Astronaut on board ISS captured Ottawa, the capital of Canada where reddening of the fall just started. West of downtown Ottawa lies Gatineau Park, where sugar maple leaves turn orange-red and hickories turn golden-bronze during the season.
Ottawa stands on the south bank of the Ottawa River in the eastern portion of southern Ontario. Founded in 1826 as Bytown, and incorporated as Ottawa in 1855, the city has evolved into the political centre of Canada. The city name Ottawa was chosen in reference to the Ottawa River, the name of which is derived from the Algonquin Odawa, meaning “to trade”. Ottawa has the most educated population among Canadian cities and is home to a number of post-secondary, research, and cultural institutions, including the National Arts Centre, the National Gallery, and numerous national museums. Ottawa has a humid continental climate (Köppen Dfb) with four distinct seasons and the average January minimum temperature is −14.4C. Snow and ice are dominant during the winter season.
The local scenery on the ground is as follows.