Sunday, October 24, 2021

Just For Fun


We often don't have green plants still thriving at this time of year but this has been an exceptionally warm start to autumn here.  This strange bird was spotted hiding out on the deck!

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Hopper


This very cooperative grasshopper waited patiently while I ran inside to get my camera. Maybe it wanted a portrait done. They are intriguing creatures with such intricate markings.

Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see creatures from around the world.

Friday, October 22, 2021

Bark


I love the textured bark on this tree. I have no idea what kind of tree it is though. Maybe someone out there does?

Thursday, October 21, 2021

A Lovely Fall Day


We have had some lovely warm fall days which are perfect for a nice long walk. I spotted this nice view along the driveway of one of the heritage homes in the Yorkville neighbourhood while doing just that.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

A Twist On Empanadas


The Gaucho Pie Company is a family run bakery serving Argentinian empanadas  with a Toronto twist of flavours. They feature 20 different flavours which reference some of the diverse cultures found in the city. So you can try things like spicy pork with kimchi as a tribute to Koreatown and lots of others. Right now they are just doing wholesale as they renovate their retail operation.

Taking part in Signs 2. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Balls Of Steel


These large Corten steel balls were spotted in a large planter in front of an apartment building in the Annex  neighbourhood. The photo was taken facing the park across the road for a nicer background. There was no artist info which was unfortunate as I really liked the pieces.

Monday, October 18, 2021

Oriole


This is one of the most beautiful murals I have ever seen. Painted on 2 utility boxes, the artist for this one is Jarus. It is a lovely image of a Baltimore Oriole. 

Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Woody


There seems  to be an endless supply of the pop-up cards at the shop in Koreatown. I love them all.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Duck On A Rail


This duck at James Gardens was taking advantage of the railing over the pond to get a good overview of the scene although she also seemed to be dozing on and off. There is something about the way her feet curl around the wooden rail that seems so sweet to me.

Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, October 15, 2021

Marigolds


Marigolds seem to peak in the autumn. These ones had seeded themselves from last year in a large pot where I had grown snow peas but as the peas finished these guys started to appear and now they are putting on a great show.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

The Old Schoolhouse


This is the Schoolhouse Loft building which is located in a converted grade school in the Annex neighbourhood. I've been in 3 different lofts in the building and they are all gorgeous! The old schoolhouse never looked so good.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Project Swallowtail


This is a project in west Toronto to encourage residents to restore nature by planting native plants in their neighbourhhoods and at the same time provide friendly surroundings for butterflies. 

Taking part in Signs 2. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Galleria


This is the sales office for the Galleria condos whose small parking lot is bordered by yesterday's mural. This elaborate structure is all new construction  built specifically for the office. It is not the usual kind of sales office for sure.

Monday, October 11, 2021

Colour


This great blast of colour appeared in 2020 along one edge of a parking lot near a new condo project. It turned out that the parking lot was for the sales office of the condo and I will show you part of that building tomorrow. This mural was sponsored by the plumbing supply company, Next, which occupies the building whose wall it is on. The artist for this one is Jacquie Comrie.

Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world. 

It is Thanksgiving for us in Canada so have happy one everyone! 

Sunday, October 10, 2021

A Pop-up Dog


The pop-up cards in the window of a shop in Koreatown continue to amuse and amaze me. I thought this dog was especially well done.

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Watchful


This hawk can be found most days perched about 50 ft above one of our transit buildings on the communication tower for the whole system controlling buses, streetcars and subways. He has a wonderful view down along a rail line so it is perfect for watching for prey. It is a Red-Tail Hawk  and may be a young one judging by its scruffy appearance.

Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world. 

Friday, October 8, 2021

A Late Summer Flower


I don't know what kind of flower this is but it was a treat to see it in late September. The bloom itself was healthy but if you look at the leaves they are quite bedraggled. It seems to have been a good year for slugs and snails who are probably the culprits. 

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Spheres


 These wonderful stone spheres are installed along the front of a property near Casa Loma. They are solid stone and have such a great feel to them. And they certainly protect the lawn from any intruders.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Rear View


The back of yesterday's Fiat gives us a little info on the car. It is a Fiat 500L and the Italian sign up in the window says that it is a 1971. It is in great shape for a 50 year old! 

Taking part in Signs 2. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Little Green Beauty


While walking through a parking lot I spotted this little green Fiat 500. It was in immaculate condition, even the interior was perfect. I'll show you another view tomorrow.

Monday, October 4, 2021

New Mural


 I was wandering about and happened upon this mural being painted on the side of a restaurant. The artist is hidden behind the large piece of equipment but he stopped to tell me that he has been working on this one for 4 days and has another week of work to do. I'll be back to check out the finished project. The artist is Troy Lovegate aka Other.

Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Purple


Yet another pop-up card from the shop window in Koreatown. This one is really complicated and it is hard to imagine it folding flat.

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Bath Time


Most of the ducks at James Gardens were relaxing around the edge of the pond when one of them decided it was time for an exuberant bath. There was a lot of splashing as the bath continued on for  a good length of time.

Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, October 1, 2021

October Theme: Winning


The October theme for the City Daily Photo Blog community is "Winning". For my entry I have taken a photo of these ribbons won by one of my older relative years ago at a Special Olympics for one of the counties in our province. He was a challenged individual and was truly special. He won 2 ribbons at the event but also got a green ribbon for every event he entered. He was thrilled with the day. 

Taking part in the October theme. Click HERE to see more examples of winning from around the world.

