Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Skating On Parliament Hill

On the first Sunday in January, I came up onto Parliament Hill to photograph skaters on the rink that's been placed here as a finale for Canada 150, and will be open through Winterlude. The rink stands out well amid the Gothic architecture of the Parliamentary blocks.

33 comments:

  1. ...looks like we are in the Netherlands.

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  2. That looks fun to skate at such a pretty place!

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  3. And the red fencing really frames the scene nicely.

    Janis
    GDP

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  4. i love the green roof, i love the image within an image ... awesome!! glad that worked out for ya. score! ( ;

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  5. Postcard perfect Canadian winter scenes!

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  6. Looks awfully cold! - as I sit here with the AC on 24/7! Did you get some double exposures there in the last few pics? Interesting effects.

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  7. What a beautiful sight to see. I'm not sure if it's worth the cost but... it's done!

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  8. @Tom: people have certainly responded to it.

    @Francisco: thank you!

    @Marianne: skaters are enjoying it.

    @Marie: definitely!

    @Janis: it does.

    @Beth: thanks!

    @Christine: indeed!

    @Susie: those are reflections off the glass.

    @Jennifer: I think it's worth it, and I don't even skate!

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  9. Hello, that is a great skating rink. It has a nice location and views. Enjoy your day!

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  10. I agree! Those buildings make a perfect backdrop for the rink. It reminds me of the skating rink in front of the Museum of Natural History in London. That grand building also makes a great back drop.

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  11. The rink is a great idea but there aren't may skaters.

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  12. Oh my! Could there even be a more impressive backdrop William, the Parliament buildings are incroyable!

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  13. @Norma: so would I.

    @Eileen: I think it turned out to be a good idea.

    @Sharon: I think I've seen shots of that at some point.

    @Red: it's a matter of timing. There were more when I started, and more after I stepped away from rinkside. Odds are I'll probably photograph again from here before it's done.

    @Grace: it is a photogenic spot!

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  14. Another great place to skate, William !

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  15. Looks like a nice day for a skate. The reflections in the last few photos are interesting.

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  16. What a lovely background for skating!

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  17. Now that really looks like winter. Here there's no snow, just cold.

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  18. I like this rink because it's so big. You can skate without fear of bumping into someone every few seconds. But not always. People in Florida tell a story about a couple that were skating on this rink and they took off their gloves so they could hold their sweaty hands. Well, lo and behold, they bumped into another couple, fell down and because their hands were sweaty from the gloves they had been wearing, they froze to the ice. Nobody could free them from the ice. In fact, they stayed frozen for days. It was terrible. Finally, someone called a priest who came and married them. Voila! They jumped up free as birds, took off their skates, and flew to Florida on their honeymoon. The priest, though, had a tear in the seat of his pants and when the couple jumped up they knocked him down where his backside froze to the ice. From what I've heard he's still there. Makes no sense, though, 'cause I've always heard that it was a priest's heart that was cold as ice not his ass.

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  19. What a wonderful sight. We can only dream of such a winter beauty overhere at the moment.

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  20. The location of this skating rink is gorgeous. It's so pretty and quite impressive. You definitely have the weather needed to skate outdoors.

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  21. @Karl: it certainly is.

    @Jennifer: that day was clear but cold.

    @Lois: that it is.

    @Revrunner: we seem to be having a typical winter.

    @RedPat: so do I.

    @Lowell: oh, that's funny!

    @Jan: we get the right kind of weather for it.

    @Bill: we've got plenty of cold!

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  22. What a fantastic skating rink and great wintry photos! Canada is big on skating ~ Look at their great hockey team!

    Happy Week to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  23. Quite colorful, but I was surprised that there weren't more skaters.

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  24. I miss ice skating---haven't been for years and I mean years.
    MB

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  25. There seem to be a lot of happy skaters in Ottawa this time of year, and lots of opportunities to do it.

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  26. Can I see the French influence in those green rooftops in the first photo - the blue sky, the green rooftops and the red fencing make an attractive snowy scene.

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  27. What a splendid looking Parliament building. And the skaters look like they don't mind this cold winter one bit!

    Thanks for coming by Marmelade Gypsy! I've added my name to your followers.

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  28. Not as cool as the canal ;) Do you iceskate?

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