Thursday, November 19, 2020


I continued on with my walk. Fall colours were showing in the trees beneath Parliament Hill. I had not been down on this path in a couple of years. During the height of the spring flooding in 2017 and 2019, the path had been closed. Had I been here, the water would have been lapping at my ankles.

This is the start of a staircase that ascends the Hill here. I didn't go up this time, but have done so before. I had assumed, with ongoing work at the top of the Hill, that the staircase wasn't open at present, but that's not the case, as during a second trip along this path a few days later I saw people on the stairs.

Coming around a bend gives a view of Nepean Point and the National Gallery.

As the path comes to the meeting point of the river and the Rideau Canal, a look up towards Major's Hill Park is here.

A statue of Colonel John By stands above in the park, seen just between the trees at centre, overlooking his Canal.

One last shot from this walk along the river, with the trees turning red on the east slope of Parliament Hill. The Bytown Museum can be seen off in the background.

Heading for home, I paused to photograph Dundonald Park in the late afternoon sun.

A couple of days later, I took more views of Dundonald Park in early morning light.

A squirrel was busy, and looked at me as if inquiring if I had any peanuts on me.

As I didn't, the squirrel went back to work.


  1. Another beautiful walk! Just take some peanuts next time :-)

  2. It's nice to walk along the colored trees !

  3. Very pleasant walk. Those Fall colours are so fine!

  4. the colors are getting more beautiful, so it seemes.
    I like that small silhouet near the bridge at photo 8. :-)

  5. Hello,

    What a lovely spot for a walk, next to the river and beautiful trees.
    Take care, enjoy your day!

  6. That sure is a lovely walk. Beautiful landscapes. Loved the last pic the best.

  7. ...the river looks even better on a bright autumn day.

  8. Beautiful scenes of the trees and river.

  9. Love blue skies, blue water, and gorgeous colors. Thank you for the uplifting post.

  10. Sunlight through trees would make a neat photo series.

  11. There were only hints of red along the shore.

  12. That path is a wonderful place for a walk!

  13. So where ever you look there are great fall colors.

  14. This all goes to show the beauty of our nation's capital.

  15. Such beautiful blue skies. You do live in a beautiful city.

  16. Such beautiful views. Great places for walks.

  17. @Iris: I should!

    @Gattina: it is.

    @Italiafinlandia: they are.

    @Stefan: very much so.

    @Jan: thank you!

    @Eileen: that it is.

    @Magiceye: thanks!

  18. @Marie: it can be a pleasant spot.

    @Tom: it does, yes.

    @Barbara: thanks!

    @DJan: you're welcome.

    @Maywyn: I think so.

    @Sharon: it was a big difference a few days later as I'll show soon.

  19. @RedPat: it certainly is.

    @Red: quite true.

    @David: there's a lot of it.

    @Jeanie: fortunately!

    @Bill: thank you!

    @Happyone: indeed.

  20. What a beautiful post, and place to walk that gives such peace even through the photos.

  21. I remember going down and then back up that staircase, I think we counted more than 200 steps. I may be wrong, It was a long time ago.

  22. Was the top of the staircase somewhere near there were a lot of feral cats being looked after in some little houses?

  23. Beautiful area and photos of autumn ~ ^_^

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  24. Wonderful early light for tree and leaf shadows.

  25. William - I love the juxtaposition of the river, the trees and the buildings. So pretty. And your photos of fall color are out of this world. I especially like the ones with the leaves dappling the ground. Nice.

  26. @Revrunner: indeed.

    @Gemel: that's true.

    @Shammickite: I think the stairs was of that count. I've counted it before. And yes, the stairs did lead up to that area, which was removed years ago. I'm not sure, but this staircase may be a relatively new one. For some reason I think they replaced the older one, but did so on the foundations of the original.

    @Carol: thank you!

    @Joanne: in this case, afternoon light!

    @Angie: thanks!

  27. That's one thing we don't have here, squirrels but I think they are so cute.

    1. I very much like them. Of course I'm not a gardener.

  28. What a beautiful walk, enjoyed seeing your photographs.

    All the best Jan

  29. beautiful walk on a beautiful day. I'd like to walk there.