The first day of each month is a theme day for members of City Daily Photo, and for August, that theme is Black. You can see other takes on the theme right here.
In April I paid a visit to the Canadian Museum of Nature and went through its galleries. One of them is the Earth Gallery, and among the artifacts on display is this mineral combination, scolecite and apophyllite. The way it stood out against the black display case caught my eye, and so I held it back for today.
On a night in May, I was having one of those bad nights that one occasionally gets where sleep just doesn't come. I went for a walk, and ended up at Lansdowne Park. I photographed the moon mixed with some clouds to the west, at the base of the Bank Street Bridge where it crosses the Rideau Canal. It felt appropriate for the theme.
My walk took me along a path on the south side of the stadium. This view looking back to the moon includes the large wooden screen that wraps around this portion of the stadium.
From here I went along the path to a hill that runs along the east edge of the stadium field. This view looking east takes in the darkness of a large stretch of lawn below. The very first light of day can be seen on the horizon.
Turning around gives a view into the stadium, dark at night, with the south stands at left and the north section at right. A condo tower on the west side is beside the moon from this perspective. Most of everything in the shot is black.
On Canada Day I was on Major's Hill Park and took in the fireworks. They shone brightly in the black sky.
Afterwards I took this shot. Parliament Hill's Peace Tower and Library loom in the darkness over the Ottawa River.
Back in May I attended our Comiccon event, something I covered here in the blog at the time. Among the items I purchased were a number of T-shirts. Two of them are here. Alex Ross is an artist in the industry who has done a lot of great work for both of the big two publishers in the field, Marvel and DC. He tends to use dramatic lighting for covers in the style of Caravaggio, often featuring characters on a black background. These two are taken from his work, set on black T-shirts, with Catwoman and Wonder Woman looming out of the darkness.
I finish with another one of these utility boxes. The Arts, Fashion, and Theatre District is an area around the Byward Market area where you get something of each of the three. Utility boxes here are decorated with these fashion statements. The black dress suits this theme.