Saturday, December 31, 2016

Dusk Descends Once More Upon The Old Year

It is New Year's Eve, and as I did last year, I like the idea of ending the year with sunsets.

I took this shot near sunset on either the longest day of the year in June, or the day before. It is the familiar view of the Rideau Canal from the Bank Street Bridge.

The sun had gone down one day late in August, but there was still a bit of light, and I passed by the dark shape of Southminster United Church on my way onto the Bank Street Bridge.  There I caught the last light in the west.

And this was from another August twilight.

This was taken south of the above location, in mid-October, walking across Billings Bridge where Bank Street crosses the Rideau River.

While this was taken at the same location in early November, on the last day of daylight savings time.

By contrast, the following day had an earlier sunset- I stopped at Plaza Bridge in the dying light of the day for this shot looking north over the Canal and the Ottawa River to Gatineau.

Then I went over to Major's Hill Park and photographed the last light of day over the river and Parliament Hill. There's even a planet in the dusk sky to the right of the Library of Parliament- I believe it was Venus.

And these are my final shots of the year, taken earlier this month on a bridge in the South Keys area, looking east and west. The moon is up in the eastern sky in the first shot. I photographed the same western view over these rail tracks a couple of years ago.


  1. Beautiful series, William! #5 and #6 are my favourites!

  2. Delicious and even awesome shots!
    Have a very happy year !


  3. Imagens deslumbrantes
    O ano está se despedindo e levando com ele um pedaço da história de cada um de nós. Em suas páginas deixamos registrados os bons momentos que vivemos, outros nem tanto. Hoje venho agradecer a sua doce companhia e reiterar meu desejo de caminharmos juntos no próximo ano.
    Que o ano de 2017 seja um manancial de vitórias e conquistas
    Desejo que tudo o que há de melhor esteja reservado para você

  4. What a nice idea to end the year with a collection of sunsets. Lovely photos. Happy New Year, William!

  5. Lovely pictures of the sunsets, a Happy New Year to you.

  6. Lovely sunsets to end the year 2016. Happy new year to you, William!

  7. A perfect way to end a year that simply flew by.

  8. enjoy the train track view, nice!! love the glow on the water too. ( :

  9. @Linda: thanks!

    @Tomas: thank you.

    @Gracita: may you have a wonderful new year.

    @Marleen: I think it is a fitting way to end a year.

    @Marianne: thank you!

    @Nancy: thanks!

    @Sharon: it was quite an eventful year.

    @Beth: thanks! I did too.

  10. Schöne Bilder von den Sonnenuntergängen wünsche ein frohes neues Jahr 2017.


  11. This is a good way to end the year, William. Thanks for continuing and sharing your "traditional" posting. We wish you all the best in the coming New Year🎉
    Thanks also for your visits and comments on our posts this past year. They were much appreciated.

  12. Marvelous review of the year's wonderful Ottawa skies! Wishing you all the best my friend!

  13. Nice touch to end the year. Happy new year to you.

  14. Very well done, William. In some ways I'm glad to see this year end, but maybe 2017 will be better. Best wishes to you for a wonderful, happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

  15. It's a wonderful idea to celebrate the end of the year with a collection of sunsets. I like the moody shots by the river.

  16. @Noke: thank you.

    @Beatrice: you're quite welcome.

    @Cloudia: there's something about sunrises or sunsets that so often speaks to us!

    @Red: thank you!

    @Lowell: I will be glad when this year is done.

    @Jan: so did I. Always good to have a camera with you.

  17. Gosh, I remember many of these. I was going to list all the ones I love # 1 and 3 and. . . but I kept listing them all.
    What a lovely way to end the year. Japanese Son used to do this and I miss his posts very much.
    Twilight is my favorite time of the day.

    Happy Happy New Year to you William.
    cheers, gayle


  19. Love those shots. Happy New Year, William!

  20. Nice selection to end the year. I too went with a sunset, great minds huh? Happy New Year, William.

  21. Nice shots, William. Happy New Year!!!!!!

  22. That last picture is a classic, William. Happy New Year!

  23. @Parsnip I particularly enjoy photographing from that point over the canal.

    @Gunn: thank you!

    @Mike: thanks!

    @William: it's a very good way to end the year. Yours was outstanding!

    @Inna: thank you!

    @Catalyst: thanks!

  24. Such beautiful photos of sunset! I really love the dark blue sky from August.
    Happy new year, William!

  25. Sunsets do seem appropriate for the end of a year--especially this one!

    Happy New Year!

  26. I think that October sunset is my favorite.
    All the best to you in the new year, William!

  27. The sapphire blue of those first few dusk photos is spectacular. Happy New Year, William.


  28. Fine twilight shots! Best wishes for 2017!

  29. @RedPat: with the work going on around that part of the property, that is the best view I can get of the Library.

    @Tamago: thank you!

    @Norma: indeed.

    @Revrunner: thanks!

    @Kay: thank you.

    @Janis: there is such variety in sunsets.

    @Linda: thank you.

  30. Great sunset shots. It gives a feeling of something different in the air.

  31. Wonderful way to see the old year out William, mostly calm skies.. let's take that as a good omen ☺

  32. Great idea, the sunset & sunrises for first and last!