Trees of Gold

A glorious sight this morning: the sun on orange gold trees.

October 30, 2014 in Toronto, Canada

October 30, 2014 in Toronto, Canada

Toronto, Canada, Oct 30, 2014.

Toronto, Canada, Oct 30, 2014

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Blue & Orange

Gorgeous autumn colours, Arrowhead Provincial Park, Ontario, October 2012

Gorgeous autumn colours, Arrowhead Provincial Park, Ontario, October 2012


An Autumn Past

The gold and orange leaves are vivid in the ravines and streets of Toronto right now. They led me to these photos I took in 2012 at Arrowhead Provincial Park near Huntsville, Ontario.  It’s a small park, but that didn’t dim its beauty when we were there a few Octobers ago.

At Arrowhead Provincial Park, Ontario, 2012

At Arrowhead Provincial Park, Ontario, 2012

Autumn at Arrowhead Provincial Park, 2012

Autumn at Arrowhead Provincial Park, 2012


October!

A glorious autumn day from 2011 at Kortright Conservation Centre, Ontario

A glorious autumn day from 2011 at Kortright Conservation Centre, Ontario


Beaver Pond–Haliburton, Ontario

This past weekend we travelled to Haliburton county, to the northeast of Toronto.  We were eager to see the turning leaves which were intense even in the rain which accompanied us during most of the weekend.

This photo is of a beaver pond we saw on private land.  I am drawn to reflections in nature and loved the clear ones in this pond.  Because the scene was one of muted colours, I photographed it in black and white, which allowed me to focus on the design created by the mirror image.

Beaver Pond Reflections

Beaver Pond Reflections, Haliburton, October 2013


November’s Trees in Toronto

Tree Reflection, Toronto

Tree Reflection after rain in Toronto, Nov. 2012

Recently, the days have been mostly grey in Toronto, with an unusual sunny day this past Thursday.  It’s the dark time of the year, mid autumn, with the end of daylight savings time.  Most of the leaves have fallen off the trees.  As in every year, I turn to their branches as a source of beauty and connection to nature which I need in order to feel well.

Tree Reflection, Toronto

Reflection of a tree, Toronto, Nov. 2012

In the neighbourhood are many trees and gardens that I walk among.  But I’m always of the lookout, even downtown, for trees that soften the sometimes stark buildings.  Here’s some photos from recent rambles.

Branches in Downtown Toronto

Branches in Downtown Toronto, from the King Streetcar, Nov. 2012

Tree and Sansevieria Plants, Toronto

Tree and Sansevieria (Snake) Plants, downtown Toronto, on the King Street Car, Nov. 2012

November Trees, Building in Toronto

Trees in a stark environment seen from the King Streetcar, Nov. 2012, Toronto


Meanwhile, in Toronto

I’ll be adding many more posts about my time in the Canadian Rockies.  I think of the mountains every day and miss them.  Meanwhile, in Toronto it’s autumn.  The turning leaves are beautiful and bring me solace as I travel around the city.

Autumn Oak Leaves in Toronto, Oct. 2012

Autumn leaves through Mocha Mocha cafe’s window, Toronto, Oct. 2012

Autumn in Kensington Market, Toronto, Oct. 2012

Today, it was very warm and sunny.  I returned to the Brick Works—passing milkweed in luminous seed by the railway tracks.  Other people strolled about on this lovely day and I spoke to a woman who had seen eastern bluebirds at the Brick Works yesterday.

Milkweed by the railroad tracks, Toronto, Oct. 2012

Brick Works–reflections of autumn, Oct. 2012, Toronto

Brick Works, Oct. 2012, Toronto

I saw and heard red winged blackbirds, chickadees and mallards.  Also, I heard what I believe were finches or warblers of some sort.

Chickadee at the Brick Works in Toronto, Oct. 2012

And at the Brick Works, I read a sign about the geology of the land here.  It was good to relate my new found interest to the land close to home.  And to contemplate, as I had in the west, that we live off of life much older than ourselves.

The sign reads:

The rock of this west quarry wall is shale with harder layers of silty limestone.  It originated in a tropical sea around 448 million years ago.  If you look closely you may see some fossils…The presence of easily accessible shale made this site valuable as a brick making operation.

Autumn on a warm day at the Brick Works in Toronto, Oct. 2012