Monday, December 10, 2018

Ghosts Within The Fog

Here we have another of the panels up here on the observation deck. Seeing flags around was impossible on this day.

This view takes in the same grotesque I showed a glimpse of yesterday, pointing southwest. Each corner of the Peace Tower has one.

This view looks over the west section of Centre Block. The West Block is barely seen in the upper left.

And looming like a spectral presence to the north, I give you this view of the Library of Parliament. The Ottawa River and the Gatineau shore are hidden beyond it.

I photographed this nearby panel.

Then I looked up again.

It was certainly a bleak day to be up here, so many details of the surroundings completely lost in the fog.

I finished my visit with this panel about the clock faces, which lie directly above the observation platform.

Coming back down to the antechamber area, I paused, as a daily ceremony was about to take place within the Memorial Chamber. I captured details of the ceiling above.

 I photographed the four small stained glass windows in this space while I waited.


  1. Well, I didn´t know Ottawa.. oh, shame on me - or our school system!
    I got to know two very nice people from Ontario.
    "Do you see anything special going on today" made me smile big! I´ll keepp my eyes open here!
    (And thanks again)
    Oh, and my French... Sooo lomng ago I used that language!
    I love foggy weather btw (if not driving!!) - so... beautiful.

  2. Well the stained glass windows make up for the lost view.

  3. Hello William!
    Great captures of the foggy surroundings!
    The stained glass windows are so beautiful!
    Like the details of the ceiling!
    Enjoy your day and new week!

  4. What a fascinating place to visit. I especially love the stained glass (and the fog).


  5. Hello, the carvings on the panels are interesting. The stained glass is beautiful. The foggy views are wonderful.
    Happy Monday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

  6. more stain glass views. wow cool!! love them. great foggy shots. mysterious. ( :

  7. gets foggy here, but like this!

  8. Wonderful foggy shots. Fog can bring such a nice mysterious atmosphere.

  9. @Iris: my French has gotten quite rusty.

    @Joan: that they do.

    @Dimi: thank you.

    @Janis: so do I.

    @Francisco: thanks.

    @Eileen: I agree!

    @Beth: the fog had just the right atmosphere.

    @Tom: when we usually have fog, it lifts around an hour or so after dawn. This lasted all day.

    @Jan: it does indeed.

  10. Sometimes fog can affects our mood. It can also creates an eerie atmosphere. The colorful stained glass windows help brighten the place.

  11. J'adore the mist shots here and last post William, also the Christmas decorations in the arches last post. So many incroyable details, the stained glass windows are stunning ✨

  12. Well done, looking toward the views which are a bit obscured. Many folks would just skip that part and come back on a sunny day...and you were able to focus on the interior views. The stained glass windows still had good colors!

  13. I guess mother nature is free to give us fog from time to time.

  14. Oh that stained glass is just lovely.

  15. Always enjoy the places you share with us. I also enjoy a foggy day but not good for driving.

  16. @Nancy: yes they do.

    @Grace: I agree!

    @Barbara: I'm still planning on coming back for the views sometime this month.

    @RedPat: they really are.

    @Red: true!

    @Sharon: it is indeed.

    @Denise: thank you!

  17. Youhad nice fog! Nice photos, they have a pleasent somber atmosphere with the fog.

  18. I always enjoy seeing the beautiful stained glass windows. Tweeted.

  19. I find stained glass windows particularly beautiful. You captured some wonderful details and very atmospheric photos.

  20. The stained glass windows are gorgeous.

  21. @Bergson: fog, gargoyles, Gothic architecture... that pretty much sets the stage for one.

    @Maywyn: thank you!

    @Mari: thanks!

    @Fun60: I am drawn to stained glass.

    @Bill: they are indeed. The ones inside the Memorial Chamber are even more so.

  22. Wow! That's some real pea soup, William.

  23. Fog and rooftops remind of a great setting for a Sherlock Holmes mystery ~ fascinating place and photos even with the fog ~

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

  24. Gargoyles look great in the fog.

  25. The gargoyles are a bit creepy looking but the stained glass is beautiful.

  26. I don't particularly like gargoyles...

  27. I love the gargoyles but then I'm a strange one. Seriously, I love your photos, William.

  28. That is certainly a foggy day! The stained glass colors are beautiful, though!

  29. The gargoyles have me wondering what their purpose might be. I saw some in Paris that had frozen water dripping from their maws. But I wonder what their decorative role is...
    That sure is thick fog!

  30. I can at times get into ghost and spirits.
    Coffee is on

  31. What a bleak day which those figures suited perfectly.

  32. @Revrunner: it is!

    @Carol: you expect the Hound of the Baskervilles to show up.

    @Klara: that they do.

    @Happyone: indeed!

    @Catarina: I like them.

    @Catalyst: thank you!

    @Sharon: they are!

    @Kay: I think these are purely decorative. As I understand the proper definition of a gargoyle, they also serve as water drainage. Strictly speaking these are grotesques.

    @Dora: thanks!

    @Anvilcloud: they did!

    @Sandi: I assume you mean the little figures on the plaques? They tie into Gothic architecture as a common motif.

  33. Very atmospheric foggy shots and wonderful stained glass windows:)

  34. The fog photos really tell a story of the atmosphere that day but those windows seem bright as can be!

  35. I know something about fog...
    Those faces are a nice decoration for the buildings.

  36. Those four small stained glass windows are beautiful.

    All the best Jan

  37. @Rosie: thanks!

    @Jeanie: I agree.

    @Italiafinlandia: here the fog tends to lift an hour or so after dawn. Not on that day.

    @Jan: that they are.

    @Jennifer: I agree.