Thursday, July 20, 2017

Kitty

It is not just the dogs that can be found in BerczyPark that I have been showing you this week. There is the one cat on the edge of the fountain and if you look up at the top of this reflective utility box you can see another one. I think this kitty is looking for birds up in one of the 50 new trees that have been planted in this small park.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Dogs

The small cast iron dogs around yesterday's fountain are all life size but some of the larger ones around the outside are a bit smaller in scale. The row of dogs in the bottom pool of the fountain are all Pugs while the rest are an assortment. As you can see from this Golden Retriever the casts are nicely detailed.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Dog Fountain

This is the wonderful new fountain that is in Berczy Park which I have been showing you for the last few days. There are 27 cast iron statues of dogs each of them spouting water and all looking up towards a golden bone up at the very top of the fountain. There is one cat statue sitting on the edge of the fountain visible just to the right of the centre of the pic. I'll show a bit of detail tomorrow.

Monday, July 17, 2017

The Flatiron Mural

This is the mural which you can see in the background of yesterday's pic. It was installed here on the back of the Flatiron Building in 1980 when Berczy Park originally opened. The artist is Derek Michael Besant and the work is probably the best piece of public art in the city, definitely the best mural. It is always a pleasure to see and the newly refurbished park sets it off nicely.
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

A Small City Park

This is Berczy Park which is in the St Lawrence neighbourhood near Front & Yonge Streets. It was opened in 1980 replacing a parking lot but has been closed since 2015 to undergo rejuvenation. I'll be showing you some great features from the park, which is less than an acre in size, over the next few days. Yesterday's puppy was photographed here.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Puppy

Think of the softest thing possible and that is what this puppy felt like. It was all over everyone so impossible to get it to pose for the camera!
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Market Street

Another early Sunday morning pic, this time we are on Market St in the St Lawrence Market neighbourhood one of the oldest areas in the city. This pic shows the patios of several restaurants all ready for the Sunday brunch crowd. The businesses all got together and coordinated their patios and were also involved in restoring the brick roadway.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Cleaning Time

This pic was taken early on a Sunday morning in a courtyard in the Financial District, a time when no one is around. That is except for these two men who were walking circles around in the fountain with some sort of broom/squeegie to give it a good cleaning. The glass atrium and patio in the background belong to the Jump restaurant that I showed you yesterday.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Jump

I like this sign for Jump which is a restaurant and bar in the financial district. I've never been inside but the food is supposed to be quite good.
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Act Of Kindness

Some dear friends dropped by with a lovely bouquet of flowers for me the other night. They are beautiful Peonies and Phlox. What a nice surprise that was!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Ant

I'm still in the same laneway as the last several weeks with another of the local creatures found on a garage door. Somehow the daisies turn this into nice scene!
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Domes

For about a year I have spotted these domes from afar but I had never had time to explore and find the building until recently. It turned out to be St Mary's Ethiopian Orthodox Church which was completed in 2012 and is unusual in that it is built along a commercial street surrounded by small factories. I love the domes and the sky gave them a dramatic background!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Baby Bunny

I was doing repeats on the stairs leading up to Casa Loma when I spotted this wee bunny munching on grass beside the steps. It was really tiny - only about 6 inches long and seemed to be fearless since I passed by it 6 times and he was just busy eating paying no attention to all the tourists going by. I kept wondering where mum was as I don't think she would be amused to know he was so close to humans!
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Blue House

I always like this house which is located in the Tarragon Village neighbourhood. I must have a thing for porches because yet again I'd like to sit out there for a while and watch the world passing by possibly heading to the Tarragon Theatre which is just down the block.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Hazy Skyline

It was a hazy, humid day when I took this pic from the north end of the city looking towards downtown and Lake Ontario. It is interesting how the distant towers are so muted. They are about 10 miles away from where the pic was taken.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Warm Weather Gate

