A reminder to members of City Daily Photo: the theme for December is The Future.
A couple of days back I mentioned that I headed up to Confederation Park. I wanted to photograph the monuments and fall colours in this park. This is one of the entrance points, across the street from City Hall.
This fountain is in honour of Colonel John By, the British military engineer who oversaw the building of the Rideau Canal and the founder of the city. Thus it is the first of the monuments in the park.
Another one is close by, a large mounted plaque honouring a number of pilots from the Second World War.
These were Canadian pilots who died in the line of duty while flying missions over occupied Poland during the war.
More fall colours. The next two monuments are visible beyond the trees.
City Hall is beyond these trees.
The oldest and the newest of the park's military monuments are together. The South African Memorial was placed here by locals after the South African War of 1899-1902 in which Canadian soldiers served. The Animals In War Memorial is more recent, and includes plaques about animals in military service, and a life sized statue of a dog. Footprints of a dog and a horse are printed into the pavement.
I have seen real dogs look at and inspect this dog in different ways. Some are indifferent. Others are curious. And others start barking.
A look up at the cenotaph.
Towards the west end of the park is a totem pole.
And the largest of the monuments here is the National Aboriginal Veterans Monument. An eagle stands at the top, with four Indigenous people below it. Four busts of spirit animals- the bison, the elk, the wolf, and the bear, complete the set.
The Monument is probably best photographed before one in the afternoon. After that, it lies in shadow.
On another sunny day early this month, I was passing back through the park and this tree caught my eye. I decided to photograph it in pairing with the nearby staircase.
The staircase has art on it, painted on the vertical side of each step. Seeing The Forest For The Trees is by Canadian artist Christopher Duffy. The trunk of each tree is made up of tree dwelling animals, while birds in flight make up the leaves.