Thursday, July 22, 2021


After leaving the War Memorial as seen in yesterday's post, I walked nearby. Plaza Bridge crosses the Rideau Canal here, and during the summers large displays are erected at this spot with various themes. This year it's all about science.

I focused in on each in turn, with panels beneath offering details. I hope they're readable. These crustaceans spend the winter beneath the ice.

The paw of a mouse embryo.

Two bears at play- my favourite of these panels.

A lobster in the pre-larval stage.

This image shows some of the building blocks of DNA.

An octopus- two thousand metres down in the ocean.

A microscopic image of neurons.

Honeycomb patterns exist everywhere in nature. These are fruit fly ovaries.

Wasp eggs, often laid in the seed of trees.

Two toads caught in flagrante delicto. The male neotropical yellow toad turns yellow for a few hours once a year for mating before going back to its usual look. Guys, you try that.

More of this tomorrow.


  1. Yes let's honor science! It's frightening how dumb people have been made for political gain!

  2. Big, big WOW - love this, hope for a lot more to come! (the bears are cute)

  3. I think I remember seeing a documentary a few years ago about life beneath the ice, really interesting.

  4. In an age where some leading politicians have called science into question we need to validate it more than ever.

  5. Interesting about life beneath the ice. My favourite is the bears at play.

  6. @Cloudia: I agree.

    @Iris: more tomorrow.

    @Amy: no doubt.

    @Italiafinlandia: indeed.

    @David: I agree.

    @Nancy: thanks.

  7. ...about science, how great to live in a country that has an interest in science!

  8. Great science exhibit and panels. I love the bears at play and the last one with the frogs.
    Take care, have a great day!

  9. There was once a time when a well-educated person could know everything there was to know. Nowadays it's hard to get your head around some of it, even when you're told about it.

  10. This is great! Bringing science to the public!

  11. Unusual and interesting displays:)

  12. I hope people stop to read and study the panels.

  13. What a great idea to make this fascinating display so easily available to the public William ✨

  14. @Tom: one doubts this would go over well in MAGA lands.

    @Jan: I thought so.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @Francisco: thanks.

    @John: a great deal of science has become very specialized.

    @Anvilcloud: it's also a good setting for these.

    @Magiceye: definitely.

    @Rosie: indeed.

    @RedPat: me too.

    @Grace: it is indeed.

  15. La ciencia desempeña una labor importante en el mundo. Gracias a los científicos podemos avanzar.

  16. Always something very interesting in Ottawa.

  17. Interesting panels. You've reminded me that I haven't been to the science museum in ages.

  18. That is a nice shade of yellow...

  19. An interesting display (I can't disagree with everyone). Tweeted.

  20. @Ventana: thank you.

    @Red: quite true.

    @Sharon: nor have I.

    @Catarina: definitely.

    @Mari: thank you.

  21. Ha, ha! Some "play." Hate to be in the middle of that party. :-)

  22. That must have been an interesting visit.

  23. Science good. Yellow frogs need a room.

  24. The bears were my favourite too.

  25. @Revrunner: me too.

    @Marleen: I like it.

    @Maywyn: they do.

    @Marie: what a pair.

    @happyone: cute!

  26. All fascinating but like you the bears were my favorite. I have always had a soft spot for bears :)