Friday, October 13, 2017

A Brooding Skyline

I wrote a guest post for Molly Jo, which you can check out at this link. Appropriately for October, it's a ghost story about the Chateau Laurier.

I took these on the same day as my previous three posts, on Labour Day, when we had brooding skies all day. I stopped in at Parliament Hill, which has been featuring a Canada 150 sign through much of the summer. This is likely the one that was in Major's Hill Park on Canada Day.

This view from Plaza Bridge looks north towards Gatineau, over the Ottawa Locks of the Rideau Canal where it meets the Ottawa River.

Coming into the Byward Market (where I'll show you tomorrow an event I had not covered at all this summer), I photographed the American embassy against that sky.

To the south of the embassy stands the Connaught Building.

Between the two buildings are the York Steps, which lead up towards Major's Hill Park. A stylized maple leaf has been painted onto the steps.

Leaving the Rideau Centre, I found it damp on the Mackenzie King Bridge, and photographed first to the south, towards Ottawa City Hall, then west to the core, and north over the last stretch of the Rideau Canal with its familiar views of the National Arts Centre and Parliament Hill.


  1. I love your perspective in this series, William, and the skies, too!

  2. I wonder if your ghost story, which I intend to read later, was titled "Brooding Skies"? Love the Rideau Canal. You have a plethora of incredible buildings featuring wonderful architecture. I'm almost convinced your winters might be worth living amidst such grandeur. Almost.

  3. Great captures with a brooding sky! The building is huge and very impressive!

  4. ...looks like our sky of late.

  5. @Linda: thank you!

    @Lowell: I enjoy living here.

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Nancy: thank you.

    @Tom: I enjoy days with that brooding feel.

  6. Hello, love the view of the Chateau. Those skies are broody or moody. Great series from Ottawa. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

  7. Broody skies are my favourite kind William.. the last few images look like those clouds produced a bit of rain ☺ super Embassy pics yesterday too, since looking at yours I've been keeping my eyes open around Perth.

  8. It was a good day to shoot some moody and broody photos of the sky. It could have been Dutch skies, beacause we've had a lot of dark days lately.

  9. This was a very dull day in Ottawa. It would be interesting to show the contrast with a bright sunny day.

  10. Such a beautiful area of your city. Too bad you had such cloudy weather for that day.

  11. I love the brooding sky...odd, because normally a gloomy day is depressing.

  12. @Eileen: thanks!

    @Grace: we had some real storms on another day, in a post I'll feature after the weekend.

    @Jan: sometimes here our weather can be quite varied, with clouds in the morning and sunny skies by afternoon. Other times the weather pattern will stay as is for days on end.

    @Red: I've certainly taken views of these places on sunny days.

    @Sharon: ah, but the clouds add drama.

    @Norma: that's true.

  13. Great pictures under the brooding sky. I love the maple leaf painted on steps!

  14. That was a very grey day! It has been like that here the last few days and I'm finding it a bit depressing and not inviting to get out & about.

  15. Lovely photography despite the 'brooding sky' ~ beautiful place ~ and excellent post ~ ^_^

    A ShutterBug Explores ~ aka ~ (A Creative Harbor)

  16. Excellent photos William. Unfortunately the brooding sky looks familiar.

  17. very cool for shots, might not be fun to see all that rain in person .. but very mysterious for shots. i love the 50th flags ... i saw those around when we were in Canada ... neat design. ( ;

  18. @Jennifer: thanks!

    @Tamago: last year I think it was swimmers on that staircase.

    @RedPat: we've got some of that here today.

    @Carol: thank you!

    @Revrunner: definitely!

    @Bill: I'm hoping we get clear skies over the weekend.

    @Beth: there are a lot of the anniversary banners around.

  19. Those are brooding skies. We are hoping for skies like that so that it will cool off don here.

  20. So many nice views on a gloomy day.

  21. Lovely buildings against the skies ...

    All the best Jan

  22. @Janey: it's gotten cooler here.

    @Mari: they are indeed.

    @Dora: thank you.

    @Kay: indeed!

    @Jan: thanks!

    @Klara: very much so.