Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Rideau Canal Before And After

I am doing comparison shots today. These first four shots were all taken on the same day in early April. I was on the Bronson Avenue Bridge over the Rideau Canal shortly after sunrise. First I photographed to the east, where a good deal of the ice was gone, and then crossed over to the west side of the bridge to take in a view of the weak ice still covering Dow's Lake.


Later in the day I stopped further east, on the Bank Street Bridge, photographing first to the east, and then to the west. From the state of the ice, you would have not wanted to walk on it.


Here are the views from a week ago. I looked first to the east from Bronson Avenue, and then to the west over the lake.


Later in the day I came to the Bank Street Bridge and photographed to the east and west. The water had not yet been raised to summer levels when I took these shots, but yesterday I noticed they were higher.

36 comments:

  1. Great companion shots, William. I remember once when a huge flood hit the Minneapolis-St. Paul area of Minnesota and some photographer had thought to get shots from when the snow was on the land and then showed shots from the exact same area when it had all melted and the flood was in full rage. Amazing videos and great forethought.

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  2. Lovely expanse in your photos, William!

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  3. My goodness - the difference a few weeks makes!

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  4. Wow - that's really interesting; almost like a 'then and now' historical comparison. I suppose it is, really!

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  5. A great difference in the photos. Great photos for both snow covered or without the snow. Have a wonderful day!

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  6. Nice before and after shots. I love doing them. By the way, if your ancestors are from the Netherlands, I think you would really enjoy visiting the country. You can use the excuse of wanting to investigate your roots.

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  7. Looks like their doing some canal maintenance. Good to see.

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  8. Love the many faces of the canal!

    Janis
    GDP

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  9. Good to see the ice is finally melting away.

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  10. It's fascinating to see how the same scene can change, sometimes even throughout the same day 😊

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  11. ...nice to see the ice melted.

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  12. A nice sun reflection in the first photo!

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  13. Enjoyed the comparisons and the sunrise.

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  14. @Catalyst: I like doing comparisons along the Canal this time of year.

    @Linda: thanks!

    @Debs: indeed!

    @Mike: it is!

    @Nancy: thank you.

    @Stuart: I must see it someday.

    @Revrunner: yes, upkeep must be done, and that section was slated for it this winter.

    @Janis: I do too.

    @Marianne: it was a long winter.

    @Grace: even a few hours can make a difference.

    @Tom: and yet it is cold today.

    @Marleen: I thought so!

    @Deb: it is!

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  15. You are the poet of the canal

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  16. The seasonal changes make the canal an interesting place to photograph.

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  17. love the sun boken ... nice!! ( ;

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  18. The clear waters are so refreshing to see!

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  19. Beautiful photos of beautiful places. I was always fearful of ice in the spring ... there's nothing quite as scary as finding yourself in mushy ice in the middle of a lake!

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  20. @Denise: thank you!

    @Cloudia: thanks!

    @Red: they really do.

    @Beth: it was a good effect.

    @Sharon: it finally has, though it does feel quite cool today. I'm cursing myself for not wearing a pullover under my leather jacket.

    @Magwyn: they are. It's different now that the waters are back up to their seasonal capacity.

    @Lowell: I tend to be wary of ice, especially on rivers. At least with the canal, you know it's controlled, so it's safe. But once they announce it's closed, it's best to keep right off.

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  21. Great comparison shots! Love the 1st photo with sun coming through.

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  22. A very nice set of comparison images...so fun to see the changes.

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  23. Interesting comparison shots.

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  24. Doesn't take long for the scene to change.

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  25. Interesting to see how the ice varies though it certainly looks as if it's on its way out.

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  26. Amazing how fast it can change.

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  27. It'll be so nice to see the canal filled!

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  28. @Tamago: thanks!

    @Lauren: it is!

    @Lois: it doesn't, no.

    @Kay: in early April, that ice would have been treacherous to step on.

    @Mari: it takes just a bit of time.

    @Jennifer: it is now!

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  29. Cool comparison of two seasons. I like frozen canal.

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  30. The canal looks very different in different seasons. All are nice.

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  31. Very good comparison shots ...

    All the best Jan

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  32. A few weeks make a big difference.

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