There are moments I feel so lucky to have my camera to capture my view.
For 11 years, Doors Open Toronto has offered people the opportunity to explore buildings, some not normally open to the public. There are 150 buildings open this year; we were only able to hit a few and all well worth the adventure.
A long list of buildings are open tomorrow as well – check it out: Doors Open Toronto
Here’s my favourite shot of the day:
“Wherever you go, no matter the weather, always bring your own sunshine” – Anthony J. D’Angelo
As the craziest week in a long time comes to an end, I realize I have not had my camera out once all week. My “weather” has been cloudy with meetings and now a nasty cold keeping me away from something I really enjoy. So, I am posting a photo from a year ago to remind me what I’ve been missing!
It’s hard to put into words the contentment of having everyone together. It is fortunate to have reasons for breaks in routine that create opportunities to share time yet I have every confidence that our family will come together throughout the years even if not on holidays. The time spent raising our children was the best investment in our future happiness imaginable.
Ubuntu – I am because we are.
After a trip downtown, we decided to take a hike in High Park. Without a doubt, High Park is a jewel in the park system of Toronto. It is beautiful 12 months of the year and can attract large crowds daily. As yesterday was a warm November day, we knew that parking might be a challenge. Ever the optimist, I bypassed the first available parking and we somehow ended up out of the park without finding anything else. We thought we would just head home, but came to a street that we hoped might bring us back into the park.
To our surprise and delight, we came upon a street that led to paths that skirted the western edge of the park without taking you into the more heavily travelled areas. It was as if you were somewhere completely different – definitely not the middle of one of Canada’s largest urban areas. In our travels, we came across people hiking and running and even a diehard cyclist. It was definitely unexpected to find this wonderful, relatively untouched place to take photos and enjoy the amazing weather.
The first unexpected path
Looking across the pond
“The best things in life are unexpected – because there are no expectations” – Eli Khamarov
A few weeks back, I got stuck in traffic in front of the Art Gallery of Ontario. The AGO is on a very busy street in Toronto and I picked the middle of the day, on a Saturday to visit the area. It turned out, though, that it gave me an inspiration. At one point, after about 5 minutes of not moving, I looked up at the glass facade and saw the busy streetscape reflected back. A police car drove by, lights flashing, and I thought, what an amazing photo that would make.
Today, I went back down to that street to test out my idea and see how this busy Saturday would reflect a different point of view. I took about 100 shots and enjoyed playing with the traffic flow especially. Interestingly, though, it was the shots of the facing residences that proved to be my favourites when all was said and done.