Monday, May 16, 2022

Bird In The Playground


This proud Toucan appears on the side of a garage which borders a small children's playground. It looks like it has been there for a long time but it still brightens up its surroundings. I could find no artist info.

Sunday, May 15, 2022

More Changes


This shot was taken just down the street from the little house that I showed you on Friday. These properties had been occupied by an assortment of small factories that had been turned into artist studios and workshops for cabinetmakers.  It was of the more creative areas in the city. The studios are all gone and replaced by yet more condos. It never ends.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Just Hanging Around


The young Red-tailed Hawks are still playing around on the construction crane near my place when the workers are gone. It certainly gives them a good view of their surroundings.

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

Friday, May 13, 2022

Changes


An old part of the city that had been occupied by a mixture of small factories and some small houses has been undergoing huge changes. This tiny bungalow looks totally out of place now beside its new neighbours.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Filming


This seems to be a popular place for film crews to work. The orange pylons appear and then 10s of trucks of all kinds arrive to park along the street and in large parking lots that are along the right hand side of this road. The filming itself takes place in some of the buildings along the left. I have yet to spot a movie star there though.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Record Store


With a good selection of old and new vinyl records Dead Dog Records is well known in the city for those who are into vinyl. The name comes from a story about wind-up dogs that didn't work and it certainly grabs your attention.

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

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Yorkville Again


Another wander around the Yorkville neighbourhood was a good thing on a sunny day a few weeks ago. I love these two houses but could find no info on them. The little yellow one on the left is certainly tucked away. They were probably built in the late 1800s.

Monday, May 9, 2022

Little Taggers


I always like to discover a mural by Emily May Rose with her raccoon characters. These guys were found along Davenport Rd and have tagged the building and the van and have even chopped down some of the plants. I like the detail of the hanging shoes up at the top.  

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

Comment troubles continue where they don't always show up on my posts but I do see them on my dashboard. I hope it all gets fixed soon. And I do enjoy them wherever they show up.

Sunday, May 8, 2022

The Happy Couple


This is yesterday's Wood Duck with his mate as they rushed over to where someone was throwing seeds out to the ducks. They were able to fight off a few Mallards for some of the treats.

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Wood Duck


I went by my favourite duck pond and was lucky enough to spot a pair of Wood Ducks among the many Mallards. It was hard to get a shot of them and then all of a sudden the male scooted out from behind a stone wall and I quickly got this shot which cut off the end of his tail but I loved the detail so here it is. I'll show you him and his mate tomorrow. I hadn't shown a duck for a few weeks so thought it was time to see one.

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

 

Friday, May 6, 2022

A Fun Door


Wouldn't this be a fun door to great you when you come home. The door leads to an apartment above a store along Bloor St W.

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Art In The Sidewalk


While walking around in the Bloordale neighbourhood I spotted these stainless still inserts in the concrete of the sidewalk. Trying to capture the shine of the pieces proved to be a problem so I had my partner in crime help me to make a larger shadow. It helped a bit I think.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Coffee


I must admit that I like funky places much better than posh ones and loved the look of this tiny coffee place. It was taken on Easter Sunday morning when everything was closed but I bet it is busy most of the time. Looking through the door it is only about 6 ft wide but had a nice assortment of imported Italian foodstuffs as well as cool espresso machines. 

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

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Shadow


This is another bike ring found along Bloor St W in the Bloordale neighbourhood. I loved the shadow it was making on the sidewalk.

Monday, May 2, 2022

Blue Utility Box


This utility box was spotted right beside a kid's playground. At first it looked quite nice but then I noticed the odd figures and hands floating through it and now I am not so sure what it is all about. Maybe a dream? 

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

Sunday, May 1, 2022

May Theme: Shadows


The May theme for the City Daily Photo Blog community is Shadows. My entry for Shadows is this steel sculpture that was found in a gallery. I love the shadow of the bird sitting outside its 'house'. I seem to be spotting a lot of shadows lately so will be posting a few more in the days ahead. 

Taking part in the theme Shadows. To see more shadows from around the world click HERE.

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Crying For Mum


There is a condo being built near my place and a large crane has been erected on the site. While walking by on Sunday I could hear loud baby bird calls coming from above and looked up to see these two young Red-tailed Hawks crying out and flapping their wings looking for Mum. I've seen them up there again during the week. Haven't seen the parents but they are probably close by.

