Sunday, August 1, 2021

City Daily Photo Theme Day: Sticky

 The first day of each day is a theme day for members of City Daily Photo, and for August that theme is Sticky. See how others are interpreting this theme right here

For me, the first thing that came to mind was the sort of weather conditions I dislike being out in, let alone photographing in: hot, humid weather. Such was the case one day early in July when I was out on Plaza Bridge over the Rideau Canal and photographed this view looking out over the Ottawa Locks, where the Rideau Canal descends towards the Ottawa River. Gatineau is on the far shore of the river, and off in the distance, the familiar rise of the Gatineau Hills was an indistinct blue.

I headed along the Chateau terrace towards Major's Hill Park. The Bytown Museum lies along the Canal; during the days of the Canal being built it was a commissary for the work crews.

A look back at the Chateau Laurier from within the park. For reference, this particular day was thirty degrees celsius. That's not counting the humidex.

There's a statue of Colonel John By, the British military engineer who led the building of the Canal, overlooking his achievement. The real By would have kept his coat off on a day like this during the building of the Canal, nearly two hundred years ago now. Remember that during the Tulip Festival the bed around and behind him was filled with tulips. They got replaced with annuals for the summer. This happens to be good timing, as tomorrow is the Civic Holiday. Locally it's called Colonel By Day.

The western path in the park gives views of the river below Parliament Hill. It was the sort of day you'd need water with you at all times. The view upstream was hazy.

On the Gatineau shore lies the Museum of History.

A look back towards the Chateau. What people were in the park were keeping to the shade.

The north end of the park found me looking at the National Gallery.

Notre Dame Basilica was here.

Not too far away I photographed this view looking upstream from a platform at the start of the Alexandra Bridge.

Two days later the temperatures had dropped by fifteen degrees. The humidity was gone. Contrast this last shot with my first one of the same view. The Gatineau Hills were strongly visible, with the various ridgelines defined to my view. This is the sort of weather I'd rather be photographing in.


  1. Me, I don't like sticky weather either. Our humidity comes in the form of cooler weather and rain. Weird, huh. I like your take on the theme

  2. A good interpretation of the theme. I'm sure many of us would agree those weather conditions are the least comfortable. I liked the company of the first and last photos.

  3. Beautiful photos and clever play on the meme, William

  4. I had forgotten that it's Civic Holiday tomorrow. That's what happens when you are retired,

  5. Being in the shade is what I would prefer with such hot and humid weather conditions. The park looks inviting!

  6. Hot and humid weather isn't good weather for me either. But the amount of rain and showers we get this summer is not really nice either.

  7. Hello,
    Wonderful tour of the city, I like the view of the canal!
    It is hot and humid here too, not nice weather for walking.
    Take care and have a great day! I wish you a happy new week!

  8. We had that same sticky weather in July which I don't like. Now it is cooler and far more to my liking.

  9. We haven't had a lot of that sticky weather, but I am not sure that I like the weather that we've been having instead. It's crazt weather, for sure.

  10. Hallo William, here we are in mid-winter and you are sweating it out! Thanks for sharing this post; so special for me to see these beautiful images. Thanks for always visiting my blog. Have a great week. Jo

  11. ...we have had some cooler temps too. Thanks for the beautiful view of the canal.

  12. @MB: today here is cool and rainy.

    @fun60: we can still get hot days.

    @Cloudia: thank you.

    @David: I know in Guelph it's named for Galt.

    @Marleen: it's a good park.

    @Jan: oddly we remain at low water levels.

  13. @Eileen: thank you.

    @Rosemary: for now it is cool.

    @Anvilcloud: it has been.

    @Italiafinlandia: thanks.

    @Jo: you're welcome.

    @Tom: thanks.

  14. It seems a wile since it has been warm here. It is sure cold this morning.
    Thanks for trying to help me but nothing shows up in history to reenter. I'll just start to include my blog address in my comments Thanks again.

  15. The temperatures have been wild, up and down.
    I like the canal. I know many died in the creation of it, which is terrible. I guess that is true of many of these world heritage sites.

  16. Those sticky humid days are the worst William, I'd prefer a 40C dry day to a 30C humid, every time! You have beautiful architecture in your city, I always enjoy seeing the Chateau Laurier, such a super building 💜

  17. Neat pictures, difficult theme.
    Sticky, I think of milkweed and butterflies, legs sticking to a vinyl chair, and dried ice cream all down my arms.

  18. Oh, and my fingers stuck together
    from cotton candy.

  19. Humidity gets to me too -- I can definitely do without it! (And it's always worse by the water!)

  20. Pretty area and great photos ~ not a fan of humidity either ~ Xo

    Living in the Moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  21. @RedPat: hopefully the problem resolves itself quickly. I am able to retrieve my reading list when it happens.

    @Jennifer: it was a monumental effort to build.

    @Grace: that it is.

    @Maywyn: those are the days.

    @Jeanie: it's not a problem right now.

    @Carol: thank you.

  22. Yep, I guess I could have taken a picture of some folks here wringing out their shirts because of the high humidity. :-)

  23. Nice tour, thanks! Yup, we are experiencing some humidity too.

  24. I got use to humidity living in Houston, but here in the mountains it is very very dry.

  25. Humidity is dreadful, much prefer a dry heat. Great photos.

  26. You can almost see the humidity in the air.

  27. Nice photos! We have humid summers in Virginia.

  28. This is a really beautiful place, a gorgeous city!

  29. Yes, I agree that humidity is the hard part. You don't seem to have any haze from fires yet. I hope you remain mostly clear.

  30. The difference between the first and last photos is clear.

  31. Beautifully captured! Can imagine how sticky you must have felt at the end of the walk!

  32. Love the shot of the national gallery.

  33. This is a case where photos don't tell the whole story because it looks beautiful there -- I didn't feel one bit sticky )). Thanks for sharing the good part and keeping the humidity for yourself.

  34. i know they are often thought of as depressing times, but i enjoy learning and growing in my knowledge of history. i never realized that until most recently. i just thought i ... well i have certain things i can recall easily .. i guess we are all like that, in what we enjoy that is. ( ;

  35. this is an original take on the CDP August theme ;-)

  36. @Revrunner: I hate days like that.

    @Eve: we get our share of hot days.

    @Janey: our summers are mixed.

    @Gemel: I prefer dry heat to humid.

    @Sharon: you can.

  37. @Linda: as do we. Our winters are much harsher.

    @Catarina: it often is.

    @DJan: there are times when we can smell the smoke of fires from hundreds of miles away.

    @Joanne: definitely.

    @Magiceye: thanks.

  38. @Jim: thank you.

    @Marie: me too.

    @Sallie: you're welcome.

    @Beth: thank you.

    @Klara: thanks!