Wednesday, October 5, 2022

A Little Sewing To Be Done


This is the part of the mural to the right of Monday's shot. I like how the artist has included the door into the mural and has left the original sign from the plumbing company that was in the building previously. I'm not sure what the sewing refers to but possibly there had been some clothing made here at some point in the past.

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

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Up On The Roof


This is another section of the mural that I showed you yesterday. This part is to the left of yesterday's pic. I wish I could have got the whole thing in one shot but it was way too long. These buildings are typical of the storefronts found here. Another section of the mural tomorrow.

Monday, October 3, 2022

Tarragon Village


The artist Elicser recently completed a really long mural in the Tarragon Village neighbourhood which is a small neighbourhood named after the Tarragon Theatre which is right beside this building with the mural. The mural itself is really long so I will show you more tomorrow and the next day. Elicser has populated his mural with people showing the diversity of our city. The mural also has a Sight signature which may refer to the person who did the lettering. 

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

Sunday, October 2, 2022

Guardian Lion


 This is one of a pair of marble Chinese guardian lions that are found outside one of the entrances to the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). They are from the 17th century and were obtained by the ROM in 1923. This one looks quite fierce.

Saturday, October 1, 2022

October Theme: Rest, Sleep, Relaxation


The October theme for the City Daily Photo Blog community is all about rest and for this theme I offer these 3 ducks who were having a very relaxing sleep at James Gardens. They look like they have got not a care in the world.

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

Taking part in the theme Rest. Click HERE to see more examples from around the world.


Friday, September 30, 2022

Hidden Features


This park and the playing field behind it have been fenced off for years as construction went on. It seemed to take forever to finally be finished but now there is a nice park with a playground and a large playing field just past it. The playing field sits over Canada's largest deep geothermal project which will be used to help cool and heat U of Toronto. The site had previously just been a rather rough playing field for the university.

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Another View Of Conversion


I went by Bloor St United Church again and got a different view from the one I showed you a couple of weeks ago. It will be interesting to see if they get some type of covering over the roof before the snow flies this winter. There certainly will be a lot of work to do to restore the interior and build the condo tower that will be attached to it.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Koreatown


The lamp posts along Bloor St W in Koreatown have been newly decorated and new banners have been installed too. I like the patterns and colours that they have used. 

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

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Where To Eat


These guys were on one side of the street discussing where to eat during one of the recent events along Bloor St W. They finally made up their minds and proceeded to cross right in front of the cyclist who was coming along at a good clip. He slowed down and gave them a big smile so all was well.

Monday, September 26, 2022

Abstract


This is yet another mural from the Yorkville neighbourhood. Even the stairs behind that wall are painted in the abstract way. The artist for this one is Matt Gondek. 

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

Sunday, September 25, 2022

A Lot Of Style


While waiting for a crowd to move along I could not help noticing the great style the young woman on the right has going on. It is hard to tell but her purse is shaped like a carton of milk. It is interesting that her 2 companions were dressed in in casual everyday clothes.

Saturday, September 24, 2022

A Gathering


 Last week I could hear a lot of bird noise outside and looked out to see this large gathering of Starlings on a nearby cell phone tower. The nearby tree was also full of them as they all chattered away at each other. There was a steady stream of them coming and going for quite a while.

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

Friday, September 23, 2022

Here Today


I went by a local park one day and everything was normal. I went by the next day around noon and this was in the middle of the grass and the surrounding streets had pylons reserving all the parking spots. I went by the next day at noon and the carousel was down and loaded onto a big truck. A film crew must have been doing night shots. Kids were playing all around in the park and ignoring it.

Thursday, September 22, 2022

A City Waterfall


This wall of water was found on one of the exterior walls of a new condo tower in the Yorkville neighbourhood. On a hot summer day the sound of falling water was quite nice but I'm hoping they may add some planting along the sidewalk to soften the look a bit. What do you think?

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Fantasy & Nature


This is a poster for a show at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) featuring the beasts of nature and how they have inspired stories and folklore through the ages. It sounds intriguing don't you think.

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

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

An Urban Tree


A nearby condo was built right along the train tracks and they were required to install this very high and thick wall to protect the condos from a possible train derailment. I was pleased to see that the inside of the wall has been decorated with a series of these trees and lots of plantings including real trees. I love the wee yellow bird on the tree.

Monday, September 19, 2022

Hanging At The Park


 This is another of the murals spotted during the mural event in Yorkville a few weeks ago. The artist for this one is Jenn Kitagawa and it was sponsored by Stella Artois which was one of the sponsors for the whole event. The artist called it "Park Hang" which we all like to do in the summer.

