be the first time in Ottawa. I hope to get some shots in while all this is going on.

I went down to the Lord Elgin to get some selfie shots in on the ice bench I showed you some days ago. Yes, it is cold to sit on. My genetic curse red cheeks, dimples, and signature scowl were on display.


  1. You had fun with photographing the ice sculpture and then selfies. There's always good stuff going on in Ottawa!

  2. Very pretty ice sculptures at the entrance. You look great in your selfies. Keep warm and have a wonderful day!

  3. I like you best with a smile :))

  4. I appreciate you are braving the cold for us to show all the Winterlude arts!

  5. I have a feeling I can guess what 'Crashed Ice' will be all about, will have to wait and see if I'm right ­čśŐ Looking good there William, must have been freezing by the look of your clobber!

  6. It was interesting to learn how sun exposure clouds up the sculptures. Your selfies at the end were an unanticipated ending. :)

  7. Tudo tem o seu lado bom. As fotografias das esculturas fantásticas e as suas selfies ficaram ótimas
    Um ├│timo domingo William
    Um abra├žo

  8. @Red: there's no shortage of fun.

    @Nancy: thanks!

    @Marleen: it always seems to look like a smirk.

    @Marianne: thank you.

    @Grace: it should be fun.

    @Janis: I figured I should give the bench a try.

    @Gracita: thank you.

    @RedPat: it was a cold day.

  9. I found my way here from Cottage County Reflections. Love seeing all your photos of the ice sculptures. Ottawa is our favourite city to visit, but we have never been during Winterlude. We did try once a couple of years ago but the weather was so bad we had to turn back. We do like to get there for the tulip festival and then again in the summer.

  10. Yes you had better get some shots of "Crashed Ice".
    You do look cold oh cursed with dimples one. haha

  11. The fine face of a friend!

    I was thinking: Ottawa is to You, As Waikiki is to me. . . . or something :)

  12. Can't wait to find out about the insane thing they do on ice. I love your selfie shots. Very nice!

  13. You look younger in your selfie shots!

  14. @Linda: summer will be a good time to come back up again, particularly with some of the events happening at Canada Day and afterwards.

    @Jenny: very cold!

    @MB: I'll have to now!

    @Cloudia: I agree!

    @Sharon: I've looked around online, and apparently Crashed Ice is a thing in other cities as well, but a lot of it happens in Quebec City.

    @Catalyst: well, I do shave my head, but that day it was covered. I only take the toque off when I'm indoors in an Ottawa winter!

    @Eve: ah, but cold is a good thing!

  15. Wasn't too cold to stop you from smiling :) Wonderful photos, William.

  16. And Nordic nose. Did you notice that? :-)

  17. Well, it's gotta be cold for Winterlude! It was almost hot here yesterday and today, so I don't think any ice sculptures would have survived. I've only recently seen these Crashed Ice races ... INSANE!is right! Enjoy the show!

  18. Neat photo...The frozen waterfall gives me the chills, like on the edge of a cliff. I'd be screaming like a baby walking across that bridge. lol

  19. Oh, I like the dimples. Naturally, two of my brothers inherited my Mother's dimples.

  20. Good selfie shots! I've never succeeded in getting any I'd share.
    Crashed ice?? Sounds insane.

  21. I love your selfies, William, especially the second one! And I am finding it sad that the Rideau Canal has been closed for now due to the warm temperatures. I am enjoying the celebration of winter! :)

  22. Love the moose!

    You look really cold....

  23. I love the moose too! Your selfies are cute... sorry, that's not a manly word, is it? ;-)

  24. Red cheeks belongs to winter, they are nice.

  25. You look so cold! Today it's so lovely!

  26. @Bill: thank you!

    @Revrunner: very Nordic!

    @Wendy: here it's cold.

    @Maywyn: thank you!

    @Mari: mine are a genetic thing too.

    @Kay: it was insane.

    @FG: definitely!

    @Linda: this year it's still open.

    @Norma: cold indeed.

    @Linda: thanks!

    @Orvokki: I get really red.

    @Jennifer: Thanks!