Wednesday, March 21, 2018


It might technically be spring now, but you wouldn't know it looking at this blog. Today I have some winter scenes from February, starting with a snowy evening on Parliament Hill.

On another snowy day, I photographed the view of the Ottawa Locks, here where the Rideau Canal meets the Ottawa River, from a spot on Plaza Bridge.

This is Lisgar Collegiate, a high school in the downtown core, seen from the south end of the property. A highly regarded school, its origins date back to 1843, with the current location being its home from 1873 onwards. It is a regular part of the Doors Open program, and is reputed to be haunted. I have never photographed it before.

This is a view of the Arboretum from the surface of Dow's Lake, taken during Winterlude.

Near the Bank Street Bridge, a large pond area, linked to the Canal, can be found. It is raised and lowered along with the water levels of the Canal each spring and fall. An inukshuk has long stood here on a mound of earth in the pond, a mound only accessible when the water level is lowered. When the water is at its summer levels, only the top of the inukshuk is visible. The bridge lurks in the background of this shot.

This outdoor sculpture in a front yard in Nepean looks a bit cold.

I took these during Winterlude, while touring Jacques Cartier Park. The Ottawa shore can be seen on the far side of the frozen river. The Rideau Falls are over there, frozen over. Before the end of the month I'll be showing you those falls on another day.

Leaving the park that day, I paused on an overpass bridge to take in the view north into Gatineau. This is the traffic going onto and coming off the Macdonald Cartier Bridge, one of the major crossings between the two cities.

And I finish with two views looking west on the Rideau River, taken from Billings Bridge in February. The first was with mist and snow falling. After running errands at the nearby mall, I came back and took the second shot. There was probably less than an hour's difference in time between the two takes.


  1. Years ago, I lived in an area that looked much like these scenes in the winter. I cannot imagine such scenes today. I wouldn't know what to do and I no longer have the clothing necessary to survive such weather! :)

  2. I love the first shot and that poor statue in the snow. We are supposed to get a snow storm tonight.

  3. Maybe we will have winter the whole year ! We don't have snow but it's cold !

  4. ...and here I thought that we were cold and snowy, bring on spring!

  5. We got a dusting of snow here, too. I like what you said, "technically spring.... but"


  6. Ainda continuamos com as excelente fotografias com muita neve.
    Um abraço e boa Primavera.

    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
    O prazer dos livros

  7. You have still lots of snow there!

  8. Looks cold! Let's hope Spring will arrive soon.

  9. @Lowell: I love it. I'll be mourning when spring sets in.

    @Linda: we've had a few days of cold and clear weather. This morning seems more of the same.

    @Gattina: Old Man Winter isn't leaving, and Spring is too polite to kick him in the hindquarters.

    @Tom: winter is a good thing!

    @Janis: the first day of spring feels quite different from the first day that feels like spring.

    @Francisco: thank you!

    @Marianne: yes, there's still snow on the ground here, but I've noticed in recent days that slopes with a lot of southern exposure are losing their snow.

    @Marleen: it's been cold thus far!

  10. There is just something so serene and calming about all this snow. It slows the world down.

  11. I'm looking forward to your tulip pics, William! ;-)

  12. I hope you really love winter, because it looks like a long time till spring!

  13. Interesting comparison in the last two shots. Weather can change very quickly.

  14. Love your first photo but all that snow has me shivering! I’m more than ready for warmer weather!

  15. You had your share of snow, that's for sure.

  16. @Sandi: it does.

    @RedPat: I think it's time to switch out my header for a spring image. I'll have to ferret through my tulip shots from last year.

    @Jeanie: today it still feels like it's a long way off. Coats and toques all around.

    @Red: the contrast in those two shots really struck me.

    @Christine: oh, the spring can stay away a little longer.

    @Sharon: we had a decent winter in terms of snow.

    @Cloudia: oh my indeed!

  17. I hope it’s warmed up a lot, William.

  18. I enjoyed these winter scenes very much William, sweltering here today!

  19. I'm in the desert today (heading home). These photos remind me what I've tried to put in the rearview mirror.

  20. That outdoor sculpture in a front yard in Nepean looks like the small female sculpture we have in the garden. Luckely for our stone lady winter seems to be over here. As a matter of fact I'm glad winter is over too. I like winter, but some sunny spring days can be fun too.

  21. awesome mysterious great shots. i love a good snowy view. we have snow falling today. still snowing now ... i am wondering what will happen? so cool ... been waiting on some snow for a long time this year. ( ;

  22. Spring? Spring's not here man.
    That Lisgar Collegiate looks interesting! The photo makes it look spooky and abandoned.

  23. Hi again, William! The man behind the bar that you asked about is the world's most interesting man. He's a cut-out. But looks quite real, even inside the restaurant! :)

  24. @Marie: still under the freezing mark.

    @Grace: we have had clear skies most of the day and cool temperatures.

    @Kay: the snow is a wonderful thing to have.

    @Jan: I still expect more snow before we're done.

    @Beth: enjoy the snow while it lasts!

    @Karl: thanks!

    @Jenn: I'll have to try to get in there for Doors Open.

    @Lowell: I figured it had to be the World's Most Interesting Man!

  25. You are experiencing a long, cold and snowy winter. Hope it warms up soon!

  26. Very pretty scenes in the snow.

  27. Yep, that is definitely winter, not spring.

  28. As fotos retratando espaços com neve são belíssimas!!!
    E estas que nos mostra são de tirar o fôlego
    Um abraço

  29. Ye gods. Will it never warm up?

  30. Wonderful photos. I like the benh sculpture and new header of tulips. My mother's cousin used to live in Ottawa and as a child I loved her letters, I remember one year she told us about the tulips there:)

  31. Beautiful wintry photography!

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

  32. Snow is pretty. We still have some but also, lots of sun.

  33. I've never been too keen on snow, however, it does make for extra special photographs.
    Lovely to see the winter scenes.

    All the best Jan

  34. Have you had enough of snow, or do you care? I'm just happy with the sunshine!

  35. Looks incredible COLD.... so I guess you are still wearing woollen jumpers etc.

  36. Technically we have spring here too...

  37. @Bill: it won't yet!

    @Anonymous: thank you.

    @Mari: winter rules.

    @Gracita: thanks.

    @Catalyst: nope!

    @Rosie: thank you.

    @Carol: thanks!

    @Whisk: we've got a lot left.

    @Jan: thank you.

    @Jennifer: there is no such thing as too much winter.

    @Norma: that's a good thing.

    @Gunn: I do dress in layers.

    @Klara: it's now spring here.