Saturday, February 16, 2019

Lord Elgin Hotel

Winterlude features a number of official hotels that cater to visitors, and one of them is the Lord Elgin Hotel. On the same evening as my recent posts, I was approaching the hotel expecting one ice sculpture. Instead there were several, on either side of the main entrance area. These were on the north side.

This is the one that I was expecting. Each year the hotel has an ice bench carved for photo ops, with a contest held for a stay at the hotel if you hashtag your selfie.

Well, I sat down and took some shots, but these aren't the sort that'll wind up winning a contest. Instead these are the sort of faces I'll make if someone photographs me at a wedding reception. 

Here we have the sculptures out in front of the main entrance. I will pick up from here tomorrow.


  1. Ottawa home away from home.

  2. Well, that's a fun post... silly!

  3. I smiled at the expression "if you hashtag your selfie,". Can you even imagine that just a few short years ago nobody would have had the slightest idea what you were talking about?

  4. You are quite a photographing actor, William. ;-)

  5. The Lord Elgin. We stayed there in 1995 when we visited Ottawa (from Sarnia).

  6. Hello, love the ice sculptures and the selfies. Have a happy day and weekend!

  7. @Tom: and a good one.

    @Linda: thank you.

    @David: things change.

    @Jan: thanks!

    @Anvilcloud: it is quite a hotel.

    @Eileen: thanks!

  8. Really love the sculptures; they are all flowing and delicate looking. The mug shots are fun, too. :-)

  9. Beautiful ice scuptures, as always, William. Your mug shots were fun as it nice to see you in a post.

  10. I love the idea that they give away a stay at the hotel - maybe you will win in some category! ;-)

  11. Magnificent ice sculptures ~ and fun selfies ~ ^_^

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

  12. I see how difficult it is to photograph ice sculptures, the details get lost in the light shining on them. Not sure what some of them actually were, but maybe it's just my eyes. You did well getting dark objects behind them. Yes, you are a silly man. But I dare say you have some redeeming qualities which your loved ones know.

  13. I loved your selfies! I think you should enter, why not! And these are nice shots. Elgin was smart to do that bench, but I bet your bottom gets cold if you stay there too long!

  14. You have no end of opportunities for excellent photos.

  15. Oh, I think you might win with those selfies.

  16. Oh you have to hash tag those shots in William, they are classic 😀

  17. love the birds shots, i gotta say ... if i had only known u when we got married, i would for sure invited ya just to see those faces. lol!! that's hilarious!! u r too funny!! stay cozy warm ... we are having a very odd weather time this weekend??! ( ;

  18. Who is that homeless guy who got into you shots? LOL Nice to see your face, William! Perhaps after I've lived back in Hawaii for a decade or so, I'll visit Winterlude!

  19. The sculptures are very nice, and your wedding reception face not bad at all, changes a bit from formal faces, the only thing is you should take your bonnet off !

  20. Didn't realise that sculpture was so big until I saw your selfie.

  21. Mostly fabulous shots. Just teasing. Love the sculptures. A shame they are temporary. Tweeted.

  22. The sculptures are looking grand. Your selfies are priceless, William!

  23. @DJan: thank you!

    @Beatrice: thanks!

    @RedPat: most irreverent?

    @Carol: thanks!

    @Barbara: emphasis on silly.

    @Jeanie: yes, that bench is cold!

    @Red: yes, and I'm still getting posts organized.

    @Sharon: very unusual selfies!

    @Grace: I got a kick out of seeing them when I took those selfies, and I usually don't take selfies.

    @Beth: there's more than one photo album out there with my mug shots.

    @Cloudia: hah!

    @Gattina: thanks!

    @Franciso: thank you.

    @Fun60: yes, it's a good size.

    @Mari: thanks!

    @Bill: thank you.

  24. Sorry, William, but you look like I'd expect to feel if I sat on that bench in thin pants.

  25. Beautiful sculptures!!
    Haha, I'm with you. The moment a cam is pointed at me... even as a kid I could not help but pull a face!

  26. Look at that work...Absolutely amazing!

  27. Just love the ice sculptures and the selfies :)

    All the best Jan

  28. @Kay: hah!

    @Iris: it's my default!

    @Italiafinlandia: it is.

    @Sandi: very much so.

    @Jennifer: hah!

    @Jan: thank you.

    @Klara: thanks.