Saturday, December 2, 2017

A Passage Of Time On The River

The Portage Bridge crosses the Ottawa River west of Parliament Hill and the Supreme Court. It is the next bridge upstream from the Alexandra Bridge. I've featured it at a distance in shots from those spots looking west, and I've mentioned it in passing. Linking Ottawa and Gatineau, it is a busy bridge each day as civil servants travel from home to their workplaces on either side of the river. This first view, from late October, shows the bridge as it goes into Gatineau. The series of buildings you see in the background are collectively the Promenade du Portage, a government complex that is a maze inside.

Having had moved into the downtown core back in September, not far from here, I decided to do comparison shots from the bridge looking east towards the Hill over time. I took this shot in early September, from midway between the Gatineau shore on the left and Victoria Island on the right. Unlike on the Macdonald-Cartier Bridge downstream, there are no markings on the provincial boundary between Ontario and Quebec on this bridge.

This view was at the end of September.

This night shot was from mid-October, when I was coming home one evening from seeing the Miwate light show.

I took this view in late October.

I returned here the day after Remembrance Day for another view.

What a difference a few days makes- this was one week later. It had snowed the night before.

And this was last Sunday. The snow we'd had was mostly gone by then, but it was a cool day. That evening, the snow would return again.

Heading back, I decided to walk to the east point on Victoria Island, where an inukshuk stands along the river's edge.


  1. I like the comparison. Same place but different time!

  2. That last shot looks like a rock monster. I love it.

  3. These shots really show the steady change of season and the coming chill.

  4. Hello, pretty views of the bridge and river. Happy weekend!

  5. Interesting in the change in the sky.

  6. Very nice sequence, William.
    Enjoy your weekend!

  7. @Nancy: I'll have to do it again.

    @Whisk: I can see that.

    @Kay: they do.

    @Marianne: I thought so!

    @Tom: indeed!

    @Eileen: thanks!

    @Janey: I agree!

    @Jan: thank you.

  8. enjoy the rock statue. was that ice in those waters? i enjoy it at the night. so lovely. ( ;
    have a happy weekend.

  9. Inukshuk is a beautiful word. Thank you for the lesson. I didn't know what they are until today. Great photos

  10. Comparisons add a great deal of understanding to a location.

  11. @Cloudia: thanks!

    @Jennifer: it's a great spot!

    @Beth: not ice, foam from the faster waters upstream from here. But there is ice starting to form at the edges now.

    @Maywyn: they're very common in the far north as something the Inuit used as markers, but often seen in the southern parts of the country.

    @Red: they do indeed!

  12. The same point of view though very different moods in weather. Nice series, William.

  13. Wonderful shots from the bridge William, it's amazing how different the same view can look in the different seasons.

  14. What a great series of shots. You can see the changes in season and weather.

  15. It's a wonderful set of shots of the river and bridges. I like the last two the best. Well done, William.

  16. That is a nice series, William.

  17. @Marleen: thanks!

    @Grace: it can change quickly.

    @Sharon: you can indeed.

    @Lowell: thank you.

    @RedPat: thanks!

  18. So long as there is at least a little snow in Canada this time of year, all is well.

  19. A wonderful series William. I like the different river scenes, they're very pretty.

  20. Very lovely area and wonderful photos ~ very creative ~

    Happy Weekend to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  21. Great idea to see the view on different occasions.

  22. Fantastic shots. I loved the evening one.

  23. Beautiful series of photos in different times of the year! Just a few days can change the scenery a lot for sure. Lovely photo of inukshuk at the river!

  24. Such a beautiful series showing the comparisons ...
    Thought the inukshuk was a great picture to complete your post.

    All the best Jan

  25. Some of the harbor shots look like old Dutch paintings.

  26. @Norma: a rock monster? :)

    @Revrunner: snow rules!

    @Bill: thank you!

    @Carol: thanks!

    @Christine: it always changes.

    @Mari: thanks!

    @Tamago: time can make quite a difference.

    @Jan: I thought so too.

    @ODP: I can see that.

    @Klara: thanks!