[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:
Today was one of those days that defines Edmonton winters – cold and gloriously sunny. This coming a day after 10 to 15 cm of snow fell turning the valley into a winter wonderland.
Even at a -23C temperature I had to get out for a walk in the river valley and capture a few photos:
Edmonton January Skyline and River
Eastern Shore – of the North Saskatchewan River looking south from the Dawson Bridge.
The following photos are from a trail running south from the Riverside Golf Course parking lot
Snowy Trail in Edmonton’s River Valley
Snow on Spruce
Translucent Snow – sunshine lighting up the fresh snow piled up on a fallen tree trunk
Finally looking back across the river at the trees through which the trail ran:
North Saskatchewan River and Bank in early January
A few photos from Louise McKinney Riverfront Park in central Edmonton on a (not quite) winter’s, (not quite) evening (i.e. before 6 pm on December 15th).
Looking across the North Saskatchewan River valley from the top of Grierson Hill (Louise McKinney is just below the near edge and not visible in this image):
Close to the Edge on a “Winter’s Eve”
The stairs descending into the river valley and park:
The “bike” path descending along the east edge of the park:
Path into the Valley
A Chinese garden is situated next to the path, on the east side of the park:
Pagoda in the Park (in the dark, in the snow)
and finally looking back (west) at the downtown Edmonton skyline:
Edmonton Skyline in December from Louise McKinney Park
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.
Last Friday (2013 June 28) was beautiful – sunny and warm. The flood water of the past week had receded and although the river was still fast and dirty it was not over its banks. I strolled through Louise McKinney Park [map] on the north bank of the river just east of downtown and captured these photos:
Riverside Promenade – on the north bank of the North Saskatchewan River in central Edmonton
Wild Flower and Muddy Water
Emergency Phone (with solar power)
Beside the River