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….
These alleys have been transformed into creative pathways. Where will your path take you?
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.
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.
Try to find the canoes and acknowledge the impressive size of the escarpment.
Mazinaw Rock is known for its native pictographs and is a National Historic Site of Canada
It was a great time shared with great people in an awe-inspiring landscape. Provides me with memories for the rest of the year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.