Sunday, January 13, 2019

The Base Of The Peace Tower

Concluding this series today, I photographed some of the carvings around the main entrance into Centre Block, at the base of the Peace Tower. They include symbols related to Canada, as well as our British and French roots.

The French roots, for instance, can be seen in this unicorn bearing a shield with the fleur-de-lis.

Its neighbour across the way is a British lion.

And then I looked up.

And up some more- oddly I have never photographed this angle. 

I started this series with a view of Centre Block. It was actually the final shot I took during this visit, as it was taken later than my time on the observation deck. My second to last shot was this one, framing the Peace Tower from closer to the building.


  1. Great details! Thanks for sharing these.

  2. Magnificent building, the tower shot is like being there. Very nice photos

  3. Hello William!
    Great captures and stunning pictures!
    The carvings and the tower are so beautiful!
    Thank you for sharing! Enjoy your day!

  4. The first wall sculpture makes me think of an owl !

  5. This has been the most beautiful series of images William, thank you so much for taking the time to take the most incredible detail shots. Love all the intricate sculptures and the second last shot looking straight up is fabulous, we all need to do this more often ✨

  6. I think you must spend more time on Parliament Hill than you do in your house!

  7. ...that's hope that peace breaks out one of these days.

  8. So much of history is carved in stone, but these days we "carve" in technology. I wonder what will survive the longest.

  9. @Linda: you're welcome.

    @Maywyn: thank you.

    @Dimi: thanks!

    @Gattina: I can see that.

    @Grace: I'm just surprised I never did that before.

    @David: I have photographed it a lot.

    @Tom: true.

    @Marianne: they are.

    @Iris: and we have plenty of lions.

    @Anvilcloud: I think I do.

    @Marie: I took the first upward shot and then considered taking the second angle.

    @Sandi: the stone.

  10. There was a lot of planning that went into the production of the many carvings and we benefit.

  11. Thanks, sometimes we overlook the beautiful details.

  12. Those last two photos are great. I love seeing the flag flying against that gorgeous blue sky.

  13. Great photos, and I'm amazed that there were no people in the final's spectacular!

  14. very cool, those details. well made i am sure. right?
    ( ;

  15. love your Tower. What great carving!

  16. The tower against the blue sky is wonderful, I like all the carvings:)

  17. Lots of beautiful details. Super photos, William.

  18. Love the unicorn and the lion. They look very regal! Beautiful building with great detail!

  19. I am amazed how detailed everything is. Great post William!

  20. These carvings are beaufitul too.
    The look up is as impressive as looking around when you were up there.

  21. @Red: quite true.

    @Janey: we can, yes.

    @Sharon: so do I.

    @Barbara: on a Sunday you have more chance of not getting someone in the shot.

    @Beth: very well made.

    @Karl: thank you!

    @Cloudia: I agree.

    @Whisk: thanks!

    @Rosie: I do too.

    @Bill: thank you.

    @Tamago: regal indeed.

    @Marleen: thank you!

    @Jan: I want to do it one more time before the scaffolding goes up- from that spot, it's not possible to see the upper part of the tower, which narrows above the observation deck. If I move back a few metres, that becomes possible.

  22. Magnificent stone work and photos ~ always wonderfully elegant architecture ~

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

  23. I too like the upwards shot ...
    Nice to see blue sky in the photographs too.

    All the best Jan

  24. PS I keep meaning to say I do like your banner / header photograph.

    All the best Jan

  25. Fantastic carvings, very detailed.

  26. Glad you finally looked up, that shot is wonderful. :-)

  27. I love old carvings on buildings and these are beautiful! Thanks!

  28. Some nice views here, and great details.

  29. The detail work is beautiful -- and yes, look up! You never know what you will find!

  30. These are beautiful decorations. Elaborated architecture.

  31. My comment on this post has disappeared ..... :((

  32. @Carol: thank you.

    @Jan: thanks!

    @Klara: indeed.

    @Happyone: thanks.

    @DJan: it is.

  33. @RedPat: you're welcome.

    @Kay: thank you.

    @Jeanie: true!

    @Italiafinlandia: indeed.

    @Ella: I wonder how that happened.