Tag Archives: Red River

Winnipeg skyline at night

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The Canadian Museum for Human Rights and Esplanade Riel Bridge reflection in Winnipeg’s Red River.

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Great White Pelican, Red River, Manitoba

American White Pelican warming his wings on a rock in the Red River.   These large birds frequent the Red River and Lake Winnipeg, particularly easy to see near Lockport, Manitoba.  Shot a few years back in the summer, another uncovered old image, that was never processed.

Esplanade Riel Bridge on a scenic winter morning, Winnipeg, Canada

Winnipeg’s iconic Esplanade Riel Bridge and frost covered tree branches.

Winnipeg winter photos: A personal top ten list

Cold morning sunrise, I can still feel or rather not feel my frozen fingers.

My own personal favorites of Winnipeg winter shots.  Purely subjective, of course, because often there is more behind an image than can be seen by the viewer.  In no particular order, but since winter has officially arrived on the Canadian Prairies it seemed fitting.  Today is the first real snow day, the kind where you shovel your walk/driveway and an hour later it has blown back in, looking like you had not shoveled at all.

Angus, enduring the blowing snow

Senior couple skating on the Assiniboine River

Hoar frost covered tree

Rail bridge over the Red River

Portrait of my wife, now you know why I included the disclaimer, “in no particular order”.

Ice skating at The Forks

Winter dog walk

Freeze up on the Assiniboine River

And just to be fair, Freeze up on the Red River.  Technically just north of the city.

Esplanade Riel Pedestrian Bridge, Winnipeg, Canada

Winnipeg’s iconic pedestrian bridge with it’s seasonal restaurant.  The Esplanade Riel Bridge crosses the Red River in downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba.  It’s probably become the city’s most recognizable modern architectural structure, until the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is completed, that is.

From the frozen Red River

Summer view at night

In previous years , the Assiniboine River ice skating trail has run all the way to the bridge, but frazil ice prevented full completion this past winter.  The ice skating trail was extended further south down the Red, to make up for the shortfall.

Lake Winnipeg Freeze up

Grand Beach Provincial Park, Manitoba

It still amazes me at this time of year how quickly the lakes and rivers freeze over.  Only a short time ago, I can remember enjoying Thanksgiving at a friends cottage on the west side of Lake Winnipeg.  It was a perfectly nice fall day, not a sign of winter yet.  Although I had already experienced my first seasons winter blast in early October, while in the Rockies.  Once returning to Manitoba it seemed as though we had entered a time warp of sorts, we had left Alberta in near blizzard conditions and returned to Manitoba to enjoy an above seasonal fall.  Of course, weather can change very dramatically in the Canadian Prairies, now we are left with the bone chilling cold of the winter months.  But not all is bad, soon the ice will be thick enough on the rivers and lakes for all sorts of winter activities that take place on Manitoba’s frozen waterways.  Those that embrace the winter are already enjoying the benefits the cold weather brings with it.  I for one, like the fact we can experience four distinct seasons.  Do I get cabin fever?  You bet;  once March rolls around I really look forward to spring’s arrival, but at this time of year I’m ready to enjoy the winter season.

Gimli, Manitoba on Lake Winnipeg, Thanksgiving weekend

Ice forming on the Red River, north of Winnipeg

Lester Beach, Lake Winnipeg

White Pelicans of Lockport, Manitoba

Only a short drive north of Winnipeg, Canada on the Red River, is the town of Lockport, Manitoba.  Home to St. Andrews Lock and Dam and the majestic American White Pelican, who are routinely seen almost floating in the air as they come in for landing, downstream of the turbulent waters.  The Red River at this location, is renowned for it’s fishing, particularly for the Catfish.  It also provides a very abundant food source for the White Pelican.

There seems to be a reasonable co-existence between local anglers and the Pelicans.  I say reasonable because the few times I have photographed there, an occasional fisherman shows his displeasure with the fact the Pelicans are taking away his potential catch.  More likely frustration over a poor outing, of course I don’t share this view.   Particularly when ten feet away a local fisherman is tossing his unwanted catch right into the mouth of the awaiting birds.  It’s a little like feeding your dogs from your dinner plate daily, which I am very guilty of, by the way; and then expecting that dog to behave perfectly when company comes over.

Coming in for a landing