I showed you this gate in winter (HERE) when it looked rather bleak with dead vines on it and lots of snow. Well, last week it was looking a lot nicer - the vines have turned out to be Clematis not Morning Glory and there have been lots of flowers planted around it. Even the Neighbourhood Watch sign seems happier in the nice weather.
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Another Annex Porch

This is another nice big porch in the Annex neighbourhood which looks like a fine spot to sit and watch everyone going by while you sip a cool drink.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Bird

There are enough murals along the laneway that I have been showing for the last few weeks to last me through the summer but I will be out looking for more cool examples. I like this silhouette of the bird which is probably a crow. I wish the artist for all of these murals had signed them!
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Waterlilies

A waterfall in a park is always a pleasure to see but when you add some waterlilies it becomes wonderful. I found this scene in the garden at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre just outside of where my dad was in the gym in yesterday's pic. Isn't summer great?

Saturday, July 1, 2017

July Theme Day: Motion

The July theme for the City Daily Photo Blog community is "Motion" and for this theme I present my dad working out on a machine in the gym at the Veterans Centre. After this he went to the weight machine! He Just turned 96 a few weeks ago and shows that if you keep moving you can keep moving.
Taking part in the theme Motion. Click HERE to see more pics of motion from around the world. 
Happy Canada Day to all my fellow Canadians. Happy Canada 150!

Friday, June 30, 2017

More Celebrations

This window was across the road from the one I showed you yesterday. It has a very sporty theme and I quite like the retro feel of all of the posters. Tomorrow is the big party day for Canada 150!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Nice

More advertising for our Canada 150 celebrations that take place on July 1 and mark 150 years since Confederation. This is one of the windows at a Roots store, a company that always celebrates Canada.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Comfort

This house found in the Lawrence Park neighbourhood says comfort to me. I think it is full of big couches for lounging and has a great back garden for summertime relaxing. I wonder if I'm right?

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Baldwin Steps

This is a pic of the public walkway that leads up the steep hill to Casa Loma at the top. The hill itself was part of the shoreline of an ancient lake and the name Baldwin refers to the family who owned this property before it became public. The big steps on the left are for sitting while the 110 steps to the right lead you to the top. In the 1960s this area was to be taken over by a 6 lane highway which would have run through the centre of the Annex neighbourhood but was cancelled in 1971 after probably the largest resistance our city has ever seen with protests everywhere!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Night Prowler

I'm back to the same laneway as the last few weeks to show another of the decorated garage doors. This one features one of our raccoons which are famous for wandering the streets at night invading garbage containers and causing chaos as they prowl our neighbourhoods. There are huge numbers of them all over the city.
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Infill In The Annex

I have shown you many pics of the wonderful large Victorian homes found in the Annex neighbourhood over the years and today I present one in a totally different style. This is an infill house built on a small lot that had previously held a garage and had a few parking spaces. The house occupies almost the whole lot - that garage peeking in on the left is a different lot as are the trees on the right. I think there is a lovely airy deck out back and lots of skylights so it is probably quite bright inside despite this imposing facade.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Camouflaged

This cute little Song Sparrow was hard to spot in the seed husks below a bird feeder. They have to have one of the most beautiful bird songs!
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Great Porches

A recent walk through the Annex neighbourhood had me admiring the wonderful porches found on so many of these large older homes. This one in particular has porches so large that there is space for a hammock on that 2nd floor porch. These houses were all built as single family homes in the late 1800s but most are now divided into flats although the trend is to buy and reconvert to single family dwellings.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Side Entrance

This is the side entrance to one of the large homes in the Annex neighbourhood, not the main entrance! It is quite wonderful isn't it?

