Shift

I have two blogs–this one that I now rarely post on and an art blog that I post on more frequently.  Being in nature in and out of the city is a large part of what sustains me in life and allows me to create.  So I’ve decided to  merge both blogs by creating a nature photography section in my art blog.  I’m not removing Of Humans and Nature, just not adding to it.

If you’d like to see additional nature photos of mine, do go to Arts of May.  And many thanks to those of you who’ve dropped by Of Humans and Nature and who have followed me.  All the best to you.

Spring at the Brick Works in Toronto. ©Lily S. May 2015

Spring at the Brick Works in Toronto. ©Lily S. May 2015

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Sun and Snow

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.

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Clouds and blue sky above sumach at the Brick Works, Toronto, February 2, 2014

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Bright sun at the Brick Works, Sunday Feb. 2/2014

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Melting snow on branches at the Evergreen Brick Works, Feb. 2/14


Over the Don Valley, Toronto

Toronto Don Valley

Looking out over the Don Valley, Toronto, January 15, 2014

After the big freeze and the rain and melt, this was all the snow left in Toronto the other day, although last night we had a dusting of snow.  Here, I’m looking out at the expressway, the ravines and the Brick Works in the distance.  I love this dramatic, though often windy, view showing urban life and nature together.


At the Edge of the Brick Works

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By the Brick Works, Toronto, May 16/13

Several days ago and today, Victoria Day in Canada, I went to one of my favourite haunts–the Evergreen Brick Works.  Sometimes the textures and shapes of the landscape call out to me to be photographed in black and white.  These were from wooded paths around the perimeter of the Brick Works, some of which lead to ravines that wind through the city.

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Path just above the Brick Works, Victoria Day, 2013

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Willow Tresses over a path above the Brick Works, Victoria Day 2013, Toronto


Abundance

Pink Tree

Spring in Toronto, May 2013

We’ve had a week of sunshine and warm weather in Toronto–like a dream of love.  This has given way to rain and cooler temperatures which will make the plants quite happy.

Garden

Toronto garden, May 2013

Tulips

Tulips after rain, Toronto, May 2013

The gardens have been bursting with flowers. Magnolias, redbud trees, flowering plums, tulips, daffodils, grape hyacinths, forget me nots, periwinkles and violets have greeted me throughout the neighbourhood.  Two days ago, the yellow green maple flowers began dusting the sidewalks and lawns.  And at the Brick Works and Todmorden Mills, the sun and leaves of budding trees have formed canopies of light.

These have been joyful days to be alive amidst birdsong and the return of vibrant colour.

Todmorden Mills

Todmorden Mills, Toronto, May 2013.


Signs of Spring at the Brick Works

Pussy Willows

Pussy Willows at the Brick Works, late March 2013

A week ago Saturday, on a beautiful sunny day in Toronto, we decided to walk to a favourite haunt—Evergreen Brick Works.  There, I saw the first colt’s foot flowers I’ve ever seen.  Either I’ve been unobservant or they haven’t been that plentiful in the past.  Another possibility is that I haven’t been in the right location at the right time.  I also saw two large pussy willow trees which I have loved since childhood.

Colt's Foot

Colt’s Foot at the Brick Works, late March 2013

 The call of the red winged blackbirds was a welcome sound as was the sight of two Canada geese.  Though they are a plentiful bird whom many regard as nuisances, there they were by a pond, looking quite fine to me. 

Red-Winged Blackbird

Red-Winged Blackbird at the Brick Works, Toronto, late March 2013

Canada Geese

Canada Geese at Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto, late March 2013

Since then, crocuses have been adorning early gardens and I’ve been hearing the lovely song of the robin.


After the Snowfall at the Evergreen Brick Works

Brick Works in the Snow

Brick Works in the Snow, Feb. 9, 2013

Yesterday and the night before we got 25 – 30 cm of snow in Toronto.  This was the most significant snowfall we’ve had this year, and the most we’ve had in the past five.  Last year we shockingly had only a dusting here and there.

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Evergreen Brick Works, after a snowfall in Toronto, Feb. 9, 2013

 I went out walking in the storm yesterday.  I loved seeing the fresh snow and felt a sudden sense of loss because snows like this used to be regular occurrences and not the big deal this one seemed.  I was then glad I could feel love for snow, something that I didn’t realize I strongly felt.  And glad I could feel this before snow becomes even more rare than it is now, as it seems it will.

Brick Works in Snow

Shadows and a snow covered pond at the Brick Works, Feb. 9, 2013

 Today my husband and I went to the Evergreen Brick Works to take advantage of the beautiful sights I felt awaited us at this former industrial site turned into a sanctuary of sorts.  We weren’t disappointed.  Here are some of the photos I took. 

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Blue/purple shadows on the snow, Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto, Feb. 9, 2013.