Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015

Last Of The River Ice

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When the river ice breaks up it does so in blocks like this. Floating down river they end up in ice jams. The pressure is so great that pieces like this one get pushed up onto the river banks. The ice will remain here until it melts.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Toronto Transit History

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This is scan from a slide (remember them?) that I took in 1973 or 1974. Peter Witt car #2766 remained on active duty until July 18, 1965. The vehicle remained on Toronto Transit Commission's property in storage until it was brought back in 1973 as part of a special "Belt Line Tour Tram" service. It was discontinued in 1975 due to lack of ridership. Later it was used for various sightseeing tour operations, such as a King Edward Hotel “brunch and streetcar ride”, and then for tours operated by “Toronto by Trolley” as well as occasional fan trip charters throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s, including being the last streetcar to operate on Mt. Pleasant Rd. on a fan trip in July 1976 when the track was abandoned. As of July 2013, it remains on TTC property and sees occasional use in charter service.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

501 Streetcar

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Photographed Aug. 8, 2013. Artist: Allan Bender and John Nobrega of Blinc Studios. Located at Queen St. West and Denison Ave., in The City Of Toronto this mural has been photographed many times, including one by RedPat. The interesting thing I noticed about this mural is that the streetcar doors are on the wrong side. In North America all driving is done on the right hand side of the road and the driver's seat is on the left.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Train Art

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The railroad entertaining us with the graffiti train.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Winter Go Away! Please!

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March 24 2015. Winter is still hanging on. Usually by this time of year all of the ice is gone.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Signs - Pizza

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This van looks good enough to eat. I'm linking to Lesley's Signs, Signs.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Towers Of Power

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The transmission grid carries electricity to local distribution companies, as well as to large industries that are supplied directly from the grid.

Monday, March 23, 2015


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Seen on the left, the Royal Ontario Museum located in Toronto, will be participating in Museum Week.
The event runs from March 23 to 29 March 2015.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Saturday, March 21, 2015

International Day of Forests

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March 21 is the United Nations’ International Day of Forests, which promotes the importance of forests and trees in our lives. The day addresses issues such as deforestation.

Friday, March 20, 2015

First Day Of Spring

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The snow has been been gone for only a couple of days and the Daffodils are sprouting in my Wife's garden.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Difficult Situation

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The good news is the river ice is breaking up. The bad news is it's stuck in an ice jam and not moving.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Signs - Be On Your Guard

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At one time we only had to worry about the animals. Now the plants are attacking us. I'm linking to Lesley's Signs, Signs.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Baby Swan

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The dark coloured one is the youngster and he/she is less than 12 months old.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Sunrise Over The Nuke Plant

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Did you know that uranium, one of few forms of energy we use, does not come from the sun? The Earth's uranium was produced in one or more supernovae over 6 billion years ago. Just saying.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Before Sunrise

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Thirty minutes until the sun becomes visible. Because I used a slow shutter speed of 8 seconds the props on the wind turbine look blurred

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Good Bye Snow

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The Spring melt has begun. The overflow seen is caused by a ice jam further down stream.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Bird Lady

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Nothing special here today. Just a lady I had a conversation with. She is very knowledgeable about the birds in the area. She knew every one individually and knew all the tag numbers on them.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Pedestrian Walkway

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Photographed in the morning in the mall parking lot. Not real early but early enough that the lot was empty. The blue coloured building in the background is tiered parking for the office building and train commuters.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Signs - Food

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No Need to travel the world for exotic foods. This one is right here in my neighbourhood. I'm linking to Lesley's Signs, Signs.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Scrounging For Food

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In the daylight hours they fly inland in search of food.

Monday, March 09, 2015

River Valley Road

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At the bottom there is a salmon-trout river and entrance to the Trans Canada Trail.

Sunday, March 08, 2015

You Crack Me Up

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I am out early in the morning practising my night shots. When I looked at the results in the viewfinder I see some strange looking lens flares. The camera is on a tripod so I change the angle and the flares are still there. Next I decided to put the lens hood on. That is when I noticed the lens is shattered. Well, not really the lens... but rather the UV filter was shattered.


The moral of the story is, if you cherish your expensive camera lens, spend the few extra $$$ to protect your equipment with a lens filter. It will save you many tears and expensive replacements.

Saturday, March 07, 2015

The Caffeine High

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Come on, don't you ever stop and smell the coffee?

Friday, March 06, 2015

Downspout Ice

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On a cold sunny winter day up on the roof, the snow begins a slow melt. The melt runs into the eavestroughs then into the downspout where the temperatures are colder. Thus we get ice flows like this one.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Winter Scene

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When the warmer weather returns this area will again be a channel with boats moored at the docks.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Ice Age

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It has been a very successful winter for ice. Apparently it only took ten years for the last big ice age to form.

Monday, March 02, 2015

How Low Can You Go?

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Normally this is a free flowing brook that runs through this small valley. The temperatures have been so low that it is frozen solid. In fact temperatures have been breaking daily lows that go back decades.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Window Reflection

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October 9. 2013. Photographing my reflection.

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