Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Memorial

These shots are from February, on a day when I was down by the National Arts Centre taking shots for the last update. I looked up from the Canal level to Plaza Bridge, catching this view of Parliament Hill and the National War Memorial.


The Memorial is maintained through the winter- paths are kept clear, though not all of the snow is removed. This includes wheelchair ramps that have been incorporated into the design in the decades following its unveiling. This is so that any veteran can come up to the Memorial and pay their respects, as well as anyone else. The crews handle the work pretty well during winter storms. The Memorial, with its views around of major landmarks, including the Parliamentary precinct, the NAC, and the Chateau Laurier, looks particularly pretty on winter days with blue skies. I have added this post to Tom's Tuesday Treasures.

31 comments:

  1. Lovely photos of the memorial!

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  2. Great photo of the memorial even in winter! Especially love the last shot!

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  3. Blue skies contrast with the prior brooding scenes. All that snow, it really brings it home to me how snowy it really is and winter is easing up. What a change from storms and humidity plus that are gripping us here. so long am going away for a while, yippe.

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  4. Nice winterviews, but I hope spring is on the way for you.

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  5. What a difference a blue sky makes. Beautiful!

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  6. like tunnels of snow every where. looks so so cold!! ( ;

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  7. William, what a grand memorial. I invite you to share this post at Tuesday's Treasures.

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  8. @Linda: thanks!

    @Orvokki: thank you.

    @Nancy: me too.

    @Julia: we do get serious winters.

    @Marianne: there are some signs of spring.

    @Marleen: quite a difference.

    @Francisco: it is indeed.

    @Beth: it was cold!

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  9. Some beautiful shots ... snowy, really snowy, bright blue sky, wonderful monuments...doesn't get much better than this!

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  10. Snow is always so much more charming with sunshine!
    Janis
    GDP

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  11. We really do have a beautiful capital region and you find all the good stuff to show us.

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  12. I love seeing that clear blue sky in these photos! It almost looks warm even though I know it isn't.

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  13. @Tom: I have added it to the link, and will be editing this post shortly.

    @Lowell: snow is a very good thing, after all.

    @Janis: I agree. We had so little sun during January and February.

    @Red: I enjoy this spot. Officially it's called Confederation Square. A newspaper columnist some months back called it the Canadian equivalent of Trafalgar Square, and I think they made a good point.

    @Sharon: it wasn't warm that day!

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  14. Gorgeous photos. Snowy scenery looks really beautiful under the blue sky!

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  15. Hello, beautiful captures of the memorial. I also love your pretty header. Enjoy your day!

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  16. This is one of my favourite sculptures William. It looks brilliant in the snow but I'm happy to hear that they keep the paths clear for visiting veterans.

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  17. There is nothing like a sunny day with snow on the ground!

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  18. Wonderful photos William. The snow should begin to melt away soon, you hope.

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  19. When does the snow finally go away up there?

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  20. Beautiful pictures. The memorial is huge!

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  21. @Tamago: it does!

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @Grace: the crews always seem to keep it clear for visitors. The surface area of the square itself is so big that it wouldn't be practical to clear off all the snow, but they've got it down to an art.

    @RedPat: I agree!

    @Bill: it's going gradually. The slower the better. After last summer, we can use a slow thaw to let all that snow get into the ground and help things along.

    @Norma: someday, eventually!

    @Klara: it is a very big memorial, particularly when you factor in the surrounding terraces.

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  22. Stone always looks colder laced with snow.

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  23. Good photos with the deep blue of the sky giving you the contrast needed.

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  24. It's an impressive memorial, moreso with its setting and views.

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  25. I really like your photos. It's nice to see a different season and perception once in a while. The shots are more intense, I think, with the snow.

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  26. beautiful memorial! i love all the colorful flags!

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