Monthly Archives: May 2015

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 –

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

Sunset at Alexandra Bridge and the Parliament Hill :



Blue Hour on Parliament hill across Gatineu:



Canadian Musuem of History:



National War Memorial :




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 :



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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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Chasing Sunrise at Cherry Beach in Spring!!!

Cherry Beach, Toronto
6:18AM | 5 Deg C

Started chasing sunrise again on this beautiful weather of spring at Cherry beach. Birds are flying, dog owners are walking their pets and even fellow hobbyist are finding their spot on this beautiful sunrise at the beach.



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Chasing Sunset at Polson Pier

Polson Pier, Toronto
7:18PM | -3 Deg C

Chasing sunset with the beautiful Toronto skyline on its front. I am always drawn to the different colors of sunset, it makes you feel as if you are on a different world.

Polson Pier, previously known as The Docks Waterfront Entertainment Complex or The Docks, is a multi-purpose entertainment venue in Toronto, Ontario. It is located in largely industrial Port Lands area of the city along the shore of Toronto Harbour – Wikipedia



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Warm weather is here!!!!

Got the chance to pick up my gears again as I felt the weather outside is just perfect for a walk on a trail or to chase again that elusive sunset light in the horizon. Came upon this park when I passed by from work and seeing that there’s enough time to setup for sunset, I immediately parked on the nearest lot and walked towards G. Ross Lord Park near Dufferin and Finch St.

This extensive parkland, located in the West Don River valley north of Finch Avenue, was created in 1972 primarily for flood control purposes. The 136 hectares of parkland was later made into both passive and active recreational areas. There are three picnic areas located throughout the park, one fire pit and pedestrian/bicycle trails. Special park features include a sports field complex which contains cricket nets, two cricket pitches and three soccer pitches. During the winter season, groomed trails are provided for cross-country skiing.

Park facilities include one winterized fully-accessible washroom, an open sports pavilion with washrooms and changerooms for players, drinking fountains, water taps and public phones. Heavily wooded and wetland areas are ideal habitats for viewing a variety of wildlife.

Information courtesy of The Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto.



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