Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Sunrise

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Another day, another blessing and another chance at life. Take nothing for granted and think of every breath as a gift. 
Rashida Rowe

Monday, May 22, 2017

Monday Night

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Located in Niagara Falls, Canada the Fallsview Casino Resort has a colourful light display.
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When night fall arrives the building begins to behave like a chameleon.
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I am not a gambler... I would rather be take photos like this.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Drummer

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Peter Richards is regular street Busker on the corner of Yonge St. and Dundas St., West in Toronto. Some people view Buskers as panhandlers but this is the furthest thing from the truth. One must have a street entertainer's permit from the city. There are rules... no obstruction of narrow sidewalks, not playing directly on street corners and no amplifiers. Apparently one of the worst things about street busking is the retirement plan.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Photographing The Photographer

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Photographing through the spray of a fountain I caught these two doing what I like to do.

Friday, May 19, 2017

B-25 Bomber - Hot Gen!

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The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's B-25J Mitchell was assembled in Kansas City in early 1945, but never saw military service. It was operated as a civilian transport for over 25 years and the Museum found it abandoned at Wilmington Airport, Delaware, in 1975. After repairs, the aircraft was flown to the Museum, where it underwent extensive restoration. The aircraft now displays the markings of a B-25J of RAF No. 98 Squadron, which fought over North West Europe during 1944-45. It is dedicated to the Canadians who flew with that squadron. This model of airplane is well remembered for its role in the Doolittle Raid, on April 18, 1942, the first air raid by the United States to strike the Japanese homeland during World War II. Sixteen B-25B aircraft were launched from the U.S. Navy's aircraft carrier USS Hornet. The strike made the Japanese realize that they were vulnerable to attack, and served as a morale booster for the United States.
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" Hot Gen" by artist Lance Russwurm. As the United States entered World War II, nose art regulations were relaxed, or in many cases totally ignored. WWII would become the golden age of aircraft artistry. Pin-ups represented a dominant theme on the noses of WWII bombers and fighters. Artists often mimicked Vargas style "fantasy girl" pinup art on the military aircraft they painted. This plane is being prepared for the summer flying season. On Father's Day many of the Museum’s vintage aircraft will be flown throughout the weekend.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Apple Blossoms

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A few mild days and the winter blah colours are gone.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Window View

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My wife and I recently celebrated our 50th Wedding Anniversary in Niagara Falls. In advance I booked a hotel room with with a city view. Upon arrival I explain about our anniversary and asked if I could up grade the room to a falls view. The lady checking us in was really nice and gave us a room on the 18th floor with no extra charges... plus a free bottle of wine delivered to the room. The building on the left is the Fallsview Casino Resort and the building right is The Oakes Hotel. I'll let you guess at what is is in between then. .

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Chatting

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Just something that caught my eye. The lady on on the right was having a conversation with the person sitting on the ground.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Shoe Tree

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Located in the downtown core of Toronto. 
Since the 90's they have been selling a bit of everything from shoes to shirts & accessories.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Wild Flower

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Trout Lilies  are low growing plants that form colonies of plants of different ages. The youngsters are flowerless and have only one leaf, while older plants produce two leaves and a single flower.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Framed

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I saw the the sign in the upper right hand window and I decided to do my own "Custom Framing".
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I wait for people to walk by and I used the front entrance as a frame.
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Stylish dresser.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Smarter Than Your Average Bird

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Stainless steel pigeon spikes are used on buildings and structures to keep pest birds from landing.
Someone forgot to tell this Pigeon.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Tune Up

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I live in a country that has in seasonal climates. Our bicycles typically lie dormant during the cold winter months and resurface in spring. Getting your bike tuned up each spring is a bit like getting regular oil changes on your car.

Monday, May 08, 2017

A Sky So Vast

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Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain... To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices - today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it. - Kevyn Aucoin

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Dreary Rain ☂

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The best thing one can do when it's raining, is to let it rain. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Petticoat Creek

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Except for the torrent water this scene does not express enough the amount of rain and flooding going on here. The rain stopped on Thursday for a few hours so I manged to get out and take a few photos. Within thirty minutes after this photo it started again. Lake Ontario is at an all time high which is causing severe damage. Eastern Canada s having devastating flooding especially in Montreal. Homes are being evacuated. More rain is in the forecast.

Friday, May 05, 2017

Protester

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If you live in democracy you have the right to peaceful protest.
This guy has something against Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

It Is The Thought That Counts

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The City's Commemorative Bench Program invites the public to pay tribute to a loved one that has passed on by purchasing a bench ($1200) for installation in a public park or open space. The City provides an attractive plaque for mounting at no extra cost, with wording provided by the contributor. Usually on the anniversary off death, without fanfare, a friend or love one will leave a bouquet of flowers or some other gesture.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Kops Vinyl Records

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Digital streaming and downloads have taken over but sales of the old vinyl format is seeing major growth. The oldest independent record store in the city has been in business since 1967.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Keeping The City Clean

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It is not difficult to find a trash collector in a neon green reflective vest but like this scene a lot of people have a mental block to what is going on around them.

Monday, May 01, 2017

Baby Food

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My newest granddaughter having her first taste of mushy carrots.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Tax Man

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For individual taxpayers, April 30 is the due date for filing Canadian income taxes. Since that falls on a Sunday this year, the Canada Revenue Agency will consider your taxes filed on time as long as they are received or postmarked on or before May 1.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Graffiti-Alley

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Too many fish in the sea
 I said, there's short ones, tall ones, fine ones, kind ones
Too many fish in the sea

Friday, April 28, 2017

Sign Of The Times

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A place to purchase CD and DVDs HMV has fallen to the digital age. A Ontario Superior Court of Justice approved an application to place the company into receivership. The Canadian unit was an offshoot of HMV’s U.K. operations. HMV is still a going concern in Britain. But not all is lost. Sunrise Records the Toronto based chain said it plans to open as many as 70 stores across the country after buying up properties made vacant when HMV went into receivership. The new stores will have a heavy focus on vinyl, which is seeing a resurgent popularity. Every location will have more than 2,000 titles of vinyl in stock at all locations.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Movie Poster

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Critics Consensus: I Am Not Your Negro offers an incendiary snapshot of James Baldwin's crucial observations on American race relations and a sobering reminder of how far we've yet to go.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Early Dawn

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A blast of morning sunshine.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Who Are The Homeless?

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People become homeless for a wide variety of reasons. Loss of a job, marital breakdown, mental illness , alcohol and drug addiction. But when it comes to youth and children, the reasons tend to revolve around the family.  In Toronto, estimates range from 900 to 2,000 nightly. Far more than can be accommodated by the 489 beds in youth shelters.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Monday Night

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Heavy rain and winds all day. So I waited until nightfall to stick my camera out the front window to capture this rainy night.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Prime Real Estate

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It is run down, but because of it's location it more than likely sold for big bucks.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Morning Sun

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Thirty minutes after sunrise.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Saving The Sign

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Continuing from yesterday's posting. The the iconic Honest Ed’s sign will be saved and place outside the Ed Mirvish Theatre in downtown Toronto in honour of the store’s founder. A plaque at ground level will explain the history of the store and its connection to the theatre. This is one of the ways that people of Toronto preserve the city's heritage and history.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

End Of A Era

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After 68 years in business, Toronto's iconic discount store that boasted about price cutting, decades before Walmart, has closed. The property was sold to a developer who plans to rebuild the area. After the final closing it did not take long for graffiti to appear.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Impulse Photography

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Something that my mind and eyes said I had to photograph.  

Monday, April 17, 2017

Busted!

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They caught me trying to take a stealth photo, which lead to a conversation, which lead to this photo with their permission.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Rush Lane Bar

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The real Rush Lane runs direct directly behind the bar. The name and facade pay tribute to Queen Street West's network of graffiti alleys 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Bag It!

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Putting the finishing touches on a new sign at the mall.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Hook Line & Sinker

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These guys got excited when they hooked a nice sized carp. 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Birthday

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Canadians are celebrating this year. On July 1, Canada turns 150 years old.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Headgear

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It all started in 1895 when founder Cassel Goorin hit the streets of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a horse-drawn cart full of hats and a passion for the craft of making them. Today, Goorin Bros. has over 30 shops across the United States and Canada.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Spring Has Sprung

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Besides the return of the robins and the red-winged blackbirds, this crocus bloom is another good sign that spring has arrived.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Local Celebrity

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Danielle Michaud - Sports Anchor, City News. She joined the City News team in 2014.
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The Toronto Blue Jays kicked off their regular season against the Orioles in Baltimore April 3. Danielle was in "The Jays Shop" interviewing customers about the teams prospects. The fans are very excited about the new season. 

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