Thursday, March 31, 2022

The Ottawa River In Different Seasons

As I did with yesterday, it's my tradition to go to another overlook of the Ottawa River to capture the spot in different conditions. Twice a month I walk out to the Portage Bridge, which crosses the river from Ottawa into Gatineau. At a spot roughly where the provincial border weaves through the river, I take a shot looking downstream from the bridge. The landmarks captured here include the Alexandra Bridge, Nepean Point, National Gallery of Canada, Parliament Hill, and the Supreme Court at right. The river passes through a series of channels here coming downstream from the Chaudiere Falls, but this is the main channel. At right, the outcrop of Victoria Island divides another channel. 

To start things off, I took this shot on a clear day in early October.

Late in October when I took a walk along the river pathway towards the Hill, this was the view.

Another clear day in the first half of November saw things like this.

Later in November saw more of a brooding kind of day.

On a day in the latter half of December, it was a cold, clear day, with snow on the shores.

Late in December I returned on a day with light snow falling.. Ice was forming downstream. It never builds up to where the Portage Bridge is, as the current coming from the waterfalls upstream is too strong.

Mid-January saw another snowy day, with the ice build up more significantly seen downstream.

Late in January, this was the view.

In the first half of February I returned. 

A few days later, in mid-February, I returned. This was at the height of the trucker convoy occupation, and I'd gone to Lowertown past the worst of it. I decided at that point to come back by walking through Gatineau via the Alexandra Bridge and taking this bridge back. Better that than to have another go past those infernal idiots. I end with this shot, but have already started taking shots for the next installment a few months down the line.


  1. I am still amazed how such a mighty river can totally freeze. Looking forward to see the ice in the making.

  2. The river looks beautiful in different seasons.

  3. The last photo has a calm vibe, weather will be warmer sense.

  4. Mid January is my favourite here.

  5. Nice series, not too many impressive clouds this time.

  6. @Iris: I would never walk on the ice below the Hill, particularly with open water upstream like this.

    @Nancy: yes it does.

    @Maywyn: relatively.

    @Italiafinlandia: it's different.

    @Gemel: thank you.

    @David: I like this spot.

    @Jan: it tends to be a chance thing. I go when I have the opportunity. So the sky varies.

    @Stefan: thank you.

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

  8. sure is a major feature of the city.

  9. Se nota un cambio gradual, según el día y la hora en que la has tomado. Aunque fotografíes, en distintas ocasiones, el mismo sitio, nunca la foto es igual.

  10. Seasonal takes are always a good idea.

  11. I love these time lapse series that you do.

  12. It would be interesting to see what January was like for say ten years in a row?

  13. Amazing river and great photo series

    Wishing you love and laughter in your days,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  14. A wonderful series, William.

  15. Interesting watching the ice creep in from the edges.

  16. @Eileen: thank you.

    @Tom: that it is.

    @Ventana: thanks.

    @Anvilcloud: indeed.

    @RedPat: I like doing them.

    @Red: that would be a long term project!

    @Magiceye: thank you.

    @Carol: it's quite a river.

    @Bill: thanks.

    @Sharon: it is.

  17. I like how the photos show the Supreme Court building and its proximity to Parliament Hill.

    1. The Supreme Court features in tomorrow's post too.

  18. You know I would not like to fall in the river in any of those photos, it looks cold

  19. I love a city with a river running through it.

  20. Such a pretty spot overlooking the water, good to see it in each season

  21. The water is quite responsive to the season.

  22. A wonderful look of the river in different seasons.

  23. Always lovely no matter what season!