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:
Here are a collection of my photos to document the change in season in Edmonton. It seemed like a very long winter and therefore a late spring. These are images that I captured in the river valley between mid-February and Mid-May:
February was fairly typical, some snow melting but still plenty around and the river mostly frozen over with a few channels of flowing water. It seemed a particularly icy winter for walking around. I finally broke down and bought ice cleats to put on my boots (in fact I bought and tried 3 different pairs).
March: More open water on the North Saskatchewan River and of course more snow
April: Significant snow melting and breaks-up of the river ice, as well as first sighting of spring/summer fauna
May: The river is free of ice and the dragon boat dock reappears. The river valley slowly greens up – first the grass, then small shrubs and finally the larger deciduous trees leaf-out.
By mid-May we are seeing a green river valley and increasingly more summer-typical weather with dark clouds and thundershowers in the evening.
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.
October in Edmonton can be cold and gloomy, or brilliant and breathtaking. October 9th, 2021 was one of those brilliant days with an abundance of golden leaves still on the trees, and wonderful sunshine to backlight the colors and cast long dramatic shadows. Here are some photos from that afternoon:
Many leaves have fallen, but enough still decorate the trees:
The views from the north side of the river, near Capilano Bridge:
Down at the southern edge of the river (east of Capilano Bridge):
More trails and leaves:
It was still warm enough for many people to be out enjoying the North Saskatchewan River on boats:
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.
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)