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Sunshine State of Mind

Being a Canadian I am more than aware that the season of winter brings snow and cold temperatures. This winter I was fortunate enough to travel to St Petes Beach in Florida over the Christmas break. The transition from overcast skies to the warm weather of the “sunshine state” was lovely and I enjoyed my time.

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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?

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.

Down at the Docks

 

 

 

 

This past weekend I played tourist in my own city, Toronto. I visited the Portlands which is an industrial and rcreational neighborhood located just south-east of downtown. The Port Lands are mostly abandoned from the days of heavy industry but the area along the south shore of the Port Lands has become mostly recreational with a bird sanctuary two leisure marinas and plenty of bike paths. These are some of my photos of the adventure.

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While out and about in my city I took these photos. It always seems appealing to me to make cityscape images in B&W rather than in colour. For some reason I think the industrial and urban mood is best displayed in shades rather than in vibrant and contrasting colours. Tell me what you think?

As the Sun Sets

This is a collection of images taken of the sun setting behind the Toronto skyline. The first image is taken at around 8:00 PM and the last shot is taken at around 9:30 PM. Sunsets happen fairly quickly but they are worth watching as the sky and the lighting becomes magical before your eyes.

Have you ever watched the sunset? What emotions do you have while watching one? Feel free to leave links to sunset images you have taken too.