Friday, May 10, 2019

From Winter Into Spring

These shots date to the latter part of March. I was passing through Major's Hill Park and decided I'd photograph in the area, and then return the following month for some comparisons. This looks across towards the Connaught Building and the Chateau Laurier.

I went over to the park railing for a view of Parliament Hill, with its slope snow covered down to the frozen Ottawa River.

Then I headed up to Nepean Point behind the National Gallery, which has splendid views of the Ottawa River, as well as both cities on the shore. This east view takes in the Macdonald-Cartier Bridge as it crosses between Gatineau and Ottawa. Weak spots in the ice can be seen.

This view looking north into Gatineau passes over the Alexandra Bridge. The Museum of History is over on its left side, while Jacques Cartier Park is at its right.

And this look back towards Parliament Hill includes the entrance of the Rideau Canal. 

Nepean Point is topped by a statue of Samuel de Champlain, who came up the Ottawa River in 1613.

On Easter Monday in April, I returned. The snow was largely gone. 

We were already at high waters at this point. The only snow you can see is in shady spots below Parliament Hill. The bike path along the river's edge was closed, with water running over it at a certain point. My Monday post will feature recent shots from the river at high crest, including down there where the path access ends.

I returned to Nepean Point, photographing the Hill from there.

There were more visitors around Champlain than during my March visit, in which I was alone up there with him.

The river was churning to the west, with swift waters coming downstream from the Chaudiere Falls.

Another spot of snow- in Jacques Cartier Park. It might seem odd, given that the park gets a lot of sunlight throughout the day. However, this area was used during Winterlude as a big winter playground, and I expect that the snow slides were left to melt on their own.

I finish with the view eastward along the river. Tomorrow we have some different seasonal transition photos.


  1. How lovely to see the transition.

  2. I have to admit... Parliament Hill looks better in snow!

  3. Nice to see when green pops up!...
    Happy weekend!

  4. Love to see the change of season before our very eyes.

  5. The skyline is beautiful both, in summer and winter!

  6.'s nice to see that winter has lost its grip on Ottawa. I can't wait to see the tulips!

  7. Wonderful views over the Ottawa River.

  8. Tom said it well, winter has lost its grip! Ottawa seems so vast!

  9. I thought spring would never come! Such beautiful images you’ve brought us!

  10. I love those views of Parliament Hill.

  11. Oh pooh, I was hoping for a shot of the ice breaking up on the river...but you never know when it will happen, I guess. Thanks for these great shots of the changes in the environment.

  12. Pretty scenes! I like the last one best.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  13. The sky is blue and clear in all your pictures. Thanks for the great transition pictures. :-)

  14. @Lady Fi: it is indeed.

    @Iris: I like it framed in snow.

    @Linda: thank you.

    @John: a big change.

    @Italiafinlandia: it does eventually.

    @Nancy: I do as well.

    @Ella: thank you.

    @Francisco: thanks.

    @Tom: it does eventually happen.

    @Jan: thank you!

    @Janis: it's quite a big city, geographically speaking.

    @Laurie: spring took its sweet time.

    @Marie: so do I.

    @Barbara: you're welcome.

    @Lea: thank you!

    @DJan: you're welcome.

  15. Beautiful vistas William . I've just been watching a YouTube video about the Ottowa river flooding, has it gone down a bit now?

  16. Hello, pretty views of the river. I like the statues and spring time. Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy weekend!

  17. That is quite a change. Enjoy today's rain.

  18. Beautiful views of Parliament Hill, William.

  19. It's nice to see the changes. The river views are pretty, William.

  20. I do like the snowy scenes. Although I am sure you are ready for spring.

  21. @Grace: a little bit, but not much. I did a video that'll be in the Monday post.

    @Eileen: thank you!

    @Anvilcloud: I hope the rain's done!

    @Marleen: thank you!

    @Bill: I love being around that river, though obviously right now would be a bad time for swimming.

    @Michelle: oh, I love the winter, but I'm looking forward to tulips.

  22. What a difference a month makes at this time of year!

  23. You'd be heartened that it was snowing where I was today...but I am farther north right now. More on that later.

  24. Lovely, and no more snow, safe to look at pictures when all is turning so green. :)

  25. gorgeous views ... very cool. enjoy it. ( ;

  26. It looks better with the snow. ;^/> I especially like your "bridge" shots.

  27. @RedPat: and even two weeks.

    @Kay: snow rules!

    @Maywyn: the greening is under way.

    @Beth: thank you.

    @Catalyst: I love coming up to Nepean Point, but especially for this.

  28. Very idyllic ~

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

  29. Precioso reportaje, las fotos son preciosas.

  30. Beautiful white, green and blue! I also must mention, I do like the woman in the red dress, accenting the red tulips in your header.

  31. It's hard work to get comparison photos but well worth it.

  32. Is he the one they named Lake Champlain after?

  33. @Carol: thank you!

    @Trini: thanks!

    @Joanne: I thought it was ideal for my spring header.

    @Red: I like to do so from this area each winter and spring.

    @Sandi: the one and the same. Champlain got a lot of travelling in.

  34. Many thanks for these excellent transition photographs.

    All the best Jan

  35. It must be good to see the water again and not ice!

  36. You show beautiful side of transition. Usually it's awful when snow melts ;)