Sunday, April 29, 2018

The River From The Heights

Early in the month I posted about a walk I made down along the Rideau Canal's Ottawa Locks on the last Sunday in March. From there I headed through Major's Hill Park to come up to Nepean Point, a fine outlook behind the National Gallery of Canada, topped with a statue of Samuel de Champlain. I took some shots, intending to come back for comparative shots after a few weeks.

Here we start with a view east of the Ottawa River as it passes beneath the Macdonald-Cartier Bridge. Open water and ice characterized how the river was at that point.

This view north takes in the Alexandra Bridge and the Museum of History, with the heart of Gatineau beyond it. The Gatineau Hills rise in the background.

Looking west shows the river's mix of ice and open water between the two cities.

Another shift in view takes in Parliament Hill, backlit in sunlight.

And still another shift in view looks towards the Gallery, Major's Hill Park, and the distant Chateau Laurier, looming over the Canal. The ampitheatre here on Nepean Point is soon to be reconfigured.

These are more recent shots, taken on the same afternoon as yesterday's latter posts, offering similar perspectives to the above shots.


  1. Parliament Hill is always a gorgeous sight to see! And pretty soon green will cover that landscape.

  2. Nice shots! The silhouette of Parliament Hill is outstanding.

  3. Very beautiful photography.

  4. Beautiful views! Have a wonderful day!

  5. ...enough with the snow and ice, bring on spring!

  6. Well, it looks as though things have thawed out. I like the first shot of the Gallery.

  7. Really enjoy the comparison shots William, after a unseasonably warm day here today, I appreciate the cooler images today 😊

  8. Big difference in the times of year, the ice & snownseem to have been there forever

  9. @Lowell: two weeks and things should green up.

    @Linda: it is indeed.

    @Mildred: thanks!

    @Nancy: I love the views from there.

    @Tom: spring took its time in showing up.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Janey: I have some upcoming posts in the Gallery.

    @Grace: thanks!

    @Bill: it was a long winter.

  10. Lovely photographs and so nice to see blue skies ...
    We have quite a grey day here in the UK at the moment.

    Happy Sunday and my good wishes for the new week ahead.

    All the best Jan

  11. And guess what? Summer will soon be here and I look forward to your summer shots.

  12. I'm so used to desert scenes that when I saw that first shot, I thought that white stuff was sand. Silly me. Your city is thawing out.

  13. That MacDonald Cartier bridge is lovely - especially in your snow pic!

  14. @Jan: we have had unsettled weather today. It was light mist when I was last outside.

    @Marie: spring has shown itself at least.

    @Red: as am I!

    @Sharon: after a very long winter!

    @RedPat: it's quite a different bridge from the Alexandra, but quite graceful.

  15. Quite a change in temperature over the last few weeks. Wish we could say the same about here in the UK! Really miserable Spring weather again.

  16. Lots of beautiful views. Very nice, William.

  17. Nice serie again, specially nr. 9 is great.

  18. You are the bard of Ottawa showing her beauty and significance, and making us love her too.

  19. Parliment Hill in the shadow is a fantastic photo.

  20. That's quite a dramatic difference over the course of a month. It certainly looks much less chilly.

  21. can't believe the weekend is over. i enjoy your views. i know what you enjoy your city. ( ;

  22. Your Canal walk was interesting when the canal was frozen ... but it is absolutely gorgeous in Spring!!

  23. I'm enjoying the comparison photos. Glad it is thawing out for you!

  24. Is the snow finally over up there?

  25. @Fun60: here this year it's still cool.

    @Bill: thank you.

    @Jan: thanks!

    @Cloudia: thank you.

    @Mari: I think so too.

    @Kay: yes, I've done so for this year as well.

  26. @Beth: thank you.

    @Jim: thanks!

    @Klara: thanks!

    @Sallie: this area is wonderful in all seasons.

    @Jeanie: it does take its time each year.

    @Norma: actually we had a few flakes falling this weekend.