It’s been an eventful summer. A few weeks ago my mother died. She was extremely old, but surprised us all by getting a fever one day and dying the next. I hadn’t been posting here that much before her death and now I think I will officially take a break. Thank you to everyone who’s read and viewed my posts and followed this blog. I’m still enjoying the natural world–both in the city and in the countryside. I looked through some of my photos and have selected this one from Saskatchewan when I was last there in 2011. All the best to you, nature lovers.
It’s been a grey day in Toronto. We’re moving slowly toward spring, but it’s not here yet. The trees’ bare branches will be with us for a while longer. In January, I saw this peach coloured cloud sitting in the arms of a tree in the neighbourhood.
We went to the Brick Works on Sunday after a wet snow on Saturday. We started out under a cloudy sky that gave way to blue patches, then to bright sun. We were among other walkers, a cross country skier and many frolicking dogs.
The other day I was viewing photos I had taken around a year ago to see what winter was looking like then. I came upon this image of pigeons on electrical wires on a grey day. They congregate near a tiny park outside a subway station in Toronto. I love these birds. They are a familiar and often undervalued sight in the city. But I enjoy seeing them on my walks, being careful, however, not to walk directly underneath them!
An intense sunset over Toronto a few days ago, looking south and west. I enjoy taking photographs through windows with reflections from the inside superimposed on the outside. The lamplight certainly is a dim distant cousin to the sun!
I’ll be adding many more posts about my time in Newfoundland, but tonight, here in Toronto, the moon and Venus are visible. And so, out came my camera and, despite shaky hands and no tripod, here’s what I’ve been seeing. I’m looking south, as usual, from midtown.
We didn’t get the full force of the storms that other parts of southern Ontario and southwestern Quebec got last night, but we had quite the show of amazing clouds. And there was much lightning to the south, perhaps across or over Lake Ontario.
We’ve had days of extreme heat, by Toronto standards, and humidity. Up around 34 or 35 Celsius with great humidity making it feel in the 40s. Earlier this evening, thunder storms brought us cooler weather and it looks like the storms are still brewing.
I’ll be posting more about the beauty of Bruce Peninsula. But meanwhile, we are in the midst of smog days in Toronto, which I think may be our first this year. The smog alert began yesterday afternoon and is still with us. From a high vantage point, where I took these photos, looking south from a little east of downtown, you can see the sweep of the pollution. The smog is also over other cities and towns in southern Ontario. These are not uplifting photos, but more a call to continue working on reducing pollution in our societies.