Toronto’s Painted Ladies

It is interesting to find beauty in the most unusual of places. It is almost provocatively inspiring to come across something that enhances an otherwise neglected landscape. The juxtaposition of these portraits among the other graffiti is quite striking.

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Remember to find what is beautiful in your life. Capture and savour it.

City as an Easel, Wall as a Canvas

What is ART? It’s the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power. Urban landscapes are home to all forms of ART. Whether it be the pure architectural beauty of the structures that span the skyline or the various murals displayed through out the city. So called GRAFFITI doesn’t seem so bad in these cases….

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These alleys have been transformed into creative pathways. Where will your path take you?

Dampening Dew

Autumn is a time that invites us out to enjoy the the colours of nature that are showcased in a final appeal before the impending winter. Recently, I was able to hike in the Crawford Lake Conservation Area and like any outdoor adventure it was full of great sights and discoveries but the overcast weather dampened the spirits.

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The intermittent rain, although chilling to the bones, turned the landscape into a glimmering spectacular. The deep hues of nature popped out in the damp atmosphere.

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After all, it is only when you accept things as they are that you can begin to appreciate beauty in all its forms.

Paddling Among Boulders

Fall is inevitably upon us as the leaves begin to change into a wide array of deep reds, yellows, and oranges. Reflecting on warmer times, and when the trees were crisp in the summer air, I am reminded of summer adventures. One memory that sticks to mind is a canoe trip I did to Bon Echo Provincial Park.

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Bon Echo features many lakes but we only paddled Mazinaw Lake which other than any of the Great Lakes is the deepest lake. On the southeastern shores of this lake is the incredible Mazinaw Rock which is an escarpment rising 100 metres (300 ft) out of the water.

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Try to find the canoes and acknowledge the impressive size of the escarpment.

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Mazinaw Rock is known for its native pictographs and is a National Historic Site of Canada

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It was a great time shared with great people in an awe-inspiring landscape. Provides me with memories for the rest of the year.

Harbour of Industry

Toronto has an iconic shoreline and the downtown area known as Harbourfront was once home to many thriving industries that relied on waterways for transportation. In a less industrial era, the Redpath Sugar Building is one of last active refineries to be located along the shores of downtown Toronto. Opened in 1958, The Redpath Sugar Building is a sugar storage, refining and museum building and is a testament to the industrious history of the city of Toronto.

Distillery District

The Distillery District is a historic and entertainment area near downtown Toronto and is North America’s largest collection of Victorian-era industrial architecture with 40 heritage buildings and 10 streets. James Worts and his brother in law William Gooderham originally built a windmill but because of its success they were inclined to open a distillery. The Gooderham and Worts Distillery was founded in 1832, and by the late 1860s was the largest distillery in the world.

Along the Old Frontier

Another legendary route to walk along in Toronto is Front Street which has many historic sites along and express some of Toronto’s heritage in the downtown core. The street marks the rough outline of the shoreline of Lake Ontario as it existed during the original English settlement of York. The current shoreline is about 800m south as much of the inner harbour was filled in the late 19th and early 20th century for industrial development. These are some of the photos I took.

This is part of the North wall of the Canadian Opera Company.

St. James Anglican Cathedral can be seen in the background.

This is shot of the old St. Lawrence Hall which was a prominent public meeting hall during its day

The iconic Gooderham Building which is more commonly known as the Flatiron Building. Overall, Front Street proved to be a worthwhile photographic opportunity and was also a great time exploring my own neighbourhood. Has any one else seen any of these sights?  Tell me what you think.

Berkeley Castle

I always enjoy experiencing the richness of my own city, Toronto, and the other day I was walking along the The Esplanade and I shot some pictures of Berkeley Castle which, although is not an actual castle, has a wonderful courtyard.

 

Berkeley Castle, a 144 year old building, sits on what was the edge of the Lake Ontario. During the early 1800’s infill extended the shores of Toronto south. In 1868 Joseph Simpson constructed Toronto’s first knitting factory on the site that employed 200 workers. In 1975, however, the building was condemned but due to restoration efforts it was finally restored in 1983 and is now a studio space.

 

 

The name of the building complex may come from the castle in the UK. Berkeley Castle is a castle in the town of Berkeley, Gloucestershire, UK with origins that date back to the 11th century. The castle is owned by the Berkeley family and is the oldest continuously-occupied castle in England after the royal fortresses of the Tower of London and Windsor Castle, and the oldest to be continuously owned and occupied by the same family.

Streams of Light

Photography can be a very interesting passion as it can be explored at so many levels and can be accelerated by the type of equipment and techniques used. One such technique is doing long exposure shots at night which creates stunning images of streams of light. The first tow images were done keeping the camera still and having the subjects move but the last two are images in which the subjects were still and the camera moved. Check it out.

 

 

 

The Beauty of Water

I thought I would share more of my photos from my time in Niagara Falls. One of the most fascinating parts of the experience there was seeing the rainbow(s) occurring. Over the basin of the falls there were, at times, double rainbows that were very visually apparent. Here are a few more photos that show the rainbows better.

 

 

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