Thursday, September 30, 2021

At The Pond


 This is a view of the duck pond taken at James Gardens about a week ago before any leaves have started to change. We had just had a lot of rain so the pond was full for the ducks and my feet got soaked in the grass. The turtle looks happy with its view too.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Urban Coyotes


Coyotes have become a fairly common sight in the city's ravines and large parks. There is an issue with people feeding them which makes them more likely to approach humans which is not a good thing. Some little dogs and cats have become prey so it is good to keep an eye out when walking in forested areas. 

Taking part in Signs 2. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Begging For A Drink


Some creatures get quite demanding out on the patio at the pub! Steamwhistle is a locally brewed Pilsner.

Monday, September 27, 2021

Man With Hat


 On the opposite corner from yesterday's streetcar shot there is this huge mural of a man with a red hat. I saw it from a block away and pulled over for a shot. Unfortunately there was no signature. I left the light pole in to give you an idea of the scale.

Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Riding The Rails


I took this shot of one of our streetcars last Sunday morning just after it had picked up a load of people who had come out of the church down the street. It was a lovely September morning.

Saturday, September 25, 2021

A Lineup Of Sparrows


At this time of year it is not unusual to come upon a large flock of sparrows poking around in a patch of weeds and they are often reluctant to move very far. That was the case here where I disturbed a group of them who then went to the top of this fence and glared at me until I had gone by and they could resume their foraging. 

Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, September 24, 2021

Keeping Things Tidy


The light in autumn is so wonderful. This was the scene at James Gardens last week.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

House With Turret


This has long been one of my favourite houses in the city. It is located in the south Forest Hill neighbourhood and the back looks out onto one of our wonderful ravines with a very private large patio and swimming pool. It has been undergoing renovations for at least a couple of years but that seems to be finally finished.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Needs Coffee


 I spotted this wonderful sign at one of the locations for picking up bicycles in the city. I thought it was brilliant!

Taking part in Signs 2. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Restoration


The wonderful stone walls that surround Casa Loma have suffered wear and tear through the years and restoration has been going on on parts of it for the last year or so. This section has had the columns replaced with new stonework while the lower horizontal parts are being remortared. When I went by a couple of weeks ago this lone man was working on the mortar but recently there have been several on the job and they are doing a great job. I'll keep an eye open for the finished product.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Three Beauties


Yet another mural with butterflies, this time joined by a hummingbird and a lily. It is quite a lovely image by artist C_Mack2.0. There has always been a lot of shadows on this when when I have passed by but I felt it didn't matter for this image.

Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE for more murals from around the world.

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Howling


 I've been by the shop window in Koreatown to check out the new pop-up cards. Love this wolf howling at the moon. These cards are so fascinating.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

A Mother


The black squirrels in the Wychwood Park neighbourhood seem to have a  colour mutation that effects their tails. I have seen some like this one with a totally brown tail whereas others have 1/2 a brown tail or even just a few inches of brown at the end. This one thought I might have some food for her. She looks like she may be nursing so I guess she had a late summer litter.

Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, September 17, 2021

A Grand Old House


This house is found at the top of a steep winding roadway that leads up from Davenport Rd. It has a spectacular view looking down over the city and I was so tempted to walk up the driveway to shoot the view but didn't want to infringe on their property. The room up over the front entrance has a glass roof and would make a super place to sit in winter.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Determined


 A couple of weeks ago someone dumped some scrap wood along the side of the road which I often pass as I head out for a walk. When going by this week I noticed that this weed that was trapped underneath has sent out a new leaf through a hole in the wood. That is determination!

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Special Areas


This sign was spotted along the pathway in one or the many ravines in the city. They are indeed special places for wildlife and for us humans too. 

Taking part in Signs 2. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Getting A Shot


I couldn't figure out what this fellow was shooting at James Gardens but he was certainly well equipped with lenses. There were lots of flowers and people around so It could have been anything.

Monday, September 13, 2021

A Butterfly Admirer


This mural by the artist Sadar is a little unusual but really quite lovely. Everyone loves a butterfly. 

Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Late Summer Flowers


The flowers that blossom in late summer are a treat and this bench offers a wonderful spot to sit and enjoy them. They will be distant memories soon enough.

Saturday, September 11, 2021

The Duck Horde


I stopped by James Gardens to see how the flowers and creatures were surviving after our long stretch of heat and humidity. As soon as I got out of my car these ducks, who had all been sleeping near the pond in the background, jumped up and started walking towards me like a horde of zombies. They obviously thought I might have food and were greatly disappointed when I didn't. 

Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, September 10, 2021

Casa In the Late Afternoon


I passed by Casa Loma in the late afternoon and was pleased to see that all the construction that had been going on near the entrance has been finished. I guess they took advantage of the lockdowns to do needed maintenance. It is again open and the tourists have returned.

Thursday, September 9, 2021

The Pathway


This path runs through one of the many ravines that crisscross the city.  The temperatures are always cooler in the ravines and they are easy places to social distance. The person coming towards me way off in the distance had a very cute and friendly dog which made for an even nicer walk.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Reflection


 I was trying to get a shot of an old Triumph motorcycle in the window of a shop along Bloor St W but there were too many reflections. I like the pic though.

Taking part in Signs 2. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Waiting For The Mailman


I seem to be finding strange creatures lately. This dog with mailbox was spotted on the front garden of a large home near Casa Loma. It is great fun don't you think?

Monday, September 6, 2021

Butterfly Lady


This one is from my archives. Found on a garage in a laneway off Harbord St, this lovely lady and the butterflies were painted by MCK Studios aka Meaghan Claire Kehoe. I like it. 

Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Urban Wilderness


When wandering along the ravines along the Humber River you can venture off the main paths into areas that allow you to feel that you are far from civilization even though you are in the middle of the city. This little stream passes through one of those areas. Those pieces of logs and sticks used to form a make shift bridge but it looks like the elements have had their way with it.