Whither August

August is one of those funny months.

It’s still most definitely summer, but the relentless heat and humidity of July starts to lose its edge. The A/C can take a rest, and sleeping with the windows open is a more-often-than-not proposition.

It’s still most definitely summer, but the laziness and the laissez-faire of those heady July days is now well in the past. A “new year” looms: back-to-school, back-to-work, back-to-reality.

Time to get serious. Time to eat as many meals outside before Mother Nature makes dining al fresco decidedly unpleasant.

I didn’t shoot much in August… got too busy with work, the Big C kept me closer to home than I liked and sapped some (most? all?) of my mojo. But I did shoot some. To paraphrase the great Jonas Rask, this is random at best.

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A natural capital

As soon as you leave the ceremonial areas of Ottawa (think: Parliament Hill, the Supreme Court etc.) and get away from the other obvious touristy areas (ByWard Market, The Canadian Museum of *.*, etc.) it’s VERY easy to forget you’re in the national capital of a G7 country.

Ottawa is easily one of the most modest capital cities you’ll ever come across, and it’s one that’s very much in touch with nature and outdoor living. We are the second-coldest capital city in the world, which means when summer comes, we enjoy it. We do everything we can to extract the most out of summer, and depending where you look, it can be easy to forget you’re smack in the center of a city!

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Pining for spring

This is the time of year where if you’re looking for natural colour, you either have to look to the sky (on a rare non-overcast day) or to a coniferous tree like a pine, spruce or cedar. Otherwise, you have to satisfy yourself with a symphony of browns and grays and if you’re lucky a nice, bright birch or three shining away in the sunlight.

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