Thursday, January 4, 2018

The First Photographs Of The New Year

I went out for a walk on New Year's Day, a cold day here in Ottawa, and took some photographs, my first of 2018. Coming through Major's Hill Park, I turned west to Parliament Hill as it looms over the Ottawa River.

I looked north towards Gatineau on the far shore of the river.

Turning around from here looking east brought a view of the American embassy on the far side of the park. Someone had made a snowman closer to the path.

Looking to the south took in Connaught Building on the left and the Chateau Laurier on the right.

And back to the north again was a view of the National Gallery of Canada, which I started walking towards. I will be taking you back inside next week to have another look at art for a few days.

Notre Dame Basilica is across from the Gallery. I took this shot from outside the Gallery's main entrance, then crossed Sussex Drive to the church steps to take another shot of the Gallery itself.


  1. The snow makes the place look so scenic & pretty but I know it must be cold there. Love that header of the dragon boat on skates

  2. Beautiful snowy scene! The snow is so thick but it makes good pictures.

  3. Blue skies are the perfect compliment to snowy scenes as you have shown.

  4. These first photographs of the Year are really cool, William.
    I like especially the little snowman and the Basilica.

  5. Snow is so lovely when the sun is shining.
    Happy New Year.

    Janis, GDP

  6. That looks nice, snow with a blue sky with sunshine!

  7. Excellent captures William, how I envy you your snow!

  8. @Bill: it was an exceedingly cold day.

    @Nancy: we definitely had a lot of snow.

    @Rosemary: New Year's Day was certainly a blue sky day.

    @Karl: so do I.

    @Janis: I agree.

    @Marianne: definitely!

    @Grace: we've got our share of the snow.

  9. The skies are incredibly blue which highlights the snow. Great shots!

  10. That first shot, the basilica and the snowman are my faves. It does look bitterly cold in those parts. We had frost on the ground here this morning. That's illegal in Florida but I don't know what to do about it! :)

  11. I know it's awefull cold overthere, but I love to see these sunny winter shots. We have hardly seen any sun here for months ...

  12. That is quite a walk William! You Canadians are certainly a hardy group!

  13. Hello, beautiful views and buildings. I like the cute snowman. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

  14. Bright blue skies and snow make for detailed photos. Nice way to start the new year.

  15. @Tom: I'm quite busy still doing so!

    @Marie: it was a good but cold day to be out.

    @Lowell: it's a matter of dressing for it. Then you can deal with the cold.

    @Jan: today it's overcast here, and we have light snow falling again.

    @Sharon: we can deal with a bit of cold!

    @Eileen: thanks!

    @Red: it was, yes.

  16. Pretty views with the blue sky! Great for a walk.

  17. I really enjoyed seeing these snowy photos around Ottawa & its impressive buildings.

  18. You are a brave man to be out there walking that much. I went to MEC this week to buy really warm mitts and that has sure helped!

  19. Plenty of snow but the paths and roads look clear. Your city is obviously well-organised for this weather.

  20. @Marleen: cold but clear!

    @Christine: I like that park.

    @RedPat: it helps to dress in layers.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Jenny: oh, there was a snowfall before Christmas that the road crews seemed to be quite delayed in their response to. Folks in town weren't impressed with the city.

  21. Absolutely beautiful winter photos, William. The first photo is my favorite, it looks so magical sitting up there above it all.

  22. Lovely Winter photography ~ love the snow person !

    New England is in middle of blizzard right now so I ready for Spring ~ LOL

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

  23. Gadfrey! I'd have been inside, huddled by a warm fire. Actually I was even though the high temperature here has been in the 60's.

  24. I'd say you got snow. Love the look of the Hill looming over the river.

  25. What a super series of photographs, I especially like your first one.

    All the best Jan

  26. Today we are in the midst of a winter storm here in NH, just like many other U.S. east coast states. Your snow scenes look lovely and the clear blue skies are what we hope to see again within a day or so. Sending best wishes to you for a very wonderful New Year.

  27. @Bill: The Hill is like Hogwarts.

    @Carol: I don't think we're going to get that system, but I could be wrong.

    @Catalyst: it's the best of all seasons!

    @MB: it's like a castle.

    @Jan: thanks!

    @Beatrice: thank you!

  28. i love the snow person. so so cute!! ( ;

  29. It's definitely winter in Ottawa and I assume that snow makes for a happy William. Nice shots of the city on a beautiful day.

  30. Looks like you had a beautiful sunny day there!

  31. I love these snow photos. You have a lot of snow.

  32. I can't believe I'm this far behind again! Oh no--more snow!

  33. @Beth: it was!

    @Mari: that particular day was quite cold.

    @Kay: I'm quite pleased to see snow about!

    @Furry Gnome: one of the most clear days thus far of 2018.

    @Orvokki: we've had a good amount thus far this winter.

    @Norma: snow is a good thing!

    @Klara: thanks!