A Colorful (Almost) Autumn Tour Of The Ottawa River (With Desktop Wallpapers)

You can feel it in the air — fall is just around the corner. The nights are getting colder, the days are getting shorter, and the trees are starting to show their autumn colors…

Fall may be my favorite season. Living where I do (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) we have access to incredible forest trails and bike paths, and the autumn is our last chance before our incredibly cold winter to really enjoy the fresh air. Ontario autumns are absolutely beautiful, so yesterday evening, just before sunset, I set out with my camera to capture some of the beautiful fall colors which are starting to show here.

Bring some beautiful Ontario Autumn color into your life, and click through below, where the images which are available for download in 1920 x 1080 for use as desktop wallpapers.

20120920-IMG_8511.jpg The Ottawa River has kilometers of pristine bike paths and parkway, which encircle the city of Ottawa and neighboring Gatineau on the Québec side.

A view of Ottawa from the Gatineau, Québec side shows off Ottawa's old industrial area.

These Canada Geese will likely be leaving soon for their annual migration down south. I wish I could do the same!

Im not sure what these trees are called, but they grow near the water, along the Ottawa river (they almost seem tropical), and they're often the first trees to change color. Let me know in the comments section if you can identify them.

This abandoned rusted iron train bridge which bridges Ottawa and Québec was built in 1879.

Abandoned train tracks run along the Ottawa River Parkway on the Québec side.

20120920-IMG_8463.jpg All along the Ottawa River there are areas of rapids and falls. I used a tight aperture and a long exposure to capture the motion in these rapids I found on the Gatineau, Québec side of the river.

Ottawa really is a lovely city in the fall. If you're thinking of traveling north to see what Canada has to offer, consider visiting Ottawa in September, and take in some of our incredibly scenic nature trails and bike paths with a beautiful view of the all the romantic autumn colors Canada has to offer.

(Images: Sean Rioux)