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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!

Alexandra Gates on Bloor Street near the ROM

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Alexandra Gate on Avenue Road ca 1901
I've finally started categorizing the historic Toronto Photos I've been geo-tagging, and used the Alexandra Gates on Bloor Street near the ROM as a sample while I get the code working as I'd like.

Built in 1901, they originally stood on the south side of Bloor at Avenue Road, but you can see all the details and a variety of sketches and photos on the Historic Alexandra Gates in Toronto webpage. Here's a wonderful postcard looking north through the gates around 1901:

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


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!

Few trees down in Midland after tornado


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.

Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) 1933 Rotunda and gold Venetian glass mosaic

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Looking up at a pillar and the ceiling.
One of my favourite buildings in the city of Toronto is the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM for short), and my favourite space in the ROM is the 1933 rotunda with the spectacular gold and blue venetian glass domed ceiling. On this page I've collected some history and description of the room, some photos, even an audio tour from the ROM. It is a wonderful space, especially now that it can be enjoyed in relative peace, rather than as the cramped, busy, and loud main entrance to the museum. No visit to the ROM is complete without stopping in to the rotund for a moment or two.

Ontario snowshoeing in December

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Georgian Bay, not yet frozen
We managed to get out on the snowshoes for the first time this season in mid-December. There wasn't a ton of snow yet, maybe a foot, but enough to enjoy the Ontario forest. In some places there were branches sticking up through the snow, but not a lot. Here are some shots of the wonderful old lodge nearby, the afternoon sun in the forest itself, then down to Nottawasaga Bay which still has exposed sand. You can't see it in the photo, but the ski hills of Blue Mountain are directly across the bay, and look amazing all lit up for night skiing.

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