Monday, February 27, 2006

Cold Power

Taken Sunday, February 27, 2006 at the side of my house in east-end Toronto.

This particular weekend was a peculiar one. First it snowed, then the snow melted, then it FROZE. Nowhere did the steep temperature decline manifest itself better than on my hydro meter. Brrr!

Friday, February 24, 2006

Fishbowl

Taken April 27th, 2003 somewhere in Scarborough, Ontario.

Ahh the beloved fishbowl, the pet name given to the now quaintly-named "New Look" buses built by GM from the 60s (when they replaced the "Old Look" models) up until the early 80s when they themselves were replaced by the "Classic" series of buses which looked nothing like anything previously built. So, bus builders beware. Today's "New Look" is tomorrows "Museum Piece" or, perhaps, tomorrow's TRUE "Classic". Posted by Picasa

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Peek-a-boo!

Taken on November 6th, 2005 on Temperance Street, Toronto.

Two of the 80s most grandiose schemes for downtown Toronto are visible here. The complete red granite face of the Scotia Plaza is seen through an opening in the aborted stump which was to become the Bay Adelaide Centre. Numerous plans were made to resurrect the B-A Centre, but none have borne fruit, yet. I have an idea....bulldozer anyone? Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Happy Birthday Baby!

Taken Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006 at the Keg Mansion, Toronto.

36 years ago today, a wee premature baby poked her head into the world. Lucky for me, she decided to stick around a while. Happy Birthday Suz! Posted by Picasa

Taken Sunday, February 19, 2006 at a Bell Payphone on Walton Street, Toronto.

Got a quarter? Posted by Picasa

Monday, February 20, 2006

Marian's Wedding

Taken October 15th, 2005 at the wedding of Marian and Devin, Newmarket, Ontario.

Despite having hired a professional photographer, Marian, a colleague of my wife's, asked if I could take some additional shots for her big day. This is a cropped version of a photo which nobody else even saw, let alone snapped. It shows the bride and groom in a tender moment at the head table. Ahh, young love.... Posted by Picasa

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Love's Crashing Wave

Taken December 3rd, 2005 on the Division Street Pier, Cobourg, Ontario.

My darling wife Suzanne indulged me on this brisk, frozen day by accompanying me to the end of the pier in an attempt to capture the day in all it's glory. Very "French Lieutenant's Woman", this one. After nailing the shot, I actually did a victory jig! Then we got back in the car. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Everywhere!

Taken October 15, 2005 outside the ChumCity Building in Toronto.

The venerable old Ryerson Publishing House building, bought by CHUM for use as headquarters for their Citytv/MuchMusic operations in 1987, was beginning to show its age in 2005, so a massive restoration of the facade was undertaken. Here reflected on the scaffolding is light reflecting off the building on the opposite side of John Street (which, I might add, housed my ex-wife's divorce attorney's office. Grrr!). Posted by Picasa

Friday, February 17, 2006

Thomson

Taken February 4th, 2006, from the Metro Hall courtyard, Toronto, Ontario.

An interesting juxtaposition of the arched roof of Roy Thomson Hall and an office building on the other side of Simcoe Street.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Urban Legend

Taken August 8, 2003, out of the bathroom window of Room 809 at the Clarion Park Avenue Hotel, New York City.

In New York, they say that there are two things you never see: baby squirrels and baby pigeons. We never saw the squirrels, but each morning, in the windowsill of the adjacent office building, I would get a smile out of the downey baby pigeons waiting for their mother to bring back breakfast.

Of course, the sentiment was lost when I stepped outside and got breakfast plopped all over me.
Thanks, mom. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Riverdale Airport

Taken Sunday, February 5, 2006 at Riverdale Farm, Toronto, Ontario.

Some guys are just natural show-offs, eh? Note the impression it's making on his friend. Posted by Picasa

Reflection

Taken October 5, 2003, outside 125 Commerce Valley Drive West, Markham, Ontario.

