Little bridge & waterfalls

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I met a friend yesterday at this big park in midtown Toronto called Edwards Gardens. It’s a beautiful place. Haven’t been in literally a couple of decades. Brought along the camera and managed to get a couple of shots I like. I’m no landscape photographer so I don’t really “see” things to photograph the way others who shoot this sort of stuff all the time would. Anyway, I thought this one turned out nice. Hope you like it.

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Eight times dryer

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There’s something attractive about laundromats. I know you don’t often see photos of them from me, but I do shoot them all the time. Problem is, I’m never happy enough with the shot to share it. But I keep trying. And this is one I’m pleased with. It was taken way out in the west end on Dundas West Saturday. Hope you like it.

On another, sadder note, I got packaged out from my job last week, so after almost seven years I find myself once again without employment. Not sure what I’m going to do at the moment, but I’m also not terrible stressed about it. Going to take the week to get some household chores done and photos editing and then I’ll start thinking about my future again. Wish me luck.

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The Wall

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There’s an old mental health hospital on Queen St W. I was walking the grounds and along the back end there’s this wall that divides the hospital grounds from a new mini subdivision. Something about it caught my eye. I actually stopped and thought about it a while, taking a few random shots. I think a couple of things are at play here. 1. Is the wall meant to keep the people in the subdivision out, or is it there to keep them in? 2. The ambiguity attracted me. Like, the upper floors of the houses only hint at what lays on the other side, and the age of the wall itself raises questions, since it’s obviously been there far longer than the houses behind it.

Anyway, it’s one of my favourites from the summer. Hope you like it.

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CNE Night Pool

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So I made it out to the CNE for the first time in years. Brought Wilson out for a change, that’s my big Canon 5D Mrk III. Put on the 16-35mm wide angle lens, too. It was fun but to be honest I found the crowds a little overwhelming and ended up not really getting a lot of decent shots. Never the less, I did get this one, which I like.

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Budding Artist

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So I bought a watercolour abstract painting from a young artist on the weekend. His name is Ferguson and he’s all of six years old.

Ferguson likes legos and creating original artwork. He also enjoys meeting the people throughout his neighbourhood. His favourite place in Toronto is the Ontario Science Centre, which I remember fondly from when I was his age.

Rather than a lemonade stand, he explained, he wanted to make and sell original artwork. Very smart and creative idea, if you ask me.

Mom was there in the background but it was Ferguson handling the sales and explaining his work.

When he noticed I was having a hard time choosing which painting to buy, he even recommended one for me, which is now brightening up my office at home. This is my most meaningful photo of the day.

If I had a child who showed even the slightest interest in art or writing, I’d be right out there doing the same for him/her. What a terrific and clever mom Ferguson has. You can bet the reaction he got from today’s outing will encourage him to keep creating.

It was such a nice surprise to come across Ferguson selling his art on the street like that. I wish him all the best in his endeavours and have no doubt he’ll grow up to be a wonderful and widely known artist. Maybe one day I’ll see his work at some gallery exhibition.

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A friend of mine gave me a tour of his offices, located in the heart of Toronto’s financial district. Pretty sweet view from the 37th floor. Unfortunately I picked up some reflections from shooting through the windows.

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Big Bus, Tall Dude

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This guy was TALL. Like, maybe over 6 ft, 6 inches.  You can sort of get a sense of his height by the woman to the left there. Anyway, I’ve taken a similar shot before but I think I like this one better.

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Holy shit mom the fountains are awesome!

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Okay, so I made up the title. This little girl was having such a fantastic time playing in the fountain and running back and forth to her mom. You could really tell how much she loved and respected her mother. It was so touching and sweet. By the end she was soaked, but she didn’t care and her mom was enjoying her jubilance.  This might be my favourite summer shot of the season.

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