Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Out Of The City

I haven't been past the city limits for a long time but a couple of weeks ago went to visit a friend just north of the city's border. You can still find a few scattered farms around that haven't been bought up and turned into subdivisions but this barn looks like it has seen better days which makes you wonder how long until houses appear on this plot! And there was still a bit of snow around.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Tropical Garage

This mural on a garage door was just completed a couple of weeks ago when we were still in the dull monochrome days of winter so it was so nice to see such bright colours appearing in a laneway. It is signed Rio so I'm not sure if that is the artist's name or it is referring to the subject which is obviously Rio. I really like this one! The 888 is the address of the house in front of this garage.
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Finally Spring Flowers

The Daffodils have finally started to bloom here especially in south facing spots. It is always so nice to see colour after a monochromatic winter!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

American Lady Butterfly

I saw my first butterfly of the spring this week and she was a beauty. I googled and identified her as an American Lady. They don't winter over up here so she had just arrived from down south and was enjoying the Scilla flowers.
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Stormy Skies

I was out walking in the sunshine when all of a sudden dark grey clouds rolled down from the north and I was preparing to get soaked but luckily they passed by and the rain came down farther east. The clouds certainly gave a dramatic background to Casa Loma though.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Up & Down

This is a drive-by shot taken from the highway just north of the city showing one of the roller coasters at Canada's Wonderland, a huge amusement park. The park doesn't open until April 30 but it looks like this ride is ready to go. It is called the Behemoth and looks pretty scary to me - the first drop is 230 feet!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Roots

Roots are famous for their great leather bags & jackets but also for casual clothing which you will find on people all over the country. They have done the clothing for several of our Olympic teams and seem to be real Canadian ambassadors despite the fact that the company was started by 2 American guys who went to summer camp in Ontario and loved the country so much that they came back and are still here many years later.
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Mystery Bike Ring

This bike ring from Bloor St W is a mystery to me. It rather looks like there are 2 UFOs with a bike joining them but I'm not sure. This is another of the bike rings designed by the students from Bloor Collegiate.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Dog Park

I spotted this painted utility box on the street near an off leash dog park and though it was quite suitable for the location. It was signed Marley Allen Ash and done in 2016. I love the fat little pug at the top!
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter Weekend

I thought this version of the Pieta was suitable for the weekend. Obviously a summer shot, it is found beside The Nativity Of The Mother Of God Catholic Church near Trinity Bellwoods park.
Happy Easter to all who celebrate it!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Nuthatch

I've been trying to get a pic of a White-breasted Nuthatch for a while but they tend to move quickly so have had no success until this one decided to land on the ground for a bit. The Red-breasted Nuthatches are even faster and although I've been seeing a lot of them there is no pic yet!
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Classy Storage

I had shown you a large building that has had several uses last August (HERE). Today I'm showing the storage building that is found in its parking lot and was said to be used for off-loading from the neighbouring railway tracks. I'm not sure what is in there now but it was a showroom for high end cars for a while.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Love That Balcony!

I found this large home in the Little Italy neighbourhood and love that 2nd floor balcony. These large homes in this area were built as single family dwellings but many have been divided into flats and this one has a couple of units and also you can see down the driveway that there is a coach house out back. There is a trend now to turn them back into very large family homes so as a result rental units disappear - a major problem in the city.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Out of This Earth Travel

This sign for the Intergalactic Travel Authority was actually for a shop/cafe that was previously at this location on Bloor St W. I thought it was for a travel agency at first glance. Love the assortment of travelers lined up on their sign.
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

It's Everywhere!

It is hard to escape the CN Tower in the city since it is so tall and is located at the shore of Lake Ontario and the city basically goes uphill away from the lake. So when you are on the edge of one of our bigger hills like this one you can see rooftops and the Tower peeking at you from miles away!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Spray Paint Artist

I found this friendly artist in a doorway along Bloor St W but neglected to get the artist's name. He is a nice looking Panda Bear don't you think?
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Another Spring First

Yesterday's chipmunk was busy feeding under the bird feeders when this ground hog appeared and being at least 20 times larger than chippie it soon had the whole place to its self. I've never seen one around the feeders before.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

First Chippie Of The Spring

Last week I saw my first chipmunk this spring so winter must be over if these guys have ventured out of their cozy homes. He was so tiny and cute! Tomorrow I will show you who came along and chased him away!
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, April 7, 2017

The Next Day

This house was found just a couple of doors away from yesterday's house and is a good example of what the replacements for the Ranch style homes look like. One can't help but wonder exactly how much space people need in a home.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Here Today and Gone ......

