Thursday, August 2, 2018

The Hour Of Twilight In The Capital

A reminder to those readers in the area that Buskerfest starts today down at the Sparks Street pedestrian mall, and will be running through until Monday, which is also Colonel By Day here, so there will be things going on around the Bytown Museum.

Today I have some sunset shots; another one will follow likely around month's end with more recent takes. I took this first shot in late April, from the Bank Street Bridge looking west after the sun had gone down. Twilight is still reflected in the Rideau Canal and a nearby pond that is linked to it.

A few days later I came up onto Parliament Hill to catch the last light of day. This first shot looks north towards Gatineau and the Gatineau Hills across the Ottawa River.

This shot is taken a few minutes later, over at the Summer Pavilion, looking west along the river towards the Portage Bridge and the islands around it.

And this one, the final of my shots of that evening, features the statue of Alexander Mackenzie, our second Prime Minister, silhouetted against the sky.

My last shots are all from the same evening in early May. I was visiting the Canadian Museum of History over on the Gatineau side of the river. Late in my visit, the sun had broken through the cloud deck on what had been a rainy day, illuminating the landmarks over on the Ottawa side of the river.

Coming back from the river pathway, the museum's architecture stood out well against the last light of day.

I headed back to Ottawa via the Alexandra Bridge. There was still light off in the north, through the breaks in the clouds.

I took this shot from Major's Hill Park on the Ottawa shore, focusing on Nepean Point, which I had passed by as the bridge met the shore. I decided there was still enough light left to go on over.

The statue of Champlain tops Nepean Point, and I wasn't the only one who was up here taking in the last light of day over Ottawa and Gatineau.


  1. Beautiful images, William! Looks very peaceful.

  2. These pictures are spectacular!! The 5th is absolutely fabulous!

  3. Beautiful twilight images! Have a beautiful day!

  4. I saw a quote yesterday. "Sunset is my favorite color."
    It fits with your photos.

    Happy Thursday!

  5. Your first three shots remind me of the rivers here...I am captivated by sunsets, too.

  6. i enjoy the statues glow ...they look kind of mysterious in the glistening glow. way cool!! ( ;
    great shots. awesome moments.

  7. Glorious shots!

    I just had a moment of realization...maybe. Did Bob and Doug Mackenzie name themselves after Alexander Mackenzie? You may have to google them. :) They are from my era!

  8. @Bill: it's an ideal time of day.

    @Linda: twilight often is.

    @Catarina: thanks!

    @Nancy: thank you.

    @Janis: it does indeed.

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Pat: I certainly am.

    @Marianne: thank you.

    @Jenny: that's true.

    @Tom: it is!

    @Beth: thanks!

    @Sandi: I suspect that because it's a common name from Canadian history that they just picked the character name out of a proverbial hat.

  9. I like your series of twilight shots and the silhouettes of statues. :-)

  10. These are lovely shots from such a wonderful time of day, William!

  11. The statues against the twilight are stunning!

  12. You enhance your sunset photos with landmarks. Nice touch.

  13. @DJan: I'll have to use the Hill's statues for the same purpose during the fall. I like to end the year with a sunset post.

    @RedPat: I had good skies in each case.

    @Marie: they certainly are, especially the Mackenzie. I think I'll have to remember that for my best of 2018 post.

    @Red: I like doing so.

    @Sharon: indeed!

  14. A great selection af twilight shots, William !
    Fascinating !

  15. Oh la! Gorgeous skies captured here! Fabulous images William ✨

  16. Hello, gorgeous sky captures and lovely views. Enjoy your day and weekend!

  17. Beautiful shots! I really like the last few with the Champlain statue...the sky and clouds are wonderful!

  18. The perfect time to capture the beauty of the sky and light. Well done, William.

  19. @Karl: thank you!

    @Grace: I got lucky with these skies.

    @Eileen: thanks!

    @Jenn: it was a good evening, and the light lasted just long enough.

    @Bill: it's a magical time of day.

  20. Oh William, all of these sunset shots are incredibly beautiful.
    A lovely post.

    All the best Jan

  21. Beautiful twilight shots!

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

  22. These are fabulous, William. Beautiful work and at the most glorious time of day.

  23. @Jan: thanks!

    @Carol: thank you.

    @Norma: thanks!

    @Jennifer: it's a great time of day to photograph in.

    @Jeanie: it certainly is glorious.

    @Kay: thank you!