Tuesday, October 23, 2018


Periodically I make use of the Bank Street Bridge for photography, and wanted to document the changing colours of fall. So today's post is all about that, looking first to the west and then to the east from the bridge as the street crosses over the Rideau Canal. These first two shots were taken in early October when the water levels were still at their summer levels. In the shots looking east, you might make out the cupola of a former convent above the trees. That houses the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, an administrative centre for medical students.

Some days later, here were the same perspectives.

Two days after that pair, I took this pair. This would have been the same day that we had the mist and fog that I mentioned in my post about the stadium at Lansdowne Park. Note the lower water levels.

The day after that the skies had more or less cleared.

Here are views from later that day.

I took more shots the following day as well.

And to conclude today, I have two final shots in both directions, taken three days later, on the 16th of the month.


  1. Wonderful Autumn colours, William.

  2. What a nice series...documenting all the season changes!

  3. The same place but looks so different. Beautiful shots.

  4. That's strange, always the same place, but it looks so different ! When it is covered in snow you should take another picture !

  5. The clouds and sunshine make all the difference. And I see the leaves are starting to change.


  6. Just saw you mentioned on Frog and PenguINN and thought I would drop by. I'm in Carleton Place and post a lot of photos.

  7. Great to see the changing light and colours during several days in autumn.

  8. ...this time of year the weather can change by the moment.

  9. @Marleen: thank you!

    @Italiafinlandia: I could still be keeping at this, if I was photographing it each day.

    @Nancy: thanks!

    @Gattina: I do like to photograph the Canal from here when it's frozen over.

    @Francisco: it is quite a grand achievement, this Canal.

    @Janis: yes, just a few days can make quite a difference.

    @Anvilcloud: I'll have to stop in at your blog!

    @Jan: there was quite a mix of changes.

    @Tom: that's true.

  10. Wonderful pictures of fall leaves in the process of change. :-)

  11. It is interesting to see the changes which are both gradual and spectacular, William!

  12. Wow! Gorgeous shots William, love the reflections, the blue skies and the mist.. the curve in the river is fabulous!

  13. Hello, love the pretty trees and views of the water. Enjoy your day!

  14. Dedication pays off. You have some great photos showing a time period.

  15. @DJan: thanks!

    @RedPat: true!

    @Grace: I enjoy that part of the canal.

    @Eileen: thanks!

    @Red: it's an ideal spot for photographing in different conditions.

  16. The area looks incredibly different in this series! Beautiful and well worth the effort, William.

  17. Enjoyed this seasonal progression, William. It is amazing just how quickly the colors can change. We are not seeing full foliage changes here yet, but in colder reguins, many of the leaves have turned or been blown off by gusty winds.

  18. Schön die Veränderungen der Farben in der kurzen Zeit.

  19. Same yet different, an excellent series, William.

  20. The color is really coming along.

  21. Cool series. Why does the Rideau change water level seasonally?

  22. @Marie: thanks!

    @Beatrice: we're still seeing a lot of fall colours, but I think I've probably taken my last shots of autumn colours for this year.

    @Noke: thank you!

    @Bill: time makes all the difference.

    @Catalyst: and more of that to come.

    @Cloudia: two reasons. First, this allows for any maintenance work to be done over the course of the winter. Second, because the Canal is man made, it's a measure to prevent problems in the spring. If you left it as it is, the melting ice in the spring could be problematic for flooding.

  23. I like seeing pictures where people compare places in different time of a day and season.

  24. They all are beautiful and I find it too hard to pick a favorite.

  25. Idyllic and lovely photos!

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

  26. It certainly is going fast and there are some really beautiful colors.

  27. pretty clouds or a more mysterious look ... nice! love it. happy times. ( :

  28. What fun to be able to watch the colors changing in such a pretty setting!

  29. A most excellent spot for photos!

  30. Isn't it amazing how the same place can look so different!
    I enjoyed seeing all of your photographs.

    All the best Jan

  31. I love the canal. So many hours skating there. I've not been on it in a boat, though.

  32. @Klara: I like doing them.

    @Happyone: thank you!

    @Carol: thanks!

    @Kay: thank you.

    @Beth: thanks!

    @Pam: it is, yes.

    @Ricardo: thank you.

    @Jenn: it is indeed.

    @Jan: thank you!

    @Jennifer: I've never boated it.