Thursday, September 30, 2021

Changing Faces Of The Ottawa River

Twice each month, I come out onto the Portage Bridge as it crosses the Ottawa River from Ottawa into Gatineau. I come to photograph the downstream view in changing conditions. Landmarks seen here include the Alexandra Bridge, Nepean Point, the National Gallery, Notre Dame, Parliament Hill, the Supreme Court, and Victoria Island. 

I start with a view of the river in the first half of April.

Later in April saw a different mood to things.

Here we had things near the middle of May.

The late days of May brought this view.

In mid-June, it was a brooding, overcast, and relatively cool day when I came by.

Later in June, we had clear conditions when I took this shot.

Early July saw a brooding sky here.

And this was later in July.

Late in the afternoon one early August day I was returning from the Museum of History, my current series, and took this shot.

On the last day of August, things looked like this.

On a mid-September day, things were mostly cloudy when I stopped by.

And lastly, just a few days ago a sunny morning greeted me as I made the crossing on a walk into Gatineau. I'll start taking photos of this view again starting sometime in the first half of October.


  1. July is my fav.
    Interesting how it differs!

  2. I like the July pic. Nice to see all the different faces of Ottawa river.

  3. It's interesting how the light changes with the different months ! I will start some autumn pictures now !

  4. It's always interesting when viewed at different times of the year.

  5. ...each season has its own beauty and interest.

  6. Always a clever move to go back for another photo.

  7. I like the views of the river, very nice, William.

  8. Beautiful series on the river, the views are just lovely.
    Take care, enjoy your day!

  9. Always nice to see the changes of light and sky from this vantage point, William.

  10. @Linda: very much so.

    @Iris: there's quite a difference.

    @Italiafinlandia: thank you.

    @Nancy: that it is.

    @Gattina: I imagine I'll take my first shot for the next post here within a week.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @David: that it is.

    @Tom: very much so.

    @Stefan: a habit I've picked up from your posts about the old tree.

    @Sandi: so do I.

    @Bill: me too.

    @Eileen: thanks.

    @Jan: I think so.

  11. Very enjoyable. I like your new header picture very much.

  12. So much fun to see the changes. It’s such a beautiful spot.
    I love your header photo.

  13. So many different moods, William.

  14. I love all the different moods along the river.

  15. The sky is a character in that setting. Great idea!

  16. Wonderful series of the river and sky photos ~

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  17. So nice to see the river each month and how it changes. Great post.

  18. Hi William. Your comment didn't show up on my blog but it showed on the blogger page. Strange things with blogger these days.

  19. Las imágenes van cambiando según la luminosidad. Es un buen lugar para pasear.

  20. @DJan: thank you.

    @Dixie: that it is.

    @RedPat: indeed. And odd about the comment. I've found lately that some legit comments are also ending up in spam.

    @Sharon: me too.

    @Marie: thanks.

    @Carol: thank you.

    @happyone: and it does change.

    @Ventana: thanks.

  21. Fabulous shots Wiliam. The shifts and changes of nature are always spectacular.

  22. The state of the sky tells much about the weather.

  23. It's very cool to see a landscape change with the seasons in photos.

  24. I really like seeing the progressions, William. It's a wonderful idea for photo studies.