Friday, September 2, 2022

Changing Viewpoints Upon The Ottawa River

It has been my tradition for some time now to go out to the Portage Bridge as it crosses the Ottawa River from Ontario into Quebec, from Ottawa into Gatineau. I do this twice a month to document the view downstream from the bridge as conditions change during seasons. Landmarks seen in this frame include the Alexandra Bridge, Nepean Point, the National Gallery, Parliament Hill, the Supreme Court of Canada, and Victoria Island at the extreme right. Today I show how things have unfolded over the last few months.

To begin, here's a view of how things were in the first half of March, with ice still downstream from the bridge on a cold day.

A few days later, in the middle of March, the skies were different, but the ice was starting to break up too.

In early April much of the ice was clearing out, with some still visible below the Hill and around the Alexandra Bridge.

Late in April things looked different on a brooding day.

I crossed the river around the middle of May to head into Gatineau to photograph tulips over there, and this was how things looked on what had been, until then, a rainy day.

A few days later, this was how things stood.

In the first half of June I returned.

Near the end of June I took another shot.

Early in July I returned.

Late in July, it was a brooding kind of day when I came back.

A very different day in the first half of August.

Finally, this last one was taken earlier this week, in the last days of August. The blue sky to the east was deceptive; there were storm clouds to the north and to the west.

A rarity for these posts, looking in a different direction on this bridge, but here are some of those storm clouds to the north as the bridge heads into Gatineau. Cirque de Soleil has one of their traveling shows happening, hence all the white tents.


  1. Very nice. I like to see the changes through the seasons,

  2. Beautiful series on the river! Happy weekend! Take care, have a happy day!

  3. Great to see the changes!
    I think we have nothing for a series like that. Our weather and River Oker are too small (luckily).

  4. Nice those changes.Take a point and follow it the year round. Good idea.

  5. @Stefan: learned it from you.

    @italinfinlandia: thank you.

    @Eileen: thanks.

    @Iris: this is one of two spots I use.

    @SC: I certainly think so.

  6. It's good to keep a record of the seasonal changes from one vantage point:)

  7. I chuckled at your opening statement, William. You know you've been doing this for a while when you have established traditions!

  8. I love these comparison photos, William. They are well worth the effort!

  9. I like these shots. It is much nicer when the sun shines - so is my mood.

  10. So many dayS WERE OVERCAST, BUT YOU DID GET SOME NICE BLUE SKIES. (Sorry the caps lock got stuck,)

  11. I like seeing the seasons change along the river.

  12. I always enjoy when you share the changes in time here.

  13. What a majestic river and awesome photography ~ Wow!

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days ~

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    ala (A Creative Harbor)

  14. Es un bonito paseo. Me gusta mucho esas fotografías.
    Feliz fin de semana.

  15. It is interesting to see the seasonal changes in this river view month by month. Not only does the shoreline change but also the water, according to the weather.

  16. Nice series, William, I always like to see the river and the changing sky and weather circumstances.

  17. It's lovely to see the changes.
    Great collection of photographs.

    Have a good weekend.

    All the best Jan

  18. This is incredible! Love the ever-changing skies in the same location. Like a timelapse.

  19. So nice to see all the changing views!!

  20. The river is incredible in every season. You have captured it beautifully! A lot of drama in some of those skies.

  21. We are all the beneficiaries of your diligence. William. Thank you so much for sharing your town with us

  22. @Tom: it is.

    @Rosie: I think so.

    @David: definitely.

    @Marie: they are.

    @Francisco: thanks.

    @RedPat: I can understand.

    @Anvilcloud: that's sometimes the case.

    @Sharon: me too.

    @Jeanie: thanks.

  23. @Carol: thank you.

    @Ventana: thanks.

    @Pat: it does, yes.

    @Jan: me as well.

    @Jan: thank you.

    @Roentare: it is, yes.

    @Happyone: a pleasure to do so.

    @Denise: definitely so.

    @Cloudia: thank you.