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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.
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.
Night Moves
Driving home late one night, I was taken aback 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. Winner of Architecture Category 1 Runner-Up in 2021 500px Neil Dankoff Photography Competition.
Toronto Gold Reflection
Toronto gold in panoramic reflection. As the sun sets behind the Toronto skyline on this scorching hot summer evening, the Toronto skyline lights up for the approaching night in a sea of golden glimmer, and casts a shimmering reflection across the Toronto Harbour.
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.
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.
Toronto Harbour Summer Sunset
There's nothing in the world quite like the majesty of the Toronto skyline in a mid-summer sunset
Polson Pier Peer Toronto
Witnessing the last great sunset of November 2020 from a pier's eye view.
Sun Voyager - Iceland
Having a little free time on my last full day in Iceland, the sun was out after an afternoon rain, and the colourful clouds called to a few of us who'd just had the most incredible photography journey across the country together to venture down to the waterfront to shoot this attraction in the amazing light. Reykjavik’s famous seaside sculpture is called "Solfar" or "Sun Voyager". Created by Icelandic sculptor, Jon Gunnar Arnason, Solfar was the winning entry in a 1986 competition to commemorate Reykjavik's 200th anniversary, and unveiled at full size in on August 18, 1990. Although it's often referred to as a Viking ship heading toward Mt. Esja across the bay, it's rather the artist's ode to the sun, symbolizing light and hope. The stainless steel structure stands 9 m high × 7 m wide × 18 m long (29.5 ft × 22.9 ft × 59 ft), so, no matter what your interpretation of this now-iconic Reykjavik tourist must-see, it's absolutely magnificent to experience up close, in person. GPS: 64.14761 N, -21.922288 W
Toronto's Crown of Downtown
The St. Lawrence Market District is one of the best preserved architectural areas of Toronto, and by far, the crown jewel of this historical site is the Gooderham Flatiron Building seen here in its 131st winter.
Flatiron Snow Globe
I've waited years for a once-in-a-century snowfall like this to take this photo. The Gooderham Flatiron Building has been photographed in so many ways but I've always wanted to shoot it in blinding snow to create this snow globe effect. And after 4 hours on location in gusty winds and freezing temps during the last big storm, the heavy flakes began to drop just as the street lights came on, and I hadn't been this excited to see snow since I was a little boy with a toboggan. And now for hot chocolate! :D
A Seat in the Snow
Walloped with back-to-back snowstorms in a single week, Toronto streets haven't been this buried since 1999. The park bench, though, is noticeably clear as a frequent rest stop for the unfortunate folks who call this street "home". In fact, as I lay in this snow bank to capture this view of our iconic Flatiron Building, a compassionate woman approached me to make sure I was alright. Gotta love this city! :D
Super Moon Over Broadview Hotel Toronto Sweet Dreams Toronto Night Moves Toronto Gold Reflection Autumn Train of Uxbridge Heavenly Peace at The Broadview Hotel copy Toronto Harbour Summer Sunset Polson Pier Peer Toronto Sun Voyager - Iceland Toronto's Crown of Downtown Flatiron Snow Globe A Seat in the Snow
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