Friday, May 26, 2017

The Band

This band was playing for the vets at the Vets Centre at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. There is a lot of grey hair visible but the average age of the vets themselves is 93 so these guys look very young in comparison!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Towers In the Trees

This shot really gives you a good idea of the huge number of trees in Toronto. Those apartment towers are on a busy main street in the north west part of town but from this angle look like they are in a forest. I've always liked them - they were designed by Uno Prii and built in 1969. I am a great fan of the quirky towers he designed here. Check out my label below to see more of them.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Being Nice

I spotted this poster for Roots (the clothing store) and had a good chuckle about it. This year is the 150th year since the Confederation of Canada and there will be parties and events all year and I like Roots idea of celebrating the fact of our reputation for being nice. Only when I saw the pic on my computer did I read the ad for No Frills grocery store which is also a good one!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Not Extinct Yet!

I spotted this payphone a week ago and it looks relatively new so they are not totally extinct yet. I wonder how much use it gets though.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Drive By

I caught this pic of the mural as I was stopped at a red light and quickly pulled out my camera. I think it is one of my favourite decorated utility boxes with that cute bird and all the nice trees behind it. 
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Looking At UP

This train is one of the UP Express trains that run from Union Station in downtown Toronto to Toronto Pearson International Airport. They claim a total time of 25 minutes for the ride and you don't have to worry about traffic jams. The trains have been running since 2015 but I have yet to try one.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Lazing In The Sun

You know the weather is finally warming up when you spot the turtles at Wychwood Park out on their log catching some warm rays. They are getting to be a good size!
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, May 19, 2017

After The Storm

We had some bad rain storms a couple of weeks ago and I caught this sky just after the rain had stopped and before the next band of clouds that you can see in the distance moved in. The planes were taking advantage of the break to finally land at the airport. You can see raindrops still on the window when I took this one.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Greenish House

I took this pic on a dull day a few weeks ago and despite the drab look on that day I think in summer that this house probably looks quite nice so plan on heading back for a comparison when all the leaves are out and the grass is green.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Crane

There are a lot of cranes around Toronto being used for condo construction but this one in the Casa Loma neighbourhood is being used to build a single residential home. Looks like it is going to be a big house!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Window

I've always liked these windows which I think are called Witch's Eyes but I've never been inside a room with one and wonder if they are rather dark. This is a particularly nice one which I spotted in the Forest Hill neighbourhood.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Double Views

I spotted these murals on the side of a building on Jane St in the west end and was surprised to see them one above the other like this until I looked around the front of the building and saw that it is a skate exchange in winter and a bicycle exchange in summer so the 2 views make sense. I could find no artist name.
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Tudor?

This another of the small apartments on Lawrence Ave E that all seem to have the same configuration but different decorations. Tudor seems to be the influence for this one.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Water Dogs

A couple of weeks ago before we had really heavy rains that filled our rivers, I spotted these 2 older dogs wading in the Humber River with their owner watching from afar. I was a bit nervous that they may lose their footing and be swept away but they both managed to get out. They probably go in every day for all I know!
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Branches

The Sycamore tree is one of my favourites and this is a fine one. It's nice to see the patterns that the bare branches make against a blue sky!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Stone House

This fine old stone house is found in the Casa Loma neighbourhood. I got the pic a few weeks ago before the leaves on the trees come out and cover half of it.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Finally Flowered

I've had this Amaryliss for several years and it has finally flowered. I always worry that it isn't going to put on a display but it comes through!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Musical Bike Ring

This is yet another of the bike rings along Bloor St W that have been designed by the students at Bloor Collegiate. You can see the musical references in this one.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Well-protected Garage

I spotted this garage door recently. The owners won't have to worry about anyone trying anything around this group of protectors! There was no artist name.
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

St John's

This is St John's Anglican Church West Toronto, found in the High Park neighbourhood. I thought I had better get a pic now before the leaves come out on the trees and hide it!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Hello There

Such a formal looking little guy this is. And doesn't he have a wonderful tail?
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Humberside Collegiate Institute

Just around the corner from yesterday's Little Library is Humberside Collegiate Institute and this is the main entrance to the school. I love the architecture of this old section of the school. The school was established in 1892 and is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Another Little Library

I spotted this Little Library in the High Park neighbourhood and did a quick U-turn to get a pic of it. It looks to be the best constructed one I've seen, as if a cabinetmaker built it!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Spring Along The Humber River

The willow trees all along the Humber river are starting to bud making it really feel like spring down in the parks that run along the river's shores. This couple was enjoying the sun on a slightly cool but pleasant day.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Spring Blossoms

It is fine when you get to see the flowers that April showers bring, especially on a sunny day. This Magnolia tree looked wonderful against the blue sky!

Monday, May 1, 2017

May Theme Day: "Let's Eat"

The May theme for the City Daily Photo Blog community is Let's Eat and this is my take on that theme. This is my regular Saturday night pizza at my local pub for many years and I just walk in the door and the chef puts it in the oven - no ordering!
Taking part in Let's Eat. Click HERE to see more dishes from around the world.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Byzantine Cathedral

This is the Byzantine Cathedral of the Nativity Of The Mother Of God Catholic church found on Shaw St. I have never found it open but have the feeling that the interior is probably beautiful judging by the ornate doors.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Who Me?

This black squirrel looks a bit guilty but she is actually on what is left of a cob of corn which was put out for the squirrels. The kernels have all been eaten but she was having a good time chewing away on this inner core!
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Spring At The Casa

The stone walls surrounding Casa Loma were adorned with beautiful Forsythia when I walked by along Davenport Rd a week ago. A sure sign that spring is here!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Cottage

I spotted this Gothic Revival cottage in the Weston neighbourhood on a lovely sunny day. Isn't it a beauty with the wonderful brick patterning?

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Weird

I saw this sign and at first thought it was an ad for an art show but it seems to be for some sort of selfie photo contest. Strange looking image don't you think?
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

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.