Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Watery Wednesday - Centennial Flame



First lit on January 1, 1967 the Centennial Flame is situated at the entrance to the Parliament Buildings of Ottawa inside the Queens' Gate.  The flame is fed by a natural gas jet that sits under a metal dome depicting the Centennial year logo.  The flame, however is not an eternal one as it is routinely extinguished during bad weather or for cleaning and relit.   The fountains' water runs from beneath the coat of arms for each of the provinces and territories of Canada as they existed in 1966, into a moat surrounded by a wall that lists the year each province and territory joined the Canadian Confederation of Canada.

More water pictures can be found at Water Wednesday.

22 comments:

Luna Miranda said...

the first photo looks like jell-o or some kind of pudding.:p i'm probably just hungry!

this is a great symbol/monument.

JO said...

awesome shot! it wasn't lit up when we were in Ottawa years ago.. :-(

Thanks for visiting my blog!

J Bar said...

Very interesting.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Rinkly Rimes said...

What a great combination of fire and water!

Jaz said...

Beautiful picture, so colorful...

nuts said...

oh wow, im totally amazed how you capture those pictures above.. great!!

Ann said...

I wondered at first what could it be, but what a wonderful place it must be to visit and to see the coat of arms of all the provinces, it must be a sight to behold when it is lit up

Diane said...

I love this place. We always visit it when we go to Ottawa.

luna said...

Great shots!
And thanks for visiting my blog!
Happy WW!

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Isn't that an interesting fountain. I wasn't sure what it was at first. Valerie

Hootin' Anni said...

This is amazing....and the fact you added a bit of history for us visitors was a great addition.

Thanks for visiting today!!

hip chick said...

Great shot. Interesting piece of history. I have never been to Ottawa before.

Snap said...

Isn't that cool! Great shot! Love the color.

Pondside said...

We've visited the flame many times - and when we lived in Ottawa it was a destination with every guest.
Do you remember how you celebrated on July 1, 1067?

Marie said...

Wow!!! I'm sure it's beautiful when the flame is lit. Thanks for sharing and thanks for your visit today.
-marie

Luckaa said...

Very interesting capture!

Denise said...

What a very beautiful place and your photos showed it well. Thanks for stopping by.

Spiderdama said...

Beautiful! Never seen this before..
Have a nice evening:-)

Judy Sheldon-Walker said...

Fire and water are unique elements and to see them together is truly beautiful. Our new casino (Fire Keepers) uses those as their theme for a truly beautiful and one of a kind design.

Love your photos.

NatureFootstep said...

This was dífferent, I like it, Thanks for sharing. :)

eden said...

Great shots. I love both images. You take good pictures.

Have a nice day!

Ann said...

I like your quilts, and I see one in the header collage. Do you quilt?

I was in Windsor in 1975-77. Never made it to Ottawa .