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


Friday, April 29, 2022

A Laneway Discovery


Behind the small shops that run along Bloor St W like in yesterday's post there is usually a laneway that provides access to the service areas of the stores. Usually they are full of garbage bins etc. But behind the restaurant (Bar Neon) that was at the right in yesterday's post I happened upon this funky little sitting area and the takeout window to the place. During Covid lockdowns restaurants were trying to squeeze in outdoor space where ever they could. This one actually looks across the lane to a kid's playground so not a bad place to sit at all.

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Streetscape


This is a typical streetscape along the older parts of Bloor St W away from the areas near Yonge St that are being taken over by condos. There is something much more charming about these small eclectic shops and the people wandering around. This was taken on a Sunday morning when the streets were quiet. That guy on the far right was using the free wifi from the restaurant he was standing in front of. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

House Of Nuts


That giant walnut hanging over the sidewalk along Bloor St certainly gets your attention. The shop specializes in nuts of all kind as well as lots of other food goodies. 

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

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

With Heart


Wandering around in the Bloordale last week I noticed that there are a few new bike rings along Bloor St. I liked this one with the hearts and there are lots of spaces on it to loop a lock through.

Monday, April 25, 2022

Creatures


I was lucky to spot another fine mural by First Nation artist Philip Cote. I know little about the symbolism of his images but admire them greatly.

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

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Bunnies Are Welcome


I spotted this sign in a coffee shop window last Sunday morning which was Easter and thought it was so cute and today is Orthodox Easter so here it is. Sweet.

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Through The Window


 While wandering along Bloor St W I spotted these two turtles in the window of a reptile supply store. It was a lazy Sunday morning and the two of them were very relaxed with the large one on the right parked right under the outlet of the pump giving it a nice stream of water over its back. The smaller guy was busy looking at me!

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

Friday, April 22, 2022

More Yorkville Beauties


I love to wander around the Yorkville neighbourhood and remember back to when it was the gathering place for hippies and people like Joni Mitchell played in the coffee houses. In those days these houses did not look so posh and there was many a great party taking place most nights. Today the whole area is a heritage conservation area and the homes have been restored and wonderfully maintained and cost millions of dollars to buy. These two are great beauties. The one on the left was built in 1880 but I could find no info for the one on the right.

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Spring Flowers


This small garden is on a south facing hill and every year it is one of the first places that has croci blooming. It didn't disappoint this week with this fine display and with even a few Scilla sprinkled in there.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Dreaming Of Flowers


 The city bike sharing stations always have ads of some kind and I particularly liked this one. It says in the small print that it is art for dreamers and this pic seems perfect for that.

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

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Spring Blue


One of my favourite sights in spring is when the Scilla pops up and opens its lovely blue flowers. It spreads so easily that you can often find huge swaths of it in a lawn. This patch was spotted poking through a gravel driveway up against a  wall which provided warmth from the reflected sun.

Monday, April 18, 2022

A Noble Bird


I am still showing shots of murals from a railway underpass. The city had commissioned many artists to paint along the long concrete wall. This noble bird was painted by Caitlin Taguibao  who has done a lot of murals around town. I think it is a rooster although at first I thought it was a chicken. 

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

Sunday, April 17, 2022

An Annex Gate


I've always liked this gate that is at the entrance to the back garden of an Annex home and have tried several times to catch it when it is closed but with no luck. Even against the brick wall you can see the lovely swirling patterns of the metal.

Happy Easter to all who celebrate it.

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Bully


This shot was taken in mid March when we still had some snow on the ground. I happened upon a sweet Red Squirrel who was munching on something he had found in the snow and I was getting ready to take a pic of him when this Black Squirrel came along and pushed him away and then proceeded to eat the treat. The little guy went up into a tree and nattered away for a while before heading off to look for food elsewhere. 

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

Friday, April 15, 2022

Ready For Anything


Not really. I have had a thing for Defenders since watching so many episodes of the British detective series Vera and seeing her old one. But I would never buy one and actually drive a small fuel efficient car. This Defender is a beauty though.

