Yesterday I was out for a walk in the Edmonton river valley. That in itself is pretty common but on this day, I strayed from the usual path and discovered views of my City which were refreshingly different.
These photos were taken from the south side of the river (North Saskatchewan), west of the Capilano Bridge. While I walk the path/ bike trails frequently, this day I made an effort to get right down to the water’s edge. Here, beside the little island near the south bank I discovered what may be the only rapids on the North Saskatchewan River as it winds its way through Edmonton as a big, slow waterway.
From the water’s edge I was also able to see the layers of mud making up the lower river bank.
Looking across the island and gravel bar, and across the river to the east end of Dawson Park on the north bank.
A bit of subtle but striking, color from the few leaves that remain on the trees and shrubs in mid-October:
I’d never before noticed this view of the 50th Street footbridge, under and beyond the Capilano Bridge.
Looking up at the east end of Jasper Avenue from down beside the south bank of the North Saskatchewan River
Mid-October in Edmonton – we are past the peak of autumn foliage color and in fact a good swath of the river valley has taken on the grey color of bare trees. However there are still a few trees fulled enrobed in gold or red and a few (somehow) holding onto green leaves. What I like best about this season though, is how my senses get attuned to more subtle colors. I see and appreciate things besides colors (like lines and textures) which I would not have even noticed just a few weeks back.
Here are a few photo taken while I was out walking in Edmonton’s river valley (in Dawson Park) on the morning of 2017 October 16th.
Autumn in all its glory, has arrived in Edmonton. The colors may have peaked a week earlier but here is some of the beauty from the first weekend of October.
The Saturday (October 1st) was gloomy, cool and wet but the wetness brought out the color saturation and contrast in the river valley:
Downtown Edmonton Under Low Cloud
S-bend on Wet Path
Rainbow of Autumn Leaves
Bend in the North Saskatchewan
For more images of early October in Edmonton see part 2, taken on the very sunny day that followed the day of these images.
Edmonton has been called River City and I do like that nickname. Even though many or most cities and towns developed around rivers (or other waterways), I do have to believe our river is special – it is more defining of the city. The valley is deep and sharp. It doesn’t sneak up on you like other places. Here, you know when you have dropped into or climbed out of, our river valley; and when you are in it you can often forget that you are in the City itself.
I am always happy when I see our river getting a lot of use and appreciation. So last Saturday (2015 October 10) seeing lots of boats on the river (not to mention the beauty of the autumn colors), brought a smile to my face.
A Seasonal Bend
Two in a Canoe
Under the Dawson (bridge)
Rush Hour on the River
The Other Side of the Bend
A early afternoon stroll in downtown Edmonton revealed a lot of natural and man-made beauty.
Colorful Library Parkade Entrance
One of the things that most caught my eye was the progress on the Kelly Ramsay Tower construction. Especially impressive was seeing the unveiling of the historic facade at the base of the building.It seems they have done a great job in cleaning up the brickwork and restoring it to its former glory.
“Looking Way Up” – construction on the Kelly Ramsay Tower
the historical facade on the Kelly Ramsay Tower
planters outside the library
Falling Leaves beside City Hall
We certainly get the four seasons in Edmonton – not too balanced, with way more winter than suits me but as a photographer I certainly enjoy the variety and challenges of the changing seasons.
On this past Sunday (2014 October 26) I was hit with the realization that it was definitely fall. In fact autumn had pretty much passed us as all of the colorful leaves were on the ground and had turned shades of brown. Nonetheless a two hour walk through Dawson Park opened my eyes to the subtle beauty of the season. I had not expected to take any photos, I was just out for a walk with my dog but I was sure glad I had my camera phone with me. Here are a few of the images that I captured:
A Path South
Edge of the Barren Woods
One of the few bright and bold spots of color:
Red and Yellow
Color in the Grass
Ripples to Ride
As pleasant as this midday was, by late afternoon the season threatened to move on as we got a bit of snow falling. The next morning there was even a trace of snow on the ground. It won’t be long until I am on to my next seasonal photo challenge.