Friday, March 1, 2019

City Daily Photo Theme Day: Green

The first day of each month is a theme day for members of City Daily Photo. For March, that theme is Green, and you can check out how other members are interpreting that theme right here.

I am in the midst of a series on Winterlude, the annual February celebration of the best season one can ask for here in Ottawa and Gatineau, and so most of my material reflects that. I took this first shot when the ice sculptures were being carved in the Byward Market. The touches of green from the background appealed to me, and the light around the sculpture was shifting from blue into green. The sculpture itself is the work of a Russian team, and depicts a violinist.

Here we have the green Arabic lettering on a flag, taken on another day at Winterlude. This Iraqi flag was one of several, as an Iraqi carver worked with a Canadian carver on the sculpture in the background. The sculpture depicted a Mesopotamian figure of history and legend, Gilgamesh. The green Arabic lettering drew my eye.

Jacques Cartier Park over on the Gatineau side of the Ottawa River is turned into a giant winter playground for the festival, and I posted about it back in February. A couple of oversized Muskoka chairs happened to be part of the mix. This one is a different shade, something of a green-blue tone.

Dow's Lake is a part of the Rideau Canal skateway in the Ottawa core, and a centrepiece of Winterlude. It is common at Winterlude sites to find these repurposed Christmas trees lining sites, or in this case standing between sections of the skateway.

Here we have a couple of closeups of the needles.

Further along the Rideau Canal, heading downtown, the Corktown Bridge spans the Canal between Centretown and the University of Ottawa, which is here in the background. The graceful support arch beneath is of a muted green colour. The bridge is pedestrians only. Skaters pass beneath the bridge, one of several along the full length of the 7.8 kilometres of skating surface.

Up at the top of the staircases, I photographed some of the trees planted up here. The evergreens get through winter just fine, while some deciduous trees in the background wait for spring- though that'll take until sometime in April before we start seeing buds on their branches.

Back to where I started, the ice sculptures. They're best seen at night when the lights are lit up. This one was the work of a pair of Peruvian sculptors, and depicts figures of Incan mythology. I will have these sculptures all lit up when I bring my Winterlude series to an end, and will have some extras in future theme days this year, as the colour theme goes through each month in 2019.

Vertical gardens are an occasional sight in Ottawa. This is one of them, in an office building downtown.

The Ottawa Convention Centre is downtown, along the shore of the Ottawa River. A modern building that replaced its predecessor, it is dominated on the outside by a massive curving glass wall, with promenades inside. One evening I was passing by after the building was closed for the night. There was green lighting inside, so it seemed ideal for this theme.

And I finish with this. Like many other cities, Ottawa has for the last few years been decorating their utility boxes. It's a handy way to discourage the blight of graffiti, and it brightens up what would otherwise be dull. For the most part these tend to be historical images, but downtown, in an area that is referred to as the Arts, Fashion, and Theatre District (because there are a good number of facilities and shops of that nature), these utility boxes feature brightly colourful fashion images, such as this one. I'll have more of these as the year progresses for those theme days.


  1. ...William, you found green in your frozen wonderland.

  2. You seem to have found plenty of green, even though it must have been harder than finding the white last month.

  3. Even in the heart of winter some green survives…
    Have a nice weekend!

  4. So many greens, I like the green ice sculpture best.

  5. February in Ottawa would not be my idea of the best season one could ask for!

  6. Hello, great series and pretty green images. I like the chair, looks like it belongs on a beach. Wishing you a Happy March! Enjoy your day, have a great weekend!

  7. Indeed you are far from spring ! That's a long winter !

  8. @Tom: indeed I did.

    @John: last month was easy.

    @Italiafinlandia: thank you.

    @Francisco: thanks.

    @Joan: colour comes out well on ice sculptures.

    @David: I love it.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @Gattina: very long.

  9. Oh, the many shades of green! Love them!


  10. It is very strange to see "green" in the "white" land!
    The vertical gardens are very nice!

  11. Gotta love the utility box. We have several on our street that could be beautified.
    I am always impressed when people can keep a long term theme in mind. I just live and blog from day to day.

  12. A lot of different greens.
    The vertical garden is my favourite photo.

  13. Nice pictures of all sorts of versions of green. I'm dying to see some green, I'm rather fed up with white, although it's very pretty.

  14. Very nice images of green. I like that last picture the best. :-)

  15. It's good to know you can find some green even in the snowy north.

  16. Interesting that non ice countries are into ice carving.

  17. That utility box is picture worthy indeed!

  18. The Last One Takes The Cake - Way Cool


  19. Great photos Vertical gardens give life a new dimension!

  20. Beautiful light in the first photo, lovely sculpture too.

  21. @Janis: thank you.

    @Ella: greenery will return to this white land.

    @Anvilcloud: I tend to do a lot of planning ahead.

    @Jan: that vertical garden is close to home.

    @Shammickite: I just love the winter.

    @DJan: I figured it was a good one to end with.

    @Sharon: yes, colour can be found at this time of year.

    @Red: including some places you wouldn't expect of it.

    @Marie: and there are more of them to come.

    @Padre: thank you!

    @Maywyn: they do!

    @RedPat: so do I.

    @Marleen: thanks!

  22. You found a lot of shades of green. The utility box is nice to see.
    Wonderful photos, William

  23. The ice sculptures are the stars. Tweeted.

  24. Lovely and dynamic shades of green in your wonderful photo series ~

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

  25. That first ice sculpture is magnificent!!!

  26. The green light makes it truly awesome! Oh.Can't believe we're in the cold soon again, too...

  27. Many different shades of green for sure. Love the utility box

  28. I especially like the vertical garden. I haven't seen many of these but the ones I have have been very striking, as is this one.

  29. Nice set! And wonderful greens!

  30. Wonderful choices for your green theme:)

  31. Green and white are perfect match.
    Great choices for the theme.

  32. Looove your touches of green for the theme William, the utility box is fabulous ✨

  33. That's perfect, the green theme!
    I love the lighting so much.

  34. You did so well.
    Some great photographs and wonderful selection of greens.

    All the best Jan

  35. Winterlude is just wonderful, William. Even for a non-winter woman!

  36. @Bill: thanks!

    @Mari: thank you.

    @Carol: thanks!

    @Chieftess: I think so too.

    @Iris: and it's still cold.

    @MB: I do as well.

    @Kay: we have some of them.

    @Linda: that they are.

    @Rosie: thank you.

    @Klara: that they are.

    @Grace: it really is.

    @Jennifer: so do I.

    @Jan: thanks!

    @Jeanie: I love it.