It was a beautiful day today, so naturally I went for a photowalk with my trusty camera. I wandered down to the Esplanade then back, capturing the city on a Saturday afternoon. Here’s a few shots from earlier today:
As part of my stay-cation this week I took a day trip across the lake to the Toronto Islands – Wards Island to be exact. For some time I’ve wanted to photograph the quirky little cottages in all their splendor. When I arrived I was not disappointed; there was plenty to work with. Here are a few of today’s shots:
Yet again, COVID-19 has squatted over something near and dear to my little heart and taken a huge dump:
No Halloween street party on Church Street this year – BOO, HISS!!!
To add insult to injury, Halloween falls on a Saturday night this year <ggrrrrr…>
So, in lieu of the real thing this Halloween – as with our cancelled Pride Weekend earlier this year – I now present to you the best bits from Church Street Halloween parties of years past… Enjoy!
It’s that time again: Fall – my favourite season! The weather is cooler and the evenings are crisp. It’s also the most colourful season with the trees displaying those gorgeous shades of red, yellow and orange.
I made a few photo expeditions around the city this Fall to capture some of the changing leaves; here’s a small sampling of what I found:
Ahhhhh, Fall… you gotta love it…
Here’s some shots from this past weekend’s Chinatown Festival in Toronto. The festival stretched along several blocks of Spadina Avenue, and there was lots of colour, food and costumes.
No backstory here – I was simply intrigued by this sculpture we discovered on a visit to The Stockyards Village (St. Clair & Weston Road):
I took this casual shot with my iPhone while we were waiting to go into a concert at Roy Thomson Hall. I love how the CN Tower is framed by the glass panes and surrounding buildings:
It had been four years since I’d photographed the annual Bloor-Yorkville Icefest. The weather finally cooperated this year and gave us below freezing temperatures which preserved the beautiful sculptures of the ice artists (unlike the last couple of years, when “Icefest” became more like “Dripfest” due to very warm temperatures). It didn’t hurt that the organizers finally moved the event to early February this year instead of the customary late February.
This year’s theme was “Hollywood North”, inspired by the success of the film industry in Toronto and Yorkville. Some of the sculptures included an Icefest Cinema facade, paparazzi, a giant box of popcorn, a projector and an iconic Oscar. There was also an “Icefest Lounge” featuring some smooth sounds with DJ’s from Bellosound.
Shots taken February 9, 2019.
I’d been meaning to capture The Bay’s Christmas window displays at night for quite a while now so I took a little spin down to Yonge and Queen last night to see this year’s offerings.
The windows are quite good this year but, sadly, not nearly as extensive as they were prior to the merger of Saks Fifth Avenue in the same building. Prior to Saks, the Christmas windows continued all along Queen Street East and rounded the corner on to Yonge Street. Nevertheless, it was fun to shoot these charming displays:
Land’s End is literally the end of the land in England, the very south-west tip. There is no more land west of here until you hit Newfoundland. The scenery here is quite dramatic, to say the least.
I took these shots on September 28, 2018, during my photo tour of Cornwall in the U.K.:
I was running some errands downtown last weekend and had to make a stop in 80 Spadina Avenue (above King St.). This building at one point in time was an old Toronto warehouse which has been converted into artist spaces, studios and photo reproduction companies, among other things. I spotted an old-fashioned, decommissioned safe in the building’s hallway and found it interesting; I have a penchant for historic items such as this.
I love the not-too-subtle message about employees caught tampering with the combination…
On August 18th of this year I took a photowalk along Danforth Avenue. I started at Broadview Ave. and finished at Greenwood Ave., at which point I crossed the street and returned to Broadview, snapping all the way.
Here’s a few shots from that day:
I like this shot. There’s something interesting about the colours, shades and textures of the dresses in the picture.
I took this shot at the Cabbagetown Festival this past September.
It was a rainy, wet, cold and generally miserable day yesterday. During my usual Saturday errand-running I took a few shots with my phone of the journey home via Yorkville and Avenue Road:
… And, I saw these little guys in the window of Galerie de Bellefeuille. Very, very cute.
I passed the Gardiner Museum near Queen’s Park as the sun was going down…
A shot from one of my many city wanderings this past summer: