Friday, April 27, 2018

The Canal In Two Seasons

Today I have another set of winter to spring transitions, and am focusing on the Rideau Canal. We have views west and east taken late on a fairly gloomy day in early March. I took this from the Bank Street Bridge.

Here we have the same views on the first day of April. Open water had started to show itself at this part of the Canal.

And these were taken last weekend.

Further west along the Canal's course, walking alongside Dow's Lake on an early March day one or two days after my first shots, I decided I'd do the same from here. This looks across the lake to the wooded area of the Arboretum.

Here we have a view of it last Sunday morning. I came down to have a look at the tulip beds down here, and took this shot. There's a mix of ice and open water on the lake, but that's typical- this portion of the Rideau Canal always loses its ice last. The Arboretum looked clear of snow, at least at a distance, but odds are there was still some snow in shady spots.

And I finish with two views from the Corktown Bridge looking north to the final stretch of the Canal, with the Chateau Laurier in the distance. This first shot was taken in mid-March. There was no sign yet of the ice breaking up.

Here we have the view from the bridge this past Sunday. Aside from the shaded west side, the snow and ice were gone from this final stretch of the Canal.


  1. I love these comparative shots. It's like you move from one world to another even though it's the same world!

  2. Beautiful photos. The comparisons over the weeks are interesting and show how long it takes for the ice to break down and finally disappear:)

  3. Time of transition... beautiful shots, William !

  4. I'll take the sunny day with puffy clouds. Happy Friday, William.


  5. Love the photos over time, William.

  6. @Lowell: true!

    @Rosie: hopefully in a week the ice is gone from the lake too.

    @Francisco: thank you!

    @Karl: thanks!

    @Tom: they are indeed.

    @Janis: sunny days are more cheerful.

    @Marie: I did as well.

  7. Nice series, William. The river is becoming darker and darker, while the sky seems to become gradually lighter.

  8. What a difference a month can make.

  9. sometimes we think winter is so long, but your photos show that things change rather quickly.

  10. It seems Spring is finally on it's way on your side of the world and the snow is melting away.
    Have a nice weekend William.

  11. Oh Wow! I FELT that progression!

  12. Beautiful photos! Ones in spring with open water look so delightful after a cold winter!

  13. Comparing the seasons is a good idea. What a difference.

  14. I really like this idea for a series!

  15. I love your transitions series. This is such fun!

  16. Very nice----I cannot imagine all the ice---we get almost none here on the west side of our state but Eastern Washington is more-so and of course we have the high mountains but we don't have a frozen canal that we could skate on. I do love to ice skate

  17. Ha, my favourite place in your blog. I'd prefer it in winter, because of the ice skating :-) but your pictures at early spring are beautiful.

  18. They are very different out looking. In winter the canal looks more wide, because it is full of ice and snow.
    Very nice series, William.

  19. @Jan: thank you!

    @Rosemary: more and more sunlight each day helps.

    @Red: that's true.

    @Sami: it certainly feels warmer today than it did last week.

    @Cloudia: that's the idea!

    @Tamago: and it was a long winter.

    @Sharon: quite a dramatic difference.

    @RedPat: I enjoy doing it each year.

    @Jeanie: thanks!

    @MB: we get a good deal of ice.

    @Klara: thank you.

    @Orvokki: it's a big sized canal for its purposes.

  20. Great transitions in to Spring. Super photos, William.

  21. I do like these comparative shots, nice to see.
    Thank you.

    All the best Jan

  22. Love the transitional photography from winter to spring!

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

  23. Going...going...gone (mostly)...

  24. I'm glad we haven't had to wait quite so long for spring!

  25. I think the comparisons are wonderful posts!

  26. @Bill: thanks!

    @Jan: you're welcome.

    @Carol: thanks!

    @Beth: thanks!

    @Kay: mostly!

    @Norma: we tend to have to wait.

    @Jennifer: I'll have some of that coming up soon for this year.