If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time you’ll know two important things about me – I love to cycle just about everywhere, and I love taking pictures.
After having had a chance to cycle around Ottawa for the past few weeks, I thought I’d take a moment to compare and contrast my two very different cycling lives in Toronto and Ottawa. For the remainder of the post, words will be kept to a minimum, but I’d love to know what your ideal cycling (or walking) vistas might look like.
Now, for the visual comparison…
And finally, Ottawa…
I suppose I should also let you know that all photos were taken while cycling on designated cycling “paths”.
I would love to cycle or walk in the place like Ottawa.
You should do it sometime, It’s beautiful 🙂
It’s been a long time since I’ve been bicycling, but looking at those countersunk streetcar tracks gave me the heebie-jeebies!
I took great care crossing those tracks each day. I’ve seen far too many people bail as a result of streetcar tracks.
Your 5th photo of the Bike and Babe cracked me up.
Loved all your photos as usual.
Ha, Ya I thought it was pretty funny when I pulled up behind the guy on the bike. He was more of a Harley looking guy.
Fun post! I love the comparisons. Especially when I am sure it is so much more enjoyable to bike with your boys now. I am sure you know my answer to your question. My ideal vista…the Sierra’s, on the Pacific Crest Trail.
That would be amazing Carrie, I’m jealous of you and everyone who lives on the west coast.
Well, it isn’t like I get to take in that view every day. Although I did for 20 days straight a few years ago (pre-kids) and I don’t think I will ever for get it
Ottawa looks like a place I would love to cycle and/or walk. Love all the green and water! Here in Arizona, over 113 days without rain, all is brown and dry.
As a fan of golf, I’m always amazed at how green the golf courses are in Arizona, and then everything immediately turns brown right off the fairways. I guess they water only what’s necessary.
The green golf courses keep the tourists happy. But with a water shortage inevitable, we’ll see how long they stay green.
I hear ya.
You are comparing apple with apple 😉
I forgot one word, should have written “You are NOT comparing apple wit happle ;-)”
Haha, that’s right. I’m comparing apples with gold 🙂
Okay, city versus park? Seems there’s no comparison between the two! And given the education you just provided me about Dutch angles and that you’re not usually a fan (see my long reply to your comment), I smiled at your use of the technique in the first two Toronto photos 🙂 Umm, further stacking of the deck against Toronto cycling in favor of Ottawa cycling, or perhaps the angle was merely a result of you looking to the left and right on those two shots versus straight on in the others? Which brings up the question, how DID you take these photos while cycling??? Seems a bit like texting and driving 😉 Great photos all, by the way!
Haha, touche! It seems that when taking photos on a bike while not looking through the viewfinder, one is predisposed to taking Dutch Angles 🙂
For the Ottawa shots though, I stopped to compose them. I guess that’s one of the luxuries of being able to cycle on paths that are next to the roads, instead of on paths that are just part of the roads.
For cycling, take Ottawa. For street photography, I’ll take Toronto.
I am sure both have there pros and cons, I just love to see the photo’s of both
You’re right Mike, they sure do and I enjoy both cities immensely. Hope you had a great weekend.
Don’t you just love all the waterways in Ottawa? Heh. What a great contrast. All the shots were great, Shane.