Monday, April 24, 2017

A Very Slow Spring

These shots date back to the 19th of March. I was passing through Major's Hill Park, where Colonel By's statue stands. In May, the flower beds around and behind him, as well as elsewhere in the park and beyond, will be showing off tulips for the Tulip Festival.


The views out onto the Ottawa River and Parliament Hill still show the snow and ice that was around here at the time.


This view across the park looks towards the U.S. Embassy.


While this view looks towards Notre Dame Basilica.


I headed up behind the National Gallery and up to the top of Nepean Point, where the statue of Champlain looks west over the river. The views from here over both Ottawa and Gatineau are a delight. Tomorrow I'll show you what it looked like here more recently.

34 comments:

  1. Beautiful and delightful view! Love the blue sky and snow covered ground.

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  2. It seems that winter does not want to go.

    Tomás.

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  3. It will take some time to get rid of the snow.

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  4. Nice views William. I hope all snow and ice has gone by now.

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  5. Will be interesting to see how this area looks during the tulip festival.

    Janis
    GDP

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  6. ...I can't wait to see all the tulips.

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  7. @Nancy: thank you.

    @Tomas: it is quite different now.

    @Marianne: we had a good deal of it over the winter.

    @Revrunner: it eventually shows up.

    @Marleen: most of it is gone.

    @Janis: this park is fun during the festival.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Tom: it is a sight to see.

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  8. nice. i think it is time for the snow to go ... we have rain. so green here. i know other need rain ... but i am wishing for a bit of sun please. ( :

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  9. Lovely to see the snow again William.. I think you are missing it right 😀 love the statue of Champlain, looks like he was rather a flamboyant character!

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  10. Yes, I woild hope all your snow is gone by now. But I know you like snow so it's not all bad.

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  11. My mind indicated that you started your commentary thusly: "These shots date back to the 19th century..." And I thought, my god, William is old! :)

    Got to stress again what a magnificent city in which you live. Love these panoramic shots. I know you love snow, and I do, too, from a distance - probably about 1800 miles. Not being a religious person anymore, I still thrill to see something like that church with the spires. Notre Dame?

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  12. @Beth: I've noticed the grass here is getting greener, but we can do with a few days of no rain- the water levels are high in the area.

    @Grace: he was quite accomplished! Most of the winter the statue's beyond reach, because they don't plow the snow up there, so there's a barricade set up down below.

    @Sharon: great views, too!

    @Red: most of it is gone.

    @Lowell: hah! Notre Dame always stands out so well to me.

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  13. Beautiful series, William. Here in Montreal most of the snow as melted.

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  14. Well I sure hope your current photos show less snow! That sky is a beautiful blue that really looks nice against the old buildings and the snow though. Enjoy your week!
    Wendy

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  15. What a wonderful series, William. Thank you!

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  16. Hopefully no snow in the recent shots!

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  17. I had not heard of Colonel By. Your photo made me look him up in the Almighty Google and I learned that he is responsible for Ottawa's existence. Thanks for the history lesson.

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  18. Fantastic shots, but it is still cold!

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  19. @Cloudia: you're welcome.

    @Linda: most of ours is now gone.

    @Wendy: that sky is quite a contrast to the one in tomorrow's post.

    @Bill: you're welcome!

    @RedPat: a little bit!

    @Catalyst: history has vindicated him, what with the endurance of the Canal, but at the end of his life, he was under a cloud for going over the budget. He should have been knighted for his work on it.

    @Mari: it was cold that day!

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  20. It's beautiful, but it does look cold!

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  21. The snow must be nearly gone by now. Beautiful photos.

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  22. Snow probably alters the scene, splendid in its own way but without ground cover and other little landmarks on show somehow the views are deceptive.

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  23. I guess we're starting to see the last of your snow shots now. I'm looking forward to seeing this year's crops of tulips. Ours are out here. Yours won't be too far behind, I hope.

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  24. @Norma: aside from the odd bit in a ravine or heavily shaded spot, I think it is all gone.

    @Molly: it was!

    @Lois: thanks!

    @Julia: it can have that effect.

    @Kay: some of them are sprouting up.

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  25. Such a wonderful blue sky.

    All the best Jan

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  26. #3 is my favourite. I like curtain of sun rays. Beautiful views.

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  27. Beautiful photos William! I want to live in it, but I love looking at it...

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  28. It still looks so cold there....

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