Doors Open Toronto 2017

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Got the chance finally to do some site visits on the Doors Open 2017 in Toronto. I always missed this event as I always have either a scheduled workload or a photography event that I’m covering. However, since I can only do one saturday for this year, I was only able to visit 4 locations as there are approximately 150 sites that you can visit. All in all it was a good informative day as I was able to learn some of the historical and significant architecture in my city.

Doors Open Toronto 2017 is part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto’s year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions marking Canada’s 150th birthday. Doors Open Toronto is presented by Great Gulf and produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with the Province of Ontario and the broader community.

 

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Sunrise at Ashbridge Bay Park

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Date : May 6, 2017
Time : 6:03 AM
Location : Ashbridge Bay Park

Ashbridges Bay Park is located in a beautiful area on the waterfront in the east end of Toronto. It was named after Sarah Ashbridge, a widow and British loyalist from Philadelphia who settled here in the 1790’s and obtained a Crown Land Grant to start her own farm. Ashbridges Bay was once part of the large sand dune chain spanning the majority of the Toronto Harbour. These dunes were the result of sediment from the Scarborough Bluffs being deposited by the currents from Lake Ontario.
Portions of The Martin Goodman and Waterfront trails pass through the north end of Ashbridges Bay Park.  – Toronto Parks

It was cold -5 Deg C saturday morning. Thin ice are still visible on the water and I had to walk past a couple of iced water to get a good spot for sunrise with the park spit as the foreground in the middle… took only a couple of long exposure shots to call it a day as I didn’t bring my shooting gloves…

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Sunrise at Brant Street Pier

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Date : April 30, 2017
Time : 6:33AM
Location : Brant Street Pier in Burlington

Brant Street Pier is a signature destination and attraction located in Spencer Smith Park at the Waterfront at Downtown Burlington. It extends 137 metres over Lake Ontario that provides views of the lake and Burlington’s shoreline. Wikipedia
It was cold that morning as I walked towards the pier to find a perfect spot to affix my tripod for the sunrise, with a camera bag on my shoulder, a tripod on my left hand and a large hot Tim Hortons coffee on my right hand, I slowly trudge from the parking lot towards the viewing deck of the pier. There were already a couple of photographers in there who were earlier than myself waiting for the sun to rise… as I finished my hot beverage, I too positioned my camera and tripod on one spot and waited for that elusive sun….. and waited… 6:33AM came….

 

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Chasing sunset at Humber Bay Park in Spring of 2017

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Date: April. 29, 2017.
Time: 6:35 PM
Location: Humber Bay Park East, Toronto.

It was a chilly afternoon as I stop my car in the parking lot of Humber Bay Park on the east side, as I projected that the sunset would come from the North West of the park.
This is a location where visitors will watch the time fly by as it offers scenery of the waterfront of Etobicoke.
Entrance to the park is at the end of Park Lawn road south.
The day was clear except for a few clouds scattered on the horizon of the setting sun, and the crystal water reflects the rays of the sun as it slowly faded in the sky…

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Bluffers park

Scarborough Bluffs
May 29,2015 | 8:35PM | 18 Deg C

The Scarborough Bluffs, also known as The Bluffs, are an escarpment in the Scarborough district of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Forming much of the eastern portion of Toronto’s waterfront, it is located along the shoreline of Lake Ontario. At its highest point, the escarpment rises 90 metres (300 ft) above the coastline and spans a length of 15 kilometres (9.3 mi). It was first named in 1793.

The Bluffs have been described as a “geological wonder” and a unique feature in North America. – Source – From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 

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Visiting The Tulip Festival in Ottawa

Ottawa, Ontario
May 16-17,2015

It’s that time of the year when the Tulips are in full booom and a neighboring city of Toronto, Ottawa, celebrates it at the grandest way called the Canadian Tulip Festival. People from neighboring cities and towns (even american tourists from as far as Florida) would visit and flock in Ottawa to visit the many varieties of Tulips thats in bloom all over the city. The major attraction and the majority of Tulips planted are located in Commissioners Way near Dows Lake in the center.

The Canadian Tulip Festival is a celebration founded on international friendship with the 1945 presentation of 100,000 tulip bulbs from Princess Juliana of the Netherlands to Ottawa, Canada’s capital, given in appreciation of the safe haven that members of Holland’s exiled royal family received during World War II in Ottawa and in recognition of the role which Canadian troops played in the liberation of the Netherlands.

