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Summer in the City
A hot summer evening in Toronto, and the sun is illuminating the warm harbour haze from behind the skyline to produce the most amazing graduated colours. Toronto Skyline Summer Sunset is one of those magic moments you capture when you venture to the Toronto Harbour on a mid-summer evening just as the sun drops behind the skyline to meld its orange and yellow glow with the sliver of blue left in the sky to produce this purple haze in the atmosphere for just a few minutes. Photographers and tourists were gathered here in droves until the sun disappeared, but I knew to hold on a while longer, because this is when the magic happens!
Lost in Time Winter Homestead
A field of tall wheat buried in two feet of snow, and a long-forgotten homestead time forgot, while the elements of nature slowly reclaim for the soil from which it was made.
Moon Over the Lifeguard Station
Full moon rising over the Leuty Lifeguard Station, one of Toronto’s most iconic landmarks since 1920. This photo of "the Station" was taken not long after Toronto's Beach Residents celebrated its 100th year anniversary with a plaque commemorating the milestone, as well as safeguarding it as an official historic treasure. Lifeguards based here are credited with saving more than 6,000 lives, and it continues its service still today. In fact, two former lifeguards have been friends of mine and of my family for many years, one of whom raised the funds needed to save and restore the old Leuty, and the other who has recently purchased a copy of this print.
Autumn Train of Uxbridge
While in the small town of Uxbridge, Ontario, photographing a friend's horses, I drove through town where I came across the old rail yard and this train car abandoned at the end of its useful life. Grey and weathered with age, it spoke to me of a vibrant history well-travelled, and meaningful memories for the thousands of passenger it carried.
Polson Pier Peer Toronto
Witnessing the last great sunset of November 2020 from a pier's eye view.
Toronto Skyline November Sunset
A dramatic sky encroaching on the Toronto skyline in the twilight of this most turbulent year in our city.
Milky Way Silo
Once upon a time, there was a farm on this spot. The farming family and their livestock must have seen this view of the Milky Way a thousand times, but now all that remains is this lone silo standing like a monument to the farm and the people it served under this incredible night sky.
Abandoned Pinkerton Homestead in Snow
Scenic treasures of history pepper the backroads of Central Ontario. Driving the main freeway fron Toronto to Barrie, I caught a glimpse in the distance of this abandoned woodshed-looking structure on the way north somewhere near Pinkerton, Ontario, so I made it a mission to find this place travelling the sideroads on my way back home. After many wrong turns and a hike through wilderness unknown, I was thrilled to finally come upon this long-forgotten homestead. Likely one of many family homes left behind by the development of the 10-lane highway that now runs through this beautiful and peaceful landscape.
Toronto Harbour Summer Sunset
There's nothing in the world quite like the majesty of the Toronto skyline in a mid-summer sunset
Blur Hour Drama on Toronto Skyline
Night falls on the Toronto skyline from a pier's eye view.
Heavenly Peace at The Broadview Hotel copy
Snowy Night on New Year's Day. The twinkling lights in the window of the boutique at the Broadview Hotel, and the fleeting Queen Street streetcar passing by, gave me a quiet reflection and peace of mind that everything is going to be alright.
Blue Moon Over Famview
As the second full moon of October rose in the sky above our Prince Edward County cottage farmview, the sun was just setting behind me to create this magical glow on the autumn trees. It felt like nature's version of street lights turning on to signal our time to go home for dinner.
Blue Moon Silo
On this rare occasion of a second full moon appearing in the same calendar month, and here on Halloween, no less, I had to stake my claim or it with the enchanted old silo on our cottage resort in Prince Edward County.
Bicycle at the Boathouse
Bicycle at the boat house was taken during the final sunset of Spring 2020; a Spring no one in the world will soon forget. And thanks to a child who left their bicycle on this pathway, I found a positive forecast for the first day of summer... signs of life! I’ve taken many photos of this boat house, but this is my new fav by far.
Gooderham Flatiron Fog Toronto
The Flatiron Building in downtown Toronto attracts tourists from all over the world. Its unique juxtaposition with the skyscraper backdrop showcases this building as a live glimpse into Toronto's history.
Guild Inn Estate Gate
The Guild Inn Estate has been a treasure of Toronto since the early 1900's, and with the added historic collection of rescued facades and ruins of various demolished downtown Toronto buildings such as bank buildings, the old Toronto Star building and the Granite Club, the grounds are spectacular, as well. Fun fact: My great grandmother on my mother’s side, Nancy Robertson, was head laundress there for about 37 years. Her name was really Agnes but nicknamed Nancy, and my mother, Diann Haist, a famous fine artist herself, didn’t know these details until Spencer Clark, who owned the Guild Inn until 1978 and ran it until 1984, attended one of my mother's exhibitions and told her all about the grandmother she never knew, even though she had been going there for years.
Unionville Station
The train has passed, the streets are clear, and the silence is music as snowflakes begin to fall gently on this peaceful day Unionville.
Gooderham Flatiron Building Toronto Tourists
Tourists enjoying the bright, sunny day befitting Springtime in Toronto on this November afternoon at the Gooderham Flatiron Building.
Sweet Dreams Toronto
Twilight has a soothing effect for people, even in the city; but with scarcely a soul in sight because of the pandemic lockdown, it can feel a little eerie, as well. And as we settle in our homes for a long winter's nap during this second total lockdown beginning one minute past midnight, I wish everyone good health, safety, and peace until we can meet again in the streets. Sweet dreams, Toronto.
Queen Street Night Moves
Driving home late the one night, I was taken by the solitude of the Queen Street Bridge with almost no traffic except the occasional streetcar. It was very quiet and still with a light mist following a warm summer rain, and I couldn't help but notice the early 20th Century industrial-age feel of the scene, and had to juxtapose it with the 21st Century LED lighting of the new Toronto streetcars. I hope you like it as much I do.
Riverside-Streetcar
Old meets new... the newly minted and instantly iconic Toronto streetcar crossing the Queen Street Bridge which first opened to streetcars in October 1911.
Stellar Toronto
Toronto by night is a stellar sight.
Toronto-Harbour-Sunset-Panorama
Summertime and the Toronto City Skyline is aglow with a sunset rainbow of pinks, purples, orange, red and blue.
Aga-Khan-Museum_Red-Sunset-Toronto
I was mesmerized by the tranquil pools checkered throughout the garden grounds of the vast hilltop. This was my first visit to the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, and I couldn't have been more thrilled than to be greeted with such a spectacular red, pink and purple sunset. I was also fascinated by the uniquely skewed architecture of this glass-domed structure at the west end of the gardens; it appears crooked and off-level at first glance, but a closer look reveals that the base is perfectly vertical and level, while the rest leans upward from there.: D
Ladies sun hat sunset
Strolling along our cottage beach at East Lake in Prince Edward County, Canada, I came across this ladies' sun hat perched on a campfire log-seat just as you see it here. This is during phase one of the re-opening of Ontario during the COVID-19 pandemic, so i was careful not to touch the hat or even the perch it's on, for the protection and safety of others as well as myself. So the composition had to be created entirely by my position to the subject, and I'm especially grateful to whomever left their hat here; I think it makes for a really nice subject, and inspires a positive look forward to the summer ahead. :D
Pink Sunset
Peace on this last sunset of Spring 2020, and hope going into Summer.
ROM Toronto
Royal Ontario Museum -the ROM in Toronto is an amazing example of classic architecture paired with contemporary. The museum sits on one of the busiest intersections in the city until COVID-19 forced the museum to close while everyone stays home.
Super Moon Over Broadview Hotel Toronto
The first Super Moon of our year in lockdown presented itself as an irresistible backdrop for the iconic, and beautifully restored Broadview Hotel in Toronto's Riverside neighbourhood.
Toronto City Hall Starry Night
A creative capture of Toronto's City Hall at Nathan Phillip Square skating rink where millions of people come to enjoy winter each year in the heart of downtown. To see it bare like this during any part of winter is rare, and typically only while the Zamboni clears the ice.
Toronto - Downtown Jungle
Downtown Toronto trees are everywhere, but we can only see the towering buildings behind them in winter.
Toronto Grand Hotel Rooftop
Downtown Toronto from the rooftop hot tubs at the Grand Hotel and Suites
Toronto Roundhouse Train Yard
The historic Roadhouse Train Yard in Toronto, is also home to The Steam Whistle Brewing Company. This is one of the many classic juxtapositions between 19th Century and 21st Century architecture found throughout the city.
Toronto Old City Hall
Across the street from Toronto City Hall, proudly sits Toronto's Old City Hall. Once the Majesty of Queen St., the urban skyscape has long-since devoured its visual dominance, but the 19th Century architecture remains as a glimpse of monumental elegance in the clearing of a glass and steel forest.
Toronto-Moon over Broadview
Turret roof of the now-iconic Broadview Hotel, Toronto, originally built in 1891 and completely restored in 2017. This is the highest peak of what was the tallest building east of the Don River when it was built, and on this night, the full moon cast a spotlight on the newly-quarried Canadian slate as its shining new crown.
Summer in the City Lost in Time Winter Homestead Moon Over the Lifeguard Station Autumn Train of Uxbridge Polson Pier Peer Toronto Toronto Skyline November Sunset Milky Way Silo Abandoned Pinkerton Homestead in Snow Toronto Harbour Summer Sunset Blur Hour Drama on Toronto Skyline Heavenly Peace at The Broadview Hotel copy Blue Moon Over Famview Blue Moon Silo Bicycle at the Boathouse Gooderham Flatiron Fog Toronto Guild Inn Estate Gate Unionville Station Gooderham Flatiron Building Toronto Tourists Sweet Dreams Toronto Queen Street Night Moves Riverside-Streetcar Stellar Toronto Toronto-Harbour-Sunset-Panorama Aga-Khan-Museum_Red-Sunset-Toronto Ladies sun hat sunset Pink Sunset ROM Toronto Super Moon Over Broadview Hotel Toronto Toronto City Hall Starry Night Toronto - Downtown Jungle Toronto Grand Hotel Rooftop Toronto Roundhouse Train Yard Toronto Old City Hall Toronto-Moon over Broadview
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