Here are photos of mine taken from mid-May to mid-July 2022, in Edmonton.
This year spring seemed late, Usually I expect the river valley to explode into green in the first week of may but this year the greening seemed more gradual and it was mid-month before the valley was definitely fully green.
The North Saskatchewan River was rather low in May but abundant rain in June (and into July) had the river flowing high and fast.
On June 5th I captured these photos of the new LRT line near Muttart Conservatory:
By mid-June, I was seeing families of Canada Geese on the North Saskatchewan and wild roses starting to bloom:
June 18, 2022 and those little green worms were hanging from Elder trees in the river valley and the river was high and fast, raising and displacing the Dragon Boat dock:
On the last day of spring (June 20), I visited the lovely Botanic Park in St Albert (a smaller city on the northwest border of Edmonton).
On June 24th I captured one last image of the iconic building in Edmonton’s Riverdale neighborhood., before it was demolished. This was the first (and last) time I saw the historic Robin Hood Flour sign that had been hidden for decades:
On a hike in the river valley on June 25th, I was pleased to see the Edmonton Riverboat back at its dock, and I also captured some iconic views of Edmonton from the valley:
Some views from a river valley hike in early July:
Today (January 5th) I went for a walk in one of my favorite areas of the city, but someplace I hadn’t got to yet this winter.
I love all of the little (and a few not so little) bridges. The Mill Creek always keep flowing offering a wonderful reflective contrast to the white snow.
Another thing which fascinated and is in abundant in the ravine in a variety of colors, textures and forms are the tree trunks and their bark:
Beside the yellow/green and orange colors of the bark, with moss and lichen, there are little splashes of red berries.
Now that I’ve reminded myself of the beauty of this part of Edmonton in the winter, I’ll be back sooner than later.
A bend in Edmonton’s Mill Creek (January 2019)
Te first day of October 2016 was gloomy, wet and cool (see part 1 post) but on Sunday October 2nd, the sun was out, shedding a whole new light <groan> on the autumn beauty in Edmonton. Here are a few shots from that day:
Houses on the North Saskatchewan River bank on the east end of Jasper Avenue
“Red Kayak” – some enjoyed the beautiful day on the North Saskatchewan River
Path in Dawson Park
“Path and Puddle”, in Edmonton’s River Valley
The north bank of the river valley (over the east end of Dawson Park)
Yesterday (2016 March 12), I went for a hike in the north end of Mill Creek Ravine in Edmonton.I walked the stretch between the north end of the ravine at Connors Road and a little south of 82nd Avenue.
Winter is in full retreat this year with the mid-afternoon temperature was around 8C as I walked about. This means that the paved path through the ravine is mostly snow free, with just one or two big puddles across the path in places*. However, I didn’t venture off of the pavement as the other trails looked treacherously icy and/or muddy.
Anyway, here is what caught my eye:
The mostly dry and bare path at the north end of Mill Creek Ravine
The one icy and treacherous part of the path, leading up to the Connors Road pedestrian overpass
Under the Bridge (at 82nd Avenue)
No idea why this tree was singled out but I like the green hue of the young poplar tree trunks
Stairs leading down to the path to a bridge over Mill Creek
A typical view looking up in to the trees beside the path
*A few of my artistic puddle reflection pictures can be seen over on my art blog.
Here it is, the end of February. Even though its been a mild winter in Edmonton, spring can’t come soon enough. Although there are another 3 weeks until the equinox and being Edmonton I wouldn’t rule out a major snowfall until, say mid-May, the changes in the last week are encouraging: the snow is receding and grass is showing, sidewalks are drying, the river ice is getting soft and melt water is running down the streets.
Here are the signs I saw this afternoon:
The North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton in Late-February
The river ice softening around the Edmonton Queen
Puddle-filled back alley
The river ice breaking up
The seasonal end of the outdoor rink
Here are a few more images (perhaps not often noticed) from Edmonton’s river valley in early February.
Muttart Pyramids Tucked Away
Curved Bridge (James MacDonald)
Bridge Shadow on River Ice
Low Level Bridge (from below the James MacDonald)
Riverside Promenade in Winter (Louise McKinney Park)
The first set of images from this photo-walk can be seen on the prior blog post: Different Perspectives.
A walk this afternoon (2016 February 6) through the river valley, revealed a few perspectives of Edmonton that I usually don’t see. For the record, it was a beautiful afternoon – mostly sunny with temperatures well above seasonal averages and well above zeros. There were however very gusty winds and I was worried that if I was standing on ice (of which there was a lot) when a gust peaked I could have gone sailing. Alas I found good footing at the times of the worst of the winds, so no falls and photos that I am pleased with:
Stairs through Louise McKinney Park
Under the Low Level
Under the James MacDonald
Walterdale Bridge Replacement Construction
Skyline, Park and Frozen River on a February Afternoon
Watch for an upcoming follow-up post for more Edmonton photos taken this afternoon.
The last day of 2015 and a beautiful day it was. After a couple of weeks of cool seasonal temperatures, December 31st featured the relative warmth of temperatures near freezing and sunshine – a bright, low-in-the-sky sun and blue skies. It was a great day for a walk in the river valley.
Here is a bit of what I saw as I wandered around the Buena Vista Park area:
Red Berries Against a Blue Sky
Winter Sun Through the Trees
Road Through the Trees
Bridge Over Ice and Water
On Saturday (2015 March 14) I attended the Crashed Ice Championship on the bank of the North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton. Problem was that with the huge crowds I couldn’t get anywhere near the race itself. Nonetheless it was a very interesting atmosphere with the lighting and the crowds so I turned my attention to just capturing photos of that atmosphere.
Ice in the Night
On the Slope
Distant Big Screen
This was as close as i was able to get to the live racing action:
The Edmonton Queen in the Ice
Bridge in the Night