Saturday, May 15, 2021

A Muddy Turtle


 This Painted Turtle looks as if he had to crawl through some mud to get up into the sunshine but he was certainly enjoying the warmth on his back. I took pics from a lot of different angles and he paid me no heed.

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

Friday, May 14, 2021

Finished At Last


I showed you this laneway house under construction last September (HERE) and went by recently to see it finished. I quite like it. Because it is built out to the property line they are not allowed windows on the side but I think there are large skylights. It would be great to have a tour of the inside.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

A Cool Spring


 We have been having a cool spring but one advantage of that is that the spring flowers are lasting longer than normal. I have watched these tulips open up when the sun comes out and then close back up when we get another blast of cool weather with a bit of rain. Summer heat will be here soon enough.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Flower & Fruit Market


This corner store on Bloor St W in Koreatown is just a block away from the one that I showed you a couple of weeks ago. This one always has a lot of flowers for sale especially at this time of year when we are starting to plant up our gardens. 

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

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Catching Up


 It was a cool morning but the sun was out a bit when I saw these women on a bench by the duck pond at James Gardens. They were totally engrossed in their conversation so the ducks were not getting any attention.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Protect The Gorillas

This is a new mural that popped up in a laneway off Dupont St. It was done by the ACK Crew along a long wall and each of the crew did their stylized signature on the wall. The lane was too narrow to get it all in. Gorillas need all the help and attention they can get to survive!

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


Sunday, May 9, 2021

A Watery Entrance


The St Clair Water Reservoir is located at the corner of St Clair Ave W and Spadina Rd. It was completed in 1930 and holds enough water to provide the whole city with water for 3 weeks although there are other reservoirs around town. This is the entrance to the lower portal of the reservoir and it is one of the few times I have seen it without a vehicle parked in front of the doors. Even utilitarian structures were given great style in those days!

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Grazing and Lazing


 While I was wandering around one day in James Gardens I spotted a lot of activity in under the trees. There were several Canada Geese poking around looking for tasty bites to eat while several Mallards were trying to use the same area to catch a nap. They all seemed to be getting along alright.

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

Friday, May 7, 2021

Golden


 I felt the need for something lovely after so many months being locked down so went digging in my archives. This is the ceiling in the entrance hall of the Ed Mirvish Theatre on Yonge St. The theatre was built in 1920 as a cinema and vaudeville venue and opened under the name Pantages. It had many name changes through the years until finally being named after Ed Mirvish who was a great theatre impresario and also owned Honest Ed's. At some point in its history all of this gorgeous decoration was covered up with drywall until the theatre was finally restored back to its glory.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

A Lazy Tree


I spotted this tree at James Gardens and was intrigued by the way it splits from a centre core and then each side branch lays down on the ground to grow outwards.  There are grasses in the same plot which haven't sprouted yet which makes the tree's shape more visible than it is in summer.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Greatest Patio


A local restaurant has had the fence around their patio painted with quirky creatures and this sign. It is a nice patio but we are in lockdown still so it is not allowed to be open now. At least the restaurant itself is surviving on take-out orders. 

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

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

White Magnolia and Steel Flowers


I was going by James Gardens and stopped for a quick walkabout while trying to stay socially distanced from  people. There were a few couples taking pics of themselves under this sweet little white Magnolia tree so I waited my turn. There are a few of these steel flower sculptures scattered about the gardens so even in the depths of winter there are flowers to see.

Monday, May 3, 2021

City Creatures


 Raccoons and pigeons are two of our most common urban creatures, maybe being outnumbered by squirrels. This mural by Colin Turner Bloom (aka ColinMakesArt) was found on a local garage. It has a real urban look about it.

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

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Busy Woodpecker


 This Downy Woodpecker was very busy jumping from tree to tree in the Wychwood Park neighbourhood. I thought this pic gives a good view of the markings on his back.

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

Saturday, May 1, 2021

May Theme: Earth


 The May theme for the City Daily Photo Blog community is Earth and for this I offer a shot of the deep red soil found in PEI (Prince Edward Island) which is our smallest province. I took the shot a few years ago when we were free to travel about and visit friends. The soil in PEI is so red because of the high iron content.

Taking part in the theme Earth. Click HERE to see more examples from around the world. I will show you a critter tomorrow instead of on the usual Saturday.

