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Panoramas From My Balcony

These views extend from nearly straight west on the left, to nearly straight south on the right (my balcony is a wrap-around one on the north-east corner).

This set is from 1997, I think, taken by my friend Dan with an early digital camera.

April 25, 1999

The Alberta Provincial Legislature.
This one is just my usual 2X zoom of the treed riverbank area where I often take my weekend walks.

June 5, 1999

This is a centered shot of the high-level bridge. While taking this set, I noticed that our little tourist street-car was on the bridge. So, I took a shot with it centered in the view. Its the hazy green rectangle right in the middle on top of the bridge.
North-east zoom-in.

June 27, 1999

This time, I used my little 2X digital zoom to take slightly closer up pictures of the various views, ending up with 12 shots.

August 2, 1999

We're now well into summer. The greens aren't quite as bright, and a few leaves have died and turned colour, and some have even fallen off. That's not a sign of anything significant, luckily. Also, the grass can be seen to be turning a bit browner - we've had warm weather recently.

September 12, 1999

Fall is starting. Some leaves have turned colour (although it is hard to see in these shots), and some leaves have already fallen. After some cool weather on the weekend (ending when these shots were taken), it has warmed up quite well.

If you look closely at the second of these 2x zooms, towards the right side, just this side of the river, you can see a tree that is mostly yellow. The camera seems not to pick up yellows and oranges very well - what is clear to my eye does not show up well in these pictures.

September 16, 1999

Fall is now starting to be noticeable. The colours are coming. The weather continues to be very good (mid twenties, which is 10 degrees Celcius above normal), but the forecast is finally calling for frost.

September 20, 1999

Much more colour now! The yellows are still not as bold in the pictures as they seem to be to the eye. Perhaps its a matter of attention, or colour sensitivity in the camera.

September 23, 1999

Only 3 days later, but the trees by our building are much yellower.

September 24, 1999

Next day: not much difference

October 2, 1999

Something seems to have happened here!

October 3, 1999

All gone! Notice the leaves gone from some trees, too.

October 9, 1999

Much more colour evident now - we are well into fall.

October 23, 1999

I missed a few weeks, and a lot has changed - many leaves are now gone, and we are getting into the ugly late-fall views.

October 30, 1999

Very few leaves left, but the weather is holding out.

October 31, 1999

Halloween brings a snowy surprise!

November 11, 1999

Remembrance Day - most of the Halloween snow is gone. It stayed gone for a while, but the next small amount was late enough to last.

December 25, 1999

Christmas Day - this has been an extremely mild winter so far, with high temperature records being broken regularly. We've had some rain, but not much snow. In the shady places, there is about an inch of ice and snow, but in the sunny places, the snow is virtually all gone. Also, December 22 was the shortest day of the year. These pictures were taken about 12:30 in the afternoon, when the sun is roughly highest in the sky. At this time of year, here in Edmonton, that's not very high, as you can tell from the shadows.

December 27, 1999

Today was ridiculous! Is this global warming or what? Our high was +16. The previous record high was +6, and the average high for today is -9. It felt more like May than late December. Here's a panorama and a closeup of the puddles across the street (which are in the shade all day).

January 15, 2000

We have finally had some proper winter weather. Today is about -23 C. It's been snowing lightly off and on for the last 3 days and we now have about 3 inches sitting around. Here is a sort-of panorama from today, just after the sun came out.

The pictures were taken from inside, so they are not the normal set. I was going to go out on the balcony, but I couldn't get the outer door open - its all frosted up:

OK, so I likely could have banged on it to get it free, but I'm also concerned about the hot-water heating pipe just below it.

April 9, 2000. A couple inches of wet snow overnight. Before this, nearly all of the winter's snow was gone - just a few small patches where people had piled it up. Oh well, its pretty!

Late June, 2000 - some near-sunset contrasts.

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