As I ended last year with a sunset theme, it's been my tradition for my first new post of a year to have dawn shots. I start with this take from September. I was up early one Sunday, a couple of days after the tornado that had blown through the area. I went for a walk along Bank Street, going as far as the 417, the freeway that goes along an east-west corridor through Ottawa. Here I paused in a parking lot to photograph the sky as it started getting lighter in the east.
This October shot in the Centretown area featured fall colours illuminated by the first light of day.
This take was in the latter part of November. Here we have a view of Central Park in the Glebe neighbourhood. I've started photographing east and west views of this park for a winter to spring comparative post sometime in late April, as has been another tradition for me in this blog.
Early December brought this view as I passed by Dundonald Park in Centretown.
A few days later and a couple of blocks south, here was the dawn sky.
And a couple of days later the morning sky had this look. The building you see here faces Dundonald Park to the west, and is a former church that has been reshaped into lofts after the congregation moved to other quarters.
A couple of days later, this was the view over Dundonald Park.
Two days before Christmas Day, I crossed over the Mackenzie King Bridge. This was the view of Confederation Park looking towards City Hall.
On the bridge itself, I photographed the Ottawa Convention Centre, aka the Shaw Centre, and its distinctive glass wall, illuminated by the rising sun off to the southeast.
Here we have the dawn view looking over the Rideau Canal from the bridge. The rising sun is hidden here by the buildings at right.
But moving a few metres over and crossing the road gives this view of the landmarks to the north of the bridge- the National Arts Centre, Parliament Hill, the Chateau Laurier, and the government Conference Centre, bathed in the early morning sunlight.