November Photo Challenge: City Scape

The November photo challenge was to take photos of city scapes.  Ottawa has some very iconic and famous city scape views.  Alas I did not take any photos of these this month.  It was not a big camera month for me, but I did manage to get out a couple times in a couple different cities.

City scape of Blah.

City scape of Blah.

Here is the city at it’s worst. A beautiful castle-like museum which is completely blocked from view by a highway. Granted on the other side of the road you can see it much better. But it’s a bit sad to see just the top of it peaking over the highway.

Nature Museum with Bus

Nature Museum with Bus

The reality of the mordern city.

Along the Canal

Along the Canal

Ottawa has a more interesting city scape when you take a walk or ride along the canal. These houses have a beautiful view and look nice as well.

Aberdeen Pavillion

Aberdeen Pavilion

This building is part of a newly re-developed part of the city and has been beautifully restored. I’m so glad that the city was able to save it, since no one builds beautiful buildings like this these days.

Old and New

Old and New

We spent a weekend in Toronto, but with kids in tow etc. I wasn’t able to concentrate on the photos that much. I did manage to snap a couple though.

Big City

Big City Skyline

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Iconic Toronto!

October Photo Challenge: Signs

Wow, that month went fast.  The theme for October was “Signs”.  A fitting theme because it was municipal election month in Ontario.  In my ward in downtown Ottawa, there were 11 people running for council as our long-time incumbent was stepping down after over 20 years.  I got out on Election day to photograph some of the signs in the neighbourhood.

The local sign farm.  Most public corners looked like this for the past month.

The local sign farm. Most public corners looked like this for the past month.

I like the "Vote Monday" additions to Conor Meade's signs.

Signs as far as you can see

VOTE MONDAY!

VOTE MONDAY!

The eventual winner, with about 40% of the vote.  I thought she would win, having the blessing of the retiring Councillor, but I also thought it would be a much much tighter race.  There were some other great candidates.

The eventual winner, with about 40% of the vote. I thought she would win, having the blessing of the retiring Councillor, but I also thought it would be a much much tighter race. There were some other great candidates.

Sandro did not win, and I think made all his signs on a colour copier... but he did have volume and almost every utility pole at every corner in the area was covered with these.

Sandro did not win, or even come close and I think made all his signs on a colour copier… but he did have volume and almost every utility pole at every corner in the area was covered with these.

Non-Election Signs

 

 

This one is on the hydro pole at the end of our driveway.

In Ottawa all signs are in both official languages.  Sometimes that makes for a lot of sign.  This one is on the hydro pole at the end of our driveway.

Signs outside the de facto dog park.  I was surprised to see these.  They are certainly routinely ignored!

Signs outside the de facto dog park. I was surprised to see these. They are certainly routinely ignored!

Signs in the window of the bike recycling place.

Signs in the window of the bike recycling place.

September Photo Challenge : up

After taking many photos in the summer, I took a bit of a hiatus in September. I did take the camera out on a few walks and was able to take some photos with the theme in mind.

We went on a walk and found these ladders to nowhere.  A sign said they were a memorial for volunteers who had died.

We went on a walk and found these ladders to the sky. A sign said they were a memorial for volunteers who had died.  Sadly, I decided not to bring my camera on this walk, and so only had the ipod for a camera. 

I love using high aperture numbers to get this sun burst effect.

I love using high aperture numbers to get this sun burst effect.

Looking up into the trees.

Looking up into the trees.  I had fun playing with where the focus was on these.

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