Lens-Artists: Look Up

I am currently obsessed with the ever-changing landscape that is the sky.  Looking up has become a habit.  The featured image was taken from the car while traveling – so not the best, but still the cloud images look alive.

Taken from the front porch, this late afternoon, September sky is perfection:

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During a recent trip to Ottawa, we parked the car downhill from the Parliament Buildings and I managed to capture this image of the capital with the fall sky overhead:

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Inside the Parliament Buildings was spectacular, and the library was no exception.  Not the best photo because I was too overwhelmed by the overall beauty to focus on any one aspect:

Parliament library

(Submitted for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Look Up.)

Leaving Ottawa

stone artCanada’s capital city has lots to offer.  Before leaving we took the scenic drive along the Rideau, stopping in at the various parks and places of note to take pictures.  At the Remic Rapids, Muskoka chairs line the grassy banks, overlooking rock sculptures in the water.  Apparently, artist John Felice Ceprano has been creating these figures since 1986.

library clock, carvingsOf course, no trip to Ottawa would be complete without a visit to the Parliament buildings.  As one of our clan works for the liberals, she arranged to give us a private tour.  The buildings are currently under restoration, which was clearly visible, but the majesty of the place still shone.  Marble floors and archways, floor to ceiling portraits, stained-glass windows, and elaborate woodworking make the Parliament a place of art and history.

The plan after leaving Ottawa was to drive north to Algonquin Park and then back to Muskoka to visit with friends, but at our first pit stop my left leg decided to stop working.  I’d been having trouble with muscle spasms and weakness since we arrived, and now my body was giving out.  Ric made the call to return home.  I am grateful that he did.  Home is the best place to be for recuperation.

Besides, I have many photographs to sort through, and blog posts to make, which works well with my feet up, so all is good.