This is the first of two posts I have today; the second one will go live at 6 AM my time, and is a celebration of Canada Day and our 150th anniversary of Confederation. I also have a post for the occasion over at my writer's blog.
The first day of each month is a theme day for those members of City Daily Photo, and for July, that theme is Motion. You can see how others are interpreting the theme here.
I am going with a decidedly cold take on the theme, having had taken these shots during the winter (I can just imagine some winter hating people are going to have something to say about that). There is a skating rink outside City Hall that is open from December into March, thus providing an alternative to the skating surface of the Rideau Canal. These shots were taken at night during the Christmas holidays of 2016, while those that follow were taken in the daytime during the same period. Aside from City Hall itself, the provincial courthouse and the Cartier Square Drill Hall feature into the background of some of these shots.
Back in early March, there was an event here that I covered in detail called Crashed Ice (click the tag at the end of this post if you'd like to see more). A large skating track was erected down along the Rideau Canal at the base of Parliament Hill, and speed skaters went down the route in competition. I thought a couple of shots of skaters in a pure blur certainly fit this theme.