In the older suburbs that are now part of the city it was once common to find street after street of these wonderful Ranch style homes on large lots, particularly in some areas of Etobicoke. Unfortunately the trend now is for someone to purchase one, tear it down, and build a huge megamansion as I will show you tomorrow. Such a shame to see them disappearing.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Respect

This was spotted on the patio of a bar on Queen St W and the small letters below "Please Respect Thy Neighbour" read "or thou shalt be asked to leave". I imagine this is an attempt to keep the noise down out there in the evenings so that local residents don't complain.
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

B Is For Bloor St

This is yet another one of the bike rings installed along Bloor St W and designed by the students at Bloor Collegiate. You can see engraved into the top of the ring the word 'Bienvenue', French for 'Welcome' which is a nice touch. Andi it is always good to see a maple leaf as part of the design.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Monarch Butterfly Garden

I was driving along and spotted this lovely garden high on the side of an apartment building so of course I went around the block and parked for a pic. It's always nice to see a Monarch butterfly and they have included its favourite Milkweed plant in the pic. I could see no artist name.
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Second Floor Detail

I've always been intrigued by this beautiful detail work that is found surrounding just one of the second floor windows on a nondescript building across from Casa Loma on Davenport Rd. All of the other windows are plain and it makes me think that some sort of modification has been done and that perhaps this had been above what had been an entrance into the building and which is now bricked up. Whatever the reason I love the Deco feel and the lovely carvings.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

April Theme Day: "Wet"

The April theme for the City Daily Photo Blog community is "Wet" and this pic tells it all. I was sitting in my car waiting for someone and the skies opened up giving me this view through a very wet windshield. I was glad I wasn't out in it!
To see more examples of Wet from around the world, click HERE.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Film-worthy

At least twice I have seen this house in the Weston neighbourhood being used for film sets which is understandable since it is rather unique. I like the big porch and the square room at the top right. And who doesn't like a weather vane?

Thursday, March 30, 2017

A Tough Little Flower

These Winter Aconite flowers have been up for a few weeks and have survived being buried by snow twice, shivered through -12˚C nights, and baked in 16˚C days and still keep flowering. They close up if it is cold and then open as soon as the sun hits them. I think they are our first flowers of spring even before the snowdrops.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Welcome In

The original library building here at Jane St and Dundas St was constructed in 1975 but was rather dark and dreary inside and so a major renovation was designed by Teeple Architects and the new look was finished in 2008. The north and east facades now are totally covered in windows and this entrance is now also bright and airy and is quite welcoming.
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Pretty Bird

This is the back of the utility box which I showed you yesterday. The lady's hair from the front has gone around the corner and become a tree for the bird to perch upon. I like this artist's work and wish we knew who it was. And as you can see from all of the open space behind this across the road we are not downtown for this one  - there are no big parking lots like that in the middle of the city!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Pretty Lady

I think this is my favourite of all the decorated utility boxes which I've seen in the city. I just happened to be driving by her in the west end and did a quick u-turn to get a pic. Isn't she lovely? There was no signature unfortunately. I'll show you the back tomorrow.
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Symbol Bike Ring

This is another of the bike rings designed by the students of Bloor Collegiate and installed along Bloor St W near the school. This peace symbol was designed by Gerald Holtom in 1958 for the British nuclear disarmament movement and the symbol itself comes from the semaphore signs for N and D. I had no idea it was such an old symbol!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Wearing Of The Green

This would have been perfect for St Patrick's Day but it had passed when I took this pic at James Gardens. It's amazing how those green heads of the Mallards glowed in the sun!
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Mellow Yellow

Every time I pass by this house I think how pretty it looks and the snow last week really made the yellow stand out. Such an unusual colour to paint your brick house but it works well!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Little Barn Library

I was wandering through the High Park neighbourhood and spotted this unusual Little Library so headed over for a pic. It's nicely done don't you think? And it has lots of space for books.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Some Numbers

I really liked the font used on these house numbers. They seem so deco or moderne to me.
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

"We Are All Animals"

This art piece is found in front of a condo on Bloor St opposite from High Park. The piece consists of the 2 canine figures and the digitized scene that you can see on the wall. The scene is actually moving with water flowing and trees blowing etc. When I first saw this I thought the dogs were waiting for someone to come out of the doors but they are meant to be watching the screen as the piece explores the relationship of nature to a digital world. Done in 2015 by artists Public Studio the piece is titled "We Are All Animals".

