Thursday, March 22, 2018

A Walk

I have now switched out my header image for something more spring like, a bed of tulips taken last May at Dow's Lake.

On the last Sunday of Winterlude, I had a bit of extra time on my hands and decided to take a walk. I started from Confederation Park, with this view of the Aboriginal Veterans Monument in sunlight.

My destination was the Portage Bridge over the Ottawa River, where I wanted to take a shot of the river for a post I'll show at month's end. Here where the bridge begins, I took a photograph of the Richmond Landing area, which descends towards the river.

Coming back from my purpose here, I crossed the bridge and paused at this channel of the river, separating Victoria Island, to the right, from the shoreline proper. The old mill you see here has long since been repurposed as a restaurant. Its present incarnation, after the previous establishment went out of business, is the Mill Street Brew Pub.

I then headed back downtown, passing the Supreme Court.

The Court has a neighbour on the west side, the main headquarters of Library And Archives Canada. This sculptural bench stands outside its main entrance. There was an exhibit going on inside, which I'll start to show you tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018


It might technically be spring now, but you wouldn't know it looking at this blog. Today I have some winter scenes from February, starting with a snowy evening on Parliament Hill.

On another snowy day, I photographed the view of the Ottawa Locks, here where the Rideau Canal meets the Ottawa River, from a spot on Plaza Bridge.

This is Lisgar Collegiate, a high school in the downtown core, seen from the south end of the property. A highly regarded school, its origins date back to 1843, with the current location being its home from 1873 onwards. It is a regular part of the Doors Open program, and is reputed to be haunted. I have never photographed it before.

This is a view of the Arboretum from the surface of Dow's Lake, taken during Winterlude.

Near the Bank Street Bridge, a large pond area, linked to the Canal, can be found. It is raised and lowered along with the water levels of the Canal each spring and fall. An inukshuk has long stood here on a mound of earth in the pond, a mound only accessible when the water level is lowered. When the water is at its summer levels, only the top of the inukshuk is visible. The bridge lurks in the background of this shot.

This outdoor sculpture in a front yard in Nepean looks a bit cold.

I took these during Winterlude, while touring Jacques Cartier Park. The Ottawa shore can be seen on the far side of the frozen river. The Rideau Falls are over there, frozen over. Before the end of the month I'll be showing you those falls on another day.

Leaving the park that day, I paused on an overpass bridge to take in the view north into Gatineau. This is the traffic going onto and coming off the Macdonald Cartier Bridge, one of the major crossings between the two cities.

And I finish with two views looking west on the Rideau River, taken from Billings Bridge in February. The first was with mist and snow falling. After running errands at the nearby mall, I came back and took the second shot. There was probably less than an hour's difference in time between the two takes.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018


I have several churches today, most taken at points in February, and the first few of them were taken on a day when I went out to Nepean. This is St. Tekle Haimanot Ethiopian Orthodox Church. While I have seen churches with steep roofs before, the curves on this rooftop are unlike what I've seen in the past. The Orthodox Church made inroads into Ethiopia long before colonization.

Across the street is St. Elizabeth Catholic Parish.

Paroisse St. Bonaventure is a French speaking Catholic church nearby.

This is Calvin Christian Reformed Church. It dates back to 1953.

And this is Julian Of Norwich Anglican Church.

On another day, I took in this view of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church downtown. The church stands across from the Supreme Court of Canada, and is the only building along Wellington Street here that is not a government building. The congregation was founded in 1828, and the present church dates to 1872.

On Family Day in February, I went out to the New Edinburgh area to visit Rideau Hall in the winter. I'll have posts on that in a few days. Two nearby churches drew me first. MacKay United Church was founded as a Presbyterian church in 1875 before becoming part of the United denomination in the 1920s. The present building was erected in 1909-10, and is in the Romanesque Revival style.

St. Bartholomew's Anglican Church is up the street, near one of the entrances into Rideau Hall. It is the official church for the Canadian Governor General, as well as the regimental chapel for the Governor General's Foot Guards. The parish dates to 1867, with the church completed the following year.

This shot, from early March, was out in Barrhaven. This is Divine Word Evangelical Lutheran Church, which I last showed at Christmas time. We'd had a thaw that removed much of the snow from the west facing church entrance, but the city has had snowfalls since.

Monday, March 19, 2018

The Farm

One day in February I was in the area of the Experimental Farm, a large property of over a thousand acres run by the government's agriculture ministry for research. This building, an observatory, is among the buildings on the north end of the property.

Much of the land consists of fields and pasture; winter had it firmly in its grip as I was here. 

This view through the trees looks towards the barns, which house livestock over the winter, but also the home for the Canada Agriculture And Food Museum, which I mentioned in yesterday's post. I haven't visited since before I started the photoblog. I should get over there sometime soon; a museum visit or two would do nicely to fill posts in April.

Here we have a close view of one of the greenhouses on the farm.

And I finish with these snowy views.

Sunday, March 18, 2018


One day during Winterlude I stopped in at City Hall, where in the atrium, a number of local museums and two of our national museums had displays set up.

The displays also included model planes from Stetson Flyers, a local club whose members fly radio control aircraft.

One of the national museums represented here was the Canada Aviation And Space Museum, which is headquartered out in the Rockcliffe area. They had flight equipment on display, as well as a pilot's chair to pose for shots. I'll have one of those in the Me theme later on in the year.

The other national museum represented was the Canada Agriculture And Food Museum, which had a table set up with some more old fashioned instruments. This museum can be found out at the Experimental Farm, which I'll show you tomorrow.

With seven national museums (including the National Gallery of Canada) located here in the Ottawa and Gatineau area, there are also several local history museums, and their displays had a winter theme going on.