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
Waiting for the snow that is. In most years Edmonton would by now have snow on the ground (the last of which wouldn’t disappear until sometime in April). This year though, we’ve been lucky and yesterday I was able to get out for a bike ride and capture a few photos of the valley landscape (mostly in Rundle and Dawson Parks).
Although the ground is not covered by snow the temperatures have been consistently below freezing for the last week or two. As a result, ponds (such as the one at Rundle Park) have developed a thin layer of ice (not enough for skating yet, but able to support the weight of a goose)
Canada Geese on the Rundle Park pond
Another of the Rundle Park ponds has been drained for winter.
Dry Pond and Larch
Bridge between Rundle and Goldbar Parks
Looking West Across the Valley (downtown Edmonton in the distance on the left)
The Riverbank in Dawson Park
Bike Path through Dawson Park
To see more photos from this day, featuring scenes form the bike path, visit my cycling blog: Zen Cyclist.
[Ho Ho Ho; Yeg-Mon-Ton] – you might have to be of a certain age to get that one.
A few images of the North Saskatchewan river valley in central Edmonton. These early afternoon images are typical of late winter, with the river ice showing signs of softening and breaking up and while a lot of snow remains on the ground. With a couple of sunny days with temperatures well above seasonal average, the snow started to recede in areas that get a lot of daily sun exposure.
Softening Ice and Downtown Edmonton Skyline
Path in Dawson Park
Steep River Valley Slope
Path by the Hoodoos
Across the Valley
Although not visible in the above picture, the North Saskatchewan River is crossed three times in this view, as it meanders in a big S-shaped path below the visible land and trees.
The North Saskatchewan river valley is one of the City of Edmonton’s defining features and points of pride.
In every season the view of and across the valley is something to behold. It was the lovely, winter afternoon of Feb 21 (2015) when I snapped these images of the river valley from the top (northside) of the riverbank between 96th and 97th Streets.
Chinese Pagoda in Louise McKinney Park
I love the old pedestrian bridge that spans between Louise McKinney park on the northside and the Cloverdale community on the southside. It is distressing to me that the bridge might be torn down in the near future!
On the southside of the valley lies the community of Cloverdale which is home to both the Muttart Conservatory (2 of the 4 pyramids pictured below) and the Edmonton Ski Club (on the slopes in the background)
Pyramids and Moguls
The east end of the Edmonton Ski Club in the distance on the left and on the right the reflections from the Shaw Conference Centre
Two of the downtown bridges (roadways) – the Low Level in the foreground and the James MacDonald behind it: