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In the background is a view of the Rideau Canal and the Chateau Laurier.

En arrière-plan, on aperçoit le Canal Rideau et le Château Laurier.


* HFF too and a love-filled week-end! *

Went to the Rideau Canal yesterday. For my non Ottawa contacts, the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is turned into the longest skating rink in the world, measuring from 7.8km long. Thousands take part in skating all, or some portions of it. Two more in the comments, giving my non Ottawa contacts some context to the canal


48/365 Slowly, but surely moving along with 13% done!

Rideau Canal Locks, and not the kind boats go through, but the love type. Things you do for your 365. I took a similar shot on Sunday, but elected not to go with it as I liked the panning shot I got. So on my way to to the airport, I decided to go make a little detour to make this my shot of the day. Glad I did.




Le canal Rideau

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Le canal Rideau relie la ville d’Ottawa sur la rivière des Outaouais à la ville de Kingston sur le lac Ontario, via les rivières Rideau et Cataraqui qui firent donc l'objet de travaux hydrauliques. Le canal Rideau a été complété en 1832 et continue d’être en activité aujourd’hui. Il est le plus vieux système de canaux toujours en activité en Amérique du Nord.


Le 28 juin 2007, il a été consacré patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO. Wikipedia



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Rideau Canal

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


The Rideau Canal, also known as the Rideau Waterway, connects the city of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on the Ottawa River to the city of Kingston, Ontario on Lake Ontario. The canal was opened in 1832 as a precaution in case of war with the United States and is still in use today, with most of its original structures intact. The canal system uses sections of major rivers, including the Rideau and the Cataraqui, as well as some lakes. It is the oldest continuously operated canal system in North America, and in 2007, it was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wikipedia



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Explored #270 Oct. 14, 2008 - Thanks to all my Flickr friends and visitors.

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This photo was taken early this morning on my way to work and I just could not resists stopping every few hundred meter to capture the fall at its peak, mind you I was almost an hour late for work but what the heck... I just needed to skip my lunch hour.

... I offer you dread and fearful symmetry.


This is in response to a challenge to post a symmetrical photo. Rather than hunt a location for a new photo, I did some copying and flipping in Photoshop.


I posted the original a little while ago (see below).

This is another photo from the Narrows Lock on the Rideau Canal System, which I have written about more here. When I first arrived at the lock, I looked at the pier and thought I would get my chance to take the iconic pier jutting into the water photo. I know it's overdone, but I still want my turn.


However, fishers kept coming and not leaving. Eventually, I had to leave before they did. So I was "thwarted" but only "sort of" because the more I look at this, the more I like it as it is. It's not exactly what I was looking for, but you take what you can get, and sometimes it is better than what you had in mind.


Note: the guy in the red shirt at the far end caught a pretty good size pike before we left. He also caught but threw back a smaller fish earlier.

Each winter the historic Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is transformed into a 7.8-kilometre skating rink. The world-famous skateway winds it way through the heart of Ottawa, stretching from downtown to Dows Lake. The Rideau Canal skate season typically runs from January to late February.

Hope you are having a nice Sunday!

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Chaque hiver, l’historique canal Rideau, un site du patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO, devient une patinoire longue de 7,8 kilomètres. Cette patinoire de renommée mondiale sillonne le cœur d’Ottawa, du centre-ville jusqu’au lac Dows. En règle générale, la saison de patinage sur le canal Rideau dure de janvier à la fin février.


J'espère que vous passez un beau dimanche!

Zooming in on the main pod of berries from the last post) -- I debated about cropping out the twig on the left, but decided to keep it -- I also played a little with the colour balance and tones...


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The many benches along the 7.8 km long skating rink in Ottawa, Canada. They are great for tired skaters or a seat for changing into or out of your skate.



The Rideau (pronounce "Rido") Canal in the heart of the city of Ottawa, the Capital of Canada.


Le canal Rideau, au coeur de la ville d'Ottawa, la capitale du Canada.

Canada Day 2014

Ottawa, Ontario


Had a blast running around downtown Ottawa tonight shooting the Canada Day fireworks.


This is a shot from the NAC terrace showing the parliament buildings on the left, Chateau Laurier hotel and Rideau Canal on the right.


Happy Canada Day all!


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Under a well-known bridge built in the 1870s #RideauCanal #PlazaBridge #DufferinBridge — in Ottawa, Ontario

Rideau Canal, January 18, 2014


The canal was opened in 1832 as a precaution in case of war with the United States. It remains in use today primarily for pleasure boating, with most of its original structures intact, operated by Parks Canada. The locks on the system open for navigation in mid-May and close in mid-October. It is the oldest continuously operated canal system in North America, and in 2007 it was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Happy Bench Monday!

Have a fantastic week ahead.

I posted several versions of the sunset over Upper Rideau Lake a few months ago. This was processed as an HDR. I forget the particulars, but it was probably from three exposures.

