Through the Train Window

Grasses by the Tracks

Grasses by the GO Railway Tracks, east of Toronto, December 2012

I took the GO Train out of Toronto this past weekend, heading a little east.  As always, I enjoy the wild, overgrown places you can often see by railroad tracks.  I focus on them in the sterile-looking parts of the journey.  In the same way, I look for trees and bushes interspersed among uniform suburban developments, bleak factories and storage bunkers.

Gulls in a parking lot

Gulls in a parking lot at a GO station east of Toronto, December 2012

Through the train’s window, I saw these plus ring billed gulls resting in a station’s empty parking lot and views of Lake Ontario with waves rolling in on the wind.

Near Lake Ontario

Through the GO train window near the Rouge Hill Station, Dec. 2012

I’ve taken to photographing trees and shrubs at times while the train is moving.  I enjoy the resulting blurred images that are often surprising.

As the train starts up

As the train pulls out of the Rouge Hill Station, a photograph of trees near Lake Ontario, Dec. 2012

The photos here show the cloudy day it was, filled with the muted colours often associated with melancholy, while softly holding the season.

Tree near Lake Ontario

Trees and bushes near Lake Ontario, Dec. 2012

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