Saturday, May 11, 2019

From Winter Into Spring

This is the view of the Rideau Canal from the Mackenzie King Bridge on the last day of March. Those Canal shelters and concessions have all been removed since this shot was taken. 

And yet winter was not done. This was taken on the morning of April 9th downtown, with yet more snow falling. The spire of St. Patrick Basilica is in the background.

Later that day, this was the view of the Rideau Canal at the Bank Street Bridge, looking east.

I crossed the bridge for the west view.

These were taken on the evening of April 16th. Crossing the bridge, the last light of day caught my attention.

I went over to the other side of the bridge. The moon was up in the eastern sky. The building on the high ground is a former convent that now houses the Royal College of Physicians And Surgeons, an administrative centre for medical students in the area.

I headed north down along the length of the bridge into the Glebe, taking one more shot of the last light of day.

The following day, I was passing by Dow's Lake, west of the above portion of the Canal. The ice on the lake was at a weak point. Buds were showing on this tree, and would have also been turning up in some of the trees of the Arboretum, that wooded area on the far side of the lake. The water levels in the Canal, and thus this lake, are now being slowly raised for the season.


  1. This is what I do not like about winter, the grey.
    Hope to see some colors here, soon, a blue sky!

  2. "The last light of day" photos are very nice!

  3. ...the big thaw is underway, bring on the sun.

  4. Snow is melting. Very soon we will enjoy the beautiful colours of spring again!

  5. I am not happy to see snow, reminds me our winter is coming on us very quickly now.

  6. Time of changes... spring come on !

  7. The architecture is truly beautiful!

  8. Hello, the night shots are beautiful. Enjoy your weekend!

  9. Such beautiful photos, this has been a wonder filled series!

  10. @Iris: we get a lot of grey.

    @Ella: I love the last light of day.

    @Tom: today has sun.

    @Nancy: eventually!

    @Joan: I love snow.

    @Karl: change indeed.

    @Sandi: it is.

    @Eileen: thanks!

    @Laurie: thank you.

    @Marie: so do I.

  11. It's changed a lot in a month, I bet. I look forward to seeing the May pictures. :-)

  12. I love the sky in those evening pics, William!

  13. Longer Days For Sure With Even More Opportunities


  14. These are double-transition photos, both of seasons and the changing of day into night. I think this is my favorite post of yours that I've seen. Twilight is gorgeous and crisp, snow and ice into clear water, and buds appearing finally after your long winter!

  15. Nice mixture of night and day shots.

  16. @DJan: May pics are coming.

    @RedPat: so do I.

    @Padre: longer days bring lots of photo ops.

    @Barbara: and it's been a very long winter.

    @Red: thank you!

  17. Super nights shots, very nice William.

  18. April with snow feels like months ago. Nice photos

  19. Change is constant and you've documented it well.

  20. The sun is shining here and looking at this post gave me a chill, AIlliam. So glad that we are finally warming up and hope you are enjoying nicer weather as well.

  21. Nice, espcially the evening and night photos.

  22. @Bill: thank you.

    @Maywyn: and yet it wasn't not that long ago.

    @Happyone: thanks!

    @Kay: it is, yes.

    @Beatrice: it's sunny here today.

    @Jan: thank you!

  23. Time goes by and changes so fast.
    I loved the night shots
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  24. Still too much winter. Lovely shots by the moon and artificial lights.

  25. Wonderful photographs William, especially the night ones, just beautiful.

    All the best Jan

  26. Beautiful photos especially the nightime ones:)

  27. such a happy looking place ... a snow globe so to speak. very cool. ( ;

  28. Those night shots are especially beautiful!

  29. It's been a wild spring. I love the night shots.

  30. @Maria: thank you.

    @Janey: I think so.

    @Joanne: thanks.

    @Jan: thank you.

    @Rosie: I agree.

  31. @Francisco: thanks.

    @Beth: thank you.

    @Jeanie: they are.

    @Jeanie: me too.

    @Klara: thanks.