Sunday, January 29, 2017

Winter Is The Finest Season

Though I imagine some people might disagree. I don't exactly know why... I mean, what's wrong with winter?

I have some views of the best of all seasons today. This is Southminster United Church late in the afternoon.

This ravine can be found downtown near the War Museum and the Firefighters Memorial. Part of the Ottawa River is diverted upstream through here, rejoining the main body of the river further down. The frozen water below has a white water course set through here for kayakers in warmer weather.

This is a store window that some of you might remember. Boogie & Birdie sells eclectic curiosities, and the store staff tend to decorate the front window with some of the stuffed animals they keep inside. At present, the critters are wearing scarves and hats.

Here we have the Rideau River at Billings Bridge, on two separate days. The water below the bridge tends to stay open through the winter, so it's a haven for those ducks who choose to stay; they also get fed by some of the locals.

This was on the second day. Someone had brought bird food down to the ice, and the ducks were taking to it with much chatter. There's actually a Canada goose among them. I guess he or she decided to stay here over the winter, which is a rare thing.


  1. William, what a fun post and I absolutely love all your photos! And yes indeed, I totally agree with you! Winter is indeed the finest season...and my favourite! :)

  2. The lighting round the church in the first photo is magical and what a host of feathered characters. They seem delighted with the extra food.

  3. I like winter too, but then it must be a real winter with snow and ice as yours. Here it is always a bit of this and that and in a few days it is all over again. Too short to enjoy.

  4. I know you like winter, and I'm glad. I wish more Canadians liked winter then they would stay out of Florida! :) Been there, done that, don't want to do it anymore. It's chilly here this morning but I'm going to be brave and go play golf.

  5. I'm tired of winter by now but enjoyed your seasonal photos.

  6. I like the "little" church!. I actually like buildings and bridges made out of stone.
    Keep warm. Looks quite cold.

  7. look like some happy busy birds. i love the shot looking into the city. that was a nice capture!! ( ;

  8. I've always loved winter & snow. Nothing better than a huge blizzard and trekking through deep snow on a brilliant sunny day! Nice shots of the river and places around town. The critters in the window are cute with their winter woolies on. The shots looking down on the the ducks makes them look like scattered feathers. We have geese here all winter long now, and it's been like that for many years. They congregate around the lake in huge numbers.

  9. I fully agree with you, William, winter is great. I love the lower temperatures and above all I love the light during winter.
    Temperatures are constantly going up and down overhere this winter. After a colder period it's too warm for snow and ice at the moment.

  10. O inverno tem uma beleza especial. Beleza essa que só vejo em fotos como esta neve maravilhosa. Por aqui no meu país de clima tropical o inverno não é assim tão rigoroso
    Um abraço e bom domingo

  11. Oh my gosh, so many birds 😊 I'm also a big fan of winter William!

  12. There is something glorious about winter. Although, I don't think I could endure the intensity of a Canadian winter.


  13. @Linda: it is!

    @Gemma: they seem to do well through the season.

    @Marianne: we get consistent cold.

    @Lowell: lots of Canucks flee south.

    @Deb: thank you.

    @Gunn: that church is a good one.

    @Beth: thanks!

    @Wendy: it is a great season.

    @Jan: today we have light snow again.

    @Gracita: thanks!

    @Grace: there is a lot of them.

  14. You really express the greatness of the season!

  15. It's good that you live in the land of winter. I fear you wouldn't be happy in the desert like me.

  16. An eventful walk. I am waiting for snow...then I'll be extremely happy it is winter.

  17. Oh I do not like winter too much other then when it is white fluffy snow.
    One can walk without falling. Sidewalks in town are never done and parking lots. Cold brrr. Of course I am older.
    So we do not skate just complain. Ha-ha
    When your young like you or your fit. Winter has lots to do just dress warm. For us Canadians. Be prepared to shovel own driveways and all that we are expected to do. Of course now I and hubby live in the Apt. We are spoiled. Yet we do have to maintain removing snow around the car. My hubby did four cars today. He is fit still to do those. And every morning the salt truck and sand truck drops off the necessary helps early morning.

    I do enjoy your pictures of course and your explanations as such with pictures.

  18. @Janis: oh, I love it.

    @Cloudia: it's the best of all seasons.

    @Sharon: I love being out here this time of year.

    @Lauren: here we can expect snow from November through April.

    @Carolann: I do have to shovel the walk up to the steps, but that's easily done.

  19. Great winter scenes, William. Here winter appears to have ended for now, temperatures have risen and all snow is gone now.

  20. I see the Canada goose! I like winter if it is cold and clear. It is the gray and the rain that can be depressing.

  21. Excellent winter scenes, William. I love winter with the snow and freezing temps. It is wonderful to take a brisk walk in sub zero temps, gets your heart pumping.

  22. Enjoy winter to your heart's content...and enjoy it for me, too. I for one don't like the grey skies, short days, and lack of color.

  23. We so disagree about winter. Some great shots though.

  24. Great shot of the church. It is very pretty. At least we know that the soft toy critters are kept warm and they look so cute with their scarves and hats. The ducks make a lovely picture. Keep warm and have a great day!

  25. I truly enjoy winter, but I am also excited for spring.

  26. The winter is lovely if there is not over -10 °C cold (preferably only max. -5°C) and if the sun is shining. And hopefully not too much snow... heh.
    I like your photos.

  27. I find, wherever there is open water, there are ducks and geese. Manotick mill is great for that!

  28. That's a lot of ducks!

    The Canada geese who come here every winter were hanging out near the Metrolink station the other day. It seems to be their favorite spot.

  29. @Marleen: this winter's a cold snowy one thus far.

    @Revrunner: it is!

    @MB: thank you!

    @Bill: thanks!

    @Kay: colour will return.

    @Mari: thanks!

    @Nancy: it's quite a church.

    @Whisk: spring will come.

    @Orvokki: we've had deep colds this winter.

    @Jennifer: that is true.

    @Norma: they do get to know the good spots.