Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Changes On The River

I have for over a year now occasionally chronicled a particular spot over time. The Portage Bridge crosses the Ottawa River among a series of islands, and connects Ottawa and Gatineau upstream from Parliament Hill. The last time I did this was for the October theme day on Change. Since then I have come back to this spot, where the provincial boundary passes through the river, and photographed the downstream view from the bridge. The Alexandra Bridge, the National Gallery, Nepean Point, Parliament Hill, the Supreme Court, and Victoria Island are among the landmarks that can be seen in this view. Since last time, I returned generally every other week at some point. I start with this view of the river taken in early October.

This shot was in the second half of October, on another gloomy day.

When I was heading towards the War Museum on Remembrance Day in November, I stopped by here for another shot.

By contrast, this was the view late in November. We had a foggy day- this was the same day I paid a visit to Parliament Hill for the tour of Centre Block and found the views from the observation deck completely obscured. The same applied when I got here afterwards.

I came back in the first half of December one day.

On December 23rd, following a visit to the Hill, I came down here again. It was one of those rare December days when we had sunshine through the day.

I returned on another clear day in mid-January. The ice had significantly built up along the river, though in fact because of the fast flow coming down from the Chaudiere Falls, the river around the islands does not freeze over in winter.

This is how it looked on a day late in January.

In mid-February, I returned to this view.

And I finish with this late February look at the river. I will be doing much the same for a post that'll likely turn up in October.


  1. ...life is all about changes!

  2. Some look really dramatic, I like the foggy one.

  3. In the fog is very creepy ...

  4. It is pretty interesting to see the changes in the river.

  5. What a difference in the same picture according to the weather ! Looks beautiful when the river is blue !

  6. It's an interesting thing to do.

  7. O rio está a descongelar e a voltar ao seu normal, aproveito para desejar uma boa semana.

    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
    O prazer dos livros

  8. Wonderful. I like looking at this kind of ongoing changes in the landscape.

  9. Great way to see the changes according to the weather. I like the ones when the sky is blue.

  10. It is amazing to see the changes each time you visit the river.

  11. It is amazingly different from day to day. I like the fog picture and the blue sky one. :-)

  12. Hello, pretty views of the river. The blue sky days are my favorite and then the foggy scene. Wishing you a happy day and week ahead!

  13. always enjoy the happy bright blue skies ...but there is just something about those dark grey foggy moments as well. enjoyable shots!! ( ;

  14. This is a good series, William!

  15. Excellent shots and I love the idea of following a place this lovey through time.

  16. Interesting series of photos to show the river changing.

  17. @Tom: it is!

    @Iris: I do too.

    @Italiafinlandia: I do as well.

    @Ella: it has that effect.

    @David: I liked the idea.

    @Gattina: and blue days are rare in winter.

    @Anvilcloud: it is!

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Jan: so do I.

    @Sami: it is!

    @Nancy: it's a good spot to take in skyline views too.

    @DJan: thanks!

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @Beth: I agree.

    @RedPat: thanks!

    @Barbara: I do too.

    @Red: I thought so!

  18. I wonder what it is about fog that attracts me so much. It must be the mystery of it.

  19. Much nicer when the sun is shining. :-)

  20. I enjoyed seeing the changes. I love the photo on the foggy day! And sunny day, too!

  21. A nice series of shots showing the changes in the river.

  22. Good record of the changes over the months

  23. A lot of changes in the look of the river. Nice series, William.

  24. Terrific series! Well worth the effort.

  25. @Sharon: me too.

    @Revrunner: I think so too.

    @Tamago: thank you.

    @Michelle: thanks!

    @Bill: it seems a good idea to keep doing so.

    @Bill: it does change over the seasons.

    @Furry Gnome: thank you!

  26. Nice to see that changes on the river. Great series.

  27. It certainly does tell a story of winter.

  28. Amazing how the exact same spot can look so different because of the weather conditions. Love the spot you have chosen to do this William ✨

  29. Looking at these shots and the varying weather conditions reminded me of the ones I do from our apt windos overlooking the Nashua River. It is amazing what a difference the skies and the weather make for the same scene and location.

  30. William - very interesting. I must consider doing this at some spots that I frequent. How amazing that the light can change the perspective so dramatically! Thanks for sharing this series of photos.

  31. It's cool to see how everything changes depending on the season and weather.

  32. Always nice to see your photographs and very interesting to see the changes in the river.

    All the best Jan

  33. Beautiful season shots of the river ~ ^_^

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

  34. This is a fascinating series, William and a wonderful idea. I loved seeing the changes.

  35. @Marie: there is.

    @Happyone: thanks!

    @Kay: it does.

    @Grace: I do too.

    @Beatrice: definitely.

  36. @Angie: you're welcome.

    @Klara: it is, yes.

    @Jan: thank you!

    @Carol: thanks!

    @Jeanie: thanks!