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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.

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:

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.

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.

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."

85 years of Dundas and McCaul

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Old and the new Dundas and McCaulYou've probably seen some great blendings of old and new photos, and I thought I'd give it a try. This one is of a Toronto Archives photo from May, 1923, and the Google Street View from the same corner. I resized the two photographs to match, then blended them using The Gimp.

The streetcar tracks and houses on the north side of McCaul haven't changed too much, but the AGO on the south is rather new. As with many photos of Toronto, the telephone and hydro wires and poles bring the two images together nicely.

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.

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!

Intermediate snowshoeing videos

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If you've already run through the three beginner snowshoeing videos then you're ready for three more:

Some good skills to master whether you're out on a trail at your local ski resort, or if you're breaking new trails in the forest. These quick videos are by Sheryl McGlochlin for eHow.com and are worth a look.

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