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Welcome to Ottawa, Canada’s Capital!

Well folks, I’ve been in Ottawa for nearly two weeks. The move was a lot of work, but we are well settled into our new home, however I have been so busy getting us settled that I haven’t had a chance to do any street shooting.

Now that we are comfortably settled and are more used to our new daily routines, I’ll start moving around the city to share what I find. I can’t tell you how excited I am about exploring this new landscape.

As this is my inaugural Ottawa post, I thought I’d share an unusual and fascinating piece of art that is well known around these part. Guarding the plaza of the National Gallery of Canada is a 9.25m tall bronze spider named Maman, designed by renowned artist Louise Bourgeois.

It is an impressive piece of work that towers over you, and if you look between it’s legs on the right, you can see the 302ft Peace Tower peaking above the trees in the distance.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Extra, Extra

Extra, Extra! Read all about it, two-year-old artist prodigy takes nation by storm!

Well, not really, but the topic of this week’s photo challenge keeps making me think of newspaper boys peddling the daily news on the streets of big cities in the 1920s.

I finally had the chance to get out  and see a bit of my new city this past Saturday when we took a family trip to the National Gallery.

Ottawa is such a beautiful city, and it has tremendous cycling paths. On Saturday, my wife, two boys, and I cycled downtown to visit the National Gallery of Canada. The city has two major waterways running through it, the Ottawa River, and the Rideau Canal. Our cycling route took us on a beautifully scenic route along the Canal. I’ll be making many more trips along this route and will share what I see in future posts, but for my contribution to this week’s challenge, I thought I’d share this image from the day.

While taking in the visual beauty that hangs on the walls of the gallery, I caught my younger son in a brief moment of silence and stillness as he took in the beauty of a mountain landscape.

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