Friday, October 4, 2019

The View In Different Seasons

I've been regularly going out to Portage Bridge for a view of the Ottawa River downstream from there a couple of times a month, and thought I would do the same with another location. There's a platform at the start of the Alexandra Bridge where it crosses the river. I've photographed there from occasion, with its view towards Parliament Hill, the Rideau Canal, and the Chateau Laurier. Last winter I decided I'd come back this way at least once a month to document the scene through the seasons. I'll be doing so again, of course, for a post sometime next year.

Here was the view one day in February.

Contrast that with this sunny day in mid-March.

Easter Monday in April saw the ice gone on the river. The Ottawa Valley was dealing with high water issues at the time, something that would go on for several weeks.

Here we have a view from Victoria Day in May.

In mid-June, I was up here around sundown.

This is how it looked on Canada Day.

In the latter part of August, I returned late in the day.

And in early September, I photographed it one afternoon.

And later in September I returned.

The relative quiet of the above shot was broken moments later by a jackass on a jet ski, an unfortunately common member of the sub-species homo sapiens idioticus jetskius.


  1. Beautiful!
    I started taking pictures of river Oker, but from different places at times...

  2. Yes, jet skis should only be allowed in certain areas...well away from civilization! Great series of photos!

  3. It is very nice to see how the seasons change de colors ...
    You have done very well! Thank for sharing!

  4. Wow, it's really cool to see the different seasons of the same picture. Cool. Thanks.

  5. Fantástica esta sequência de fotografias e aproveito para desejar um bom fim-de-semana.

    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
    O prazer dos livros

  6. :))))

    Well done, William. You are a very patient and dedicated person.

  7. Great, William, it's a wonderful sequence through the year.
    I plan to do something like this now and then too. But most of the time I forget the project after three or four sessions ... ;-(

  8. Big difference throughout the seasons! Love your diligence in getting back. Next time you are there, take a photo of the spot where you are standing.


  9. ...I will be ready for snowy scenes. but not quite yet, I need to enjoy fall first.

  10. Someone should beat you with a stick for showing us snow already!

  11. Good idea, William !
    The same scene in so many different views !

  12. @Iris: it's a good idea to do so.

    @Barbara: I hate the things.

    @Lady Fi: that they are.

    @Italiafinlandia: definitely.

    @Ella: you're welcome.

    @Whisk: thank you.

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Catarina: I try to be!

    @Jan: that happens.

    @Janis: I'll have to remember!

    @Tom: fall is definitely upon us.

    @David: snow rules! :)

    @Karl: it works for me.

    @Marie: thank you.

    @Aritha: you're welcome.

  13. It's nice to see a place as it changes through the seasons. Unfortunately, that species is not endangered. :-)

  14. Beautiful set of photos, summer and sundown are my favorites.

  15. I like these series that you do, William!

  16. There's a tremendous difference in the escarpment from winter to summer. It's a surprise to see so much foliage covering the slope in the summer.

  17. Love seeing different looks! The color tone in mid-June is beautiful!

  18. A wonderful series of the different times of the year and how the scene changes.
    Well done, William!

  19. Interesting to capture the changes from the same angle. Thank you for sharing.

  20. I like this series very much, a great idea to show the different seasons.

  21. @DJan: yes, I even have some of that species in the family.

    @Maywyn: thank you!

    @RedPat: so do I.

    @Red: quite true.

    @Tamago: I agree.

    @Bill: thank you!

    @Alexandria: you're welcome.

    @Marleen: I certainly thought so.

  22. Great collection, William! A castle/Parliament for all seasons. :-)

  23. i love seeing seasons, but my fave is fall. ( ;

  24. They are all pretty and can't even pick a favorite!

  25. All lovely shots of Parliament Hill.

  26. Yes Yes Yes - Good On Ya


  27. Beautifully documented, lovely images.

  28. What beautiful photos and so stunning each and every one of them. Each has a different vibe.

  29. Would you happen to have Carol Henstra's email address?

  30. Great series and very interesting, even with the specimen idioticus.

  31. Every photo is beautiful. You did a wonderful job capturing these photos in different season. Happy weekend!

  32. Oh my gosh William, I looove theses shots of Chateau Laurier, I think it may be my favourite piece of architecture in Ottawa. All gorgeous but May and June are divine 💙

  33. Lovely area to photograph ~ great shots

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

  34. I love the contrasts with both the light and the foliage.

  35. It's interesting to see the different seasons of the same photograph, I like it :)

    All the best Jan