Friday, February 11, 2022

Odds And Ends

 I have some odds and ends from various occasions in the last few weeks. In the second half of December I went out to Nepean on errands. This sculpture caught my eye, outside the entrance of a building that serves as headquarters for Scouts Canada.

On another December evening I took this shot of Abbotsford House in the Glebe. Originally a 19th century farmhouse, today it is a senior's centre, with a retirement home to one side and a nursing home to the other.

Late in December I went out to Orleans, the furthest east of the city's urban areas, and once a city in its own right before amalgamation. St. Joseph d'Orleans is a Catholic parish church.

And on another late December day downtown, I photographed this, which some of you may remember from its previous location. 12 Points In A Classical Balance is a 1982 sculpture by Chung Hung of British Columbia. This large sculpture resided for many years in the Garden of the Provinces and Territories, which lies below its current location in parkland that has a view towards the Ottawa River. It was moved up here a couple of years back as part of a measure to build a new memorial down in the Garden.

My last photograph taken in 2021. I was at Lansdowne Park on a snowy evening and wrote this in the snow on a retaining wall by the stadium.

An early January day was a snowy one when I took this photograph of the Supreme Court.

And across the street from the Court is St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church.

During my series on the War Museum I made mention of the Gouzenko Affair and how it was one of the triggers of the Cold War. The defection of cipher clerk Igor Gouzenko from the Soviet embassy here with proof that the Soviets were spying on their Western allies is commemorated in Dundonald Park in Centretown, where two plaques stand across from the building where he lived at the time with his wife and first child. I had to brush the snow off the first of them when I took these two shots in late January.


  1. Quite a collection. Oh, let´s hope there won´t be another war. Russia was in the news yesterday again.

  2. The Catholic Church has a stunning architecture.

  3. The two sculptures are fabulous.

  4. Hello,
    Great collection of photos, I like the sculptures.
    Have a happy day and a great weekend.

  5. Love your collection of sculptures. Beautiful shots of the church and the sky. Enjoy your weekend.

  6. I would like that beaver for the front of my house!

  7. I enjoyed the Odds and Ends, William, especially the beaver.

  8. ...thanks William for the winter tour of Ottawa. That smart beaver found some shelter from the snow.

  9. I like the two sculptures, too, and the block one looks like it's floating. :-)

  10. @Cloudia: thanks.

    @Iris: I hope not.

    @Italiafinlandia: thanks.

    @Gemel: I think so.

    @Eileen: thanks.

    @Nancy: thank you.

    @David: no doubt.

    @Marie: it's a good sculpture.

    @Tom: you're welcome.

    @DJan: it does.

  11. I like the sculptures. Could see that beaver being happy on my deck!

  12. I like your odds and ends, particularly the house at night and the church in Orleans.

  13. A nice variety in these photos.

  14. That church in Orleans is a beautiful sight surrounded by snow.

  15. A nice collection of photos. Like those sculptures!

  16. Wonderful series of photos ~ favorite is the little sculpture ~

    Wishing you lots of love in your days,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  17. La escultura, es bastante original.

    Me han gustado las tomas de tus fotografías.

  18. This is a great collection. I especially like the house and the church.

  19. Great photos - impressive church.

  20. @RedPat: thanks.

    @magiceye: they are.

    @Anvilcloud: that church was the one benefit of an otherwise wasted trip.

    @Red: that's the idea.

    @Sharon: definitely.

    @Bill: me too.

    @Carol: thank you.

    @Ventana: thanks.

    @Michelle: me too.

    @happyone: I agree.

  21. How interesting to lead off with a picture of a beaver sculpture. Their lives sculpted the landscape the colonists encountered and proceeded to change, east to west.

  22. A nice collection of odds and ends.
    I like the sculpture in your first photograph.

    All the best Jan

  23. Beautiful winter photos, William, I especially like the photos of that church. If you get the chance, maybe you should shoot '12 Points In A Classical Balance' again with a human figure near it. That will give a better idea of the size.

    1. If I happen to be by when there are people around, sure. It's bigger than a person.

  24. Love the sculpture of the beaver:)

  25. Lovely photos, William. Beautiful churches and I especially love that statue.