Sunday, February 19, 2017

Cold Rogue

The Chateau Laurier always participates in Winterlude as one of the official hotels, and ice sculptures are found at the front entrance. These get a good deal of sun exposure during the day, as they face south, unlike the ice sculptures at the nearby Lord Elgin Hotel, which only get direct sunlight in the morning. So these end up looking less transparent as time goes on.

Passing to the west side of the Chateau, where it overlooks the Rideau Canal, I noticed work going on on the terrace that usually takes the pedestrian to Major's Hill Park. The work extends down into the Canal itself. This is a temporary framework for an event that will be taking place here in early March, after Winterlude is done. It's called Crashed Ice, and involves skaters doing something, well... slightly insane. This event is also held yearly in the old quarter of Quebec City, but this will be the first time in Ottawa. I hope to get some shots in while all this is going on.

I went down to the Lord Elgin to get some selfie shots in on the ice bench I showed you some days ago. Yes, it is cold to sit on. My genetic curse red cheeks, dimples, and signature scowl were on display.

Saturday, February 18, 2017


The Byward Market area has for years featured one or two snow sculptures during Winterlude. This year it's a large one, done by three carvers: Jocelyn Galipeau, Sebastien Gaudy, and Mowafak Nema. The first two were involved in the snow sculptures I've shown you around the Glebe. As a nod to Canada's 150 years of Confederation, their theme brought together five Fathers Of Confederation into a single snow sculpture, and I'm adding in links for each. Starting at the left, slightly apart from the others, is Louis Riel, the Metis leader and founder of Manitoba who was hung for treason for his role in the Metis uprising of 1885, but has since come to be considered a Father of Confederation. Our first Prime Minister, John A. Macdonald, is to his right. The Irish nationalist turned eloquent Canadian politician Thomas D'Arcy McGee is next, followed by journalist and politician George Brown. Macdonald's co-premier in the lead-up to Confederation finishes the set, George-Etienne Cartier, with a variation on the Peace Tower at the extreme right.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Frozen Beauty

Today I have the sculptures done by solo carvers in Confederation Park. I expect I'll be showing these again under lights before I'm done.

This last one is outside, big enough for kids to pose behind for photos, and adorned with maple leafs.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Majesty On Ice

Today I have more of the pairs ice sculptures in Confederation Park. These ones are sheltered, which keeps them out of the sun and the wind, which can have weathering on the ice. This way, the sculptures maintain a translucent quality throughout Winterlude, while sculptures out in the elements gradually take on an opaque quality.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Artistic Wonder

A reminder to members of City Daily Photo: the theme day for March 1st is Black And White In Colour.

Here we have the first of the ice sculptures, starting with some of the set done by pairs of carvers. In some cases I've photographed these twice, from different angles. Mermaids are a recurring theme with ice carvers most years, particularly curvaceous mermaids.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Place Of Spirits

It's been common at Winterlude for a series of photographs to be incorporated into a wall of ice in Confederation Park, on behalf of a government organization. In this case, Parks Canada is showcasing one of the national parks of the north, Torngat Mountains National Park, which takes up the far northern stretches of Labrador. It can be seen circled on the map. The word derives from the Inuktitut word Torngait, which means place of the spirits. The photos were taken during a trip Parks Canada set up for students in the summer of 2016. Hopefully the captions are readable if enlarged.