This shows the once frozen Ottawa "Rideau Canal" which has been temporarily closed due to the warmer temps. & rain!! So no skaters to enjoy the ice till it gets much colder! I hope it will open in time for Winterlude where people come from all over the world to partake in the Winter activities, games, food (Beaver Tails), ice sculptures, shows etc.

No, not a true infrared photo. But courtesy of the Nik Collection and its' infinite combination of filters, I decided to have some fun and replicate the effect. Lunch time over Ottawa's Rideau Canal.

I was literally "up with the birds" this past weekend while at my sister's cottage on the Rideau Canal system - and caught this blue heron in flight quite by chance. As I was preparing to take a few shots of the early morning mist on the lake, this fellow flew into the frame quite unexpectedly!


Needless to say, I was thrilled that I got at least one decent shot of the event - usually I'm not so lucky when taken by surprise!


Updated to add: Many thanks to all for your kind and positive response to this photo - this was a happy accident indeed!

Paddling under the Laurier Avenue Bridge. On the Rideau Canal, in the heart of the City of Ottawa. One of the best urban paddles on the planet!

Another snowy night in Ottawa, I passed this scene on my walk along the frozen Rideau Canal.


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A third in a series of shots taken in the core. The midday light was not the best, so I improvised once again with the help of the Nik Collection to make this shot a little more interesting - at least from my perspective.


Parliament Hill in the background is said to have a Gothic Revival style that is replicated throught out the Hill, extending to the Château Laurier hotel, shown here to the right of Parliament.

Tip to Tip Trail along the Rideau Canal, Ottawa. Ontario


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The Plaza Bridge (Rideau St. Bridge) in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada is an automotive and pedestrian bridge that crosses the Rideau Canal just south of the Ottawa locks. The bridge is constructed of three masonry spans. The western span is over a roadway along the western bank of the Canal. The central span is over the Canal. The eastern span is over a former railway tunnel running along the east bank of the Canal. The arches are made of cement and appear to rest on abutments. This is a more processed and surreal HDR than I would normally do. Hope you like the effect. Please view large.


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this was on our walk to Byward Market this morning. We're heading out now to "do" Parliament Hill. Glorious higher latitude day!

February 04, 2015


"It's a strange world of language in which skating on thin ice can get you into hot water." - Franklin P. Jones




The temperature was much warmer than it has been the past couple days so today over lunch I ventured out of the insanity that had taken over the office and spent the hour walking around, getting covered in snow but enjoying being outside.


I stopped on the bridge to watch some of the skaters pass by and decided to snap a few shots and this one turned out the best.


Anyway, hope everyone has had a good day.


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View On BlackStanding by a pound outside the dog ban area. Cooper, on his own, (not posed) just sat and looked like he was thinking deeply. Probably about the dog ban.

Two photos manually blended: taken from the Narrows Lock on the Rideau Canal system.

Explored .. #290 on Sunday, May 10, 2009 - Thank you all for your input.

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Patterson creek bridge in Ottawa on a calm spring morning.

While walking in Ottawa at lunchtime... Down by the Rideau Canal locks, adjacent to le Château Laurier (on the left).

Lock master's house at Heartwell locks on Rideau Canal in Ottawa

No boat passing through the Bytown locks, great photo opportunity.

A long day out and finally back home @ 1:00am..... totally drained!


For those wondering about the macro flash "light chute" design, I was working on a easy D.I.Y. for any camera and will definitely have something in a day... or two.

(it's free.... nothing beats a good product for free)


All the best to all Flickr friends, and HBW to those celebrating.


BIG HELLO from Canada's capital city, Ottawa. ( yes, it's not Toronto)

added info, I actually live south of many U.S. states and am still in Canada.


A foggy, dreary day; out and snapping pics of the capitol.


The parliament buildings are just behind me to the left across the street. The building in the shot on the left is the famous Fairmont Château Laurier. In the centre is the Government Conference Centre.


This is shot with 645 PRO for the iPhone 5s. The shot is composed of 8 images.


Another older image, stitched / edited with Lightroom CC.

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Ottawa is such a beautiful city in any season, but it is especially beautiful during Autumn.


You can read more on this historic location Here

The amount of weeds in the water makes these marshy shores inaccessible to motor boats, but a playground for canoes and kayaks.

January 05, 2015


"While I relish our warm months, winter forms our character and brings out our best." - Tom Allen




With a harsh slap to the face, winter is back and with a vengeance; after weeks of fairly mild weather where only a light jacket was needed today hit the face like a brutal backhand.


It was the kind of day that has you wondering why on Earth you live in a place where the air hurts your face...


But then you stop a minute to crack the frozen tears from your eyelashes and look around and realise just how pretty a winter wonderland can be, even if it does feel like your fingers may fall off as you fire the camera.


Anyway, hope everyone has had a good day.


2 more wintery photos can be found in the first comment.


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