Most people know about Ottawa the Capital of Canada. It is not the largest city in the country, but in my opinion is the nicest. My husband and lived there for six years, so I got a gazillion photos of it.
* Click on them for a larger view!
The image above for instance, is a collage intended to say the word OTTAWA. I made it with elements I photographed at the Parliament building. This is without doubt the most significant building in the city. For those who don’t know, Canada is part of the Commonwealth system, so the parliament is similar to what you find in London, UK.
This is a view of the Parliament hill in Ottawa from across the Ottawa river.
And this is the view of it in the winter – no boats crossing 🙂
But in the summer, there is even a bus taking tourists on a cruise on Ottawa river! – Yes you read correctly. I’m talking about an amphibian bus called “Lady Dive” and it starts in Gatineau, Quebec, crosses the river and and makes the tour of the capital. Oh, Quebec-ers love boating!
No, you don’t have to rely on the bus to go from Quebec to Ontario 🙂 There are several bridges crossing this river. I think that the busiest one is the Alexandra bridge. I took this picture from the Ottawa’s Parliament Hill, at night with long exposure for a more artistic look.
Talking about “artistic” here is a picture of Wellington street. It follows the river and goes right by the parliament and other historic buildings. I made it as a digital painting. I hope you like it, because I have some more done this way 🙂
Here is the map of it:
Going from East to West, you first see the Fairmont Hotel also called Chateau Laurier. It was built in 1912 the year of the Titanic.
In 2012 the hotel and the old train station across the street celebrated a century of existence. You have seen them both on my Monochrome photography post.The famous Rideau Canal goes right by them discharging it’s waters into Ottawa river.
Here you can see some of the locks, which facilitate the navigation of the vessels on it.
There is a lot of activity here in the summer during the touristic season. You can see the side of the Chateau Laurier on the right. * I made this photo as a digital painting too.
But let’s follow the street, because we have a green light! Next is where you will see most of the medieval-like government buildings. * You may recognize the clock on the Parliament tower I used on the top image 🙂
And here we go with the Parliament building in all it’s splendor 🙂
Of course I took a lot of photos on this place, outside and inside, but I think that these two are quite interesting. It was on Canada Day (1st of July).
But what I liked most to photograph were the reflections of these antique architecture into the new glass and steel modern buildings across the street.
This is a tour-bus going by, which it makes an additional reflection on the move 🙂
There are a lot of interesting things to see and do in Ottawa. For now however, I will end the story with the Art Museum with it’s modern building and the spider sculpture. I wrote about Maman the Giant Spider on my GiftSmart site.
Oh, I would still like to add some pictures made into mixed media digital painting I took in the area of the well known Byward Market in Ottawa.
I’m sure I’ll have the opportunity to tell you more about Ottawa the Capital of Canada in further coming posts. I hope you liked what you have seen so far 🙂