Thursday, May 9, 2019

From Winter Into Spring

A reminder to those living in Ontario: Doors Open Ontario events will be happening now through the fall in cities and towns across the province. Check here for your area. And to those in the Ottawa area or coming in over the summer, two events to keep in mind. The National Gallery of Canada starts a Gauguin portraits exhibit later this month running into September, and the Canada Museum of Science And Technology has a special exhibit going on through to the beginning of September on Leonardo da Vinci. I'll be attending both at some point or another.

The transition from winter to spring occupies my attention for the next three posts. I have previously photographed Central Park in the Glebe as part of this tradition, generally once a month through the winter and ending in April. Such has been the case this time out. The park is a low lying ribbon of land that cuts through the neighbourhood. Bank Street travels through the park, and I photographed views in both directions from the street. These views were on Boxing Day while light snow was falling. This was a look to the east.

And this was the view to the west.

Late one afternoon in mid-January, I had different photographic conditions with a clear sky, looking east and west.

One day in February, I took another opportunity to photograph both directions in the park.

Here we have views from late March.

A few days made a difference. Here we see the views in early April. Pools of meltwater were forming, particularly on the west side.

And I finish with these two shots from late April with setting sun in the west. The snow was gone.


  1. Oh, my. Brrrr, it looks so cold! As kid I didn´t mind, as adult... I´m freezing just seeing snow. And it´s way too cold here, too.

  2. William - so interesting to have these shots taken from the same vantage point, but under different conditions. Nature is the best painter, isn't She?

  3. Nice to see the passage from winter into spring...

  4. Good idea to take photos of the slowly moving in spring ! Here it's warm, cold, warm, cold etc and it rains. Lots of people have a cold !

  5. You made a very beautiful crossing from winter to spring ...
    I can not wait when you make one from spring to summer ... my favorite season! :)

  6. I like the series of photos showing the passing of winter to spring. It still looks cold there.

  7. Great to see the sequence. I love the cycle of seasons but am ever so glad snow doesn't figure in ours. Had our first frost for the season this morning.

  8. I always look forward to Doors Open Ontario in our local communities and my wife and I have taken in Toronto a couple of times too.

  9. Nice to see the changing of the seasons, it is always magical to see.

  10. Makes me exceedingly grateful that we are headed toward the summer solstice. :-)

  11. I think everyone is ready for the change when it happens.

  12.'s a bit hard to imagine all that snow and ice changing into green and bright colors, but of course it always does.

  13. The change is real. Love this series!


  14. Hello, I am happy when the snow disappears. Spring is a lovely time of the year. Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy weekend!

  15. Although winter is okay with me, I am reminded that it is too long, especially in some years.

  16. It all looks a bit chilly to me. It's a good idea to have a place which you photograph at different seasons and in different conditions. I've started several series like this but never completed one!

    1. I have taken around 550 photos on 'my" tree by nog.

  17. @Iris: it's cool here today.

    @Angie: Monet did the same, painting the same spot in different conditions.

    @Italiafinlandia: it is, yes.

    @Gattina: spring seemed to take forever this year.

    @Ella: oh, my favourite season is winter.

    @Nancy: today it's a cool day.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Joan: I love the snow.

    @David: Doors Open is a wonderful concept.

    @Marianne: that it is.

    @Revrunner: and when that happens, the days get shorter! :)

    @Janey: most people, anyway.

    @Tom: that's true.

    @Janis: thank you.

    @Eileen: thanks!

    @Anvilcloud: this year it was a long winter.

    @John: I've also done this with the Portage Bridge for over a year now, and I'm doing it with a lookout spot at the Alexandra Bridge as well.

  18. Blue sky adds so much to the scenes.

  19. Nice serie to take us slowly into spring.

  20. Melting Away - Interesting Scene - Was It Meant To Be A Metaphor


  21. Interesting how the rightness of light increases. We don't notice the change in light if it's day by day.

  22. How nice that Spring is on it's way :)

  23. Winter blending into spring, very nice indeed.

  24. @Stefan: that number of shots of your tree does not surprise me!

    @Marie: it does!

    @Jan: thank you.

    @Padre: thanks!

    @Red: yes, the sun's relative position in the sky changes through the year.

    @Sami: it took its time this year.

    @Sharon: I like doing that each year.

  25. It's surprising at times how quickly things can change.

  26. Beautiful transition photos, I love to do this as well, it really puts in perspective the force of nature.,

  27. All the ice is melting and disappearing. Seasonal changes are always nice to see and experience.
    Nice images, William.

  28. Lovely photos. Seeing the snow melting is a joy.

  29. @Kay: once it gets started, it goes.

    @Cloudia: thank you.

    @Laurie: it does, yes.

    @Bill: thank you.

    @Maywyn: it is, yes.

  30. Lovely! It does feel cold! ; )
    Thanks for the info re Doors Open Ontario. I am very interested.

  31. Winter has been a long time leaving for me, this year. I'm glad it's over, all the rain notwithstanding.

  32. so cold. u need a fire to get warm, for sure. ( :

  33. I love seeing all the changes during the seasonal advance. Will you show it for the next stages? I hope so. :-)

  34. Such a lovely idea William, the transition of seasons is wonderful to see ✨

  35. Delightful 'light changes' captured ~

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

  36. So nice to see this series of photographs showing the changes, I especially like the last two photographs.

    All the best Jan

  37. You had such a lot of snow. The changing of the seasons is really nice. And some beautiful lighting.

  38. We didn't have snow this winter :-(

  39. @Catarina: I wonder if it's happening this year.

    @Joanne: I love the winters.

    @Beth: not always!

    @DJan: I tend to only do it winter to spring.

    @Grace: I think so.

    @Carol: thank you.

    @Jan: thanks.

    @Jeanie: we get a lot.

    @Klara: we always get it.