How Sweet It Is

Here’s a post after a long hiatus. I went to the Brickworks on this sunny day in Toronto. There, the light on the snow, the dried grasses, the trees were a boost to my spirit.

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In Search of Open Water

It’s been a hard season for waterfowl.  The extreme cold has frozen most of the Great Lakes for the first time in around 20 years.  Around Toronto and north of here, there are reports of many swans and ducks being found dead because of the lack of open water that they can land on and find food in.

So on a warm day (10° C) last week when I took a long walk, I looked out over Riverdale Park off of Broadview Avenue onto melting snow.  I soon realized that the specks on a sizable flooded area were actually ducks. And I wondered if they have come here because they are having trouble finding open water on Lake Ontario. 

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Ducks in melting snow and ice, Riverdale Park, Toronto, March 11/14


Fresh Snow at Kortright–2013

Last year, in February, I photographed the fresh snow on this walkway at the Kortright Centre for Conservation, around an hour north of Toronto.

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Kortright Centre for Conservation, February 2013.


Todmorden Mills in Winter

Last week we had some warmer days and on a sunny afternoon, Wednesday the 19th, I walked to Todmorden Mills Heritage Site just off the Don Valley Parkway in Toronto. I knew it was my chance to see the wooded wildflower preserve while the snow was still on the ground, ahead of predicted above-freezing temperatures and rain. As always, my mood improved greatly walking in this beautiful setting. I heard chickadees and, I believe, a cardinal above the traffic. And I loved seeing the late sunlight on the snow, trees and rail fences. Here’s some photos from that day.

Todmorden Mills Feb. 2014

Todmorden Mills Feb. 2014

Todmorden Mills Feb. 2014

Todmorden Mills Feb. 2014

Todmorden Mills Feb. 2014


A Past Winter–2

 

After a snowfall, I took this photo at Todmorden Mills on New Year’s Day 2008. It was a day of extreme beauty.

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Fresh snow at Todmorden Mills on Jan 1, 2008, Toronto


Tracks and Ivy in the Snow

For the past few years, we’ve had relatively mild winters in Toronto without regular snow. Not so this winter. Here’s a couple of photos I’ve taken after the last snowfall on Wednesday.

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Tracks in the shadows and sun, Toronto, February 2014

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Ivy after snow, Toronto, February 2014

 


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