Monday, March 1, 2021

City Daily Photo Theme Day: Mirror

The first day of each month is a theme day for members of City Daily Photo, and for March that theme is Mirror. You can see how others are interpreting the theme right here.

For me this was an easy choice. This view is taken from a terrace at the National Arts Centre across the Rideau Canal to the Ottawa Convention Centre. Skaters can be seen down on the Canal below. Winterlude was just getting started when I took these shots early in February, and the Canal had fully opened up the length of its skateway in the city. It's been a short skating season, as the skateway closed just a few days ago.


I started crossing the Mackenzie King Bridge to the other side of the Canal and took this shot. The Convention Centre is otherwise known as the Shaw Centre after the media company that has the branding rights. It replaces the old Congress Centre as a city convention space, and this marvelous modern edifice stands out well. A huge glass wall curves around, with triangles of glass making up nearly all of its facade. Members of CDP might remember a theme day of triangles some years ago; I used this building for it. Inside, four promenade levels look out onto the city, with interior spaces ranging from enough for a meeting of twenty people up to a space the size of an aircraft hanger.


This view, from near the top of the stairs, includes Parliament Hill in the background to left, and the Government Conference Centre and Chateau Laurier at centre.


Down at ground level, I took this shot. I have not been inside the building in more than a year or so.  Hopefully as Covid gradually declines the building should open up again for use.


Triangles and more triangles, and a fairly reflective surface: the National Arts Centre can be seen here.


Here's a disreputable Canadian, complete scoundrel... nothing to like there at all.


I like the way the building gently curves.


This view includes the Mackenzie King Bridge in the background.


That scoundrel again. 


One last view, with another passerby walking away, reinforcing the scale of the building.

39 comments:

  1. Mirror, mirror on the wall ...
    That building is fantastic!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Great shots of these big mirrors, William !

    ReplyDelete
  3. It is such an amazing structure. Great photos!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Great choice, a bigger mirror couldn't be found in the region, I think.
    Wonderful reflections and nice views of Ottawa.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Beautiful building and quite gigantic!

    ReplyDelete
  6. The National Arts Centre should be a source of pride for all Canadians.

    ReplyDelete
  7. @Italiafinlandia: it is.

    @Ella: I agree.

    @Gattina: yes it is.

    @Nancy: definitely.

    @Stefan: I thought so.

    @Karl: thank you.

    @Denise: thanks!

    @Jan: thanks!

    @Sami: it is big.

    ReplyDelete
  8. ...that is one GIANT mirror!

    ReplyDelete
  9. I don’t think that mirror revealed the fairest of all. :)

    ReplyDelete
  10. A great choice for the theme, William!

    ReplyDelete
  11. That building is the perfect place to get reflective photos!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Great photo of the scoundrel.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Creative series of photos and what beautiful skies ~

    Living moment by moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

    ReplyDelete
  14. Beautiful building with all its reflections...mostly beautiful sights to see. I couldn't really tell a thing that indicated he was a scoundrel!

    ReplyDelete
  15. You inspired me to visit our train station here in the hopes of photographing a train coming through, but there were none to be seen. Another time perhaps.

    ReplyDelete
  16. It’s a perfect building for reflections.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Fantastic shots for the theme. Love the building!

    ReplyDelete
  18. An interesting design. Great reflections.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Nice reflections and a beautiful building.

    ReplyDelete
  20. That's impressive. The triangles provide such visual interest.

    ReplyDelete
  21. @David: I agree.

    @Tom: it's huge.

    @Anvilcloud: certainly not. :)

    @RedPat: it felt appropriate.

    @Sharon: it really is.

    ReplyDelete
  22. @Red: thanks!

    @Carol: it was a bright day.

    @Barbara: oh, I am, and proud of it. :)

    @Marie: thank you!

    @Revrunner: once upon a time, trains ran where the roadway is at the base of the building.

    ReplyDelete
  23. @Marleen: it is!

    @Bill: I do too.

    @Jim: thank you!

    @DJan: very much so.

    @Jeanie: they do.

    ReplyDelete
  24. The Convention Centre is the perfect foil for reflections William, certainly the biggest mirror I've seen so far 😉

    ReplyDelete
  25. That is quite an intriguing building!

    ReplyDelete
  26. Choicest reflections mirrored!

    ReplyDelete
  27. Really creative, I like the first and the last photos the most.

    ReplyDelete
  28. Creative take on the theme day ...

    ReplyDelete
  29. Perfect choice for the theme. I like the curvature of the building too.
    MB

    ReplyDelete
  30. Cool building! Why is that man following you? ;-)

    ReplyDelete
  31. A wonderful building, I love the angles and reflections in your photos:)

    ReplyDelete
  32. That is magnificent! Makes one dream of visiting your city again after many many years. In the summer of course!

    ReplyDelete
  33. @Grace: it is massive.

    @Michelle: definitely.

    @Magiceye: indeed.

    @Gemel: thank you.

    @Helen: thanks!

    @MB: it stands out.

    @Linda: thank you!

    @Rosie: thanks!

    @Cloudia: summer is my least favourite season. Humid days and I do not get along.

    ReplyDelete
  34. Isn't that building fantastic.

    All the best Jan

    ReplyDelete