Thursday, November 23, 2017


Since I'm pretty much fully set for a month at this blog, have a look at the Ottawa Daily Photo Facebook page where over the next few days I'm posting some shots about the run up to the Grey Cup, which is being played here on Sunday. I posted the first shots last evening. 

These first two autumn shots are taken at Dundonald Park in Centretown on the same October day.

A few days later in the park, I took this shot of the ground covered with leaves very close to where I took the second shot. Want to drive someone insane? Turn this shot into a two thousand piece jigsaw puzzle, and give it to them to complete. 

These were elsewhere in Centretown.

And here we have more views over the Rideau Canal at the Bank Street Bridge, first to the west, then to the east, with the water levels having had been lowered for the winter.

These two views were taken on another day, at different times of the day.

While here we are a few minutes walk to the south, looking east from another bridge over the Rideau River.

I found this back in October during our Thanksgiving and held it back for today for my American readers. Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. Some nice colours there though it can't belong before you have snow. How come they lower the water level

    1. Just found this photo on Flickr

  2. ...I know that I'll go back 4 seconds!

  3. Hello, pretty Autumn scenes. I like the views of the canal. That would be a hard puzzle. Enjoy your day!

  4. I love the funny joke at the end. cute!! ( ;

  5. @Bill: we have had our first snow on the weekend. It gets lowered over the winter as a preventative measure. If it froze over at maximum capacity, flooding would happen in spring when it melted.

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Tom: many would.

    @Eileen: that puzzle would be impossible!

    @Beth: I did too!

  6. Such beautiful colors! Autumn is my favorite time of the year!

  7. Beautiful colours and river.
    No signs of snow?

  8. Your photos of Rideau Canal are my favorites again today.
    Facebook and I don't like each other, so I'm sorry, but I can't visit you there ... ;-)

  9. You forget how colorful fall was.

  10. @Norma: it's a great time of year.

    @Cloudia: you're welcome.

    @Gunn: we've had snow, yes.

    @Jan: there are times I really dislike Facebook!

    @Red: it doesn't last long. Our peak time is often early October. This year it was later in October.

  11. I'm intrigued by the rich reds, the beautiful canals, the fact that the leaves turn and drop so fast.

  12. I do love all those wonderful red trees. Thanks for the Thanksgiving wishes!

  13. How do they lower the water levels William? Gorgeous autumn colours here again ✨

  14. Happy Thanksgiving, William, and thanks for the Thanksgiving joke. :-)

  15. @Lowell: fall colours this year took their time!

    @Sharon: you're welcome.

    @Grace: it's done gradually over a few days. The canal is linked to the river, and where there are canal sections, the gates are closed up, and the water levels in each lock slowly lowered. They actually raise the water levels a bit after this for skating conditions, by a foot or so. Most of the canal's length here in the city, at its lowest point, the water might be a couple of feet deep when the water is like this. The exception would be at Dow's Lake, so any fish in the Canal will tend to congregate there in deeper water over the winter.

    @Maywyn: thanks!

    @Revrunner: you're welcome.

  16. Those reflections in the canal are great!

  17. Beautiful colours, William! That's why Autumn is my favourite season :)

  18. I have heard that the hardest jigsaw puzzle ever is a 1000 piece one of a Jackson Pollock. Those leaves would be just as hard I think!

  19. Beautiful colours and reflections. I love that sign at the end, made me laugh.

  20. This is a very scenic area. Lovely reflections on the water. And a funny sign.

  21. Love the idea of that jigsaw. Beautiful colours.

  22. @Christine: thanks!

    @Marleen: it's a good season.

    @RedPat: the Pollock idea would not surprise me one bit.

    @Bill: that pub often has good sayings on their chalkboard sign.

    @Shammickite: thanks!

    @Fun60: that jigsaw would be a nightmare.

  23. Such gorgeous colors!
    Jigsaw puzzle of the ground covered with leaves would keep you entertained for hours...or drive you insane for sure :-)

  24. Some beautiful colours here William ...

    All the best Jan

  25. @Tamago: it would!

    @Nancy: thanks!

    @Klara: thank you.

    @Jan: I think so!