Wednesday, September 30, 2020

A Seasonal Look Upon The Ottawa River

A few days back this blog passed by a milestone that I overlooked. It was on the 19th day of September in 2013 that I started this entire endeavour. And here we carry on, at least until Covid-19 mutates and turns us all into zombies. (...... braaaaaaaaaaiinnnns!.....)

A couple of times a month I come down to the Portage Bridge as it crosses the Ottawa River between Gatineau and Ottawa to photograph downstream. The view from here includes the Alexandra Bridge, National Gallery, Parliament Hill, and the Supreme Court of Canada. The river cuts through a series of islands here, and this is the main channel, with the Gatineau shore at left and Victoria Island at right. I last did this series in the spring, which can be found here.

This first view was on a grey day in March. The river flow is swift enough here that it doesn't freeze up below the bridge. Where it ices up downstream depends on the harshness of the winter, but I for one would never walk on the river ice between Parliament Hill and the Gatineau shoreline, though some do.

Just a few days later, things were much brighter.

In early April, the river was at a high point, and raging with early spring runoff. All visible ice on this part of the river was gone.

Later in April, things looked different.

Here we had it in early May.

While this was towards the end of May.

A few days into June, here was the view, late in the day.

In the last days of the month, I returned in the morning.

In mid-July I returned, late in the afternoon.

Late in July, the sky was quite different in the latter part of the afternoon.

In early August, I returned late one afternoon.

This was the view towards the end of August, late in the day. An idiot on a jet ski was roaring through the river below.

One day in early September brought a completely different mood.

And lastly, this was a few days later in September, with a clear sunny afternoon. Off in the distance on the Hill, there were some early signs of fall. I'll be carrying on with this series and feature the next post in March, I expect.


  1. That's such an interesting series of photographs; I've always intended to do such a project but usually it peters out after just a couple of months. The mutant strain of Covid-19, which turns brains into mush, apparently only affects politicians.

  2.'s nice to see this beautiful view through the seasons!

  3. You hit almost the exact same spot every time.

  4. Hello,

    Beautiful views of the river. Happy blog anniversary! Take care, enjoy your day!

  5. All I could think of was, ♪♫♬Shall We Gather At The River?
    Cool comparison shots.

  6. Love this series. Great job.

    No matter what goes on in the world, the River just keeps rolling along.

  7. I like this series, William. The sunny shots are the best!

  8. I like the series, especially as the river changed with weather patterns.

  9. Gosh how time flies William, where did those seven years go! Always enjoy seeing time lapse series of images, the Ottowa River is tres impressive ✨

  10. Interesting views of the river throughout the year. It's very turbulent in the spring.

  11. Congratulations on that blogging milestone!

  12. Nice to see all the same scenes at different times.
    Congratulations on 7 years of blogging.

  13. Congratulations on the milestone! Great shots of the river and outstanding header photo!

  14. What a great series, love all the various skies.
    Congrats on seven years of blogging.

  15. I love all the different skies. A nice series William!

  16. Interesting to see the same place at different times ! I think we have not much possibilities to see something else due to this dear Coronavirus which doesn't want to leave us !My days are like a pearl necklace, all the same !

  17. @John: some months I'm getting the second shot in on the last day of the month, so it can require discipline. Fortunately I don't live too much of a walk away from here.

    @Tom: I certainly think so.

    @Anvilcloud: there was a sign on the bridge in the middle- possibly hit in a crash and not replaced- marking the provincial border. The base is still where it is, so I stand across from it.

    @Eileen: thank you!

    @Jennifer: I can see that.

    @Marie: it does indeed.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @RedPat: I like either condition, but sunshine seems to brighten things up.

    @Barbara: and that is to be counted on.

    @Grace: time does fly.

    @Red: it can be, yes.

    @Sharon: thank you!

    @Happyone: thanks!

    @Denise: thank you.

    @Bill: a pleasure to show it.

    @Marleen: thank you!

    @Gattina: that might be.

  18. Boy, time really has "marched" since the pandemic began, hasn't it? :-)

  19. Happy Blogging Anniversary!
    Beautiful new banner. Made me Oh my!

  20. Great river photos ~ ^_^

    Fun and creative needlework ~ ^_^

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  21. Beautiful captures as always! Happy blogversary!

  22. I hate jet skis. But boy, how the river evolves.

  23. The river is beautiful with all these views.

  24. Fabulous photos of the ever changing seasons.
    The river is very impressive.

  25. Nice to see this through the different seasons.

    All the best Jan

  26. @R: thank you.

    @Revrunner: it has.

    @Maywyn: thanks.

    @Joanne: it does.

    @Carol: thank you.

  27. @Magiceye: thanks.

    @Jeanie: it has a life to it, a spirit.

    @Orvokki: I think so too.

    @Gemel: very much so.

    @Jan: that's the idea!