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.


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

  2. Great shots of these big mirrors, William !

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

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

  5. Beautiful building and quite gigantic!

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

  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.

  8. ...that is one GIANT mirror!

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

  10. A great choice for the theme, William!

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

  12. Great photo of the scoundrel.

  13. Creative series of photos and what beautiful skies ~

    Living moment by moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  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!

  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.

  16. It’s a perfect building for reflections.

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

  18. An interesting design. Great reflections.

  19. Nice reflections and a beautiful building.

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

  21. @David: I agree.

    @Tom: it's huge.

    @Anvilcloud: certainly not. :)

    @RedPat: it felt appropriate.

    @Sharon: it really is.

  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.

  23. @Marleen: it is!

    @Bill: I do too.

    @Jim: thank you!

    @DJan: very much so.

    @Jeanie: they do.

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

  25. That is quite an intriguing building!

  26. Choicest reflections mirrored!

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

  28. Creative take on the theme day ...

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

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

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

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

  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.

  34. Isn't that building fantastic.

    All the best Jan