Thursday, March 26, 2020

Pause

With coronavirus currently wrecking havoc in terms of places that are open, I have to take a break in new posts, as it's become more difficult to get posts together. Hopefully it doesn't last too long, and I can share the rest of the Museum with you in a few days, but we'll see.

And so to take this pause I have an odds and ends post, with photos taken in February. I was out in the Westboro neighbourhood one day and noticed this house, presently used for office space. The historical plaque on it shows it has a long history. I also liked the door knocker.


Across the street is the Canadian Bank Note Company, a security printing company.


One evening I was passing through the Glebe neighbourhood and noticed a film shoot going on in Central Park. I assumed, from the Christmas decorations, that it was one of those inane, pointless, fingernails on a blackboard Hallmark Christmas movies that we see filming up here from time to time. It was not, in fact. Mel Gibson has been in Ottawa and the surrounding area filming a movie in which he's playing Saint Nick.


On another day I took these shots of St. Theresa Catholic Church, near City Hall.


I was passing through the National Arts Centre on another evening, and took this shot of one of the interior spaces.


Outside, a statue of the great Canadian jazz pianist Oscar Peterson is an ideal spot for photo ops. The sculpture, by Ruth Abernethy, is quite vivid and lifelike, as if Oscar's just finished playing and is taking in the applause of the audience. Speakers mounted on the wall above play his music. The scarf? Left for those who need it. 


Another evening I photographed this view from the Mackenzie King Bridge, looking out over the last stretch of the Rideau Canal at the twilight. Parliament Hill and the Chateau Laurier are in the background.


These last shots are from the same February day. I took this shot of Parliament Hill looking west, continuing on my way to another destination.


I stopped at an overlook where the Alexandra Bridge starts to cross the Ottawa River. Here I photographed towards Gatineau and the Museum of History.


Then I turned my attention back to the west and the open water upstream, where the current is too strong for the river to freeze over. While I am pausing the blog here, I'm doing what I can to keep up with yours.

33 comments:

  1. These are great shots! But Mel Gibson as Saint Nick? What is the world coming to?

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  2. Oscar looking a lot cooler than he usually did after a performance! I'm going to try to keep blogging but I hope people like photos of the fields and hedges around here! Take care, William.

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  3. I certainly like the lion :-)
    Great statue and wonderful idea with the scarf.

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  4. Look after yourself William - hopefully we will eventually return to something approaching normality, whatever that may be in the future, but the question on my lips is - when.

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  5. I hate to be pedantic, William, but one wreaks havoc not wrecks havoc. Take good care of yourself.

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  6. ...I'm glad to see that my friend Oscar has a red scarf one. Take care my friend.

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  7. Hello, wonderful photos. I like the statue with the scarf and the beautiful views of the river. Take care! Wishing you a happy day!

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  8. What beautiful photos. They bring peace. Thank you for sharing. Stay well.

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  9. Oscar in the scarf is priceless! Take care!

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  10. Seems like a wise decision, William.
    Stay safe and healthy!

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  11. Thank you for all you do to make my days more interesting. I'll be waiting for your return. Please stay safe.

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  12. You have so many beautiful photographs, strolling down memory lane would be as beautiful as any new post. Stay Safe!

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  13. I will miss your posts! I've been heading out along quiet streets and lane ways and taking some pics.

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  14. Odds and ends give us some great photos to watch.

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  15. Post when you can, William. But most of all, stay well. Even a single photo of yours -- even an old one -- will cheer us. (I love Oscar Peterson).

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  16. I understand you need to take a break. Please stay safe and healthy!

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  17. Oscar looks good with the scarf on. Nice photos, William!

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  18. Nice post, love all the leftovers!

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  19. I keep meaning to say how much I love your header shot of the tulips. Another spectacular display! I enjoyed your selection and was interested in Mel Gibson playing St. Nick. Also I thought the scarf left for anyone who needed it was a real nice gesture. Loved the Oscar Peterson statue too. Take good care of yourself up there William.

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  20. Like the house!! Great selection of leftovers! :)

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  21. @Linda: who knows?

    @John: I would have liked to have kept a daily post going, but it isn't possible.

    @Iris: I thought so!

    @Rosemary: when indeed.

    @David: oops!

    @Tom: thanks.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @R: you're welcome.

    @Marie: thank you.

    @Jan: I had to make that choice.

    @DJan: thank you.

    @Jennifer: indeed.

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  22. @Maywyn: thank you.

    @RedPat: I've done the same.

    @Red: definitely.

    @Jeanie: I do too.

    @Tamago: doing my best.

    @Bill: thank you.

    @Shammickite: thanks!

    @Bill: I do too.

    @Denise: thanks.

    @Happyone: thank you.

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  23. Love that first photo. Stay safe, William:)

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  24. Super series of shots William. Maybe if this thing goes on for ages we photo bloggers will have to dig into the archives and give our favourite old photos another airing, it's a good job we have thousands of them 😊

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  25. We all need to stay as safe and healthy as possible during these uncertain times, William, so your hiatus is understandable. I was actually wondering how you could continue to post about museums and such with so many closures everywhere. That said, you could post about walks in your neighborhood because even with our state shutdown we have been encouraged to still get out and exercise and for us it means walking around. Thanks for your comments on my recent blog posts. Come back and visit anytime, the door is always open.

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  26. Lovely wintry shots and gorgeous stonework

    Be well ^_^
    A ShutterBug Explores

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  27. Beautiful winter images and I especially love the last photo.

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  28. I don't have recent photos either since we've been holed up here for almost a month now, so I'm digging back into my stock. It'll just have to do for now! Cool about Mel Gibson's movie in your area. I love the statue of Oscar the pianist. Stay well!

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  29. Take care of yourself William.

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