Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Ice And On Ice

 I start today with more of the small ice sculptures that were made on the second weekend of Winterlude in 2016.

A larger one was crafted for photo ops.

Here we have another look at that big one built for the centennial of the National Research Council.

On the Rideau Canal that year, among the arches of the Bank Street Bridge, several photographs and portraits were placed celebrating Canadian women.

The Canal skateway beckoned.

To the west of the Bank Street Bridge, the Canal widened into Dow's Lake under a moody sky.

I headed back towards Bank Street and took these shots.


  1. Nice winter scenes. The ice heart is neat.

  2. Skating on the canal. That would be my favourite part of the winter in Ottawa ;0) I'm always impressed by this frozen canal. We have small artificial ice rink. I like going there, but this... this is something amazing.

  3. I enjoyed the skaters on the canal the best.

  4. The dolphins with the heart are beautiful, but the skaters on the Canal skateway is my favorite part today.

  5. Excelentes as esculturas em gelo.
    Um abraço e continuação de uma boa semana.

    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
    O prazer dos livros

  6. Beautiful sculptures once again. The skaters give off a relaxing energy even through the photos.

  7. Hello,
    I like seeing the skaters on the canal. The ice sculptures are all amazing.
    Take care, have a great day!

  8. ...the photographs along the Rideau Canal is an unexpected treat.

  9. The photos are a nice change of pace. I wonder how they preserve them well in the elements.

  10. The skateway seems to be fun!

  11. @Linda: it is.

    @Klara: the Canal is a treat for locals.

    @Italiafinlandia: me too.

    @Fun60: many people partake in skating.

    @Iris: I figured it'd be popular.

    @Jan: I expected so!

  12. @Francisco: thank you.

    @Gemel: that is true.

    @Eileen: that they are.

    @Tom: thank you.

    @Jeanie: experience and a bit of luck in terms of the weather.

    @Magiceye: it does draw people in.

  13. I like the ice heart, it's beautiful.

  14. It is always nice to see the skaters on the canal.

  15. If I am there, I will be taking snapshot of every single sculpture for keeps. I will want to know how to skate too.

  16. I love that heart shaped one.

  17. Cool about the womens portraits. .

  18. Such a fun time ~ hope it returns next year ~ Small sculptures are lovely ^_^

    Wishing you lots of love and peace in your days,

    A ShutterBig Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  19. Some of these sculptures are very delicate. Good to see lots of skaters on the Rideau.

  20. @Bill: me too.

    @RedPat: it is.

    @Nancy: I never did!

    @Sharon: it's a common theme during Winterlude, since Valentine's Day always falls during the festival.

    @Anvilcloud: and entirely fitting, I think.

    @Carol: thank you.

    @Red: it is indeed.

  21. Nice to see the skaters enjoying themselves on the frozen canal.

    All the best Jan

  22. How talented these artists are, and lovely to see the skaters. Thanks William!

  23. There isn't anything that isn't wonderful about these pictures (and their subjects). The creativity and talent of these sculptors is amazing. My sentimental favorite though is the heart one. So lovely. Thank you for sharing these -- definitely worth a look back and I'm sure it brings you smiles just to think about this wonderful celebration of your winter season. I hope next year will bring new memories.

  24. Love all the skaters. Bless their hearts; I cannot imagine putting up with the cold.

  25. Beautiful Ice Sculptures and pure talent!

  26. My vote is for the one celebrating us girls.

  27. Looks cold but this year was colder, wasn't it?