Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Curved

This gas station On Dundas St W certainly gives us a flashback to earlier times with its curved walls. Probably the 50s don't you think?  
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Summerhill Fountain

This pic shows part of the exterior of the Summerhill Liquor Store. I had shown the whole building with lots of info back in 2010 (HERE) but this time it is the fountain that I wanted to show. It is interesting in that it has a shallow trough that fills with water and then the structure tilts and dumps the water as it is doing here before repeating the cycle. The pigeons don't seem to pay any attention to it! Our liquor stores are all owned by the government and operated as the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO).

Monday, August 21, 2017

Cubed

I have no idea what is in this cute building with the cubed mural covering the front but I love the effect. It looks like it may be a commercial space that has been turned into a residential spot. The space next door looks intriguing but I was there early on a Sunday morning so it wasn't open. 
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Sunday, August 20, 2017

New On The Row

I was parking down at the end of a dead end street which offers free parking close to Yonge St, Toronto's main street, when I spotted this addition to a row of houses. The red brick row houses were built several years ago on a shallow lot very close to a busy railway line. This stone and wood home has been added to the end of the row and it is even closer to the train tracks which curve out towards the road here. I love the look of the new house but it must get shaky in there when some of the long noisy trains go by!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Full Cheeks

This little chipmunk's cheeks were full of seeds and he was soon off to hide his supply somewhere and then was back to pick up more from beneath a bird feeder.
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, August 18, 2017

School Time

I've shown you this clock before when there were no leaves on the trees (HERE) and thought I'd give a different view. This is the tower found at Upper Canada College which is an exclusive private school for boys found in the Forest Hill area of the city. I ventured through an opening in their fence to catch this leafy shot!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Crabapple Trees

This is the lovely seating area in the small park, Courthouse Square, which I showed you yesterday. The original square had crabapple trees planted in it and in reference to those this area is surrounded by espaliered crabapple trees combined with rose vines which will grow up along those arches. I saw a spring pic of this area and it is well planted with spring bulbs too. I was there early on a Sunday morning so no one was around but it is usually a busy place!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Courthouse Square

When we come to the end of yesterday's walkway we find ourselves at the entrance to Courthouse Square which is a small park behind the building which had housed the York County Court House in the 1800s. I think it now houses a restaurant. This little square is reported to have been the site of the last public hanging in Toronto back in the late 1800s but now has a fountain, sculpture, a stage, and a lovely seating area which I will show you tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

King St Walkway

I spotted this walkway running off King St E in the St Lawrence Market neighbourhood on an early Sunday morning and set off to explore down to the other end. We will see what's there tomorrow.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Snap

Who could resist this bit of a mural with the camera included up on the left? These letters are actually legible so the artists for this one are Dying Breed although there seems to be a little "un" painted in the middle of the top row. The bears & bees that I showed you last week are on one of the walls of this auto service place.
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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Another Annex Beauty

Walking through the Annex neighbourhood I spotted this ivy-covered house with its great porch and that wonderful third floor balcony. Either place would be a great location for watching the world pass by!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Dinner For Three

On a pleasant Sunday afternoon this couple were enjoying a nice meal in a restaurant while their faithful companion sat out on the chairs watching through the open window. He was very friendly and posed nicely for me!
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world. 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Dancing In The Neighbourhood

The Seaton Village neighbourhood has been the site of Porch Dances for the last several years. People gather on the street outside of the first house on the event and are entertained by a family dancing on the porch and are then led onto the next location by that man visible in the pic with the tall hat & megaphone. There are usually a couple of detours on the way such as this one where he led us down a laneway to the lot of the local food co-op where 2 women danced for us. This pic was taken on the first of the 5 nights the event was held. Lots of people came out to enjoy it!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Grange View

I'm back at Grange Park behind the Art Gallery of Ontario for another pic. This shot was taken from the playground in the park looking towards the Financial District visible under the great stilted overhang of the Ontario College of Art and Design. I love this view!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Mac's

Those Coca Cola signs are almost ghost signs with the red so faded and just little bits of the bright colour hanging on there. It looks like someone was a big winner in this neighbourhood though!
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Grange Bench

This is one of the new benches found in the newly renovated Grange Park and there are a lot of them sprinkled around the park. They are comfortable to sit on!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Honey

This mural is found at the beginning of the laneway that I have been showing for the last several weeks. The artist for this one is Nick Sweetman and it turns out that he worked with community members to paint all of the other garage doors along the laneway. This one is wonderful with the bees and the bears into the honey. I particularly like the honey dripping from the 'window' he has painted around the A/C unit!
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Sunday, August 6, 2017

"Large Two Forms"

One of the main features of the newly renovated Grange Park is this wonderful Henry Moore sculpture called Two Large Forms. It has been located at the corner of Dundas and McCaul Streets at the entrance to the AGO since 1973 and was relocated to this prime spot in the park. The setting is wonderful for it with the blue wall of the art gallery behind it!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Playground

A large part of the newly renovated Grange Park is taken up by the children's play area which has a splash pad, lots of the usual pieces of playground equipment and also several structures such as this one that are built to be crawled over and through. I would have loved these when I was a kid!

