Sunday, October 7, 2018

Chief Of The Undersea World

Picking up where I left off in yesterday's post, this was the view of topiaries to come, with the Ottawa shoreline visible across the river.

I took another perspective of the poppy topiary.

Then I photographed down the steps towards the main path, with a view of things to come.

This topiary pair was added for this year. Snowy Owls depicts two of the birds that are found in vast northern stretches of the country. If you look at the background of these shots, you can make out the Alexandra Bridge, as well as the Peace Tower across the river.

Part of the pathway here allowed for another view of the topiary from behind.

I moved back along the main path to this topiary, back from last year, and which you've seen above. Chief Of The Undersea World: Bill Reid's Killer Whale is the title of this topiary representing British Columbia. Reid was a Haida sculptor whose vivid sculptures are found in many places in Canada. The bronze version of Chief Of The Undersea World can be found at the Vancouver Aquarium, while the plaster version is here, at the nearby Museum of History. Reid's depiction of the killer whale includes First Nations symbology, a nod of the importance to Pacific Coast peoples of the animal's place in their culture, and its faithful interpretation as a topiary is quite a sight to see.


  1. You live in the most beautiful city.
    The Owls are beautiful and the First Nation Whale is wonderful.

    cheers, parsnip and badger

  2. I was already impressed by the owls, but this First Nations whale is truly amazing.

  3. These are just amazing! How do they even do this? Look at the detail on the owls. Wow!

  4. ...oh, how I wish that I could see these in person. Thanks!

  5. Those owls are incredible work. Love them!

  6. I loooooove the snowy owls William, they are magnificent! Was good to see the back wing shot too, beautifully created!

  7. love the owl ... is that a fish or whale? either way ...very creative too. ( :

  8. Wow, these are amazing sculptures. I love the owls. Enjoy your day and have a great new week!

  9. @Parsnip: thanks!

    @Jan: I think so too.

    @Sandi: it is a lot of work.

    @Marleen: so do I.

    @Tom: you'd enjoy it.

    @Marie: I did.

    @Grace: I agree.

    @Beth: a whale.

    @Eileen: thanks!

  10. Excellent stories and sculpture.

  11. These topiaries are amazing. I could look all day.


  12. The sculptures are amazing. I can't imagine all the work that goes in to creating them.

  13. Those owls are pretty incredible.

  14. Wow---the topiaries and the colors are amazing

  15. Um incrível trabalho de arte floral. Fotos impressionantes
    Um abraço

  16. cool snowy owls and final tribal creature!

  17. Wow! Love the owls ~ beautiful and creative topiaries!

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores ^_^

  18. @Red: it was quite something to see in person.

    @Janis: I enjoyed my visit.

    @Bill: it's a lot of work.

    @Sharon: I agree.

    @MB: they are!

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Gracita: thank you!

    @Maria: it's beautifully done.

    @Cloudia: I agree.

    @Carol: they are wonderful.

    @Klara: definitely!

  19. These are wonderful ones, William!

  20. I think the owls have it. Tweeted.

  21. Again, this would be pretty scary in the dark. :-)

  22. I love those owls. The latest Smithsonian magazine has an article about snowies along with some beautiful shots of them.

  23. Just amazing. It's hard to find words. Thank you for showing them!

  24. Those owls are incredible! I’m also blown away by all the amazing events in your City! It’s really a happening place and it’s wonderful that you get to all of these events. Thank you for sharing them.

  25. I agree with Sallie. The owls are my favourite today.

  26. This just gets better and better.
    I've never been privileged to see work such as this, your photographs show them very well indeed.
    The owls are incredibly beautiful, as are the other pieces too.

    All the best Jan

  27. @RedPat: they certainly are.

    @Mari: they're good!

    @Happyone: I knew people would go for the owls.

    @Revrunner: definitely!

    @Kay: I'll have to look for that magazine.

    @Jennifer: you're welcome.

    @Denise: very much so!

    @Sallie: you're welcome.

    @Klara: they're good!

    @Jan: it's a pleasure to do so.