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Celebration

On Canada Day which is July 1, we will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada which the government has been promoting as Canada 150. Everyone seems to be getting in on the celebration - even the cat on this package of toilet tissue! 
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Iris Season

It is too bad that the Iris season is so short since they are so beautiful to see in all of their different colours. This purple one is a traditional favourite.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Squirrely Garage

This is yet another garage door from the same laneway I have been showing for the last few weeks - there are a lot of murals along this laneway. Our squirrels are all grey or black so there has been a bit of artistic license used here but I quite like this one. The dandelion not so much but the pansies are cute.
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Music In The Neighbourhood

Last weekend on Saturday, the Seaton Village neighbourhood had a wonderful free musical event going on for the whole day. There were live performances by over 130 acts at just over 30 locations which included front porches such as this one, garages, laneways and a stage in the local park. Hundreds of people were out to enjoy the beautiful day and the great sounds and many brought their own chairs which they set up right on the street!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

A Hunter

I took this pic earlier in the year on a cold day before we had any leaves out so this Peregrine Falcon has all of its feathers puffed out. The lack of leaves also made hunting a bit easier for it too as it seemed to be very successful at catching its prey.
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Pink Door

With a door this colour there is no way that you will head to the wrong house when heading home. I quite like this vibrant pink!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Green House Revisited

I showed you this house a few weeks ago before we had leaves and green grass (HERE) so I went back for an update. It looks so different now with all the greenery around reflecting off the house. Pretty don't you think?

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Weston

This is one side of the pedestrian bridge that crosses the train tracks in the Weston neighbourhood. As you can see from the crane another condo tower is going up in town this one on the site of what had been the Weston Farmers Market. The market is supposed to relocate to the ground floor of the new building.
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Parking For Bikes

This pic was taken early on a Sunday morning by an office building so no bikes were around but there sure are a lot of spaces. I'm not sure how secure these posts would be since it seems that just the front tire slips into the space but I suppose you could put the bike beside the post and lock your frame to it.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Blue Jay

This is another mural from the same laneway where I found the tulips on the garage last week. It is always nice to catch the flash of blue of a Blue Jay in the trees so I imagine it must be the same to pull up to your garage and see this mural. No artist name on this one.
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Bigger But Better?

This is yet another of the large homes built after a nice Ranch style home has been torn down. The location is wonderful looking down into the ravines along the Humber River but I can't help but miss the sleekness of the old Ranch style.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Take Out Diner

If you look carefully on the right side of this bird feeder you will see a wee chipmunk who I watched for a long time one day. He would climb up onto the feeder fill up his cheeks and then take off to return about 5 minutes later and fill up again. Somewhere there must be at least a month's supply of food stashed away!
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Fountain

This pretty fountain is found in St James Park which is a park right downtown beside St James Cathedral and the park is actually co-owned by the church and the city and maintained by the Garden Club of Toronto. This pic is from my archives taken in summer past and shows part of the gardens which are Victorian inspired. Look carefully to see who is getting a drink at the top of the fountain.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Tracks To Somewhere

There is something about train tracks that makes me wish I was on a train going somewhere. Heading for an adventure!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Benches?

I've driven by this installation many times and could never figure it out. I actually thought that it must be a fountain of some sort but that it wasn't working. So I finally stopped to check it out and it definitely isn't a fountain and I'm thinking that these are three identical benches since there is a flat area perfect for sitting on one side of each one. Strange! I could find no info about this at all.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Ringed

More bike rings and since the shot was taken on an early Sunday morning none are being used. I like how they line up.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Springtime In The Laneway

I thought the mural on this garage was quite nice in its simplicity and it is perfect for this time of year!
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Turrets

So many of the homes in the Annex neighbourhood have these wonderful turrets. Can you imagine how magical it must be in those rooms with the little round corner?

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Table for Three!

The Cardinal had joined the House Finch couple for a meal when I spotted them on this feeder a while ago. Good looking group!
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Room With A View

This pic was taken from the 12th floor of a building in the northern part of the city probably about 10 miles from the CN Tower which you can see in the distance where it sits by Lake Ontario. It was a clear day so you can actually see a bit of the lake peeking out.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Theme Day: "Nature"

The June theme for the City Daily Photo Blog community is Nature. This view taken in James Gardens is manipulated by humans but it is nature that makes it so beautiful to see. Such a scene really lifts the spirits!  
Taking part in the theme Nature. To see more examples from around the world click HERE.