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.

Kortright snow 2013

Kortright Centre for Conservation, February 2013.


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.

Jan 1 2008

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


A Past Winter Scene

Here’s a photograph I took in 2009 of birds, trees and the houses across a laneway. I think I’ve mentioned before that in winter when colours are more muted I look to the shapes of bare branches for beauty in the city.  

Toronto January 2009

From the window, January 2009, Toronto


Pigeons, pigeons

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!

Pigeons

Pigeons on the wires, December 2012, Toronto


Ice Crystals

We’re back to a cold snap in Toronto–around -20°C–which is cold for the city. Here’s two views of a window with beautiful ice crystals this morning.

Ice Crystals

Ice Crystals on the window, Toronto, January 21, 2014

Ice Crystals

Ice crystals on the window, Toronto, Jan. 21/14

 


Grange Park in the Snow, Encore

Back to winter in Toronto. Here’s 2 more photos I took of Grange Park on January 5th while I was in the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Grange Park

Trees of Grange Park, Jan. 5/14, from a window in the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Members’ Lounge

Grange Park

Grange Park through the window, Jan. 5/14

 


Todmorden Mills

Yellow House at Todmorden Mills

Yellow House at Todmorden Mills, Toronto, March 2013

Last Friday I went to Todmorden Mills, a heritage site in Toronto adjacent to a wildflower preserve.  Todmorden Mills is off Pottery Road, near Bayview Avenue and the Don Valley Parkway, so this visually beautiful place has a backdrop of rushing traffic.  Often I cannot shut out the distressing sound of the cars, but was able to accept them this day and focus on the physical scene.  Indeed, a disturbing part of living in the city is the necessity of shutting down senses at times as a form of self-preservation.

Stream near Todmorden Mills

Wildflower preserve by Todmorden Mills, Toronto, March 2013

Wildflower Preserve by Todmorden Mills

Wildflower Preserve adjacent to Todmorden Mills, Toronto, March 2013

However, last week as I walked around the grounds I did enjoy the snow that hadn’t fully melted in the valley, the trees, shrubs, stream and old buildings.  I imagined what the land this city sits on might have looked like in the late 1700s when a sawmill and grist mill were built here.  The strangeness of roaring cars and trucks adjacent to the remains of this old community brought forth feelings I’ve had before about being in two worlds.  And, at the same time, I felt refreshed by spending an hour or so in this bit of preserved nature and history in the midst of the city.

Todmorden Mills

At Todmorden Mills, Toronto, March 2013

Todmorden Mills

Todmorden Mills, March 2013 with the Brick Works Shuttle Bus passing by on Pottery Road