Sunday, July 30, 2017

Snowbirds Over The National Capital

A reminder to those readers in the Ottawa area- today is the final day of the event La Machine, with the two big machines around the Supreme Court and War Museum. I've already got pictures.... which I'll be posting sometime in September at this rate.

On the second day of the Canada Day weekend, I was on my way back to Gatineau to take in the new permanent galleries at the Museum of History, which I'll be showing after the theme day. As I was heading through downtown Ottawa that Sunday morning, numerous military aircraft were doing flyovers of Parliament Hill, from east to west. Among them was a formation of planes familiar to many Canadians- the Snowbirds. This is a unit of the military who, when they're not flying as part of their duties, are in air shows around the country and beyond. The formation kept returning to the skies over Ottawa and Gatineau, so as I was crossing the Alexandra Bridge, I kept photographing them as I went. 


There was a peculiar event happening on what's usually the pedestrian side of the bridge, and it was for Canada 150. Artificial grass was laid out over a good part of that area, and people came to picnic on the bridge. 


I kept walking, and kept photographing the Snowbirds, until at last they broke formation and scattered to where ever it was they'd started from.

26 comments:

  1. That's a really tight formation. It must have been exciting to see.

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  2. Must have given a lot of noice up there.

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  3. Hello, neat captures of the planes in formation. What a sight to see. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week!

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  4. Such precision!
    I'll look forward to your La Machine photos! They were amazing. Our kids went, just fascinated!

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  5. I want to picnic on the bridge!
    Do you know the August theme for CDP?

    Janis
    GDP

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  6. @Kay: it was!

    @Marianne: definitely.

    @Eileen: thank you!

    @Jennifer: it was a lot of fun last night watching that horse dragon walk down Wellington. I could only see the battle with the spider at a distance at the Court.

    @Janis: it is young at heart.

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  7. The snowbirds have been a fascinating show for a long time. You showed many of the formations.

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  8. Beautiful action shots, William !

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  9. Glorious action captures, William! Beautiful skies, too!

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  10. looks like a gorgeous day to do a flight ... nice shots. love the clouds!! happy weekend!! ( ;

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  11. Awesome sight and photos. Very nice day to be flying in the sky.

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  12. There is nothing like a good air show!

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  13. @Red: it was quite something to see.

    @Cloudia: indeed.

    @Karl: thanks!

    @Linda: it was a good day.

    @Beth: the weather was with them.

    @Bill: definitely!

    @Sharon: I agree.

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  14. I always like to see them flying overhead here during the CNE Air Show!

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  15. ...it's amazing how they do that!

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  16. Lovely shots of those amazing flying machines :)

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  17. Military flyovers always makes me feel very patriotic .

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  18. I think it was the Snowbirds that made a joint appearance with our Thunderbirds at an event I attended a few years ago. Always a wonderful show when these birds fly.

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  19. Beautiful sky! Shots 4 and 5 are spectacular!

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  20. Always interesting and imposing to see such a formation fly by.

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  21. @RedPat: if I've been to the air show, it would have been when I was too young to remember.

    @Tom: it takes great skill!

    @Denise: they know what they're doing!

    @Janey: they have the same effect on me.

    @Revrunner: that makes sense. I know they do shows out of the country.

    @Linda: thank you!

    @Jan: it is indeed.

    @MB: definitely!

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  22. I just love these types of display.
    So good to see your photographs William, thank you.

    All the best Jan

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  23. The Snowbirds remind me of our Blue Angels.

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