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More Winter Weeds

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More weeds waiting for the snow at Ashbridges Bay.  

Winter Weeds 2011

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There hadn't been much snow so far this winter when I took this picture.  It's been really strange, actually, how little snow there has been.  However, as of today, there's plenty of snow on the ground, and more falling.  The entire landscape has been transformed, so it's good to actually have a record of what the plants looked like before the snow got dumped on them. 

Yard Sale

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I love a good yard sales.  You never know what you're going to find.  It could be the one book in a series that you don't have, and it costs you a quarter.  Sometimes, it's a great, kitschy piece that will look awesome on your desk.  But they can be sad too.  Yard sales happen for many reasons - kids grow out of toys, people downsize to save money, and I always find myself trying to figure out why the sale is happening. 

But the bargain hunting is seriously fun.

Bus Stop

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A slightly different perspective on the bus stop at the end of my street. 

Robin's Egg Blues

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A broken eggshell on the sidewalk is such an ambiguous thing, really.  Did the chick hatch, and the eggshell get pushed out of the nest?  Did the egg itself break, dooming the chick?  Questions, questions, questions ...

Off the Rack

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Taken at the Black Market on Queen West.  It's a fantastic place to look for vintage clothing and accessories - my wife loves going in there and my daughter always finds something that she wants to get.  I love the variety of jackets all for sale on the rack together. 

Lights and Rain

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Rain transforms the mundane lights along the sidewalk on Queen East at Broadview.

Bruce Fungus

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More peaceful denizens of the Bruce Peninsula - slowly decomposing the litter on the floor of the forest. 

Bruce Snail

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This were wonderfully slow up in the Bruce - a perfect antidote to the frenetic pace we seemed to be maintaining coming up to the wedding.  We didn't slow down quite this much, but enough to actually catch our breath.  Good thing, too, as we came back to another period of crazy activity that now (hopefully) seems to be waning.

Roadside Ferns

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I have no idea if the red leaves are because the plants are starting to turn their fall colours, but these red and green ferns were all over the roadside near our cottage.  They're tiny little things in this shot, but they're fascinating to see popping up through the (mostly evergreen) foliage we saw so much of.  Note to self - when going to see fall colours, don't go to a mostly cedar and pine forested area.  The results are not what are expected.

Thanks, Norm!

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We got a tour of a greenhouse from a friend of mine.  It's amazing what kinds of flowers will bloom in a greenhouse - things you wouldn't expect to see growing in Ontario.  Once again - thanks for the tour, Norm.

Shiny Cable

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We live near the Metro Works department's offices on Eastern Avenue, so periodically, we see trucks filled with various pieces of heavy equipment parked on our street.  This time, it was steel cable on a large, wooden spool, shining in the sun. 

Lupins

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The lupins are blooming in our front yard.  I wish there was some way to have them bloom more than once, but they're a June flower - they'll be fading by the middle of July, if I recall correctly.  But they're cool, the way their flowers appear on the stem.  They start out like you see at the top, and then the colours appear, and the individual flowers bloom.

Blossoms in June

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Fading Spring

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Oh dear, the blossoms are already fading and wilting.  Spring is racing past us, as we enjoy the warmer weather.  Summer will be here soon, and I'm looking forward to long walks after work, watching the city life in the evenings. 

Spring 2009

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Warm weather has arrived, and the magnolia trees on our street are starting to blossom.  Yay!

Boots

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I think that someone's feet are going to be cold. 

Step This Way

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Shiny Bell

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Makes a nice contrast with this picture, don't you think?

Tulips on Queen

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It's been a dreary winter so far - too much snow, slush and muck.  So, it was nice to see the flowers outside for Valentine's Day.  Bright colors and green leaves make a nice antidote to the gloom.

Blowing in the Wind

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A winter garden blows in the breeze, waiting for spring to arrive. 

Winter Flowers

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I took yesterday off of work, and spent a big chunk of the time tramping around High Park.  It was warm, and the snow was "angry" according to my darling fiance, who joined me on my birthday photowalk.  I loved the way that these flowers poked up out of the snow that covered their garden.

Disco Ball

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Not everyone has taken their Christmas decorations down yet.  Taken through the window of LPK's Culinary Groove - a wonderful bakery at the corner of Queen and Broadview.  They make the most excellent savoury shortbreads there.

Santa III

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Another closeup of the Christmas tree. 

Ornament II

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Okay - I know, it's the middle of January already - but don't you miss Christmas already?  I know I do. 

Frozen

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Drip by drip, the water fell from the roof onto the plant.  And layer by layer, the ice built up around it.  I found this on Queen Street, on my way to catch the streetcar.  I stopped to catch this image, instead.

