Winterlude is the annual celebration of the best season of all, held both in Ottawa and Gatineau each February over the first three weekends of the month, having had started in 1979, and today I begin an extended series on the event. For the last few years, snow sculptures have been erected along Bank Street through the Glebe. This year the theme is animals. This first one is a polar bear, set outside Fifth Avenue Court. I first photographed it when it was in process. This is the first shot I took after Winterlude got underway.
Here it was some days later, completed.
Down at Lansdowne, a beaver was sculpted.
A seal is in place at the north end of the neighbourhood, outside the Ottawa Chinese United Church.
Another church, Fourth Avenue Baptist Church, hosts this squirrel sculpture.
And I caught this owl having some final details done, the last of the sculptures to be finished.