The beginning of each month is a theme day for members of City Daily Photo. For the first of May, we continue this year's colour theme with Purple. You can see how others are interpreting the theme right here.
I'm starting with Winterlude, our annual February celebration of the best season of all. Ice sculptures are a big part of that, and are lit up by shifting coloured lights at night. I photographed the carvers at work, and purple light illuminated these works. The sculptures were housed this year in the Byward Market downtown.
Taken nearby, this is one of those accidental shots taken while walking that we all do. And yet the purple tone of the shot kept me from deleting it.
I was on my way to this. The European Union has a diplomatic presence here in Ottawa, and each year tends to sponsor an ice sculpture. This is in one of the courtyards of the Market, and features a number of items embedded into the ice from across Europe.
It was in the same courtyard as this display, tied to First Nations peoples. The purple lighting on the walls suited the theme.
Winterlude extends to the Quebec side of the Ottawa River, and here in Gatineau's Jacques Cartier Park, where I visited the winter playground, some of the regular play equipment was also out and about. That included this purple dinosaur, fortunately far less obnoxious than Barney.
Back to the Byward Market. A light display was on during Winterlude that had these lights triggered by wind chimes, dancing and shifting colours. I caught them at a moment when purple was highlighted.
Here we have a finished ice sculpture in purple light.
In early April I paid a visit to the Canadian Museum of Nature, a series that I'm presently in the midst of here at the photoblog. On the top floor, in what's called the Arctic Gallery, a group of slabs of ice are found, with images projected onto them. I caught them bathed in a soft violet light.
One day in mid-April, I was up at Richmond Landing to get some photography in. I passed through a pedestrian underpass on leaving. There are two of these here, both containing replica works by First Nations artists. This one also suited the theme. We Are Resilient is the title of this work by Cree artist Tara-Lynn Kozma-Perrin. I decided a close up of the colours would be in order.
I photographed this on the Easter weekend in the Glebe. Outside Fourth Avenue Baptist Church, planters had been arranged with flowers, including some purple, and draped with ribbons that included purple, entirely appropriate for the Easter season.
And I finish with a T-shirt, taken as a selfie while I was wearing it. This Batman among the stars design features purple highlights. I picked up the shirt from a vendor last year during ComicCon here. That's coming up from May 10th-12th, a reminder to those in the Ottawa area. I'll see if I can down there.