Friday, April 30, 2021

On A Tilt


 I've always liked this tilted building which is part of a condo complex in the financial district. It houses a restaurant but since we have been locked down for basically the last year I haven't been near it so am not sure if the restaurant has survived.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

When We Could Gather


This pic was taken way back in 2015 when Toronto was hosting the Pan-Am Games and there were lots of activities going on all around the city. This is the sidewalk on Queen St W and a band was getting set up to play a free concert. It is hard to remember being able to be close to other people and to actually see an event taking place!

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Fruit Market


You can find small fruit markets like this one all over the city but especially along Bloor St W where you can spot one in some areas every couple of blocks. Apparently it is mango season and many of the markets specialize in certain types so there is a lot of activity going on among mango eaters. I've never tried one!

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

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Sweet Singing


 I spotted this steel bird singing away atop a fence in the neighbourhood. I know that the artist for this sweet bird is JP Schoss who uses reclaimed metal to create a huge variety of creatures. There are a lot of them sprinkled about our area atop fences and railings. I have two of them myself.

Monday, April 26, 2021

A Journey In The Laneway


 During this time of lockdown here even this mural of a road trip painted on a garage door makes for a nice escape. The artist for this one is Lisa Litowitz who is known for her landscape paintings.

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

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Paper Bunnies


There is a paper store in Koreatown on Bloor St W which specializes in pop-up cards. They have a wonderful selection each of which is astounding. Some of them are so intricate that you can't figure out how they could possibly fold down. I took this pic through the window of these two bunnies, perfect for spring!

Saturday, April 24, 2021

A Romantic Encounter


I watched these Red-tailed Hawks atop a cell phone tower for about 15 minutes as they squawked at each other, flew around a bit, had a bite to eat, and then got friendly. We should be having young Hawks flying around the neighbourhood this spring!

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

Friday, April 23, 2021

Construction Finished


I've been checking up on the progress of this laneway house for the last year and it looks as if it is totally finished. It is a nice one and since this lot is a bit wider than most in the area it has a nice size. The city has relaxed the regulations for laneway housing so there are more and more of them popping up in our neighbourhood.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Early Bloomer


This small Magnolia tree is always the first one that I see blooming in the spring. It may not be large but it makes up for its size by the huge number of blossoms.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Feed The Soul


 I spotted this cool neon sign inside the front window of a Caribbean restaurant on Bloor St in the Annex neighbourhood. The menu looked really good so I will be back when we are able to eat in restaurants again. Or maybe I will do take out!

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

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

A Little Detail


 This is a closer look at part of the front of the apartment building that I showed you on Sunday. The style of the railings and the window details always bring Paris to my mind. It is lovely in the summer but the leaves on all the trees block most of the view so this is another winter shot.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Dotty


 This nice bright garage door was painted by the artist Dudeman whose work can be found all over the city. It certainly makes for a pleasant homecoming at the end of day. Sorry about the construction equipment in front of it.

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

Sunday, April 18, 2021

A Heritage Apartment Building


 In a city so full of apartment buildings and condo towers it is hard to believe that at one point there were none. This building, the Spadina Gardens, was built in 1906 and was one of the first half dozen buildings to be built for the purpose of multiple occupancy. It has heritage protection so should be around for a long time.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

First Turtle Sighting Of Spring


I spotted my first turtle of the season last week as he sat upon a log in the pond in the Wychwood Park neighbourhood. It had been a bit sunny but it wasn't really warm so I was surprised to see him out. 

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

Friday, April 16, 2021

Condos In The Trees


This is a small condo development of just 22 units in a very wealthy neighbourhood so each one goes for a lot of money. There had been a large house and a woodlot beside right in the middle of the area. The back of the lot looks down into one of our many ravines which is where I was for this pic. I'll be keeping track of this place and imagine that it will disappear into the trees from this side in the summer.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Outdoor Dining


It was wonderfully warm here last week and was perfect for outdoor lunches but all of our restaurants and their patios are closed so the next best thing is take-out at the park. Hopefully we will one day see 'normal' again.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

A Grand Entrance


This is Harbord Collegiate which is one of the older schools in the city. There was an older building but it was replaced with this one in 1931. A splendid entrance like this one should make you want to work hard and do your homework.

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

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Sea Of Blue


One of my favourite sights of spring is to see the lovely blue Scilla. This large patch was found in a small park along Davenport Rd. I was actually in the middle of it so you can imagine how long the swath of blue was!

Monday, April 12, 2021

Believe


This banner has been installed on the fence at the Spadina House museum. At first I found it a bit difficult to read but it says "believe in your power to change", something which we have all had to do this last year. The banner is part of the ShowLoveTO project of the city but I forgot to get the artist's name.  TO is a nickname for Toronto.