Monday, March 20, 2017

Connection

This mural titled "Keele Connection" is found on the underpass outside the Keele Subway station where it connects with the local buses. At this point in our subway system the trains are above ground and are running on the overpass. The artists for this one are Rob Matejka & Tommy Matejka and it was done in 2015. I really like the clouds they have painted on the supports that are closer to us!
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Stairs With A View

This is the view from the top of the stairs leading up to Casa Loma from Davenport Rd - there are 110 steps. This view appears in thousands of pics and selfies since it seems that practically everyone going to the Casa wants this pic with the CN Tower visible in the distance behind the towers of the financial district. It is very strange on foggy days to see no tower there!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Arctic Visitor

We see these cute Dark-eyed Juncos here in the winter when them come south from the arctic for the season and they are often gone by now but our temperatures have been cold the last couple of weeks so I spotted a lot of them around last Saturday. They are quite sweet and seem to hang out in groups all the time fluttering about looking for food.
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Tree Rings

This is another of the bike rings on Bloor St W that were designed by the students at Bloor Collegiate and this one is located across the street from the school itself. I wonder if it was modeled after that tree you can see in the background? There are lots of spaces to fit a lock on this one.

Happy St Patrick's Day everyone!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Door At Dusk

This nice entrance is found on a small apartment building typical of many that can be found in the older areas of the city downtown. They are often right in the middle of residential neighbourhoods and their scale is perfect for such a location unlike the condo towers that are threatening to take over many spots. And the added bonus these buildings offer is that the units are usually large and solidly built so tenants tend to stay for many years.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A Statement In Chocolate

This sign/poster is actually all made of chocolate and was found in the window of Stubbe Chocolate. It was inspired by the Liza Donovan illustration "Hear Our Voice" which she did for the Women's March at Washington, DC in January. I couldn't avoid the reflections.
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

What A Playground!

I was driving along in the High Park neighbourhood and just caught sight of this playground at St Cecilia school and immediately turned around. The playground was built 20 years ago with donations and labour from the surrounding community. If I was a kid I would love to play in the castles - even now I'd like to poke around in there!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Sun Bunny

I spotted this cute bunny on the side of a building on Bloor St W and thought it was perfect for us northern inhabitants dreaming of warmer weather to come. A little time resting on a beach sounds perfect!
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Sidewalk Bling

The same area along Bloor St where I have been showing you the bike rings lately also has these wonderful stainless steel decorations inlaid in the sidewalks throughout the neighbourhood. It is always a nice surprise to happen upon one of them.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Hide & Seek

These two looked like they were playing Hide & Seek as the Downy Woodpecker circled the tree and the Cardinal moved around in the bushes but I think they were just looking for a space at nearby feeders.
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Great Balcony

I love the look of this wonderful balcony found on this home in the Little Italy neighbourhood. Can't you imagine sitting up there having wine & treats in the evening sunlight. From the excellent condition of the brickwork I would say that this house has been beautifully restored so the interior is probably spectacular. In our crazy real estate market we are talking mega dollars for this one!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Tardis Library

Imagine the surprise at finding the Tardis right here in Toronto. This sure gave me a big smile and when the door of this Little Library was opened it was huge inside just as you would expect!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Overwhelmed

This is the whole mural that I have been showing you in parts over the last 3 days. As you can see it is a bit overwhelmed by signs, trees, and various mechanical devices. It is a visually busy corner in the Mount Dennis neighbourhood.
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Up In A Tree

When I was a kid it seemed like all the kids in the neighbourhood were up in trees in a nearby woodlot all the time. Somehow I don't think parents let their kids do that much these days. This is the third part of the mural I have been showing you the last few days and unfortunately it is a bit faded by the sun but I like it. Tomorrow I'll show you the whole mural all together and you'll see why I did it in sections.