Friday, April 27, 2018

The Canal In Two Seasons

Today I have another set of winter to spring transitions, and am focusing on the Rideau Canal. We have views west and east taken late on a fairly gloomy day in early March. I took this from the Bank Street Bridge.

Here we have the same views on the first day of April. Open water had started to show itself at this part of the Canal.

And these were taken last weekend.

Further west along the Canal's course, walking alongside Dow's Lake on an early March day one or two days after my first shots, I decided I'd do the same from here. This looks across the lake to the wooded area of the Arboretum.

Here we have a view of it last Sunday morning. I came down to have a look at the tulip beds down here, and took this shot. There's a mix of ice and open water on the lake, but that's typical- this portion of the Rideau Canal always loses its ice last. The Arboretum looked clear of snow, at least at a distance, but odds are there was still some snow in shady spots.

And I finish with two views from the Corktown Bridge looking north to the final stretch of the Canal, with the Chateau Laurier in the distance. This first shot was taken in mid-March. There was no sign yet of the ice breaking up.

Here we have the view from the bridge this past Sunday. Aside from the shaded west side, the snow and ice were gone from this final stretch of the Canal.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Changes On The River

Today for seasonal transitions, we're looking at the Rideau River in one given spot. I begin with a view west, taken at Billings Bridge in early March one day. The river stays open beneath the bridge through the winter, which becomes a haven for ducks who stay over the winter. The open water was considerably larger than at the height of winter when I passed over, when everything in this view was frozen. Pressure from the rapids upstream undermined the ice between here and there throughout March, while downstream work had been going on blasting the ice, weakening ice between here and its final terminus.

A pair of ducks were along the shore on this side, one in the water, the other perched on the ice in the first shot, then together.

Here we have the view looking east downstream. The river curls and bends on its way down towards its outlet in the Ottawa River, and there was an ice jam downstream, but with the blasting of ice downstream, it wouldn't take long for all of this to break up.

Here we have the shoreline on this side. The water at that point was flowing over an ice floe pinned in place just beneath it. There were considerably more ducks on this side of the bridge.

I came back one day in mid-April. Ducks were in the water as I passed over the bridge. The grassy area is half submerged at this time of year. Stand up paddleboats tend to launch from here, taking a worn path through the grass down to the water in warmer weather.

The view west is here. The ice was gone at this point.

Finished my errands at the nearby mall, I took these shots looking east. Ducks were near the shoreline, where the vegetation beneath the water is within easy reach.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Winter Into Spring

Today I am starting a few days of comparative shots in places, from winter to spring. Central Park is found in the Glebe, a low lying stretch of parkland that I often pass by. I decided to show views of it over time as winter shifted into spring. I photographed from Bank Street, which passes through here.  In each case, I'm showing views looking east, and then west. This first pair was at the end of January.

Here we have February views.

These were taken in late March. Note the dogs and their humans in the west stretch. It's quite common to see that in both sections of the park.

These were taken last weekend. We'd had a freezing rain spell some days before, but this day was mild and sunny, and the park looked quite different from its March appearance. It is typical to see pools of meltwater over in the west section in spring. Last year, with the excessive amount of rain we had in late April and into May, the meltwater ranged through a good part of the west section.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Final Views

Today I conclude this visit to the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum with some final perspectives. I am also adding this post into Tom's Barn Collective theme for this week. This looks at the Learning Centre. As you can see, by the time I was departing, the skies were considerably more clear than when I had arrived that day.

This view looking south takes in some of the buildings that are part of the Experimental Farm's day to day operations, beyond the bounds of the Museum area.

Here we have views of the Small Animal Barn.

Earlier in the series I showed you an old wagon. That one's in the background of this shot, while another wagon takes centre stage. These are near the Cereal Barn, which is in the following shot.

I stopped by the enclosure again where the horses were, near the Horse and Cattle Barn.

And I close off with two final views of the Dairy Barn. The first includes the annex section with the Soil Lab. The second, from the south, includes the picnic area. I hope you have enjoyed this tour.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Dairy Barn

I focused on the patterns on a couple of the backs of cows here in the Dairy Barn. This first one was a cow named Eden.

I didn't get the name of this one, but she had a pattern that looked rather like a country.

Here we have more panels- the difference between hay and straw starts.

Milk tanks follow, along with a look through windows at some of the building's milk tanks.

Frequently asked questions are answered here, and information on the dairy industry is addressed by another panel.

I liked the way the light played over this resting cow.

The calves are kept (at least until the weather warms up and the herd gets out to pasture) in a nursery area. Their diet is a mix of hay, regular feed, and mother's milk, presumably bottle fed. Most of them were resting when I first came in, though this first one was up on her feet and lapping up attention from visitors when I came through afterwards.

This pair, side by side, had the names Tinkerbell and Velvet. Tomorrow I bring this series to a close.