Thursday, September 5, 2019

The Last Light Of A Summer Day

I have some sunset shots today and for the next two days. For the first two of the posts, they were all taken on the same evening. I came up this way in mid-June one evening, heading for a viewing platform where the Alexandra Bridge starts. The sun was descending to the northwest.

The bridge looks dramatic against that late day sky.

I have passed by this sculpture many times, but have never photographed it. Dialogue is an abstract work by the artist Florent Cousineau. It frames Parliament Hill beautifully, and both pillars feature embedded lighting at night. For a different look at it, check out this post by Meredith from Syracuse, who was up here for the tulip festival. It is close to the viewing platform I photographed from above.

I then headed up to the nearby outlook Nepean Point, which stands above the Alexandra. It is topped by a statue of Samuel de Champlain, who first came up the Ottawa River in 1613. During clear summer evenings, one will typically find a number of people up here. Gulls were flying about high over the river.

The last of the sun was bathing the Chateau Laurier and Parliament Hill in light.

Off to the east, the Macdonald-Cartier Bridge crossed the Ottawa River, already in shadow.

One more shot looking at the sun, but we have more from this evening tomorrow.


  1. The sculpture is particularly nice the way it frames the view.

  2. Your first shot is truly awesome. I had a long look at it, thank you :-)
    Your third reminds me of a sculpture in Perth, very beautiful, too.
    (Btw, I started taking pics of river Oker)

  3. Beautiful shots and interesting sculpture.

  4. Time for dinner! Before we know it the sun will be setting before 5:00 pm.

  5. Belas fotografias em fim de dia e aproveito para desejar a continuação de uma boa semana.

    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
    O prazer dos livros

  6. In the shade or the twilight, everything is so mysterious!

  7. Dialogue grew on me. I like how it frames parliament.

  8. ...I enjoy the four seasons, but I'm not a fan of the short day light. Lovely sunsets!

  9. Striking photos. There is something about sunset. I love the sculpture, with The Hill behind it.

  10. Righteous Composition - Well Done


  11. Gorgeous sunset shots William, Chateau Laurier looks even more beautiful bathed in evening light. Loved your shots of Dialogue, it makes a beautiful frame ✨

  12. Very nice shots.specially the 3rd.

  13. I wonder what Champlain is holding you know?

  14. You got some fabulous pics, William!

  15. Gorgeous sunset photos!

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

  16. I like the way you show how things look in the sunset rather than the sunset and colors. Neat idea.

  17. @Joan: I agree.

    @Iris: good! My next river take will be in March.

    @Nancy: thank you!

    @David: we've already got a lot shorter days since I took these shots.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Ella: thank you!

    @Sandi: I do too.

    @Tom: winter's coming!

    @Jennifer: thank you!

    @Padre: thanks.

    @Marie: I like it.

    @Grace: thanks!

    @Catarina: thank you.

    @Barbara: his astrolabe.

    @RedPat: thank you!

    @Carol: thanks!

    @Red: I thought so.

  18. NICE to look through the sculpture!!

  19. You can get all kinds of soft and golden lighting effects at sunset.

  20. The Dialogue piece is especially beautiful against that sky.

  21. Beautiful sunset photos! Love the composition of ones with Dialogue.

  22. Those are some great photos! Tweeted.

  23. These are excellent shots, and very effecting. I imagine they carry an extra meaning as you are so far north and fall is approaching... Best wishes William and fall is approaching... Best wishes William

  24. I like the abstract art a lot. It makes a nice frame.

  25. Your shots are very beautiful... quite romantic!

  26. Beautiful shots, William. My favorite is the third one, nicely composed!

  27. Great shots, William. I really love the third and fourth.

  28. @Happyone: it is!

    @Sharon: you can.

    @Jeanie: that it is.

    @Tamago: so did I.

    @Mari: thank you.

    @Cloudia: the days are getting shorter.

    @Marleen: it certainly does.

    @Italiafinlandia: thank you.

    @Bill: that seems popular.

    @Kay: thank you!

  29. "Dialogue"--I can actually kinda see it. :-)

  30. Beautiful, I like the second photo very much.

  31. Super pictures and wonderful light at the end of the day. Thanks for sharing it with me. :-)

  32. The sculpture was a good frame for the Parliament buildings and I imagine it looks even better when enlarged, William. I haven’t taken many sunset shots but am trying to work on them from our apt window.

  33. Very pleasing series! Nice framing.

  34. @Revrunner: I certainly do.

    @Joanne: thanks!

    @Parsnip: thank you.

    @Magiceye: that's what I was going for.

    @DJan: you're welcome.

    @Beatrice: I love getting sunset shots.

    @Catalyst: thanks!

    @Linda: thank you.

  35. what a great time to take some pics. just lovely. ( ;

  36. Such fabulous photographs and I like the sculpture too.

    All the best Jan

  37. Photo with the bridge is perfect for me.