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

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Some Welcome Shade


 This is a shot of one section of Yorkville Park which is a small park just off Bloor St. The park is heavily used and this section gives a bit of shade and a place to sit for a while and rest up after shopping in all the high end stores in the area. Not every person was on a phone.

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Overhead Danger


For some reason the pigeons like to sit on these wires which are right by the sidewalk leading to a local grocery store. The sidewalk is covered in bird droppings so you really have to watch out for your footing and for danger from above when you walk to the store. Nothing seems to discourage them. 

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

Friday, September 16, 2022

A Natural Walk


 The gates in yesterday's post lead down into Philosopher's Walk which is part of U of Toronto (U of T) and leads from Bloor St south to Hoskin Ave under a canopy of mature trees, mostly Beech & Oak.  It is a meandering path as it follows the ravine formed by Taddle Creek which still runs underground after being incorporated into the city's sewage system in the 1800s. It is a wonderful peaceful place to walk or to sit on one of the many benches along its route.

Thursday, September 15, 2022

A Gateway


These gates are found on Bloor St W between the modern addition to the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and the Royal Conservatory of Music. Called the Queen Alexandra Gates and built in 1901, the gates originally stood at Bloor & Avenue Rd to mark the entrance to Queen's Park Circle.  They were moved to this location in 1962 and tomorrow I will show you where they lead to. I'll have to go back in winter when there are no leaves on the trees so that you can see the wonderful lanterns better.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

A Farm Of Crates


This is the sign that was out on the crates at Walmer Road Baptist Church. There were a lot of veggies still to be picked and really a lot of herbs and of course flowers to attract the bees. It looks like the project involves several groups one of which is a development company that I think may have plans to build a 20 storey condo tower on the back half of the property. The sanctuary of the church would be renewed while the older office parts at the back would be redeveloped as part of the tower. We will have to see if it all happens as there is a very strong resident association in the Annex.

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

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Great Crates


While wandering around in the Annex neighbourhood I came upon this huge installation of planted up milk cartons out on the front steps of Walmer Road Baptist Church. The church is heavily involved in community activities and support so it was not surprising to see them providing space for another project which will provide food to people. I'll post a sign tomorrow which will give you more info. 

Monday, September 12, 2022

Romance


This mural was painted on the same building as last week's mural although around at the back forming the background for a restaurant patio. I took the shot from an upper walkway and unfortunately could not see the artist name without entering the restaurant and moving some plants. I think the WIA on the woman's neck may be a hint. This one reminds me of a comic book.

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

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Another Church Changing


This is/was Bloor St United Church and it is in the middle of a huge restoration/ construction project which will result in space for the congregation as well as a tower of condos. The roof has been removed and most of the stained glass has been removed and sent out for restoration. The glass will be reinstalled as part of the project. The church has heritage protection so will remain at the corner with the new construction around it.

Saturday, September 10, 2022

Resting


 I spotted this Dragonfly resting on one of my tomato plants. I had time to go for my camera and come back for some shots before it finally flew off.  I think it is a female Common Green Darner. It is the first time I have ever managed a shot of a dragonfly.

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

Friday, September 9, 2022

A Gate


I really like this gate which was spotted out front of one of the Victorian homes in the Yorkville neighbourhood.  So much effort put into a functional object is good to see.

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Missing One


 I was sitting out front of the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) on Bloor St W watching the world go by and when looking across at this condo tower called Museum House I noticed something missing. Every balcony had a lush planting of flowers and greens except the 4th balcony up from street level. All the plantings look the same so are probably maintained by a garden service and I couldn't help wondering what the story is with the bare balcony. Curious. These condos sell for at least a few million $.

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Show Some Love


 This heart was recently installed in a parkette along Bloor St W in the Annex neighbourhood. As you can imagine it has become a popular place for people to have their photos taken. T.O. is one of Toronto's nicknames.

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

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Making An Entrance


This is the entrance to the courtyard where you can find yesterday's mural. I'm not sure what those balls are supposed to represent but they certainly get your attention. I had to wait a bit to get a shot with no people in it as there was a very busy restaurant in the courtyard.

Monday, September 5, 2022

Lady


There was a mural event in the Yorkville neighbourhood a couple of weeks ago and this lovely lady was spotted in a courtyard. The artist for this one is Ola Volo and I love it. 

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

Sunday, September 4, 2022

Shooting Memories


I was wandering around the U of Toronto campus on a Sunday afternoon and happened upon this photo shoot. They had 2 still photographers and also a video photographer so nothing was missed. It was a very hot day but the whole wedding party was very patient and posed for a lot of pics.

