Saturday, January 2, 2021

City Daily Photo Theme Day: Best Of The Year

Today I have favourite shots from the Gatineau side of the Ottawa River, with a definite emphasis on the Canadian Museum of History. During a visit I showed last January, the museum had an exhibit showing about Neanderthals. This reverse on the old stereotype made me smile.

The same applied to this at the end of the exhibit, a refreshingly modern look on what a Neanderthal might look like in the current day. It turned out to be an enlightening exhibit.

This look outside includes an art installation of a wolf in a canoe. The Ottawa River and Alexandra Bridge are in the background.

A church, St. Onuphrius, is at the heart of the permanent galleries in the museum.

Here we have a view upon leaving, of the Museum's curatorial wing at left and the entrance to the exhibit wing in the background.

A few months later I came across this mural in a courtyard near Gatineau's city hall.

The Tulip Festival is a tradition on both sides of the Ottawa River. These were near where the Portage Bridge emerges into Gatineau, a lovely mix of white, purple, and pink.

And here are some outside the Museum of History.

Late in the summer I paid a couple of return visits to the Museum. This is in the Great Hall, which is filled with First Nations totems and house facades.

And this is my favourite work of art in the region, Morning Star, by Alex Janvier, captured during this visit. The Dene artist painted this colourful abstract mural on one of the domes inside the Museum. It never fails to raise my spirits.

Further along in the permanent galleries is this, an elkskin with painted images on it in a circle. This is of the Blackfoot people of the plains, and it resides in a place of honour here in the museum.

Here we have powow regalia, given to the Museum by its owner, a First Nations powow dancer.

And I finish off with this view, outside the Museum, showing Parliament Hill and the Chateau Laurier across the river.


  1. Morning Star photos always makes me smile.

  2. Morning Star and that little old church are wonderful objects.

  3. Hello,

    Wonderful collection. I love the mural and the flowers. The little church is pretty.
    Take care, have a happy weekend!

  4. It is clear that Neanderthals still live. Jason Kenney and Doug Ford spring instantly to mind!

  5. I enjoyed this segment and especially the Morning Star mural.

  6. This was a nice virtual stroll...
    Have a good weekend

  7. We've had a fascinating tour with you this year.

  8. Love the name of that church. I'm off to investigate its origin.

  9. I love that mural with the bear!

  10. Tulips! Nice to see on this rather gray second day of January.

  11. The modern day Neanderthal is impressive.

  12. I love the look of that Museum. I must get there one day!

  13. Well worth seeing again. I've been in little churches like that in the American West. They are really interesting. It also hits you how much smaller people were back in the 1860's through 1890's.

  14. A nice look back. I think my favorite is the little church.

  15. @Maywyn: me too.

    @Jan: I agree.

    @Eileen: thanks!

    @David: hah!

    @Marie: she stood out.

    @Francisco: thank you!

  16. @Magiceye: thanks!

    @Agnieszka: thank you.

    @DJan: that mural speaks to me.

    @Catarina: thanks.

    @Tom: that it was.

    @Red: a pleasure doing so.

  17. @Jackie: it's quite a church.

    @Sharon: I do too.

    @Revrunner: and this year's tulips are months away.

    @Bill: I thought so.

    @RedPat: you should!

    @Mari: that is true.

    @Happyone: it's neat.

  18. When I started to read this I was hoping for the "Morning Star" one of my favorites.
    Hope your having a cold and snowy start to the New Year.

  19. I remember many of these photos fondly, including my favorite -- the Morning Star. Happy New Year, William. A wonderful look back.

  20. Wolf in the canoe and morning star are fabulous.

  21. Great series of photos ~ The reversal of the 'neanderthal' does make one smile ~ ^_^

    Wishing you a Happy, Creative and Healthy New Year,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

    1. The Neanderthal exhibit was quite something to see.