The first day of the month is a theme day for members of City Daily Photo, and October's theme is Change. Have a look at how other members are interpreting this theme here. My take on this theme was drawn out of an idea for a series I first posted on last December, with a follow up you can find here.
The Portage Bridge is one of several connections between Ottawa and Gatineau over the Ottawa River; this bridge lies west of Parliament Hill. The river goes through a series of islands at this location, and here in the main channel, the provincial boundary between Quebec on the Gatineau side and Ontario on the Ottawa side runs right through. Periodically I have come to the midst of the bridge to photograph the view east towards the landmarks of the Hill, with the idea of showing the changes over time. Having had done posts on that already last December and in March, I thought it would be appropriate again to do so for this theme day, showing the changes from spring to summer and into the early fall.
I begin with this shot taken on the first of April, Easter Sunday. The buildings of Parliament Hill dominate the high ground on the Ottawa side, and one still sees remnants of winter ice on the river, as well as along the shoreline of Victoria Island, which is over at the right. The Alexandra Bridge, National Gallery, Notre Dame, Nepean Point, and the Supreme Court also feature in the views from this bridge.
Here we have the view in the later part of April, early one morning.
One moody afternoon in early May I crossed the bridge to head over to the Museum of History. The river's flow was swift and the water level was higher.
Here we see it on the first Saturday in June, in the morning. I came this way for a couple of locations during our Doors Open weekend, and decided I'd take in a view from the bridge.
I took the view in again in early July.
This view is from the first part of August one day.
These two views were in the latter part of August, on a very different kind of day weatherwise. There was light rain. I took them a few metres apart along the bridge.
I took this view near sunset one day early in September.
And I finish with this last one, taken just over a week ago. This was on a Sunday afternoon, less than forty eight hours after a tornado had swept through the region. I posted about that several days ago.