Saturday, December 30, 2017

Winter Falls On The Canadian Landscape

Here we have the rest of the multimedia winter show on Parliament Hill. Check out the video I made of the show here. This year might be the last of these for awhile, with Centre Block due to go under renovation work for several years starting next year. I have no idea if this show will be projected onto a neighbouring block, or perhaps onto the scaffolding itself. It is likely that the summer show might still run in 2018, as the building is not due to be closed off until the fall.

I finish with a view off to the side of Centre Block taken a few minutes afterwards, when I'd gone up the steps and was closer to the building as the lights fell across it. This also ends the Christmas series for the year, as I have something else in mind for tomorrow, the final day of 2017.


  1. Beautiful series! Wishing you happy new year!

  2. ...a beautiful light display, Happy New Year.

  3. It's a wonderful light festival. Happy New Year!

  4. Canada on the Peace Tower is a nice touch.

  5. gorgeous lights. so fun and festive!! ( ;

  6. @Nancy: thanks!

    @Tom: it is a cheerful sight. I stopped to watch the end of it again last evening.

    @Marleen: thank you!

    @Red: it is indeed. The Canada 150 was an addition, but it's the same program generally as last year.

    @Beth: they were quite enjoyable.

    @Sharon: so do I.

  7. Wishing you the excellent 2018 you deserve, William

  8. The images are so stunning, they almost make me forget how much I hate winter. Almost.

  9. Spectacular. I saw you mention this on Jim's post and came across to see if you'd posted. Thanks for sharing. Thank you too, for your regular comments on my blog, William. I'm glad you can reminisce about the cattle near your home in your youth when you see my photos. I never knew donkeys were set with cattle as a calming effect. In the Free State (where we lived before coming to the mountains in Kwa Zulu Natal) the sheep farmers have a donkey in the paddocks with their flocks. This supposed deters the jackal from entering and killing the sheep. Happy New Year to you. Jo

  10. Thank you for getting around town so much and showing us all of these wonderful events all year, William!

  11. I enjoyed your pictures and video very much. Fascinating to see/hear the video. All the best in the new year.

  12. Wow! They do light shows big time ~ lovely photos ~

    Wishing you and your family the best New Year ever!
    C & Z

  13. A fabulous light show, William. Thanks for sharing this and all the other happenings around Ottawa during the year. It's been a wonderful experience seeing it through your eyes. Wishing you a very happy and healthy 2018.

  14. Great series of photos with beautiful lights!
    Happy new year!

  15. @Cloudia: thanks!

    @Revrunner: I may be out there again tomorrow evening at midnight. We've got fireworks going off, and I don't live that far away from it.

    @Norma: but winter's a good thing!

    @Jo: you're welcome! At one point there was a Rottweiler on our property, and the donkeys liked to come over to the fence and stare at him. It would drive him up the wall. I also know farmers sometimes put llamas in with cattle or other livestock. Llamas have a genetic dislike of canines, which makes them very good guards for sheep or cattle where wolves are concerned. Wolves won't bother a herd with a llama there- too much aggravation.

    @RedPat: I've seen a lot this year!

    @Mildred: thank you!

    @Carol: thanks!

    @Bill: it's been quite a year.

    @Tamago: thank you!

  16. Celebrate with lights, it is magical and a delight. It is so difficult to imagine survival in sub zero conditions. Here's a wish that the New Year will 'lighten up' just a tad.

  17. Estas luzes são mágicas e as fotos estão espetaculares, William
    Que as luzes do novo ano brilhem e tragam novos desafios, novos projetos e muito sucesso
    Que haja prosperidade, conquistas, e êxitos em todas as vertentes de sua vida: pessoais e profissionais. Feliz 2018 com muita paz e amor
    Beijos no coração

  18. Quite a task to hold your camera that still, but you've succeede to present a neat video of the show.
    Happy New Year, William.

  19. @Julia: I'm quite used to the cold.

    @Gracita: thank you.

    @Jan: I find with videos in this kind of cold the trick is to pass the camera from hand to hand, while trying not to shake the camera. Two handed for nearly fifteen minutes? It's not going to work in that kind of cold.

    @Mari: indeed!

    @Klara: they are!