Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Bleak Sky

Another shot taken between Christmas and New Years when we had a warm up, this was on a bleak day, on the east side of the Bank Street Bridge looking over the Canal. The ice was off limits that day, definitely vulnerable for anyone foolish enough to try stepping on it. 


30 comments:

  1. That ice does look like a thin, fragile sheet. Moody skies add to the quiet of the scene.

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  2. Nice shot nice scene. I have only been to Ottawa once many years ago. I need to return but I'll wait for warmer weather.

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  3. Made me think of these lines I like so much:

    In the bleak mid-winter
    Frosty wind made moan,
    Earth stood hard as iron,
    Water like a stone. :-)

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  4. Unusual to see this river without skaters, but yes, thin ice is very dangerous.

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  5. The channel was tired of so many people and ...
    has thawed, (kidding).

    Tomás.

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  6. Glad to see that nobody is trying to stand on it.

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  7. You may have been having a warm-up, but it looks pretty damn cold to me. Got some snow in our part of the UK, but nothing as serious as the stuff you get!

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  8. sure hope folks are smart about when to skate and when not to!

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  9. There always seems to be that one person who likes to take chances. But not me.

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  10. Bleak day is a perfect description. It is looking rather cloudy and dark.

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  11. It may be bleak, but the photo is still pretty.

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  12. @Whisk: definitely.

    @Cloudia: that's a good term for it.

    @Gemma: I've gotten quite used to seeing the quality of the ice over the years.

    @Andy: think along the lines of the Tulip Festival.

    @Revrunner: quite appropriate.

    @Karl: in some places the water at this time of year is shallow, in others, it's quite deep.

    @Tomas: hah!

    @Marleen: some would be foolish.

    @Mike: we do get a lot of it.

    @Tex: some just aren't.

    @Judy: unfortunately that's true.

    @Sharon: I did like the effect.

    @Lois: thank you!

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  13. A spectacular picture of a quite dangerous place...

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  14. Days like this are conducive to hibernating!

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  15. I don't remember the canal being that wide. You did catch the dark gloomy mood and it's emphasized with no people around.

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  16. I'm sure that over the years more than a few silly people have gone through the ice there...but I'm sure it's very tempting!

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  17. It's bleak here today and everything is melting - it's +5˚C!

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  18. That's what our weather has been like for longer than I care to remember, with the notable exception of yesterday...

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  19. That's really a moody shot. I love it.

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  20. It really does look gray and depressing. You can tell the ice doesn't look ready, I think.

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  21. @VP: down along that stretch this time of year the water might be about three feet deep below the ice, so you'd get very wet legs, which could be a problem for hypothermia. Out on Dow's Lake if you went in, the water would be deeper.

    @Janis: and hot tea!

    @Red: it generally doesn't narrow down too much- perhaps the passage of time affects the memory.

    @EG: I have seen tracks on the Canal that were there before it was opened up, and that didn't seem to be work crew related.

    @RedPat: here we're still getting light snow off and on.

    @Ciel: we've had a couple of gray sky days.

    @Stuart: thanks!

    @Cheryl: it really wasn't.

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  22. That definitely reminded me of the bleak, cold, dreary days of an Iowa winter. I am so happy to be in my desert.

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  23. Definitely a slippery slopes day William but it makes for a great "grey day" capture.

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  24. It looks like a perfect day to stay home with a good book, a warm blanket, and a nice cup of tea or coffee.

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  25. always amazing to see bodies of water like that freeze! off limits indeed.

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  26. The ice doth look a bit sloppy and slushy and dangerous. The shot reminds me of the old Christmas hymn, "In The Bleak Midwinter."

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