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

Fowl and Fido

I went to the Brickworks last Sunday. The air was awash with the calls of red-wing blackbirds and soaring and diving swallows.  I came upon mallards and cormorants in the ponds, plus a mournful and patient dog awaiting the return of his human companions.

Brickworks mallaard

A mallard at the Brickworks, Toronto, April 27, 2014

Brickworks Cormorant

Double-Crested Cormorant at the Evergreen Brickworks, Toronto, April 27, 2014


Woof. When are they coming back to me?!


A green frog at the Brick Works, Toronto, August 2012

When I am in natural settings, even in the city, I often feel a sense of companionship with the trees and other plants and animals.  This was the case on a recent afternoon at the Brick Works.  I was sitting by one of the ponds in a shaded area when I noticed a green frog nearby in the water at the base of some reeds.  Later, I saw a female cardinal and heard and saw several goldfinches.  These, plus the flowers, trees, water and sky were with me in healing companionship.  This may sound romantic to some, but, in fact, it was the reality and one that remains with me.

Pond at the Brick Works, Toronto, August 2012