Here is a little collection of photos from Edmonton, Canada on November 5, 2021. We have had a pleasant autumn this year – mild temperatures and no snow yet. The leaves were very colorful but alas, they have all fallen now, leaving a gray haze of skeleton trees across the river valley. Those fallen leaves and grasses have faded to dormant golden brown and we are left with a very subtle beauty. Of course a bright blue sky (and its reflection in the river) adds a dramatic burst of color.
The north bank of the North Saskatchewan River in Dawson Park always looks dramatic in its barren autumn cloak:
Even with minimal landscape color at this time of year I am still attracted to the forms, textures (and occasional burst of colors) from the tree trunks:
Even without color (excepting the occasional hanger-on) the forms of the trees are worth noticing:
The ice has just started to form on the edge of the North Saskatchewan River. In a month it will be frozen over until it breaks up in March.
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.
The snow started in the morning and City plow/sanding truck were already out.
Ah, winter in Edmonton – Today (2014 November 27) we got our first real taste of it, for this winter of 2014/15. Sure we’ve already had a few centimeters of snow and few days with windchills below -20C but there is nothing like a blizzard to make it real. There are 10 to 15 cm on the ground (and maybe another 10 to come) and with enough wind to cause drifting. The roads are a mess and driving is slow and frustrating.
But, as the snow came down during the day and conditions got worse and worse I was perversely looking forward to my 25 minute walk home. Why the glee? Well isn’t it obvious? Nothing says prime photography conditions like blowing snow and a -25 temperature (with windchill) – and oh did I mention that it would be dark? Well not completely dark, there are the street lights and the lights from vehicles and the glowing light reflected from the snow in the sky. All in all, I thought there was a good chance to capture some interesting images and perhaps even some beautiful ones. This is what I came up with:
A tow truck poised at the top of a river valley hill just waiting…
Evening commuters crawl down Dawson Road in Edmonton’s river valley
Lights from across the valley
“Stairs in the Snow”
Snow sparkling in the sky over Riverdale
“Deliveries to Make” – Pulling a wagon through the snow