We had a long and warm fall season and we all made the most of it, hanging out outside. Then we switched to winter time, and now the sunset is early and the nights are cold.
After our trip to France last summer, it was hard for me to get used to the quietness of Ottawa. Except for the downtown core and the Byward Market at the height of the tourist season, most streets are deserted here. People drive, they don’t walk around. Stubbornly, I walk everywhere as if I was still in Europe. But I’m not. Most of the time, I only see squirrels, rabbits and the occasional cat in the street. The other day, I chatted with the mailman, a new guy who told me he felt lonely on his route because he never got to see anyone. I understand the feeling. I appreciate nature and empty spaces but I like crowded streets better. And we aren’t even in far-away suburbia, our neighborhood is actually lively by Canadian standards!
So whenever I need to see people, I just head downtown. And some days, I have my camera with me.
Here are a few candid shots of People of Ottawa.
You can see the complete set of People of Ottawa on Flickr.