Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Odds And Ends Through January

I have some odds and ends today taken throughout the month. Boogie + Birdie is a shop along Elgin Street downtown that often changes its storefront windows, using some of the in-house stuffed animals for the purpose. This is what it was looking like earlier in the month.

I paid a visit to the National Gallery early in the month. On the way in I photographed the Peacekeeping Monument, which stands nearby.

Coming out afterwards, I photographed Notre Dame Basilica across the street.

This large mural hangs in an office tower downtown, depicting a beach and sky setting, but there's no information panel nearby.

Here we have an evening view over the Rideau Canal, taken from the Mackenzie King Bridge looking north and including the National Arts Centre, Parliament Hill, the government Conference Centre, and the Chateau Laurier. Skating opened up first on the Canal for this season just before New Year's.

Within the National Arts Centre, a new work of art has been installed on an upper landing, by a First Nations artist. Bob Dempsey crafted this wood sculpture, Clan Unity, which seems to have a lot of Pacific Coast influence to it.

One day earlier in the month we had a night where hoarfrost developed on the trees and bushes. It didn't last long- it generally starts dropping off things as the day arises- but it was pretty to see. This is Dundonald Park downtown.

And this was on a tree a few blocks away.

One cold clear day I happened to be around Parliament Hill and decided to get some shots in while Centre Block is still free of scaffolding. This view is taken from Wellington Street- I was careful to watch for traffic- taking in the main gate. This gate is generally only open when the Ceremonial Guard comes in and out for the Changing of the Guard during the summer months.

I finish off with this shot. Earlier in the month I showed you a shot of the Peace Tower from closer up, but wanted an additional shot of the structure that included a view of the upper part of the tower; as it narrows above the observation deck, that part of the tower was not visible in that shot. Here it is.


  1. ...William, a great collection, the winter images are great.

  2. Chateau Laurier looks fabulous in the evening.. super series of odds and ends ✨

  3. Oh my gosh, beautiful!
    Winter wonderland ... but so cold! :)

  4. Belas fotografias de que gostei e aproveito para desejar a continuação de uma boa semana.

    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
    O prazer dos livros

  5. The icy trees looks like a fairytale wood.

  6. Nothing beats a good "odds and ends" day!


  7. Hello, beautiful odds and ends. I love the wood sculpture, the beach scene. The store display is cute. All of the photos are wonderful. Wishing you a happy Wednesday!

  8. I enjoyed the variety of topics in these photos, William.

  9. looks so so cold there. will google hoarfrost, i am not use to that word? great shots. ( ;

  10. Yes, I too enjoyed the miscellaneous bits and pieces of your Ottawa day. Thanks for sharing them. :-)

  11. Loved this collection...from stuffed animals to skating on the canal, and wonderful architecture - not to mention snow and ice. Thanks. Now when will January end!

  12. Since you are a fellow Trekkie... the mural looks like an Iconian Gateway!

  13. Sometimes it's good to have an odds and ends day. I'm sure you have many more photos to fit in this category.

  14. An interesting assortment of photos! I love that new art work called "Clan Unity" and that Peacekeeping Monument is very striking.

  15. I like the Peacekeeping monument and the snow covered trees.

  16. This is a great collection of photos!!
    Well done! : )

  17. Love the sculpture: Clan Unity! So nice to see. Also the winter pics. Amazing!

  18. I love the Peacekeeping monument. The frosty trees are striking to see.

  19. So many things to enjoy in this post, William. I like the sculpture and the gates in particular. I saw the temporary House of Commons on TV the other night and it looks quite grand compared to what I expected for a temporary setup!

  20. Lovely variety of photos ~ thanks, ^_^

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

  21. Oh, this really is too funny!
    When back in Germany I looked at your outdoor pictures "in fear", freezing.
    But being in warm/hot Perth it looks refreshing!!! I understand my Aussie friends now!

  22. @Aritha: thanks!

    @Bill: that they are.

    @RedPat: I'll have to get inside for a tour.

    @Catalyst: thank you!

    @Janey: it is indeed.

    @Carol: you're welcome.

    @Iris: yes, we're reversed!

  23. Some lovely shots here! I especially like the look of Parliament at night, the wood sculpture (it certainly does have a Pacific coastal look) and the first hoarfrost shot. Nice!

  24. Nice collection of odds and ends. Happy day!

  25. Beautiful pictures ! Gives a good idea of the town !

  26. I like your odds and ends, William. Notre Dame is beautiful at night and I think I'd love that shop on Elgin.

  27. I love the name Boogie + Birdie.

    Your photographs are beautiful, what a lovely mix.

    All the best Jan

  28. @Kay: thank you.

    @Nancy: thanks!

    @Gattina: they do.

    @Jeanie: I love seeing Notre Dame at night.

    @Jan: thanks!

    @Klara: so do I.