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Grange

Hidden behind the trees in yesterday's post was this fine building known as the Grange. It was built in 1817 as a manor house and what is now Grange Park was the front lawn of the home. The home and property were bequeathed to the Art Museum of Toronto (now called the Art Gallery of Ontario)  in 1910 and the Grange is part of the art gallery now. There is quite a contrast with Frank Gehry's wall and stairs!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Another Renovated Park

This is Grange Park which is found at the back of the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) whose wonderful blue titanium wall and Frank Gehry stairs are visible above the trees. The 1.8 hectare park has just been reopened after being closed for 15 months for a $15 million renovation which included planting 80 new trees, a new fountain, newly designed playgrounds, off-leash dog area, new benches, lighting, and more to come. I'll show you a few more shots over the next few days including a pic of what is hidden behind those trees.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Salsa On St Clair

The annual Salsa On St Clair festival took place in July. It is a celebration of Latin culture that takes place along several blocks of St Clair Ave W and features food, performances, and lots of Salsa dancing. These two ladies were wandering around posing for pics in their great outfits. The road is totally closed so they are posing here between the tracks for the streetcars.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August Theme: "Young At Heart"

The August theme for the City Daily Photo Blog community is "Young At Heart" and I chose this pic because I loved how this older man with a walker was rushing along a path with a bundle of balloons to deliver them to the kids. The pic was taken through a slightly dirty window so isn't the sharpest image ever.
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Monday, July 31, 2017

Thistles

This is another of the murals from the same laneway as the last several weeks, all of these ones painted by the same unknown artist I would guess. There are more murals along another part of this lane which are quite different - we will start to see those next Monday. This garage door looks nice but it is lacking the creature that is found on all of the others - maybe a butterfly would have been nice.
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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Shingled Library

There is a new Little Library in the neighbourhood and it is a beauty with its nice shingled roof. I think there are 5 of them within a few blocks of me now!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Mellow Yellow

There is nothing like the yellow of a Goldfinch glowing in the sunshine. These two were busy eating and catching some rays at the same time.
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Opposite View

This pic was taken after turning 180˚ from yesterday's pic to give you a different view of the dog fountain and a view of the buildings on the other side of the park along Wellington St. The tall office and condo towers were built in the 1980s but the red building on the right has been there since the 1850s and has always housed shops.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Old Town

The St Lawrence Market neighbourhood is the oldest part of the city and I thought I would show you a closer view of the buildings that were behind the dog fountain of last week. These three buildings on Front St E were built in the 1870s and have now been lovingly restored and house offices and retail spaces but were originally warehouses. The one on the left is the only  building remaining in the city with a totally cast-iron facade. The one in the middle was the model for the patterns in the wonderful mural on the Flatiron Building which we saw last week. 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Shakespeare In High Park

Every summer there is a production of Shakespeare in High Park and this year it is King Lear that is being presented. I'm not sure if a squirrel is really playing King Lear but I do love this sign for the production! 
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A Temporary View

This is a view of the back of St Lawrence Hall, a view that wasn't possible until the demolition of the north Farmers Market Building of the St Lawrence Market. Once the new building is finished the farmers will be housed in a beautiful structure which will also be the location for the Sunday Antique Market. I like this view of the cupola since when shooting from the front of the building you are always pointing into the sun and all of the shadows. I'll show you the front of this wonderful hall built in 1850 and restored in 1967 another day - if I ever get a pic of it that I like!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Dog Garage

I'm back in the laneway that I have been showing for the last while. At first glance I thought this was a fox but I really think it is a nice dog. Still no artist name!
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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Antique Market

There has been a Sunday antique market for many years at the St Lawrence Market but the building housing it is being replaced and so a large tent has been erected on a nearby parking lot until the new building is done. You can find all kinds of collectibles and antiques here. Years ago I had a booth here for several years and it was great fun - made lots of friends and learned a lot!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Waiting