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Posh Stables


All of this structure is the stables of Casa Loma. It is just as detailed and full of decoration as the Casa itself. I have not been through the whole place but have toured the area where the horses lived and it is quite elegant with mahogany used for the stalls and beautiful tiled floors. I did not venture through the tunnel which runs several hundreds of feet to the Casa.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Stables


This is the heritage sign found outside of the stables which belong to Casa Loma but are up the street from the Casa and connected to it by an underground tunnel. They were built in 1906 and have been kept in great condition. I will show you a pic of them tomorrow. You are in for a bit of a surprise. 

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

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Victorian Yorkville


This Gothic Revival home in the Yorkville neighbourhood was built in 1878 for George Lee who was the village registrar for Yorkville before it became part of Toronto. The house looks as if it had just walked out of the Victorian age with all its original details so lovingly maintained and with that fine fence.

Monday, April 11, 2022

There Is A Story Here


This is yet another mural from the railway underpass. I really like this one and I'm sure there is a story to it that I haven't figured out. The artist is Taraman Mehrsa. 

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

Sunday, April 10, 2022

End Of The Parade


This is the last shot I took at this year's St Patrick's Day parade and it was suitable to end the parade with a band especially with such nice kilts and outfits. The day had started cloudy but was ending with nice sun for all the participants.

Saturday, April 9, 2022

Horses On Parade


The Toronto Police always bring a few of their horses to march in the St Patrick's Day parade and they are always a hit with the crowds. These horses are always so calm and seem to love the attention that they get. 

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

Friday, April 8, 2022

Clicking Of Heels


 Following along behind the Mexican women came the Mexican men in outfits equally as nice. They were all smiling and laughing as the stomped their heels along the parade route. Such fun.

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Twirling Skirts


 Following the sign for the Mexican heroes came this group of wonderful dancers who were twirling their skirts in the warm sunlight. They looked so happy and beautiful!

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Who Knew?


 I certainly didn't know that there was a large number of Irish who fought with the Mexican army in the Mexican-American war and there was a whole battalion named after St Patrick. I'll show you the Mexican groups that followed this sign for the next 2 days.

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

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Misty


The Shriners always are ready for a parade and they had several floats/vehicles in the St Patrick's Day parade. I particularly liked this wee boat named Misty with all its green.

Monday, April 4, 2022

Under The Rainbow


This is yet another of the murals found along a west-end railway underpass. I love the colours and gentle images in this one as all seems to thrive around the rainbow. The artists for this one are Mo Thunder and Shawna Howe.

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

Sunday, April 3, 2022

People Powered


This contraption seems to be in the St Patrick's Day parade every year, always with different decorations and different people moving it along. It looks like it is quite heavy to move as they have two people pedaling and several others pushing it along. They always seem to be having fun.

Saturday, April 2, 2022

Redheads


This was a fun group of Irish Setters who were taking part in the St Patrick's Day parade. I was near the beginning of the route and the dogs were all quite excited by all the people and the applause but I wonder how they were by the end. Usually there is a group of Irish Wolfhounds but they gave the parade a miss this year.

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

Friday, April 1, 2022

April Theme: Symmetry


The April Theme for the City Daily Photo blog community is Symmetry and for this I chose this shot of a pair of semi- detached homes that I took recently in the Yorkville neighbourhood.  When I was researching the homes I found a shot of them taken a few years ago when one of them was for sale. There were no porch roofs in that shot so the 2 owners must have got together and had the additions done so that each half would be be identical. There are always cars parked on the street in this old part of the city.

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

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Pipers


There were several pipe bands in the St Patrick's Day parade. You can certainly hear bagpipes from far away. I likes the tartan used in these kilts.

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Parade


I'm going to show you some pics from The St Patrick's Day parade over the next few days. It was over an hour long and there were lots of different things to see. There were bands like this one from the towns of Ayr and Paris, both small towns in Ontario. 

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

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Back To The Future


Our St Patrick's Day parade was held on March 20 and parked along the side of the road at the starting line of the parade was a group of DeLorean cars, the ones made famous in the movie Back To The Future. At the end of the parade they pulled out and became part of the celebrations. They were all in excellent condition.

Monday, March 28, 2022

Ducks And Friends


There were a lot of murals along the railway underpass that I have been showing the last few weeks. This section shows a collaboration between Nick Sweetman with his ducks and Elicser's people.  The mechanical bits must be by someone else whose name I didn't get.  The ducks steal the show I think.

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