Today (January 5th) I went for a walk in one of my favorite areas of the city, but someplace I hadn’t got to yet this winter.
I love all of the little (and a few not so little) bridges. The Mill Creek always keep flowing offering a wonderful reflective contrast to the white snow.
Another thing which fascinated and is in abundant in the ravine in a variety of colors, textures and forms are the tree trunks and their bark:
Beside the yellow/green and orange colors of the bark, with moss and lichen, there are little splashes of red berries.
Now that I’ve reminded myself of the beauty of this part of Edmonton in the winter, I’ll be back sooner than later.
A bend in Edmonton’s Mill Creek (January 2019)
January 2018 in Edmonton was not very snowy but finally in the last week around 15cm fell. This snow freshened up the landscape, smoothed out the bumps of ice on the river, and inspired me to get out and explore (especially down by the river).
In this post, I countdown my 10 favorite photos of Edmonton* that I took in 2017:
Edmonton City Hall
North Saskatchewan River by Dawson Park
and finally my favorite (at the moment) for 2017:
Forest Heights Park
*I should further qualify that these are from just among the photos I took with my DSLR and each has some recognizable Edmonton viewpoint.
Bonus, a few other photos that made the shortlist (but not Top 10):
The winter was mild and all indications were that Edmonton would be experiencing an early spring.
Surprise! Two days after the equinox and the snow is falling again.
It’s nothing too serious – a bit chilly but kind of pretty. Here are a few images from downtown around midday.
As disappointing as this little spring snowfall was, I won’t complain after remembering the snow from 3 years earlier on this date:
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:
One of the snowier fairways
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.
Road on the southern edge of the course
Just a touch of snow on the bunker’s edge
[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)]
Steps to a tee box
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).
An Inviting Fairway
Yesterday (2016 March 12), I went for a hike in the north end of Mill Creek Ravine in Edmonton.I walked the stretch between the north end of the ravine at Connors Road and a little south of 82nd Avenue.
Winter is in full retreat this year with the mid-afternoon temperature was around 8C as I walked about. This means that the paved path through the ravine is mostly snow free, with just one or two big puddles across the path in places*. However, I didn’t venture off of the pavement as the other trails looked treacherously icy and/or muddy.
Anyway, here is what caught my eye:
The mostly dry and bare path at the north end of Mill Creek Ravine
The one icy and treacherous part of the path, leading up to the Connors Road pedestrian overpass
Under the Bridge (at 82nd Avenue)
No idea why this tree was singled out but I like the green hue of the young poplar tree trunks
Stairs leading down to the path to a bridge over Mill Creek
A typical view looking up in to the trees beside the path
*A few of my artistic puddle reflection pictures can be seen over on my art blog.
Here are some images from Edmonton’s North Saskatchewan River valley in mid-February:
Edmonton Ski Club
Blue Tip of a Muttart Pyramid
Overlooking the Ski Hill
Top of the Hill
Late afternoon in late January in Edmonton and the sky across the river valley was looking good:
It was early morning, just before sunrise, but with the heavy overcast sky and light snow falling how would you know?. Overnight, this part of Edmonton had 5 to 10 cm of the lightest, fluffiest snow you can imagine. For a few hours we were living in a winter wonderland.
and finally an image from the same morning, which is interesting even though not featuring the snow:
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: