Tuesday, March 10, 2020

A River Through The Seasons

Twice a month I come out to the Portage Bridge, which crosses the Ottawa River upstream from Parliament Hill, to photograph the scene as seasons change. I last did this in the fall, which you can find right here. I come to a spot on the bridge that designates the provincial border between Quebec on the left and Ontario on the right, and photograph the view, which includes the Alexandra Bridge, the National Gallery, Nepean Point, Parliament Hill, and the Supreme Court of Canada.

I'm starting off with this view taken on an afternoon in early September.

Later in September I returned.

I came by one day in the latter half of October. Fall colours were more noticeable.

Just a few days later, on the second to last day of the month, conditions were very different.

I returned on Remembrance Day in November.

Later in November, here was the view. It was one of those days with brief interludes of sunshine; you can just see some blue sky above.

In early December, I came down on a much sunnier day.

A few days later in December, this was the view.

In the latter part of January, the river was iced up downstream. The river never completely freezes over here, as the water flow coming down from the Chaudiere Falls is swift enough to break up forming ice to a certain point.

A few days later, it looked like this. Note the difference in the ice- a bit of a mild spell and the force of the current can make quite a difference on where the open water is to be found. 

Early February saw a brighter day.

And I finish with this view in late February. I'm already taking photos for the next post in this series, sometime in the fall.


  1. ...it's nice to see the different seasons!

  2. Interesting to see that fall joins spring without or very poor winter. We didn't even have a single snowflake !

  3. That is very special to see the four seasons!

  4. Wonderful photos, interesting to see the different seasons in one sequence.

  5. Interesting to see the different views. The river looks quite splendid in any event.

  6. With this series you are showing how much the weather determines light and atmosphere.

  7. I enjoy seeing the difference in the photos.

  8. You catch many different moods on the river.

  9. @Lady Fi: thank you!

    @Tom: it is.

    @Iris: indeed.

    @Gattina: we had snow, but it was an odd winter.

    @Nancy: thank you.

    @Ella: yes, it is.

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Karl: I certainly thought so.

    @Janey: it does indeed.

    @David: I've always thought so.

    @Jan: that's quite true.

    @DJan: so do I.

    @Red: a lot of them.

  10. It's fun comparing photos, isn't it? I do that with the frog pond, mostly.

  11. Nice to see the same scene at different times of the year. Beautiful.

  12. Reminds me of a wonderful documentary done by a tv station in Minneapolis many years ago. They photographed various winter scenes, then when spring floods came they photographed the exact same scenes.

  13. It is nice to see the changes!

  14. Beautiful photos and series!

  15. Great series! The sun makes quite a difference to the look of the river!

  16. You chose a good location, nice photos. The sunny days are favorites.

  17. @Jennifer: thank you.

    @Happyone: things do change.

    @Catalyst: I'm wondering if we're going to have issues in the spring in terms of snow melt and high waters here.

    @RedPat: it is indeed.

    @Bill: thank you!

    @Marie: it does.

    @Maywyn: mine too.

    @Marleen: thanks!

  18. A nice series to compare the views in the various seasons, William. I think that the December weather looked the clearest in this group.

  19. It's interesting to see one spot in various seasons. I loved the various photo treatments you used.

  20. I like seeing the different seasons. I am guessing you are glad spring is on its way.

  21. Wonderful series of captures to denote the change of seasons!

  22. You can feel the steady progression of winter in these shots.

  23. What a good idea William, interesting to see the changes over the season.

  24. Lovely to see the river through the seasons:)

  25. Lovely seasonal river photos ^_^

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

  26. @Beatrice: I agree.

    @Jeanie: actually these are as I took them, no treatments.

    @Michelle: oh, I love winter, but I know it's coming now.

    @Joanne: it is, yes.

    @Magiceye: thank you!

    @Kay: yes, you can.

    @Grace: it is, yes.

    @Rosie: I think so.

    @Carol: thanks!

    @Jim: thank you.

  27. i love your city views, they really are my fave ... u should write books and share with the world. so fun. hope u r well this week. stay cool. (take that in temp wise or as a person, LOL! just being silly.) ( ;

  28. The beauty of nature and her ever changing vistas, really loved this post.

  29. Very interesting! I enjoyed seeing how the seasons change!

  30. Lovely photographs, so nice to see the seasons change.

    All the best Jan