Friday, March 20, 2015

West View

And across the street from yesterday's shots, here we have views west on the final day of skating the Canal.

I really like the dramatic skies in these two shots. I'm finishing this series from the bridge tomorrow.


  1. That is the most dramatic one yet, Wm

    ALOHA from Honolulu

  2. Huge big skating channel, fantastic. Previous pictures are also wonderful.
    The sky is often different in different directions. Here it heralds maybe the rain..

  3. Beautiful sky William.
    What a super winter fun thing to do.
    Is the Canal only open to skate to a certain date and then it is closed for spring ?

    cheers, parsnip

  4. Man I wish I were skating out there!

  5. Can I skate there, or I must have permission from the council? (just kidding).


  6. No thaw yet then, spring is here the flowers are coming out

  7. Did you get around to skating the canal this year?

  8. This is such a great place to skate!

  9. Wonderful shots of the last skaters and that dramatic sky

  10. Very nice view at the sky and the ice field.

  11. Absolutely lovely, so bright.

  12. Looks amazing William. Have you shown these views in summer when the water is running ?

  13. Sad to see it end, but at least spring is on the way!

  14. i do like the contrast in bright snow to murky skies. :)

  15. @Cloudia: thanks!

    @Orvokki: well, there's only been snow since I took these shots.

    @Parsnip: they base the decision on the thickness of the ice, the expected weather, and how much longer they can realistically keep the ice open. Had it not been for a couple days of warm ups last week that pretty much ended the season, they might well have kept it open through this week. Still, it was a good skating season.

    @Stuart: there is a lot of skating surface.

    @Tomas: no problem at all!

    @Bill: we're still covered with snow, and below freezing temperatures.

    @Halcyon: I never learned how to skate, but I have walked on the Canal numerous times this winter.

    @Luis: it certainly is.

    @Jan: I was pleased by how it turned out in the shots.

    @Marianne: thanks!

    @Gill: so did I.

    @Peter: thanks!

    @Grace: oh, yes, I've shot here before in summer and fall. I used an image from here for my banner when I started. I'll photograph from the bridge again as spring unfolds.

    @Lois: eventually, anyway!

    @Tex: with just the right amount of sunlight peeking through.

  16. That sky looks very threatening! Glad spring comes today! Yes yes yes!

  17. Such a great view! It must be so much fun to skate there instead of small link.
    I agree the sky looks very dramatic, and so beautiful!

  18. Lovely from every angle but too cold for me!

  19. These could make for a good Christmas card, William!

  20. Hmm, don't like the look of those grey skies.

  21. The dramatic skies are great. It was quite the winter! Happy Spring!!

  22. The end of another season but I guess it's time. The canal will hopefully start to thaw soon. Beautiful photos in both posts!

  23. I couldn't get any pics to come up so I had to go another route. Great shots but zooming in on the people by the steps---I think that would be a good shot too.
    Nice series.

  24. Great views, as always... It doesn't exactly look like spring!

  25. Where is the spring ?

  26. @Cheryl: spring seems far off here.

    @Sharon: I imagine the outdoor rinks around the parks here will also be closing up, if they're not already done so.

    @Whisk: thanks!

    @Tamago: there is plenty of room.

    @Eve: cold is a good thing though.

    @RedPat: they could, yes.

    @Revrunner: we sometimes get ominous skies, but nothing comes of it.

    @Jen: spring seems still elusive in these parts.

    @Pamela: I'll be keeping an eye on it. I'd like to photograph its progress in thawing out again.

    @MB: I had a problem like that for a couple of days on another blog.

    @Marleen: thanks!

    @VP: definitely not.

    @Ciel: it seems rather sturm und drang, doesn't it?

    @Anna: that's the question. I photographed at a park today and yesterday, but the scenes remain winterlike.

  27. I agree William the skies are superb..

  28. As long as the snow stays in the photographs, I'm okay with that.

  29. I'd love to skate that canal. If you're going to hang on to Winter that's the way to do it. What a view

  30. I love that sky in your photos, William!

  31. Oh, those winter skies! They can be so dramatic. These are great shots of them.

  32. The curve of the canal draws my eyes into the photos nicely. Looks rather lonely out there with only a fe skaters. Now we can "look forward to" the first muddy days of spring. :))

  33. reminds me of the Ice-Road Truckers on a smaller scale

  34. This looks familiar....I'm with Norma...

  35. @Geoff: I certainly think so.

    @Mari: snow is wonderful.

    @Randy: indeed!

    @Jane: it is!

    @Linda: thanks!

  36. @Kay: they can be.

    @EG: spring is coming again.

    @Norma: but winter is good!

    @Gerald: I can see that.

    @Shelly: winter rules!

    @Jennifer: I'm not!