Monday, December 31, 2018

Twilight Descends Again Upon Another Year

For New Year's Eve, it has been my tradition to close out the year with a post of twilight shots. I start out with three shots taken one evening in early September. I went up to the Portage Bridge, crossing the Ottawa River, for a shot looking east towards Parliament. Then I crossed to the other side and photographed west at the setting sun. The river goes through a series of channels around islands here. The next bridge upstream, the Chaudiere Bridge, is visible in this shot, at the heart of the main channel.

Upstream from that bridge is the source of its name. The Chaudiere Falls has been opened up to the public after a century plus of industrial use on these islands. They make for an ideal photo subject at the end of the day.

Finished with my visit at the falls, I photographed the western sky over one of the other channels between islands here.

This October view looks towards the Bank Street Bridge from the stadium at Lansdowne Park.

Another view from October, I took this one from the pathway behind Centre Block on Parliament Hill, looking up the river towards the islands where the Chaudiere Falls can be found.

Here we have a view from mid-November looking west from the Bank Street Bridge. I cross this bridge most days, and it's ideal for sunset views over the Rideau Canal. As you can see, the waterway was already in early stages of freezing up.

A few days later walking through the Glebe, I took note of the setting sun in the western sky, while snow was falling. It created an eerie effect in the western sky. This street view includes the familiar St. Matthew's Anglican Church at left.

Here we had another view west from the Bank Street Bridge in early December. The setting sun is just visible to the left of the Canal in a gap amid the trees.

I finish at Parliament Hill, with shots taken late one afternoon a few days before Christmas. The sun was setting in the west, giving a soft highlight to some of the stonework on Centre Block.

This is the arch to the main entrance beneath the tower. The late sunlight was casting shadows on the carvings, including a beaver at the top of the arch.

And this carved owl, bathed in sunlight, also caught my eye.

I went around Centre Block to the pathway overlooking the river and photographed the Library of Parliament and the Peace Tower in the late light.

And I photographed west from the same general spot as my October view from here, looking west over the Ottawa River as the water is in the process of freezing up. It seems a fitting way to close out the year with this shot. 


  1. Beautiful setting sun for the close of another year. Wishing you all the best for the New Year!

  2. Beautiful lights, have a nice New Year's Eve and a happy New Year.

  3. Beautiful and well-built series, resulting in a wonderful climax.

  4. Love that little owl catching the last rays of sunlight and sending you best wishes for a very happy 2019 William.

  5. You captured some beautiful light in these shots.

  6. Great series of images, William, reminding us of what a lovely capital Ottawa is. I hope to be there again in March visiting my daughter.

  7. ...the twilight of the 2018, that's nice. Happy New Year.

  8. Lovely series of beautiful skies. I wish you and your family all the best in 2019. Happy New Year!

  9. Belas fotografias.
    Aproveito para desejar ao meu amigo um Bom Ano de 2019 com muita paz e saúde.

    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa

  10. it's gonna be a great year for us all ... i just know it ... it has to be better than 2018! fingers and toes are crossed!! enjoy the shot walking up the road ...nice time setting. ( ;

  11. Just lovely sunset shots. I especially like the one with the sun peeking through the trees. Happy New Year, William! :-)

  12. @Nancy: thank you.

    @Marianne: thanks!

    @Jan: I thought so.

    @Rosemary: the stone looks warm bathed in that light.

    @Sharon: thanks!

    @David: Ottawa is a great place to live.

    @Tom: I like doing this as an end of year theme.

    @Eileen: thank you!

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Beth: it had better be.

    @DJan: so do I.

  13. Thanks for sharing some beautiful sunsets, and a beaver and owl as well! Hope your 2019 is happy and brings you many more beautiful photos.

  14. Your twilight shots are lovely, but rather sad.
    All the best for 2019 to you and the family.... be happy! And take lots more of those wonderful photos!!

  15. Good that you made an effort to photograph the slow changing of the season from the same locations.

  16. Wonderful photo series of the 'light captured.'

    Happy New Year to you ~ ^_^

  17. Gorgeous photos!
    William, to you and your family I wish a Happy New Year !!!
    May it be a year of many victories, fulfilled dreams, happiness, love and health.
    Many greetings and a big hug
    Maria de
    Divagar Sobre Tudo um Pouco

  18. @Barbara: you're welcome.

    @Anvilcloud: I certainly think so.

    @Shammickite: oh, I love twilight.

    @Red: I tend to do that with some spots. I've started photographing a park here that I'll document into April, once a month, to show the change from winter into spring. I've done the same with that park before.

    @Carol: thanks!

    @Maria: thank you!

  19. Your sunsets are gorgeous to be sure, but it is the photos of sunlight on those wonderful buildings that takes my breath away.

    Wishing you a beautiful, happy, safe and healthy new year with many more beautiful images to admire in 2019.

  20. Happy New Year William! Twilight is such a great idea for the Dec 31 photo. Will we continue this blogging for another year? I'd love to see CDP gain more steam in 2019. You are a great contributor!


  21. Very, very beautiful - strating out hopefully means you continue!
    Happy New Year!

  22. Happy New Year! Love all your photos of Ottawa, I love that city, have been there many many times.

  23. I love the sunlight on the arches. Happy New Year, William!

  24. @Jeanie: thank you!

    @Janis: I certainly have no intent on stopping!

    @Iris: thanks!

    @Karen: I enjoy living here.

    @Marleen: I do too.

    @Maywyn: thanks!

  25. You caught some very dramatic skies, William!

  26. The best idea for an end-of-the-year post!. Because great twilights and sunsets always give me hope ...just knowing it’s the end of another beautiful day and chances are pretty good that there will be another interesting day tomorrow. Each day is a gift. (Admittedly one I appreciate more with each passing one!). Happy New Year and thanks for your beautiful photos and for all I’ve learned about your corner of the world through your posts!

  27. Beautiful scenes and a beautiful ending for the year.
    Happy New Year to you, William!

  28. These are wonderful panoramic photos, William. So many wonderful sights! Kudos to you and I wish you the very best of everything for the New Year!

  29. Belíssimas fotos caro amigo
    Que o próximo ano seja pleno de luz, esperança, harmonia, amor e muitas realizações. Feliz ANO NOVO! Tudo de bom pra você.
    Beijos com carinho

  30. I especially like the last three photos, William.

  31. These photos are beautiful William. Thank you for sharing all your great posts throughout the year, and A Very Happy and Healthy New Year to you.

  32. Nice ones. We'll see what dawns for 2019! It began with our toilet leaking, again! sigh.

  33. All such beautiful twilight shots.
    Wishing you a Happy New Year William.

    All the best Jan

  34. @RedPat: that I did.

    @Sallie: well said!

    @Sandi: I certainly thought so.

    @Bill: thank you!

    @Lowell: thanks!

    @Gracita: thank you!

  35. @Catalyst: so do I.

    @Denise: you're welcome.

    @Linda: thanks!

    @Italiafinlandia: thank you!

    @Jennifer: a rotten start!

    @Klara: thanks!

    @Jenn: indeed!

    @Jan: thanks!