It was only May 1st, in this year of early spring (and even earlier summer-like weather), but there was already a bit of activity on the North Saskatchewan River in central Edmonton on a lovely Sunday afternoon:
Built into the bank of the North Saskatchewan river valley, the Edmonton’s convention center (or Shaw Conference Centre) is a landmark and architecturally interesting inside an out. Last Saturday as I made my way from the river valley to downtown I passed up by the building and stopped to capture a view things and views that caught my eye:
I continued my search today (March 19), for signs of spring in Edmonton. It actually isn’t that hard to believe that spring is officially just a few hours away. Despite some rather cool days this past week, snow is hard to see (in open areas) and the ground and streets have substantially dried up.
My walk today was at Highlands Golf Course in Edmonton’s river valley. Being situated on the north side of the river valley, Highlands has a nice sunny exposure, so its not to surprising that the fairways are now mostly snow free and the grass is, ever so slightly, starting to green up. Here’s what it looked like:
I am not what you’d call a big golfer. I might be if I had the opportunity but typically get out only a couple of times each year. Still, I just love the atmosphere of the course and even today I could feel it, and smell it.
[As an aside, I think it would be really “cool”/bizarre/intriguing/fun/appropriate if some Edmonton area course had a bunker that was filled (at least covered) with snow (artificial for most of the season)]
This is looking pretty playable, don’t you think? Maybe a couple of more weeks? (barring of course, a completely plausible and probably overdue, big spring snow dump).
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:
Here are some images from Edmonton’s North Saskatchewan River valley in mid-February:
Fitting for Valentine’s Day 2016 in Edmonton, this huge declaration stomped in the snow on the frozen surface of the North Saskatchewan River:
Here are a few more images (perhaps not often noticed) from Edmonton’s river valley in early February.
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:
Watch for an upcoming follow-up post for more Edmonton photos taken this afternoon.
Late afternoon in late January in Edmonton and the sky across the river valley was looking good:
Yes, what a difference a day can make – weather wise in Edmonton. The temperature swings in Edmonton can be especially dramatic. Yesterday, Saturday January 9th was cold. Even though the sun came out int he afternoon the -18C temperature and a bit of wind made me want to stay inside. I did venture out for a little while to clear snow off of my sidewalks but within 20 minutes my fingers were frozen, numb and my ski gloves were not helping.
Today however the temperature swung up to near freezing and with the sun out it was very pleasant. It enticed me to go out for a nice photo hike in the river valley. I was out for an hour in a light with jacket with light gloves and was actually too warm and had to take my toque off to moderate my temperature (love when that happens).
Anyway here are a few images of the beautiful North Saskatchewan river valley in central Edmonton: