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Surreal Riverdale Park

Just messin’ around with the FX Camera app on my smartphone.


 
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Doors Open Toronto 2012

Took the opportunity to get some unusual vistas of the city this weekend during Doors Open Toronto which highlights architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings around the city. Had intended to join the guided tour with journalist and photographer Terry Murray, but it was over-booked, so instead my friends and I ventured off on our own to check out the buildings around the City Hall area and the financial district. We’ve all been in and around these area many times over the years but were amazed/amused to realize how we hadn’t really paid much attention to the beauty in the artistic details on these buildings.

Faces on Places Walking Tour

City Hall and Area

 

Commerce Court and BCE Place

Viaduct Sunset

On the Prince Edward Viaduct, Toronto, May 22nd 2012

Red Tulips

A gorgeous day for a walk along the boardwalk in The Beaches. Gorgeous tulips everywhere.

Oh Hai!

I can’t take credit for this photo. My husband actually took it. He was working at his desk and Mr. Troublemaker here was trying to get his attention. He got his head stuck just long enough for the camera to be grabbed and the picture to be taken before he wriggled out. He’s obsessed with messing around with horizontal blinds in this house.


 
 
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Montréal Biodôme

Located next to the Olympic Stadium, Montréal Biodôme is a showcase of  plants, animals and fish divided into four ecosystems found in the Americas: Tropical Forest, a replica of the rainforest, The Laurentian Forest, a replica of the North American wilderness, The Saint Lawrence Marine Eco-system, an estuary habitat modelled on the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and a polar area that is divided into Arctic and Antarctic.

It was a busy long weekend and the facility was packed with families, children and strollers, so getting good shots was a challenge. I never could get a good image of the otters that were darting around in their environment, which is a shame because they are so darn adorable.

Fortunately, one of my other faves, the penguins, were on full display and it was feeding time so they were very excited. The lynx was a tricky one to get to as well but he/she did sit still just long enough for a couple of good pix too.

Bloor Yorkville Icefest

The Bloor Yorkville Icefest was packed with people on Sunday afternoon so it was tricky to get good shots of the sculptures without people blocking them.

I found standing further away from the crowd and using my telephoto lens was less stressful than trying to get in there and jostle with the crowd for position.

This beautiful public artform is so beautiful it’s too bad it’s also so fleeting.The Bloor Yorkville Icefest was packed with people on Sunday afternoon so it was tricky to get good shots of the sculptures without people blocking them.

I found standing further away from the crowd and using my telephoto lens was less stressful than trying to get in there and jostle with the crowd for position.

This beautiful public artform is so beautiful it’s too bad it’s also so fleeting.

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Lily of the Valley

This pic has been getting a bit of love from users on Pinterest and Flickr lately. 

It’s a great example of how sometimes a spur of the moment shot can be a good as one that is painstakingly planned. I just happened to notice it in someone’s front garden as I was walking down a street in my neighbourhood, grabbed my camera out of my purse and snapped a few shots.

As it happens Lily of the Valley is one of the meanings of my name, Susan, or at least that’s what I have read. The Wikipedia page for Susan mentions lily as the root for the name in Hebrew and Persian  and also indicates that the Lotus flower is also connected to the etymology of the name in Middle Egyptian.  Anyway, I guess that’s why I always notice this particular flower and I’m glad I happened to catch this shot last spring .

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