Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Classic Cars And Dramatic Skies

A reminder to those in the Ottawa area: Buskerfest is this weekend, and Colonel By Day happens on Monday with events around the Bytown Museum.

Today I have an odds and ends post. To start things off, I have this view of the Alexandra Bridge crossing the Ottawa River to Gatineau, taken on Victoria Day in May.

This is outside a pub in the Glebe.

In late May I caught this classic car near that pub.

Early in June we had a tornado hit east of the city. This shot shows the retreating edge of the storm that spawned that as a dramatic backdrop to Mercury Court. The building was once a department store, and was converted by an architecture firm that has offices inside and which specializes in heritage restoration work. The building also houses the Swedish embassy.

Later in June I photographed this large sculpture. 12 Points In A Classical Balance is a 1982 work by BC artist Chung Hung built of western red cedar. I've shown it to you before in this post. It stood originally in the Garden Of The Provinces And Territories, which lies nearby at a lower elevation. This park overlooks that spot; the sculpture was moved to make way for the placement of a future monument.

Generally speaking I don't care for bumper stickers, but this one caught my eye on a car parked near Richmond Landing one day in June.

This bench sculpture stands outside the headquarters for Library And Archives Canada. Lea Vivot is the artist behind The Secret Bench Of Knowledge. I photographed it earlier this month.

On the same day, a bit further west, I stopped at the Canadian Firefighters Memorial, near the War Museum. The large statue of a firefighter points towards a wall with names of firefighters from across the country who have given their lives in the line of duty. September sees a national service of remembrance held at this site.


  1. Now that you mention it. Our buskers festival last year was very badly organised. And this year even worse - I missed it! Or it´s still to come?
    I like that bridge, and wow, what a potpourri, I like it all.

  2. William - a fascinating collection of photos - my favorites are the pub quote - so true! and the firefighters memorial. I have a couple of family members that have been/are firefighters.

  3. Que maravilha aquele carro é muito bonito e aproveito para desejar a continuação de uma boa semana.

    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
    O prazer dos livros

  4. Tornados are getting to be all too frequent in the Ottaw/Gatineau area.

  5. A wonderfully varied collection of images. Good to see there's a memorial to firefighters; their work too often goes unrecognised.

  6. ...William, a fabulous mish mash of sights. How true the sign is! The car is gorgeous! A great bumper sticker and beautiful sculptures.

  7. There's truth in that sign although as a bit of a pedant I would have worded it differently.

  8. @Iris: our festival is quite well organized, all told.

    @Angie: I've attended that ceremony each year now for several years.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @David: that's true.

    @John: it's a formidable memorial. We also have a city memorial.

    @Tom: thanks!

    @Marie: so do I.

    @Anvilcloud: I get that!

  9. Love the classic car, so beautiful.
    The statues are great, specially like the Secret bench of knowledge :)

  10. A nice mixture of images, William!

  11. The Mercury Court building is very nice William, wonder when it was built, there's a hint of Art Deco to it I think. The old car is a beauty, incredibly photogenic ✨

  12. Fantastic and intriguing photos ~ love the Fireman's sculpture and that MG is one of my favorite cars ~

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

  13. Lots of good odds and ends. You've got some good skies with photos of sculpture.

  14. @Barbara: so do I.

    @Sami: it's quite a bench.

    @RedPat: thank you.

    @Grace: it dates to the 1920s. It certainly feels like it could be art deco.

    @Carol: thanks!

    @Red: thank you!

  15. That bumper sticker has me curious. I can certainly see what is happing in the picture but, what exactly does it mean stuck to the bumper of a car? Love that classic car!

    1. It is from a store in Coombs, BC where they have goats on the roof. It's a fun roadside attraction.

  16. cool sculptures!! i love bridges like that ... very few left around here ... they have upgraded so ... we are losing our coolness ... going all new school. i miss old school ...but that is me who loves history of it all?? signs like that make me think. i wonder if every1 gets a different opinion or thought from it? the coffee sign i mean. thanks for sharing. u always find the most unique items!! love that! take care. ( ;

  17. That classic car is a beauty. The statues are beautiful and nice to see.
    Great photos, William.

  18. That bumper sticker is from the Goats on Roof market in Coombs, BC!
    Also that dark sky is a bit menacing but makes a good photo!

  19. @Sharon: Jenn provided the explanation!

    @Beth: that bridge is quite a distinctive one.

    @Stefan: thank you!

    @Bill: thanks!

    @Jenn: thank you for the explanation. I was thinking that the owner was simply a person who likes goats, or mountaineering. If I'm ever out there I'll have to visit the place.

    @Happyone: it's a good bridge.

  20. Fun Little Walk A Bout - Well Done


  21. That was a very dramatic sky - and some very nice sculptures. Glad to see an explanation for that bumper sticker.

  22. I enjoyed this odds and ends post, William. Classic cars are always a treat to see.

  23. yeap, I enjoyed odds and ends post as well :-). fun quote, elegant car, we don't have tornados here but more and more very strong storms.

  24. I like the vintage car and sculptures.

  25. What a fascinating and varied collection of photographs here.
    I think that's excellent to have a memorial to firefighters.

    All the best Jan

    PS Happy August Wishes. It seems that January through to July passed by so quickly.

  26. Love the sign outside the bar -- that's great!