Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Changing Views In One Location

Once a month I come out to the start of the Alexandra Bridge, where a viewing platform is set up, to photograph the view through the seasons. The perspective takes in the Chateau Laurier at left and Parliament Hill at right, with the entrance of the Rideau Canal nestled between them.

To start, this was the view on an overcast mid-June day, one on a bit of a cool side.

Early in July saw different conditions, with some sun, but hot and humid.

A month later in early August, here's how things looked.

By mid September, the view was like this on a brooding day.

Here we had it on an early October day. Fall colours were just starting to make their presence known.

Early in November I paid another visit. Leaves were either in fall colours or had already fallen.

In mid-December there had been some snow, and ice was starting to form on the river.

Early January saw different weather, and the river below the lookout covered in ice.

A cold, clear day in mid-February. You wouldn't know it to look at this shot, which feels peaceful, but there was a lot of noise coming from the area of the Hill, thanks to the so called trucker convoy- who called themselves peaceful protesters, but in fact were anything but peaceful. I will despise those people until the end of time.

And I'm finishing up with this view on another clear day in the first half of this month. We'll see this series again down the line, but tomorrow I have a similar set of photos from a spot upstream from here.


  1. A time-lapse, nice idea. Oh, it makes the time run even faster....

  2. Although the subject is the same the lighting each month makes a big difference. It is only in the Autumn we can see the Parliament buildings clearly.

  3. I like this kind of photo report. So nice to see!

  4. I love this post. It's so interesting to see the subtle changes of the seasons. Nice work.

  5. Hello,
    A great sequence of photos, I love the view!
    Take care, enjoy your day!

  6. At the risk of being repetitive, I once again take heart that one of our most enduring, and endearing, structures on Parliament Hill is the Peace Tower. Maybe Putin should erect one in Red Square.

  7. These are great. January is my favourite here.

  8. ...a beautiful sight in every season.

  9. Muy buena plataforma para fotografiar y comprobar como cambia la fotografía según la clase de luz que le dá.

  10. @Iris: same idea tomorrow.

    @fun60: probably the best time to photograph here is past four on a sunny day when the light is to the west.

    @italiafinlandia: thank you.

    @Stefan: I figured!

    @Susie: yes it is.

    @Jan: I think so.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @David: I agree.

    @Gemel: I do like it in winter particularly.

    @Tom: that it is.

    @Ventana: thanks.

  11. A fun series. It's nice to see the green leaves -- I hope you see them for real soon!

  12. Interesting to see the different views in one location.

  13. Wonderful documentation. Great idea!

  14. It’s a good idea, but I am too scatterbrained to ever do it.

  15. Interesting to see the seasons change over the water.

  16. It is so interesting to see. There is such a contrast between our world in summer and how it is in winter.

  17. Lovely seasonal photo series ~

    Wishing you love and laughter everyday,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  18. What a great exercise to do and see the changes. Nice work!

  19. Fascinating to see the changes in the seasons. You should have a selfie at each season too to document the changes in clothing!

  20. @Jeanie: soon enough.

    @Nancy: that's the idea.

    @Magiceye: I like doing it.

    @Anvilcloud: I just have to remind myself to do it.

    @Sharon: it is.

    @Maywyn: I think so too.

    @RedPat: very much so.

    @Carol: thank you.

    @Bill: that it is.

    @Marie: me too.

    @shammickite: but I don't like selfies!

  21. Another series of interesting shots.

  22. How interesting to see the same view by different months and seasons. It seems the cranes have been there for a long time--do you know what is being built?

    1. It's rehabilitation work for Centre Block. It'll take several years. I doubt the cranes will be there throughout, but at present there's a deep pit in front of that building.