Sunday, March 28, 2021

Late Winter Within The Park

On the same early March day as I left off in yesterday's post, I carried on into Major's Hill Park. This view looks back towards the Connaught Building and the Chateau Laurier from the path

A look over to the east side of the park gives us a look at the American embassy.

And a look over to the north shows the National Gallery of Canada and Notre Dame.

Back again where I'd been.

And then to the west for a view of Parliament Hill as it looms over the Ottawa River.

This view looks at the Rideau Canal and the Ottawa Locks as it ascends from the river, in between Major's Hill and Parliament Hill.

While this view looks towards the river itself and Gatineau on the far shore. There's open water out there, and a bridge: the Portage Bridge. We'll be over there tomorrow for a look downstream at this area through the seasons in tomorrow's post.

Looking north gives us a glimpse of the Alexandra Bridge as it crosses the river. Off in the distance are the Gatineau Hills.

Coming towards the north end of the park, I took this shot of the Gallery.

And this shot of Notre Dame.

I headed for the Alexandra Bridge, where once a month I photograph the view from an outlook towards Parliament Hill for a post later on in the year. I paused to look at the ice down below, and decided to take a shot of it, with the patterns of snow drifts on its surface. As comfortable as I am walking on the Canal ice, I would never, ever walk on river ice. Particularly this one- the Ottawa River can be lethal. The bridge spans to a height of 95 feet up from the river, but I assume that includes the height of its arches. We're probably seventy or so feet up at the surface of the bridge.

A look upstream to the west. The Ottawa River is a big river, with a large watershed that ends in the St. Lawrence at Montreal.

And I finish with this view on the grounds of the National Gallery, towards Notre Dame. The sculpture at right is Maman, by Louise Bourgeois. She liked using spiders as a dominant theme in her work, and this one is a welcome sight. Unless one's an arachnophobe.


  1. William - somehow, snow makes everything look crisper! Beautiful architecture!

  2. Winter wonderland, really lovely.

  3. A very nice serie, William, I love all the space and light in these photos.

  4. @Angie: thank you.

    @Gemel: that it was.

    @Italiafinlandia: that was a blue sky day.

    @Stefan: we get a lot.

    @Marianne: most of it is gone.

    @Jan: as do I.

  5. The spider sculpture is quite wonderful, and has become associated with Ottawa. Too bad we couldn't consign a few politicians as prey. Pierre Polièvre wouldn't last five minutes!

  6. Sun and snow is beautiful, even for me. Thank you for sharing.

  7. They are all so beautiful captures.

  8. Jeepers! And here I though summer was about to commence. :-)

  9. So nice to see the snow still William, I know these are older shots is the snow still around?

  10. That was a nice winter day but I am ready for spring. ;-)

  11. These photos were taken at a very snowy time before any snow removal. Great shots.

  12. Yikes, William is all that snow really still on the ground and will it be going away anytime soon? I am so thankful we have not have any new snow in well over a month and now the weather has been rainy in nashua, NH and that's OK with me. I haven't seen any tulips blooming but spotted a few croci just this week and buds on many trees. The tulip header is always so colorful to showcase those blooms.

  13. You have lots of snow left. Spring has a long journey to your place but it will arrive. :)

  14. Glorious blue skies and pristine snow. Spring seems a long way off for you.

  15. I like these views, snow and all.

  16. A great Winter day. Wonderful photos William.

  17. Beautiful photos from a winters day.

  18. It’s so nice to see the blue sky. We’ve had enough grey days!

  19. So much snow! I too would not walk on river ice, even in the middle of winter. :-)

  20. There is still so much snow at your place. But it is nice to see the blue sky. Love the last shot.

  21. Wonderful wintry park photos ~ Xo

    Living moment to moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  22. what a fabulous sky for a winter's day!

  23. @David: Pierre is the very worst of the federal Tories. He exemplifies the reason I, as a conservative, cannot and will not vote Conservative. The little brat is a mouthy barking mutt who thinks the world revolves around his hyper partisan world views. He is a gutless coward and ineffectual excuse for a human being. He is what's wrong with the world. On the off chance Pierre ever reads my blog: go to hell, jackass.

    @Iris: you're welcome.

    @Magiceye: thanks!

    @Tom: eventually!

    @Revrunner: it's different now.

    @Grace: most of it is gone, aside from shady spots, but we actually had snow in the night.

    @RedPat: spring comes, eventually.

    @Red: a lot of it has melted.

    @Beatrice: we might get the odd bit of snow now, but it won't stay on the ground long.

    @Bill: it shows itself eventually.

    @Fun60: more or less, spring is now showing itself.

  24. @Sharon: thank you!

    @Marleen: thanks!

    @Happyone: they were.

    @Marie: today is sunny.

    @DJan: I believe it's deep down below the Hill, but at any rate, the water currents are treacherous.

    @Jennifer: so do I.

    @JP: thank you.

    @Nancy: mostly gone now.

    @Carol: thank you!

    @Jeanie: that it was.