These two were staring down the street so intently that they must have been waiting for someone to join them. The dog  particularly was concentrating on the distant sidewalk.
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Flatiron Building

I thought I would give you an idea of where the park I have been showing all week is located. The park is directly behind the Flatiron Building that is visible in the centre of this pic and the mural I showed on Monday is on the back wall of the building. It is a popular backdrop for pics like for the 2 ladies in the foreground. And of course we have the CN Tower peeking at us.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Kitty

It is not just the dogs that can be found in BerczyPark that I have been showing you this week. There is the one cat on the edge of the fountain and if you look up at the top of this reflective utility box you can see another one. I think this kitty is looking for birds up in one of the 50 new trees that have been planted in this small park.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Dogs

The small cast iron dogs around yesterday's fountain are all life size but some of the larger ones around the outside are a bit smaller in scale. The row of dogs in the bottom pool of the fountain are all Pugs while the rest are an assortment. As you can see from this Golden Retriever the casts are nicely detailed.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Dog Fountain

This is the wonderful new fountain that is in Berczy Park which I have been showing you for the last few days. There are 27 cast iron statues of dogs each of them spouting water and all looking up towards a golden bone up at the very top of the fountain. There is one cat statue sitting on the edge of the fountain visible just to the right of the centre of the pic. I'll show a bit of detail tomorrow.

Monday, July 17, 2017

The Flatiron Mural

This is the mural which you can see in the background of yesterday's pic. It was installed here on the back of the Flatiron Building in 1980 when Berczy Park originally opened. The artist is Derek Michael Besant and the work is probably the best piece of public art in the city, definitely the best mural. It is always a pleasure to see and the newly refurbished park sets it off nicely.
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Sunday, July 16, 2017

A Small City Park

This is Berczy Park which is in the St Lawrence neighbourhood near Front & Yonge Streets. It was opened in 1980 replacing a parking lot but has been closed since 2015 to undergo rejuvenation. I'll be showing you some great features from the park, which is less than an acre in size, over the next few days. Yesterday's puppy was photographed here.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Puppy

Think of the softest thing possible and that is what this puppy felt like. It was all over everyone so impossible to get it to pose for the camera!
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Market Street

Another early Sunday morning pic, this time we are on Market St in the St Lawrence Market neighbourhood one of the oldest areas in the city. This pic shows the patios of several restaurants all ready for the Sunday brunch crowd. The businesses all got together and coordinated their patios and were also involved in restoring the brick roadway.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Cleaning Time

This pic was taken early on a Sunday morning in a courtyard in the Financial District, a time when no one is around. That is except for these two men who were walking circles around in the fountain with some sort of broom/squeegie to give it a good cleaning. The glass atrium and patio in the background belong to the Jump restaurant that I showed you yesterday.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Jump

I like this sign for Jump which is a restaurant and bar in the financial district. I've never been inside but the food is supposed to be quite good.
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Act Of Kindness

Some dear friends dropped by with a lovely bouquet of flowers for me the other night. They are beautiful Peonies and Phlox. What a nice surprise that was!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Ant

I'm still in the same laneway as the last several weeks with another of the local creatures found on a garage door. Somehow the daisies turn this into nice scene!
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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Domes

For about a year I have spotted these domes from afar but I had never had time to explore and find the building until recently. It turned out to be St Mary's Ethiopian Orthodox Church which was completed in 2012 and is unusual in that it is built along a commercial street surrounded by small factories. I love the domes and the sky gave them a dramatic background!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Baby Bunny

I was doing repeats on the stairs leading up to Casa Loma when I spotted this wee bunny munching on grass beside the steps. It was really tiny - only about 6 inches long and seemed to be fearless since I passed by it 6 times and he was just busy eating paying no attention to all the tourists going by. I kept wondering where mum was as I don't think she would be amused to know he was so close to humans!
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Blue House

I always like this house which is located in the Tarragon Village neighbourhood. I must have a thing for porches because yet again I'd like to sit out there for a while and watch the world passing by possibly heading to the Tarragon Theatre which is just down the block.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Hazy Skyline

It was a hazy, humid day when I took this pic from the north end of the city looking towards downtown and Lake Ontario. It is interesting how the distant towers are so muted. They are about 10 miles away from where the pic was taken.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Warm Weather Gate

I showed you this gate in winter (HERE) when it looked rather bleak with dead vines on it and lots of snow. Well, last week it was looking a lot nicer - the vines have turned out to be Clematis not Morning Glory and there have been lots of flowers planted around it. Even the Neighbourhood Watch sign seems happier in the nice weather.
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