The Canadian Tulip Festival is also a celebration of the return of spring, with over a million tulips in 50 varieties blooming in public spaces across the National Capital Region. The highest concentration of tulips can be viewed in the flower beds of Commissioners Park, on the banks of Dow’s Lake, where 300,000 flowers bloom. The National Capital Commission (NCC) manages more than 100 tulip beds at 30 different sites. – source – http://www.ottawatourism.ca/ottawa-insider/canadian-tulip-festival/

The following are some of the scenes and landscapes that I have captured in Ottawa:

Sunset at Alexandra Bridge and the Parliament Hill :

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Blue Hour on Parliament hill across Gatineu:

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Canadian Musuem of History:

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National War Memorial :

 

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The Variety of Tulips:

 

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Sunset at Gateway Bridge

May 13,2015
8:33PM | 9 Deg C

I am always fascinated with the colors of sunset, that’s why I always carry my gears with me even on working days as moments like these pass by often only. As soon as I was about to pass the Gateway bridge ( also known as the Humber River Arch bridge), I immediately noticed the orange glow of the sky in the horizon as it is nearing the sunset hour already. Without thinking twice, I parked hurriedly to the nearest parking lot and set my camera on the north-east side of the bridge in hoping to capture the elusive sunset….

The Humber Bay Arch Bridge (also known as the Humber River Arch Bridge, the Humber River Pedestrian Bridge, or the Gateway Bridge) is a pedestrian and bicycle through arch bridge south of Lake Shore Boulevard West in Toronto, Canada. Completed in the mid-1990s, the bridge is part of the Martin Goodman Trail and is 139 metres (456 ft) in length, with a clear span of 100 metres (330 ft) over the mouth of the Humber River to protect the environmental integrity of the waterway. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 

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Cheltenham Badlands

May 10,2015

Cheltenham Badlands is a small example of badlands formation in Caledon, Ontario.

The site is located on the south east side of Olde Base Line Road, between Creditview and Chinguacousy Roads, west of Highway 10 in Caledon, and features exposed and eroded Queenston Shale. The formation is located along the Niagara Escarpment.

The formation was exposed by poor farming practices in the 1930s that led to soil erosion and exposed the underlying shale.[1]

At one point in time, the Cheltenham Badlands were occupied by a large river. The hills signify the riverbed and as you follow the trail, you begin to see the river history of the badlands. Thousands of years ago, this lake dried out resulting in today’s version of the Cheltenham badlands.

The formation is mostly red in colour due to iron oxide deposits[2] with some faint green streaks due to ground water percolation changing the red iron oxide into green iron oxide

Source : From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Cherry Blossoms at High Park

Sakura Hanami
High Park, Toronto
May 9,2015 |

Its that time of the year where most,if not, all of the hobbyist flock to High Park as early as 6AM to witness and capture the centuries old Japanese tradition of Sakura Hanami, roughly translated as “cherry blossom flower viewing.” The flowering of the Sakura trees is spectacular and breathtaking; peak bloom only lasts about a week.

History of Sakura in High Park


In 1959, the Japanese ambassador to Canada, Toru-Hagiwara, presented 2000 Japanese Somei-Yoshino Sakura trees to the citizens of Toronto on behalf of the citizens of Tokyo. The trees were planted in appreciation of Toronto accepting re-located Japanese-Canadians following the Second World War. Many of these trees were planted on the hillside overlooking Grenadier Pond (southwest of the Grenadier Café) and around the east shore of the pond.

In 1984, a grove of Japanese cherry trees were planted along a pathway west of the Children’s Adventure Playground in High Park. The trees were donated by Yoriki and Midori Iwasaki as a special gift to the people of Toronto and “a joyful symbol of life”.

Through the Consulate General of Japan in Toronto’s “Sakura Project”, 34 Yoshino ‘Akebono’ and Kwanzan ‘Fugenzo’ Sakura trees were donated to High Park in 2001 on the east shore of Grenadier Pond near the Maple Leaf garden. In 2006, 16 additional Yoshino Sakura trees were planted near the original 1959 planting site.

Plaques commemorating each of the plantings can be found under the cherry trees in High Park. – Source : http://www.highparknaturecentre.com/

 

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Toronto at night series

Now that the warm weather is slowly creeping in the city. Hobbyist like me would be spending additional time on taking long exposures of sites you won’t imagine to be beautiful when viewed at night. The hustle and bustle of the traffic is very evident during the daytime coupled with searing heat of the sun that would sometimes penetrate your skin.

This would be the start of my series where in I would try to feature landmarks of Toronto during night time.

 

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