Saturday, September 3, 2022

On The Lookout


I heard this hawk up in a locust tree before I saw it. It was well hidden and was looking very alert. Five minutes later it was sitting there eating a pigeon. I will spare you those pics. I think it is a Coopers Hawk but am not sure. 

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

Friday, September 2, 2022

Women At Play


While walking along Bloor St W during the Open Streets event I spotted these women playing rugby in Varsity Stadium which is part of U of Toronto.  U of T's downtown campus is right in the middle of downtown  and the stadium has the Royal Ontario Museum and the Royal conservatory of Music as its next door neighbours on Bloor St. So far the stadium thrives in what is becoming an area of more condo towers.

Thursday, September 1, 2022

September Theme: My Superpower


 The September theme for the City Daily Photo Blog community is "My Superpower".  That 's a hard one but I chose my skill with clay which has been honed over many years.

Taking part in the theme My Superpower. Click HERE to see more examples from around the world.

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Under One Roof


This pink restaurant on Bloor St W has 2 different menus I guess as they sell tacos or fried chicken. I have never been in but it seems like a strange combo to me. 

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

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Lady In Red


Parts of Bloor St & Yonge St were closed to vehicles for Open Streets which brought lots of people out walking. This lady in the bright red dress stood out from any crowd near her.

Monday, August 29, 2022

Garage Garden


I was taking a shortcut through the U of Toronto campus and spotted this mural down a laneway so of course I had to investigate. It turns out it is the same artist who did the summery mural I showed last Monday. The artist is Andrea Manica. The colours and images in this one are so peaceful and relaxing don't you think?

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

Sunday, August 28, 2022

Love The Dress


 This wonderful dress was spotted in a shop window and stopped me in my tracks. I love it and there was a time when I would have worn to every suitable occasion I attended. Pardon the reflections.

Saturday, August 27, 2022

Neighbourhood Watch


This tiny kitten had been watching a squirrel in a nearby tree and then noticed me out of the corner of its eye and turned to pose nicely for this shot. The window could use a bit of work. 

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

Friday, August 26, 2022

My Crop


This has been a good summer for tomatoes for me. I tried one new variety this year, a Sicilian Saucer. That is the first one that has ripened sitting in the back of this shot. It weighed over 1 1/2 lbs and was 7 inches across. The other ones are Beefsteaks and Sweet Million tomatoes. They have all tasted wonderful and there are still plenty more on the plants to ripen yet.

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Blue


I'm into my archives from earlier in the summer to return to thee Exotic Car Show that was on Bloor St W.  This is a 1948 Morgan and what a colour that is. Somehow I doubt that it is original.

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

The Doors


 These doors are the entrance to an older 4 storey apartment building that is in the midst of a residential neighbourhood just off St Clair Ave. It always seems like such a good idea to sprinkle these small buildings among homes. a little work on those doors would make this place look quite grand in an old fashioned way.

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

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

A Hideaway


This was taken early on a Sunday morning when no one was around but it is usually a lively patio found hidden in a courtyard of old converted factory buildings. The old buildings now house offices and studios. The low building is an Italian restaurant now.

Monday, August 22, 2022

Summer In The 'Hood


Another mural from the railway underpass on Lansdowne Ave. This one seems to scream summer to me with all the images of this wonderful time of year. I forgot to check for an artist name for this one.

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

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Elegance


 Doesn't this arrangement of flowers and leaves look elegant? Sometimes it is nice to have a lot of colour but these look beautiful.

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Always A Rebel


 There always seems to be a rebel in the family. I could hear crows squawking out in front of my place and went out to check what was going on. It looks as if mum & dad crow had the family all together except for one youngster who insisted on sitting by itself. The parents were quire upset with the situation. The next day I saw the parents chasing a hawk that had come too close to the family. They are good parents.

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

Friday, August 19, 2022

Blowing In The Wind


While wandering in James Gardens recently I was attracted to the willow trees gently blowing in the wind. It is such a summery type of movement and even the Canad Geese lazing about around the trees were being peaceful and not begging for food.

Thursday, August 18, 2022

August Yellow


 Black Eyed Susans are a common sight here in August and luckily they are fairly drought resistant as we have had little rain this summer. This healthy patch was spotted in James Gardens where they receive a bit of watering from the irrigation system in the park. I love to see the bright yellow flowers glowing in the sunshine.

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

A Good Reuse


I showed a shot of Castle Memorial Hall a few years ago but as I walked by it recently it was looking so good that I thought it deserved to be shown again. Built in 1901 the hall is part of the Royal Conservatory of Music and is located on Bloor St W right beside the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum). It originally contained a library and chapel but underwent an extensive restoration in 1996 and now houses a small concert hall. I love the look of the stonework.

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