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.

 

 

Niagara Falls

This past weekend I played tourist once again in my own Province; and in this case re-discovering legendary wonders such as Niagara Falls. Niagara Falls is the collective name for the waterfalls that straddle the international border between the the Canadian province of Ontario and the U.S. state of New York. The Canadian falls are called Horseshoe Falls and the American falls are called the American Falls. Regardless of which side of the border you come from or from where you come from in the world the falls are awe inspiring and it will be an unforgettable experience.

 

 

My trip to Niagara Falls was awesome and I suggest it as a tourist destination for anyone. It is also only about 1.5 hours away from Toronto. Has anyone else been there or wants to go?

 

My Little Friend

 

An important part of connecting with the outdoors is to learn of an area’s flora and fauna. It is critical that you know your surroundings thus have a better appreciation of the ecosystem. This summer I was fortunate enough to spend a lot of time in the Kawartha Lakes region of Ontario. I was also fortunate enough to have many great sightings of stunning vistas but also intriguing wildlife such as the Painted Turtle shown below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I came across this female Painted turtle as I was out for a walk but almost passed by it because I did not recognize the shell to be that of a turlte but rather a blackish rock. But my senses kicked in and I knew for certain it was something other than a rock. To my fascination I discovered that this female was laying eggs. I was able to take some quick shots with my macro lens then I continued so not to disturb it further. Do you have any great stories about turtle spottings?

This Is My Ontario

Ontario lakes are renowned for their diversity and beauty at any time, but the summer season provides a lush backdrop of stunning vistas that can be found all over cottage country. Whether you are out for an inspiring day paddle, or a rigorous challenge, these lakes provide some of the best experiences anywhere. After all the province’s name comes from the Huron word Ontarí:io which means “great lake” because Ontario contains about 250,000 freshwater lakes. These are some panoramic shots of lakes I was at this summer.

Ribbit Ribbit

The summer is about getting outdoors wherever you are and enjoying what nature has to offer you. During a work week it could be as much as walking in a park at lunch hour but when the weekend comes the adventure-seeking person inside each of us cries for the great  outdoors. Lucky this summer I had many chances to enjoy the beautiful outdoors of Ontario and I was even more fortunate to get a new macro lens. These are some of the photos I took of Green Frogs.

In the Wild

Summer adventures have come to a close and those weekends of great outdoors adventures will soon be transforming into other fall-orientated adventures. Nevertheless the fall is a time to look back on good times of the past summer. This summer I spent a lot of time in the great outdoors of Ontario. These are some photos of a canoe trek I took in the Kawartha Region.

 

 

 

 

These remind me of good times and I hope you too can appreciate the beauty of the outdoors and ones ability to be in peace with nature. Ontario- yours to discover!

In Pink!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Fun in the Sun

The Summer is here and in full presence. The heat in Southern Ontario has been quite warm and constant which leads many people seeking opportunities to escape to the cottage country. Last weekend at my cottage it was very warm too and it was a time well spent in the lake.

The Common Crayfish is native to North America and lives in fast–flowing, cool, rocky streams as well as shallow lakes, such as my own lake. I caught this little guy and pulled him ashore to take photos then released him back in the water.

Summer time in cottage country is fabulous and is a true Ontario tradition. Anyone else have any great stories about being in cottage country or camping sites?