Thursday, October 3, 2019

Odds And Ends In A Capital City

I have some random shots today. The main farmers market takes place each Sunday at Lansdowne Park. One day early in August, an event going on around the usual spot meant that the market moved its location to a stretch along the west end of the stadium.

For a couple of years, the old main post office on Sparks Street has been undergoing refurbishment work, and so has been under scaffolding. Wooden shelters sealed up the lions that stand outside each entrance. In early August I photographed one of them, back out in the open after far too long.

I was crossing the Mackenzie King Bridge over the Rideau Canal downtown one day in August when this boat caught my eye.

One August evening, I was descending into Confederation Park. The last light of day was illuminating the cloud deck above City Hall.

On another August day I was heading along the Portage Bridge to photograph the view downstream from here on the Ottawa River. A large tent structure had been erected on the Gatineau shore. Cirque du Soleil was putting on a production of Alegria here during the month.

Sunflowers are a common sight here in August and September. The gardens outside the Sunnyside branch of the Ottawa Public Library always gets some good ones. I took these in late August.

This September shot in Major's Hill Park features the statue of Colonel John By, the man who led the building of the Rideau Canal. The floral arrangements are quite different from May, when tulips are here. The same happens in other tulip beds, with plantings that last into the fall after the bulbs are done.

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing, and the Museum of Nature has had a large model of the moon hanging in its glass lantern. I photographed it one evening in September.

This sign was outside a restaurant in the Glebe.

And I finish with this cat on a windowsill in Centretown, taken on Monday. I've featured this adorable supreme life form in the blog a couple of years ago.


  1. Sometimes it is nice to look back to the summer days ...
    I like the farmers market, and the threatened evening sky!
    The sunflowers are also beautiful, but my favorite is the cat ...

  2. I like the farmers market, always a nice event.

  3. Pretty series of photos, I like kitty in the window.

  4. Everyone needs a lion/kitty near their front entrance. :-)

  5. ...the night shots are my favorites.

  6. I always enjoy a stroll around our local farmers market too - that moon globe looks stunning.

  7. I love the idea of odds and ends. As for the spring mix, we're usually throwing out the spinach that is slimy. So funny.


  8. You and others have an ability that I don't possess -- to hold onto blog fodder for an extended period of time. I pretty much have to post and forget, and the forgetting part is pretty darn easy.

  9. I really enjoyed looking at all these pictures!

  10. You took an good tour. You spotted some interesting things such as the cat and bright sunflowers.

  11. Love that magnificent lion. And the cute one in the last picture, too. :-)

  12. Super series of randoms William, the sign about the spring mix made me laugh, the pussycat really is giving you a haughty look 😁

  13. Lovely series of August and September photos ~ Cute kitty photo and love the gorgeous sunflowers ~ ^_^

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    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  14. That was a nice stroll around town!

  15. This is a great odds and ends post. Some great shots here, I like the boat on the canal.

  16. @Ella: such a cute kitty!

    @Marleen: I don't get to it as often as I'd like.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Marianne: so do I.

    @Revrunner: I like these lions.

    @Tom: thank you!

    @Rosemary: I wonder how long it'll be in place. I'd like to photograph it from inside.

    @Janis: I always look out for signs like that.

    @Anvilcloud: I might put them in a post well ahead of time, but I'll also write a quick note in the post, at the very least about when it was taken.

    @Jennifer: both are standouts.

    @Catarina: thank you!

    @Nancy: thanks!

    @DJan: me too.

    @Grace: I've seen that cat have an expression that resembles hung over and wondering what the hell happened last night.

    @Carol: thanks!

    @RedPat: it was.

    @Red: so do I.

  17. I wonder if that post office lion is enjoying the fresh air once again.

  18. Good photos. The August night sky is spectacular. I like the lion's attitude. I wouldn't mind having a pair of those at my front door.

  19. I nice round-up of stray photos of the city. I enjoyed seeing them all.

  20. A nice series of photos, William. I like the kitty in the window, a cutie for sure.

  21. I adore the cat. Indeed, he is a supreme life form and I love it all the more because he looks much like my one time love, Stimpy. That natural museum moon is fabulous and so are the sunflowers. SO much to love here.

  22. @Sharon: I hope so!

    @Maywyn: me too.

    @John: thanks!

    @Bill: me too.

    @Jeanie: I smile every time I see that cat.

    @Marie: it's a good one.

  23. I love farmer's markets and those flowers are sooo pretty.

  24. My favorite is the canal but sure do like those sunflowers too.

  25. I have two cats like that, right next door to me. Not orange and white, though. Mine are brown tabbies. Their owner is gone all day.

    1. I don't pass that house often, but either the people have moved away or the cat has passed on. Or just that it's not often in that windowsill.

  26. Whew! Almost too much to comment on! Love the refreshed lion...that looks like a classic old boat...that cloud deck is gorgeous...I'd love to see Cirque du Soleil live.

  27. The cat by the window is just lovely!

  28. Super photos, love the swirls in the striped tents, the sunflowers and the cat in the window:)

  29. That wonderful boat and the model of the moon are my favourites today.

  30. The photo of a supreme life form is my favorite. Ha ha!

  31. gorgeous blooms. always a fan of any sort. i think my faves are daisies or sunflowers. ( ;