Friday, May 9, 2014

Did Someone Ask About Spring?

For those who have been wondering about the Tulip Festival, I took my first shots a couple of days ago. The  tulips here are late this year, but I'll be busy taking shots as more bloom throughout the month. For a few posts, I'll be buying myself time with some other shots.

This is another one of those before and after examples. Here on the Bank Street Bridge above the Rideau Canal, I took this first shot in early April. The ice was just starting to get fissures breaking it up.


A few days later, the difference was quite dramatic.


On Easter Monday, I went down to the end of the Canal, to the Ottawa Locks. The Bytown Museum can be found down here; it was the original commissariat, or storehouse, for Colonel By during the building of the Canal. Today it's a local history museum.


From the north side, you can get a glimpse of the Chateau Laurier beyond it. I'll take you inside sometime.


Down where the Canal meets the Ottawa River, the river level was high. Here is where tour boats usually load passengers. The walking ramp was flooded.


A stroll along the bike path away from that point takes in this view of the River, with the Alexandria Bridge and Nepean Point looming above. I'll have more from the shore of the River tomorrow.




39 comments:

  1. Looks like a nice area! Looking forward to seeing the tulips! :)

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  2. Great tour, William! Thanks for sharing, and I look forward to seeing more!

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  3. The museum looks like a very interesting building, as does the chateaux beyond. Enjoyed looking at the river with its disappearing ice. All great photos!

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  4. Can't wait to see the tulips! It's unbelievable how long the winter in Ontario has been this year. And I'm sure you'll be jumping from winter straight into a hot, sticky summer!

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  5. Your before and after shots really show the unfolding of spring.

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  6. Wonderful photos again, William, I specially like the first two shots of the melting ice.
    Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend.

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  7. This area must be pretty used to the floods by now.

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  8. Nice little commissariat, I love the pic with ch√Ęteau Laurier in the background!

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  9. I'm looking forward to seeing the tulips, William. Ottawa is spectacular this time of year!

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  10. The two building are quite similar and very interesting. I will be glad to see the interior of the museum...

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  11. Meradeth: I am looking forward to seeing them in bloom.

    Linda: you're welcome.

    Denise: thank you.

    Halcyon: I am not looking forward to humidity.

    Violetsky: that is what I was going for!

    Jan: thank you!

    Revrunner: while the canal levels can be controlled the river it is linked to cannot. We did get some flooding here. I have pics coming up in a couple of days.

    Ciel: thank you!

    EG: I have been impatient for tulips!

    VP: I like the wau the chateau and the museum fit together though they were built nearly a century apart.

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  12. Great to see the cold has left and spring is on its way

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  13. I guess ice breaking might be the first sign of spring out there, right? :-)

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  14. I love once the colour ramps up...everything looks gaudy and spectacular!
    Jane x

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  15. soft browns and grays of late winter/early spring. i like that building.

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  16. Boy, these bring back memories...the winters of the Minnesota of my youth are uniformly gray. I'll look forward to the lush green of spring!

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  17. Tulips! Tulips! Tulips! We want tulips!

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  18. @Tanya: so do I!

    @Luis: thanks!

    @Mo: spring's really sprung, so to speak.

    @Jose: it often is, yes, even before the real chill leaves the air.

    @Jane and Chris: the green is welcome. Though I still expect an early winter.

    @Tex: I've liked the look of the building since I first saw it. Plus it's haunted.

    @Lowell: a good long winter is a pleasant thing.

    @Norma: they are on their way!

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  19. It is interesting to see how quickly the scene changes. Now for the tulips!

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  20. I know you love winter William, but it must be so nice to feel the warmth and see plants springing to life again.

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  21. Lovely photos ! Love your header photo to ! We have gone from a chilly spring right into summer temps here , temps have been hitting 23*C and sunny ! Thanks for sharing . Have a good weekend !

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  22. I really want to see the inside of that museum. Lanny and I would visit different places so we could visit their museums.

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  23. Looks a bit chilly for tulips and people too. In fact, I didn't see any people in those shots, did I? Do you drive a gold Volvo?

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  24. Looks like a neat museum. I like old buildings.

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  25. Tulips are my favourite flowers, and I like all colours! Look forward to your photo's of the festival :)

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  26. I do love tulips! Can't wait for the pix!

    Looks like you've had lots of rain up there, too!

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  27. There must be a lot of stories in that local history museum.

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  28. Not much green yet. Looking forward to the tulips.

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  29. @Judy: I hope to be taking more shots in the morning.

    @Grace: it is nice to see tulips coming up.

    @Country Gal: sounds like the same kind of weather here.

    @Mari: I can never get tired of museums.

    @Eve: I would never buy a Volvo! Give me a Jeep!

    @Linda: this one dates back to the 1820s.

    @Marleen: I'll be busy taking lots of pics!

    @Cheryl: we've had a lot of it, but some of the flooding also had to do with snowmelt.

    @Haddock: a tremendous amount, yes.

    @RedPat: so am I!

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  30. we had a tulip festival in a big city near us & they had to call if off because of the crazy weather - the silly deer ate all their tulips?? wouldn't think they would put a fence?? strange. ( :

    look so cold. hope ya warm up soon.

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  31. I see you're getting spring in fits & starts. Tulips will be a sure sign (ours are mostly gone now at this latitude) - I look forward to seeing yours. Surprisingly, we had a big downpour & thunder today...and a bit later, when we drove into town, there were little drifts of snow along the side of the road. Snow's rare here...rarer still in May.

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  32. You must have been disappointed to see the ice cracking up.

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  33. Nice to see photos of your breakup. I'm never sorry to put the mess behind! No tulips to look forward to here though as they won't overwinter .

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  34. @Beth: Bad deer!

    @Kay: I got some more shots in this morning, but they're slowly coming along.

    @Hamilton: oh yes I was.

    @Whisk: yes, it's back!

    @Elaine: here they manage quite nicely.

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  35. Oh I would love to see the tulip festival!

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