Wednesday, February 20, 2019

A Bas-Relief

Picking up where I left off yesterday, I came down past the bottom of the slide area and photographed this tree along the shoreline of the Ottawa River. The Macdonald-Cartier Bridge crosses in the background, connecting Gatineau and Ottawa.

Here we have the view of this slide from the right. The other one can be seen in the background, as well as the Museum of History.

I headed up the slope. Carved into the side of the mound of snow were spots for photo ops- with unusual body positions.

And carved into the back of the mound was this large bas-relief that really caught my eye.

For scale, that alcove at the left is adult sized. A couple of people were inside. I will be using some extra shots of this bas-relief for the Blue theme later in the year.

At the extreme right in this shot, the zipline tower that I mentioned can be seen.

And for today I finish with a look inside the alcove.


  1. ...impressive, but I like those winter tree silhouettes.

  2. The black grey winter trees against the white snow and grey white sky is so beautiful.

    cheers, parsnip

  3. Interesting carvings. I like the trees.

  4. This is also very creative and alternative to sculptures!
    Thanks for sharing.

  5. I do like the Winter tree of course. And the snow art as well.

  6. Like the the tree shot in the first photo best

  7. There are so many things that can be done with snow - and all I ever did as a child was roll it into balls and chuck it at people!

  8. I can only imagine what it is like to live in a snow culture. Do you enjoy it. There do seem to be some fun aspects! Like what you are showing today.


  9. Your photos of the trees are wonderful:)

  10. Hello, the trees are beautiful. The first one is my favorite. I like the people figures in the snow, that is cool.
    Wishing you a happy day and week ahead.

  11. I prefer the snowy landscapes in your first three photos today.

  12. @Tom: so do I.

    @Parsnip: thanks!

    @Linda: thank you.

    @Italiafinlandia: you're welcome.

    @Joan: I certainly thought so.

    @Stefan: thanks!

    @Bill: I figured it would be appreciated.

    @John: I've done my share of that too.

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Janis: I love it.

    @Rosie: thank you!

    @Eileen: that's good for photo ops.

    @Jan: I love them as well.

  13. Some of my favourite winter photos are of deciduous trees in winter.

  14. Very lovely bas relief designs. :-)

  15. Wonderful bas relief designs and photos ~ lovely wintry tree scenes too ~

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

  16. so like sand castles ... they are snow castles ... that is awesome!! Canada is so lucky ... u guys get all the snow ... we had a wee amount of snow today ... it was just so silly. i want a good snowfall - i know a lot of folks think i am nuts ...but i miss those good snowfalling days??! thanks, for sharing with us!! way cool. ( ;

  17. The snow carvings are interesting, reminds me of the sand carvings we once saw in Portugal.

  18. I like those snow carvings, especially the strange body shapes.

  19. Oh wow! The snow carving is wonderful William, there is much to be enjoyed in Winterlude ✨

  20. @Marie: they can look quite stark on a grey day.

    @DJan: I really liked it.

    @Carol: thank you!

    @RedPat: definitely!

    @Beth: we have more in the forecast.

    @Red: I certainly thought so.

    @Sami: I can see that.

    @Sharon: me too.

    @Grace: there is!

  21. Thank you for getting out in the cold to take fabulous photos!

  22. oooo this is so much fun. As I've said before, I really must pay another visit to the Ottawa area, there is so much going on there.

  23. The bas-relief carving is beautiful!

  24. I like the bas relief, and wonder if she has a name...someone was on ladders to create her!

  25. Yours are fabulous winter shots, William! And truly fab art in the snow.

  26. Very cool (literally) snow shapes but I like the tree shots best

  27. Rather Intricate Work There - Excellent Ability Of Capturing Them - Well Done


  28. The bare trees are my favorites. Great captures, William.

  29. @Maywyn: you're welcome.

    @Shammickite: we do have a lot happening.

    @Tamago: I certainly thought so.

    @Barbara: I looked for a label, and saw none. There were no signs with the snow sculptures this year either.

    @Cloudia: it's a good way to get through winter.

    @MB: thank you!

    @Padre: thanks!

    @Bill: they stand out well this time of year.

  30. The sculptures in the snow are very impressive. The slide looks like fun!

  31. The trees against the white are so dramatic. I guess if you love snow, you're in your element. It's 50 degrees here and I find it ridiculously cold. Lol

  32. Wow, the carvings are beautiful!!! Back then we only made simple snow angles. Men "decorated" with yellow sometimes....
    Oh, but the grey sky... Today here (in usually sunny Perth), too. Not a fan.

  33. Love that tree in your first shot. Love all the trees...and the bas relief, too.

  34. Oh, snow petroglyphs! How beautiful!

  35. Impressive photos and sculptures, all gorgeous to look at.

  36. The first photograph is my favourite :)

    All the best Jan

  37. @Spare Parts: thanks!

    @Eve: I love the snow.

    @Iris: hah!

    @Kay: thanks!

    @Jeanie: indeed.

    @Denise: thank you.

    @Jan: it's a good one.