Monday, March 29, 2021

River Views Through The Seasons

A couple of times each month I come out to the Portage Bridge for an ongoing series, photographing the view of the Ottawa River downstream from here as the bridge crosses from Gatineau at left to Ottawa on the right. Landmarks visible in these shots include the Alexandra Bridge, National Gallery of Canada, Parliament Hill, and the Supreme Court. Where I stand on the bridge is right about where the provincial border is.
This first view was taken in the first half of October, with fall colours showing around some of the landmarks.

And here it was later in October.

In early November, skies were different.

Late in November, I returned on a snowy day.

This shot was taken in the middle of December, late in the day.

While this shot was taken around mid-day on New Year's Eve.

Snow was falling on a day in mid January when I returned. Ice was starting to build downstream, but because of the force of the current coming from the Chaudiere Falls upstream from here, this area does not freeze over.

In late January, we had a day with partial clearing and a different mood.

All was clear on an early February day.

And similar conditions were underway on a mid-February day. 

By the beginning of this month, things were more brooding.

And lastly, this shot taken on St. Patrick's Day in the afternoon. The ice was breaking up.


  1. Nice overviews. You definitely have four distinct seasons.

  2. I find myself going back up to your beautiful header...Oh those lovely tulips!

  3. Beautiful views of the river, I love the views with the pretty blue skies.
    Take care, have a great day!

  4. I've always had ideas of doing something similar to that but never complete a series! I admire the precise way in which you've framed each shot exactly the same which gives extra emphasis to the changes in the weather and the seasons.

  5. Nice shots in the ever changing weather.

  6. ...I like the river in its liquid state!

  7. The change in light is incredible. Love these!

  8. @Italiafinlandia: we do.

    @Janey: thank you.

    @Eileen: thanks!

    @John: I do like getting there in different light.

    @David: that's the idea.

    @Jan: thank you.

    @Tom: as do I.

    @Marie: thanks!

  9. I really like these series that you do!

  10. Always interesting to see photos of an area throughout the year.

  11. Beautiful seasonal river photos ~ Xo ~ Your header photo is awesome!

    Living moment to moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  12. You must live very close to the Ottawa river. Great shots. I've always loved rivers.

  13. The scene might be the same but it's still always different.

  14. I love the more cheerful views, i appreciate those others but the brighter more sunny ones warm you heart a bit more. it has been such an odd temp weather lately. we were in the 70's and then suddenly over night the temps dropped and u got need you heat on again temps. so wild. have a super great week. hope you get lots done around there. take care. ( :

  15. Good photos. Of course, I preferred the ones with no snow. Tweeted.

  16. What a variety of skies! Love the different clouds -- and the blue!

  17. What a personality the river has depending upon the weather. Really loved all of these.

  18. Nice to see in all the different seasons.

  19. @RedPat: I enjoy presenting it.

    @Red: I think so.

    @Carol: thank you!

    @Eve: I'm about fifteen minutes away from this spot on the bridge.

    @Sharon: it has many personalities.

    @Beth: we've had fluctuations too.

    @Bill: thank you!

    @Mari: thanks.

    @Jeanie: I do too.

    @Gemel: it has its moods.

    @Revrunner: I think so.

    @Happyone: that it is.

  20. I like the November one and the early March one. I really like that you have stood in exactly the same spot to take the photos.

  21. I really enjoy seeing these series of shots taken from the same spot at different times of the year William, the changes are so much more dramatic than if I did the same thing here.

  22. Oh my gosh the Confederation and Justice buildings are magnificent William, so impressive! So much wonderful architecture to see here ✨

  23. @Joanne: thanks.

    @Magiceye: thank you.

    @Fun60: it's a good idea.

    @Grace: my posts for the next two days this year feature the same concept.