Fuzzy Milk Dud

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Taken with my fiance's 100mm Macro/f2.8 Canon lens.  I have to start borrowing it from her more often - look at that gorgeous bokeh in the background.  Look at the wonderful detail on the rush.  I wonder what else I can take pictures of with it. Stay tuned!

Ornaments

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In the window of the Umbra store on John Street.  Don't these look like cool little ornaments?

Snow on Cedars

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It was very peaceful after the snowfall.  If you listened in the silence, you could hear winter settling in like a relative visiting for the holidays.  For a little while, you're glad to see them.  But soon, you just wish they'd frickin' leave already.

View from Casa Loma

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We climbed all the way up to the top of the tower in Casa Loma, and a bunch of the windows were streaked with moisture - it made for very distorted pictures.  So - rather than try to work around it, I got this shot of a window overlooking the rest of the castle.

OMG Santa! II

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Another of the many Santas that have sprung up like early winter mushrooms in my house.  I kid her, but I really like it when my fiance commits a Christmas on our house - I like seeing the decorations, the tree, and the Santas.  (And how can you not like someone that has over 2 1/2 days of Christmas music in her iTunes?)

OMG Santa!

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Okay - Christmas time is upon us, and that means that the hordes of Santa Claus's are taking over my house.  This is only one of my fiance's collection - a collection I plan on getting a few more shots of this year.  (You can see some more of the collection in the background - we have at least fifty Santas around the house right now.  )

Berries in the Snow

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Taken at the corner of Queen and Broadview.  Our neighbourhood BIA likes to spruce the streets up a little bit as the holidays approach.  Just after they did that, we got a bit of snow to make everything look just that much prettier.

97 Kilometers

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I loved the chrome and reflections on the Vespa parked out front of my work, so here it is.  I see these speedy little Vespas everywhere downtown - it's such a switch from when I worked out in the 'burbs, where everyone drove cars, and nobody walked.  I love working downtown, and especially in the Queen and John neighbourhood.  There's always something going on, and something new to see.

Sorry for the gap in postings, btw. I'm participating in NaNoWriMo this year, so I've been kind of distracted as I try to write my novel.  Hopefully, I'll be able to keep up with posting here as well as writing.

Seed Pods

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I'm not sure what kind of seed pods these are - maybe they're milkweed?  Found beside the rails on the bike path to Cherry Beach.

Jewels

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After a shower, I found these droplets on some of the garden plants.  I love how they form little spheres of brightness on the leaves.

Bus Lights

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School's almost over, now, so it seemed appropriate to take a picture of the brake lights on a school bus.  Any day now, the streets will be filled with the sound of kids complaining that they're bored, and wanna go to the mall.  Ahh, the sweet sounds of summer.

Rust and Gears

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Rust and Gears.jpgMore from the old bike I spotted the other day.  I love the way the rust spreads across the metal.

Rust and Rings

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Rust and Rings.jpgI spotted a very old, very rusted bike on my way home the other day.  

Backlit Maple Leaf

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Went out for a stroll this weekend, visiting some of the Contact photography installations around the west end of the city.  It was the first time I stopped in the Trinity Bellwoods park in a long time, and I found this maple leaf hanging at just the right height to be easily snapped.

Spring Leaves

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More closeups of foliage again today.  Before the leaves started appearing on this vine, I was thinking that it was dead.  It's very refreshing to see the greenery popping up all over the place.  Reminds me that there is warm weather and sunshine coming soon.

Blooming Trees

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Somebody told me it was a cherry tree.  Whatever it is, the flowers are very pretty - it really brightens up the front yard of our house. 

More Blossoms

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I don't know what this tree is, but the flowers look seriously weird.  Once again, more evidence that the long winter is over, and we're starting to look at definite springness.

Blossoms

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Spring is in full swing, and the trees are blooming everywhere.  There are two of these trees on our street, and the blossoms are all out.

Waiting at Dupont

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Everybody finds themselves waiting for the subway from time to time.  I was stuck at Dupont, and decided to see what kind of shot I could get of the signage there.

Merry Christmas II

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Taken with my new(!) camera - a closeup of one of the many ornaments on our Christmas tree.  I know that it's almost New Year's Eve, but I'm having fun taking pictures around the house - I don't want to venture outside yet - it's too soon after Christmas.  Maybe tomorrow I'll go outside and see what this baby can do.

Stone Lady

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All day long she sits and stares at the ground.  She looks sad, doesn't she?

Merry Christmas I

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Some of the many ornaments my lovely wife has put on our tree.  (She actually used 10 strings of 100 lights on the tree - we don't need any other illumination in the living room when it's plugged in!)

Keys

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After a snowstorm, I found these keys, hanging from a pole.  Apparently, they had been there for almost a week by that time, hung up by some kind soul after they were found near a local club.  You can see the rust forming, even from that short a time.  I wonder how long they'll be up there.

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