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Down By the Seaside

We can all agree that beaches and blue tropical oceans provide for stunning photography opportunities. An interesting way to incorporate such a lovely scenery is by using it as a backdrop for something else. I was fortunate enough to find a starfish and I also found that writing in the sand was quite interesting too.

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Being at the beach allowed be to relfect, relax, and love life.

Adventure with Nature

When chasing the sun to warmer temperatures on vacations one can find themselves caught up in the typical beach tourist lifestyle. That usually includes staying poolside, getting a tan, and possibly reading magazines. Im too adventurous of a traveller and even when on vacation in the land of condos and beaches I found a way to escape to nature. From the condo i was at I rented a bike and rode 50km (31 miles) to Fort De Soto Park. This nature preserve consisted of rugged beaches and, as I found out, host to an assortment of magnificent shells.

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My bike adventure to the park provided me with a day of non-poolside adventures and I was able to immerse myself in the natural environment that Florida has to offer.

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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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.

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.

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?

 

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.

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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.