Sunday, April 1, 2018

City Daily Photo Theme Day: One Colour

Happy Easter! Again, I'll likely be quite scarce, but will start catching up after the holiday weekend.

The first day of each month is a theme day for members of City Daily Photo, and for April, that theme is One Colour, as it is properly spelled. :)

 You can see how others are interpreting the theme here. For my take on this theme, I decided on blue.

I begin with two images taken in 2017. Kontinuum was a multimedia show put on to mark the country's 150th anniversary year. A future LRT station downtown became the setting for this light and music show that ran for several months. I visited on several occasions, and the main part of the show took place in the station platform area, where shimmering and changing lights illuminated the space, and dazzling images flashed on transparent screens set between the two platforms. Later this year, the LRT east-west line will run through this station as part of a major expansion of the system.

Moment Factory was the production company that handled Kontinuum, and later in 2017, for a month in the fall, that same company pulled off another multimedia show to celebrate the anniversary year. Miwate was done in collaboration with the Anishinaabe First Nation. The Chaudière Falls on the Ottawa River were illuminated in a light and music show in the evenings, providing public access to these waterfalls for the first time in a century. A ten minute show would take place, with music of a First Nations character accompanying the shifting lights and colours that showed the falls in a completely different way. This photograph is taken from one of my visits.

This shot dates to December, and comes from Parliament Hill. There were certain events being held around Christmas on the Hill, including the opening of a skating rink on the front lawn. Something else that had been taking place on the weekends involved this teepee, erected with the West Block behind it, which was here for various activities with an educational emphasis. Lit up blue in the evenings, it stood out well against the Gothic architecture beyond.

The National Arts Centre is a short walk away. As part of an expansion done for the anniversary year, a large glass enclosure was added around part of the building, including a glass tower. That tower has a second purpose, its glass panes illuminated at night with images of upcoming perfomances and images of the country at large. I featured a post about it earlier in the year and held two shots back for this theme, taken both outside and inside.

My remaining shots for the theme date to February, and involve Winterlude, the big celebration of winter that happens here each year in Ottawa and Gatineau. I was in Confederation Park one evening before a concert, and the blue lighting around me lit up the snow. I'll show you that concert in the Music theme day later in the year.

Confederation Park hosts ice sculptures, both in the open air and under shelters. They're lit up at night, some with slowly changing colours, and others with a steady colour. Blue was prominent among those colours.


  1. I like the ice sculptures and the lights! Have a happy Easter weekend!

  2. Oh wow! Great job! I need to find something for the theme.

  3. Lots of good variations on the blue theme here. I do like blue as a color (the proper spelling!). :) Speaking of spellings, I saw this joke on West Wing the other night (we're revisiting that program - it's really quite well done). Here's the joke: Why do the French have just one egg for breakfast? One is an oeuf. You can stop laughing now and you're welcome.

    1. .... continuing on from this joke.... an egg is an oeuf and aneouf is as good as a feast.

  4. That first on is my favorite (spelled correctly, BTW)! Perfect for the theme.

  5. Love the Gothic architecture and that gorgeous ice butterfly sculpture especially.
    Easter blessings to you.

  6.'ve got to love blue!

  7. Love all your blue shots! And your new header is gorgeous! Springtime!!!

  8. These shots are very blue. I really like blue. My car is blue!

  9. You are definitely into your "blue period!" May you have a joyful Easter or good Passover, or pleasant Sunday, which ever you celebrate!

  10. @Nancy: thanks!

    @Linda: find something quick.

    @Lowell: hah!

    @Stuart: thank you.

    @Mildred: I do too.

    @Tom: it's a good colour.

    @Marie: emphasis on icy.

    @Susie: it does not feel like spring today.

    @Shammickite: blue is a fine colour.

    @Orvokki: thank you.

    @Kate: thanks!

  11. This is so amazing! Love your header.

  12. Very interesting. Blue gives the photo a very different slant. I like the old horse and sled.

  13. I think blue is the most popular colour, at least in Canada. Good post for the theme, William.

  14. Brilliant! Blue is my fav colour so this is a winning post for me ☺

  15. These are scrumptious. And we both did BLUE! [great minds]

  16. Beautiful collection for theme day.

  17. Such wonderful shades of blue!

  18. @Jackie: thanks!

    @Red: blue lends itself well to things that aren't blue.

    @RedPat: there were no shortages of blues.

    @Grace: it is a splendid colour.

    @Cloudia: thank you!

    @Sandi: I thought so.

    @Jim: thank you.

    @Lois: that it is.

  19. Lots of blues. A well chosen collection!

  20. Those are great blues, specially the photo of the glass tower is wonderful.
    Happy easter, William.

  21. Can't go wrong with the blues. Great choices for the theme!

  22. WHEW! I had to scroll forever to finally find a place to register my comment. ;) I love your choice of blue, and as you can see, once again we have a similar take, at least with my first photo. Happy Easter, now that it's nearly passed.

  23. @Sharon: I had plenty of blue.

    @Marleen: thank you!

    @Jan: the glass tower was a good idea.

    @Maywyn: thank you.

    @Bill: I am already working on future theme days.

    @Susan: blue's a good colour.

  24. What a marvelous archive of blue themed photos you have there! I especially like the butterfly. Or is it a moth? Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference.

  25. These are quite beautiful, William. Your city is lovely at night.

  26. The royal blue colors!

    Happy Days,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  27. A lovely lot of blue - fantastic sculptures.
    Hope you had a good Easter weekend.

    All the best Jan

  28. @Raf: thank you.

    @Barbara: it was a butterfly. That sculpture was done on behalf of our Canadian Museum of Nature, which has had an exhibit going on about butterflies.

    @Jeanie: Ottawa gets a reputation as a place that's not fun, but it's an unfair reputation.

    @Norma: so do I.

    @Carol: a good colour!

    @Jan: I did have a good one.

  29. gosh, i didn't realize it had been so long since i have visited ya. have a great week. ( :

  30. lovely shows. I love ice sculptures.