Outdoors

Mount Pleasant flowering trees in spring

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Tree in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in bloom
We were driving down Yonge Street today, just south of Davisville, and noticed that a few trees in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery were full of wonderful pink flowers. Once we were home we jumped on our bikes, and took the beltline across to the cemetery to take some pictures.

The cemetery is beautiful at any time of year, but these trees obviously add a lot of colour, especially in the spring when the trees aren't filled in just yet.

I have a whole collection of my photos from the cemetery online here and a collection of historic photos from the area online here.

Moore Park Ravine in early spring

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Photos from Moore Park Ravine
At long last I finally got out on my bike for the first time this season!


One of my favourite places in Toronto is the Moore Park Ravine, stretching north from the Don Valley Brickworks, just east of the site of the old Chorley Park the last Ontario Government House then up to the Mount Pleasant Cemetery.


Here are a few early-spring photos to remind us how wonderful and lush the ravine is when the trees are finally green!

January snow in Toronto

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Seems like whenever we have snow in Toronto we need to blog about it, or at least post a picture or two, so here you go - my two photos of snow on our street, Saturday January 8th, 2011:





Perfect day for a walk, the little convertible's not going anywhere, even WITH snow tires and a hardtop.

Sunnybrook horse stables and walk in the Glendon forest

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We took a quick walk through the Sunnybrook horse stables then north through the Glendon forest along the Don River. Even in early November there were still some late fall colours, and lots and lots of dog walkers. Always a great hike right in the middle of Toronto. For more details on the area, see this page with the specific location, and more photos.

Fall drive on Shelter Valley Road in Southern Ontario

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I've often noticed "Shelter Valley Road" when driving back and forth along the 401 between Toronto and Kingston. It always looked like a great place to enjoy the fall colours in Ontario with the top down in a convertible, and yesterday I found out I was right! Here are the photos to prove it.

Tree down across the street

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I love living in an old neighbourhood with lots and lots of trees, especially this time of year, but as the trees get older, they also start to show their age. Here's what greeted me across the street when I got home on Friday:

Toronto Hydro was there within an hour and had things all cleaned up - I bet our neighbours didn't even know the branch was down!

Bike paths after the Don Valley flooding

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There was an awful lot of rain on Sunday, and when I made my way down to the Don Valley trails there was lots of evidence - muddy paths, one tree down, and the plants along the river all patted down.

Certainly passable, but the mud was really slippery in sections.

Few trees down in Midland after tornado

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First an earthquake in Ontario and Quebec, then a tornado touched down in Midland later in the week. I headed north to one of my favourite bike trails near Tiny Beaches and was happy to see very little damage along the trail.

TED video - Eric Sanderson pictures New York before the City

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I'm a huge fan of TED videos - I was watching one while doing the dishes looking out over Nottawasaga Bay and thought I'd post it here. From the TED site:

"Before becoming the center of the Western cultural universe, Manhattan was Mannahatta, 'Island of many hills,' in the language of 17th-century Native Americans. Using computer modeling, painstaking research and a lot of legwork, Wildlife Conservation Society ecologist Eric Sanderson has re-envisioned, block by block, the ecology of Manhattan as it was when Henry Hudson first sailed into the forested harbor in 1609."

Advanced Snowshoeing videos

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OK, the last of the Snowshoe videos - one more educational video, a fun one, and one I actually made myself:

Enjoy, as always!

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