A Few Recent Ottawa Photos


Night Photos near the Wellington Street Bridge (March 30, 2016)

Well, I’m a bit behind on processing these photos! This past March I headed out to the Ottawa downtown area after dark to try my hand at some night photography. I spent some time under the Wellington Street bridge that crosses the canal, and I became fascinated with the lighting and shadows. I also love the power of the message behind the War Memorial.

“The Famous Five” Statue on Parliament Hill – “Women Are Persons” (June 9, 2016)

I am taking a summer course at SPAO on the history of photography, and as part of the course we looked at “iconic” photography. As an assignment, we were asked to select an Ottawa icon. This was a challenge, as there are so many things and places in Ottawa that are iconic to me. I finally decided on “The Famous Five” statue on Parliament Hill. For me, this represents many of my beliefs.

Unitarian Memorial Garden, Ottawa


I wanted to take some photos of bees at the Unitarian Memorial Garden in Ottawa, so I headed over there early one morning before the heat set in. It wasn’t early enough – I suspect that all the bees found themselves an air conditioned hive. So it wouldn’t be a complete loss, I took photos of some of the flowers and the few insects who did show up for my photo shoot.

I also came across this beautiful, friendly Siamese cat, who appeared to be doing a bit of hunting.

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Abandoned Buildings In & Near Ottawa


I’ve been collecting the locations of abandoned buildings in and around Ottawa, and during the past four weeks I’ve been locating and photographing some of these places.

These photos are of a building at the corner of Cumberland and Murray Streets in the Market area. I noticed this building several months ago and had to do a double-take. I have a photo of this building taken in 2005, when it was closed up and before the demolition started.

The steeple in the background is what was once St. Bridget’s Church.

And this is one view of the building from 2005 …

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The following photos are of the old City of Ottawa building at the north end of Bayview Road and also an abandoned house and car on Somerset Street West near Kent street.

And last, but not least, some photos taken during a recent biking ride in the Perth and Pakenham areas near Ottawa.

Enjoy!

Mud Lake & Deschênes Rapids, Ottawa


This past Friday a friend and I visited Mud Lake near the Deschênes Rapids. It was a perfect day for hiking – sunny and cool enough to keep the bugs away. My friend, being a patient person, put up with me stopping from time-to-time to take some photos of the abundant wildlife on and around this small lake.

While we were there, we decided to make a wee side trip to see what the Ottawa River was doing at the Deschênes Rapids. We were able to get close to the river bank, but because of the high water we were limited as to how much we could see. These are two photos of the river taken last Friday, May 22/2015 …

Not really all that exciting, unless of course you compare it to the following photos that I took around this same location on July 2012 when we were experiencing a bad drought …

All of the locations in the above photos were completely under water last Friday. The people walking in one of the above photos were actually walking across the Deschênes Rapids, and the rock where the two people are sitting was completely under fast-moving water in 2012. And the duck? Well over her head last Friday!

Abandoned Buildings Local to Ottawa


I love to ride my motorcycle on the country roads around the Ottawa area, and quite often I will see an abandoned house, barn or silo. I typically make a mental note of these with a plan to return and take photos of the sites. This past Saturday was a nice day for biking, so I set my goal to wander around the countryside and finally take some of these photos.

Here are my results …

A caveat … I’m not sure if one of the barns was actually abandoned or just old and not used. I tried asking at the nearest house but no one was home. Maybe someday I’ll head back there and see if I can get more information. The hydro wires were still connected to the building, but that doesn’t mean much given that the owner would need to pay the hydro company to remove the wires. It is easier (and less expensive) just to contact the hydro company and have them pull the metre.

Ottawa’s First Snow Fall


Well it snowed here in Ottawa during this past week. Not much, just a few centimetres (that’s less than an inch for the Imperial measuring folks). It was enough to make a hike through the local forests pleasant and different from past hikes through bare trees and dry leaves. I headed off to one of the local National Capital Commission hiking trails just west of Ottawa and tramped around for about 90 minutes with my camera. It was a bright sunny day, not too cold, and the trees provide an excellent shelter from the wind gusts.

During my hike I came across this wee critter hanging out in a tree. If it could talk, it would probably be cursing me as one of those annoying paparazzi who wouldn’t leave people, or in this case, an animal, alone.

NCC Hike - First Snow