Upon learning that my office was shutting downtown and that we were being dumped in Markham, I decided to check out the new digs. Nice building, interesting pixelized reflection of the sky. Posted by Picasa

Monday, February 13, 2006

To


Taken February 13, 2006 at Coxwell Subway Station, Toronto.

In case you wondered where to go, here are two suggestions. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Scavenger

Taken February 8, 2006 looking out the front window of my inlaws' house. It would appear that cardboard makes for good nest filler this time of year. Posted by Picasa

Workhorse of Industry

Taken Saturday, February 11, 2006 in Kitchener, Ontario.

Two icons of the industrial age, a diesel electric locomotive and an aging factory. One of the few in Kitchener which haven't been forced to close. Yet.

Friday, February 10, 2006

The Red Rocket

Taken March 2, 2003 at the Russell streetcar barns, Queen Street East, Toronto

My streetcar/transit fetish gets well fed since I live around the corner from one of the two streetcar barns in Toronto. Here we see the 3 generations of streetcars which can currently be seen in the city. On the left, the 1978-vintage CLRV. In the middle, the articulate ALRV, built in the mid 80s. On the right, a restored PCC streetcar which was the mainstay of the TTC fleet until the early 80s, when they were gradually replaced by the CLRVs. Currently, the 2 PCCs that the TTC retain are used for charters and special occasions.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

...15 at a time


Taken August 6, 2005. Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Cindy's Diner sits on a prime piece of real estate smack dab in the middle of downtown Fort Wayne. Their motto is "Serving the World...15 People At A Time!" Next time I should visit when they're OPEN.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Inspiration

Hope. Annex Laneway, May 14, 2005


I love you. Harbord Street, May 14, 2005


Never Say Never. Gerrard/Sackville variety store, February 5, 2006

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Not Playing


Taken Saturday, January 28th, in Etobicoke, Ontario.

The old Westwood Theatre near the intersection of Kipling Avenue and Bloor and Dundas Streets in mid-Etobicoke was one of my favourite summer hangouts during my youth. It was here that I saw Airplane! both the first and second times. (I'd arrived too late for the first afternoon show, so I saw half of it, then the second one). My mother worked for Bell just a bit to the east of the theatre over near Bloor and Islington and I would occasionally drop over to the Westwood, watch a show, then meet her afterwards for a lift home. Nowadays it sits vacant, the adjacent stores are just waiting for the owner of the property to inevitably sell to condo developers. Shame, really. The days of the 2- and 3-screen cinemas seem to be long past.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Room With A View



Taken Saturday, February 4th, 2006, near John and Wellington Sts., Toronto.

The condominium boom in downtown Toronto has meant that occasionally you'll find suites which face such scenic urban wonders as....power transformer stations! Now, one could debate the merits of being bombarded with high tension power day in/day out, but the juxtaposition of the two make for an interesting sight.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Winter Shore


Taken the same day as "Winter Rails" (see below). Seeing as we're supposed to get a huge dumping of snow over the next 48 hours, I thought I'd remind everyone just how beautiful the season can be.

GW Tower

Taken Saturday, January 28, 2006 on Mill Street near the Distillery District in Toronto. The old Gooderham & Worts Distillery provided an interesting location for shooting. Here, the CN Tower is obscured by one of the distillery's beautiful old spires.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Adorable Deux

Pretty hoppin' for a two-year-old huh? Taken c. 1970 in the backyard of my grandparents' house in west end Toronto.

Feral

Last October, I bought a new camera, an HP R817. 5.1 MP, 5x Optical Zoom, and probably the most important feature, manual overrides for exposure, ISO settings and shutter speed. This pic was taken on November 1, 2005 along the shore of a man-made pond behind my Markham office. I was out for a stroll, looking for something to shoot when along comes this cat. It sat and stared at me while I slowly took the camera out of my pocket, pointed it in the cat's general direction, but because the display was in B&W, I couldn't tell what I was pointing at. I just snapped one shot and voila! No alterations, no cropping, no fancy settings, just aim in the cat's direction and snap. A few seconds later, two people came out of the woods, and the cat took off.

(In case YOU can't see the cat, look toward the top, a little off to the left side.)