After waving good day to the grandkids as they headed off to school, I walked to the nearby conservation area in Whitby, just east of Toronto and spent an hour with nature. Just me and the birds and bunnies and butterflies and wildflowers. I felt like Snow White. I saw no humanoids for at least an hour but did encounter some wild turkeys, two deer, lots of curious chipmunks and a big turtle. I had my 12,000 steps in by 10 am.
By 12:30 I was in the heart of Toronto. Incredible, really, to go from solitude to the vibrant centre of Canada’s biggest City in what seemed like a heartbeat.
I will be working in Toronto all week. I always find the core of the city invigorating.
I lucked out when I checked into my hotel to find that I was upgraded to a “club room” with lounge access and a full breakfast. I headed over to Church Street for a long overdue haircut, figuring that the Gay Village are might be my best bet to get a good haircut from a new barber. I was right!
And tonight I met a colleague, Gail Gray, for dinner. Gail and I worked in tandem in Bosnia for 10 years. My friends in BiH will be delighted to know that we get together annually and reminisce.
Here is a Toronto selfie I took today. Can you find me?
A Facebook friend recently posted a visually striking black and white photo of a man on a pier and it reminded me just how drawn I am to photographing docks and piers and breakwaters. I think it is the idea that the dock leads somewhere and the somewhere is often an expansive body of water. The boats at the docks are transport for adventure into the ocean or lake. There is something solitary about many of these images at the same time. Perhaps we are dwarfed by Nature.
It spurred me to look through my photo library for pictures of docks and piers that I have taken in many parts of the world. I have so many that I have to divide this into three parts. I hope you enjoy this maritime travelogue.
Fishing Boat in the harbour at Tofino, British Columbia
The pier near Sandy Cove, Nova Scotia
On a pier in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
A sort-of pier in Cinque Terra, Italy. You would not want to get caught up in the waves near the rocks.
Dhows in Stone Town, Zanzibar
A dock I have visited many times in Mbita, Kenya – Lake Victoria
San Francisco Bay, California. Golden Gate Bridge way in the background
On the pier/breakwater in the photo above – Lima, Peru. It was amazing how this very natural Pacific Ocean site was in a city of 8.5 million people.
A memorable fish dinner on a dock on the island of Lopud, Croatia with friends Sue and Jim.
A visit to Newfoundland has been on my list of things to do – not really a bucket list since I may just do it more than once before I kick – and with the Canadian dollar in the doldrums this year I thought it was time. Although the weather in early June was chilly and wet and foggy, I had a very wonderful atmospheric holiday, seeing puffins, whales, icebergs and my friends Glenda and Marshall Godwin, all natural Newfie phenomena.
Here are just a few of my photos.
Cape Spear Lighthouse
Spectacular iceberg near Dunfield
I was not deterred by the frequent drizzle and fog
Yesterday I posted some spring photos. Several of the pictures I took had interesting reflection in the smooth lake so I have grouped them together here. Part 2. You can see yesterday’s other photos here if you missed them. It delights me that I have been able to take all these photos within about 10 minutes of my home in beautiful downtown Kingston, Ontario.
Exactly three weeks ago I posted a blog with some photos I took along the shoreline of Lake Ontario in Kingston. (You can see them here) The lake was still covered in ice – enough, in fact, that people were out playing hockey and walking and ice-boating on the lake.
Today is Easter Sunday – March 27. It is a gorgeous sunny day. The ice is gone from all but a few corners of the lake. Folks are out with their kids and their dogs and cameras and even a couple of boats are in the water. What a difference three weeks makes.
Here are some photos I took today, some of them from precisely where I took pictures of the ice on March 6. I am happy today to be celebrating spring in Kingston.