Thursday, July 13, 2017

Celebrating Canucks

Have a look at a guest post I wrote for Molly Jo about an ongoing series of events here involving the diplomatic community in Ottawa.

The plaza below the National Gallery of Canada was busy through the Canada Day weekend. I decided to skip heading in this time, but passed by heading out onto the Alexandra Bridge a couple of times over the weekend. In the first case, aerial lessons were being done on the apparatus. 

The following day, a group of swing dancers were giving a performance for onlookers. I caught members of the troupe on another day in another location that I'll be using for the next theme day.

Heading past the Gallery on Canada Day, I paused to photograph the glass tower, then headed for the Alexandra Bridge, where views of Parliament Hill, the Ottawa River, and the Museum of History on the Gatineau side of the river were plentiful.

Today I'll leave off with this shot, taken after I'd left the Museum later in the day. This large coloured glass installation is titled Papa, and stands at an intersection close to the Museum here in Gatineau. I'll have material from the Museum later on. Tomorrow we have fireworks.


  1. Very pretty! Ottawa has a lot going for it.

  2. The glass tower is an amazing structure - like a glass version of a stylish chateau. Interesting street scenes.

  3. ,,,did you have your dancing shoes with you?

  4. Nice shots. Looks like there's always something going on here!

  5. Hello, the dancing shots are fun. The glass tower is cool. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

  6. Such a fun, festive event. I think I need a red dress!


  7. I like that impressive glass tower.
    That Alexandra Bridge looks a little too crowded for me ... ;-)

  8. @Cloudia: indeed!

    @Kay: that it does.

    @Gemma: I love the Gallery architecture.

    @Tom: I can't dance!

    @Halcyon: it was a fun weekend.

    @Eileen: thank you!

    @Janis: there was a lot to do.

    @Jan: it did look crowded!

  9. Canadian buildings sure are awesome. i love the one with all the windows ... have you ever shown that one off from inside!! nice!! makes me think of spider man ... he would be crawling all over that thing. lol!! ( ;

  10. Smart move to go the day before the event. You saw some of the performances and missed the crowds.

  11. Great photos of the dance group!

  12. @Beth: Yes, I often photograph from within the tower.

    @Jackie: thank you!

    @Red: it was nice to see things on both days. I crossed the river again on the 2nd for another visit to the Museum of History- I got into the new permanent galleries on that day- and among the things happening during the crossing was a series of flights by the Snowbirds. I hadn't ever done flight photography before, but they gave me a good number of opportunities.

    @Sussi: thanks!

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Marleen: it was a surprise to see them. I'd caught their act just a few days earlier in the Byward Market.

    @Norma: it was quite an occasion!

  13. Fun and happy event. Great photos too!

  14. Wonderful photos, and what fun to see the dancing!

  15. Neat post. All images and Papa is impressive~~~~i think

  16. I wonder why it is called Papa?

  17. Glass tower looks amazing. Can you go inside and see the view?

  18. Ottawa is very busy this time of year, a lot of nice things happening. I like the glass tower, very impressive.

  19. @Nancy: it was a blast.

    @Linda: it was a surprise to come across, but a welcome one.

    @MB: I have another take on it yet to come- I was back in Gatineau a week later and decided to walk up to the sculpture.

    @RedPat: I'll have to find out! There's not an explanation for it at the spot itself.

    @Klara: oh yes. The next time I'm in the Gallery, I'll be photographing inside there as well.

    @Bill: it's exceedingly busy right now. I'm just trying to get all these shots into place!

    1. Thanks for the tip on up loading videos---I'll give it a try

  20. You guys sure like to dance a lot. :-)

  21. Love the swing dancers. That is something I used to do. Of course, I loved that.

  22. Swing dancers must have been fun to watch!

  23. Super shots of the swing dancers William, so much fun to watch. 'Papa' is an impressive installation.

  24. Must have been great fun to watch that dancing in the street...what a great title for a song, William :-) Also looks like you had some threating weather.

  25. I never would have guessed that Ottawa had so much going on all the time.
    Really nice photos William!

  26. I like the dancers in the street.
    Lovely photos all of these.

  27. @MB: you're welcome.

    @Revrunner: well these folks do!

    @Mari: I've got two left feet.

    @Kate: they were!

    @Grace: it is!

    @Beatrice: that Canada Day did have some moody skies.

    @Pat: thank you!

    @Orvokki: thanks!