Snow falls on the locks of the Rideau Canal, Ottawa. This is the colour version of this photo – converting to monochrome seemed redundant!
Technically, here in the southern hemisphere we are two weeks into spring, but it sure doesn’t feel like that today! In honour of today’s chilly weather, I present an appropriately wintery picture from my last trip to Canada. I arrived in time for the first snow-storm of the season – quite a shock for an Aussie who had never seen snow lying on the ground before. But despite the weather, there were still a few hardy souls braving the elements, including this lone figure trudging her way home through Major’s Hill Park.
Exterior door and facade of the Library of the Canadian Parliament. The light was incredibly flat and dull that day, which limited the interesting photographic opportunities, but worked well for faux-HDR-type shots which highlight the incredible stonework of the building itself.
As you walk through the halls of the Canadian Parliament, you pass engraved rolls of all the members of the previous Canadian Parliaments. Seems like a nice commemoration, as well as a subtle reminder of the temporary nature of political power.
“This bell which belonged to the tower clock of the old parliament building was taken from the ruins of the buildings after their destruction by fire on February 3rd 1916. On that memorable night the bell continued to strike the hours until midnight although the tower itself was ablaze from nine o’clock in the evening. After sounding the last stroke of twelve it crashed through the flames to the base of the tower.”
The bell’s inclined position mirrors the angle at which it came to rest after falling.