The first Sunday in Winterlude was overcast and snowing. I went down to the farmer's market in the Glebe, and decided to come back along the Canal when I reached it over at the Pretoria Bridge. This is a view from the north, taken from beneath the freeway bridge that neighbours it.
Here we have a view from on the bridge itself, looking south onto the skateway.
I then proceeded down towards the ice surface, first capturing a view of the bridge framed by trees. This bridge dates back to 1915, and is a vertical lift bridge- its central section can be raised to allow taller boats to pass beneath. It was extensively reconstructed in the 1970s to match its original look. The bridge takes its name from Pretoria Avenue, which passes over it- the origin of that name is in honour of veterans of the South African War of 1899-1902. A large sign can be found closer to the Canal explaining the story of the bridge.
There's a staircase here to descend down to ice level.
Here we have views again from the north side of the bridge. The second one, taken at a further distance, shows both the Pretoria Bridge and the 417 freeway bridge. From here I walked downtown on the ice surface. I'll show you more of this walk tomorrow.