Thursday, January 2, 2020

City Daily Photo Theme Day: Best Of The Year

I carry on with favourite shots of the year, this time focusing on Gatineau, Quebec, across the Ottawa River. I start with this view taken from the observation deck in the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill, looking towards our neighbouring city.

Gatineau also takes part in Winterlude in Feburary each year. Jacques Cartier Park, on the shoreline of the river, becomes a giant snow playground with slides and sculptures.

The Tulip Festival makes its presence here as well, with these beds looking colourful in May.

Near Jacques Cartier Park is the Canadian Museum of History, and I visited on occasion through the year. Here we see the entrance of the exhibit wing with tulips in the foreground.

During one of those visits, I looked in on a temporary exhibit about archaeology in Quebec. It included displays about the sinking of the Empress of Ireland, a maritime disaster that proportionately speaking was worse than the Titanic.

I was at the Museum on Canada Day, and each time I visit, I spend time with Morning Star. This glorious abstract mural by the First Nations artist Alex Janvier hangs high over the Museum's grand gallery, and cheers me up especially when I need it. It's my favourite work of art in the National Capital region.

One summer day I went for a walkabout in Gatineau, and wandered through streets I hadn't been in before. They included this scene.

And a short distance away I came along some parkland on the shoreline of the Ottawa River, just upstream from the Chaudiere Falls. This park included a sculpture installation of a beached boat and animals curious about it.

These last two shots are from my Christmas series, and a visit to the Museum of History I made in December. I'll be featuring that visit extensively this month. Here's the main entrance, with a Christmas tree mounted in what is usually a water feature.

Inside, this view looks down to the Grand Hall.


  1. Excellent shots---you had a good photographic year----please continue for 2020
    Happy New Year

  2. Very interesting for me, because my friend's son lives in Gatineau so I can see where he lives exactly looks like a nice little town. My friend had already told me.

  3. The first photo is totally awesome, and I love the street scene too.

  4. It is always fun to visit Gatineau when we go to see my daughter in Ottawa. It's almost the only chance I get to speak French these days.

  5. Hello, I love the views and sculptures. Great series of photos. Wishing you a happy day and weekend ahead!

  6. ...Ottawa is filled with lots of the bests!

  7. @MB: thank you!

    @Gattina: not quite a little town!

    @Gemel: so did I.

    @Francisco: thanks.

    @Revrunner: indeed.

    @David: I feature Gatineau less than Ottawa, but love getting over there.

    @Eileen: thank you!

    @Marie: that it is.

    @Tom: definitely.

  8. I like that installation of the birds flying above the street.

  9. I look forward to continuing the series. It's very interesting to see your environs. :-)

  10. I like that Janvier piece too!

  11. Such beautiful pictures! The spire is amazing.

  12. Your beautiful photo Morning Star lifts my spirits as well. The birds in Gatineau are also a smile maker.

  13. I should know that thee's more in the Museum of Natural History but i was surprised you have more. I will look forward to these posts.

  14. Lovely series of photos of your favorite shots of 2019 ~

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

  15. You picked some good ones for best of the year. If today weren't our blogoversary, I might have done the same. Thank you for faithfully commenting.

    Janis GDP

  16. Those tulips and that brightly colored dome interior captured me from the first glimpse of them!

  17. @Jan: I did too.

    @DJan: thanks.

    @RedPat: it speaks to me.

    @Sandi: thank you.

    @Maywyn: Morning Star uplifts.

    @Red: I will start it in a couple of days.

    @Carol: thank you.

    @Janis: you're welcome.

    @Jeanie: me too.

  18. great shots. i know you have shown that front of that building before (with the tulip blooms, i can't wait til spring, i am always ready for warmer, not hot weather. lol!!) ...but i am seen a Transformer ... that is so cool. very neat!! ( ;

  19. Amazing and interesting views and images of Gatineau!

  20. All great shots. Hard to pick a favorite but I'm going with the picture of the street scene!!

  21. Much as I dislike the season, I do like the winter shots.

  22. Another selection of great shots.

  23. Your best of the year photos are wonderful:)