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

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Location, Location


 It is hard to tell from this pic but there are 2 rail lines running beside this condo building which is under construction. When I walked by recently there was a long train going by in each direction making a huge amount of noise. Considering that the condos in the building started at well over $1 million I hope that the people moving in are ready for a bit of a disruption several times a day.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Magic


At first view it looks as if the female Mallard is standing on water but there is actually a layer of ice below the water surface so it isn't a miracle. This was taken at the pond In the Wychwood Park neighbourhood a week ago when there was still some melting to happen.

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

Friday, April 9, 2021

View From The Back


This is a recent pic of the building I showed you yesterday and you can see that the wooden surfaces that are black have been repainted or stained. It is a nice looking building and judging by all the doors and decks it may now have at least 3 different apartments in there. I quite like it.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Conversion Complete


 I showed you a pic of construction going on at this site in 2018 (HERE) but didn't get by again for a couple of years when I took this pic in 2020. The building had been a corner store which was changed into residential dwellings. Unfortunately when I saw it there were beige marks all over the black wooden surfaces. I wonder if these were the locations of knots in the wood which had repelled the black stain. I'll show you a recent update tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

A Place For Fun


The Hillcrest Community Centre was built in 1905 and now has heritage protection. It is attached to Hillcrest Public School and provides activities and programs for residents of all ages. It has been lovingly taken care of through the years as you can see. 

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

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Sign Of Spring


 I spotted my first Daffodils of the spring last week. They were growing at the base of a south-facing hill so were in a bit of a warm microclimate. It was wonderful to see them.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Imagine


 This mural is found on the side of a large grocery store on Bloor St W in Koreatown. I could find no artist credit on it and the only lettering was "Imagine your Korea". We would all love to be able to travel but only in our imaginations for the next while!

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

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Grand Renovation


Under that tarp is a grand old mansion in the Wychwood Park neighbourhood which sold for several million dollars a short while ago. The new owners must be doing a complete renovation and update so it will be interesting to see after the tarps come off. Apparently it is to remain a single family dwelling of over 12,000 sq ft!

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Energetic Little Duck


I went by James Gardens to look at the ducks and most of them were sleeping or just taking it easy. They are usually all Mallards but this day there were two smaller bundles of a activity racing around the pond disrupting the naps. There were two Green-Winged Teal Ducks having a great time. You can see in this pic how small they are compared to the Mallards. 

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

Friday, April 2, 2021

It's Gone!


 There was a fairly large house on this lot that is right beside a small parkette with a playground. The house sold a while ago and no one had moved in. About 2 weeks after my last walk past here I came along again to see the house gone and the lot flattened. It looks as if the city bought the house and the park is due to expand. Probably a good thing for the kids in the neighbourhood!

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Theme Day: April Fool


The April theme for the City Daily Photo Blog Community is April Fool. What could be a worse April Fool trick than waking up to a world of snow just when you were hoping that spring has come. This is an archive pic! 

Taking part in the Theme Day!  Click HERE to see more April Fools from around the world.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

BBQ Guy


 Our restaurants have been closed for indoor dining since last fall and since December were only allowed to do take out, no patio service. This fellow owns a catering company and this restaurant, Rapido which is on Bathurst St. With no catering taking place and only take out happening he set up a barbecue out on the sidewalk and was out there all winter in every kind of weather and only missed a couple of really stormy days. His burgers are great! 

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

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Tollkeeper's Cottage


 I showed you this cottage in the background of a pic of the blue canoe which is part of the Butterfly Way project. It is located at the corner of Bathurst St & Davenport Rd and served as the home for the tollkeeper who collected fees here from travelers along Davenport in the 1800s. During the 1800s private companies were allowed to collect tolls in return for building and maintaining roads and there were several of these along Davenport Rd. This cottage was built around 1835 and has quite a history if you click HERE. It was discovered a block away after a move years and years ago until finally being returned to its rightful location.

Monday, March 29, 2021

"Secret Garden"


I found the colours in this mural to be unusual compared to most pieces found around the city but I quite like it. Done by artist Emily Kouri and titled Secret Garden it is quite a happy mural with friendly creatures scattered about.  

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

Sunday, March 28, 2021

A Bit Of A Mystery


 I was walking by an old house and noticed these two little doors in its side wall. I remember seeing milk boxes when I was a kid but I have no idea why this house has two and why the different sizes. Could one have been for milk and the other for bread? Any ideas?

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Preening


 I spotted this Robin by the pond in the Wychwood Park neighbourhood. It was very busy preening and getting all of its feathers into perfect position maybe after a long flight home from down south.

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