Sunday, 22 July 2012

I found this creek in a very idyllic state a few weeks ago when everything was still green and lush.  I think the leaning tree has since blown down into the water, and after this dry spell the water is a lot lower.

I'm always amazed to find such natural scenes so close to town; Woodbine Road is 3m behind me and Collins Bay Road not 20m to the right.

Down on the waterfront the old Psych Hospital sits, awaiting a deep-pocketed developer, or perhaps the wrecking ball.

It's shut up and closed to the outside, as I suspect it always was even when it was in use.  Imagining what it must have been like in there when it was operating gives the whole building a certain menace.

But looking toward more hopeful sights- from Crerar Park looking southwest towards Amherst Island:

Found, in the crotch of a huge Willow while playing with our sons, the end of a bird:

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Late afternoon sunlight on the water at Everitt Park.

The maps claim that Coronation Boulevard and Woodbine Road connect, and they do, but only via a portion of dirt track that goes through a little valley that might be an old quarry.  All around the area somebody's making rough little roads but with no obvious destination or purpose.  One end of the valley has a gate with a No Trespassing sign on it, but that was open, so I didn't see it; the other end says Private Property Please Respect Our Livestock, which to me doesn't exactly say keep out...  At any rate, there's an old corral of some kind, for cattle I'd guess, judging by it's size:

Here's the entrance, as far as I can make out:

It's strange what you find out here just outside of town, slowly decaying in the heavy summer sun.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Water and horizons today.  I found a pair of artificial ponds on either side of Cataraqui Woods Drive, and pulled over to take a closer look.  They look a little tentative and barren, as this kind of ponds often do, but hopefully a few years will help them fill in a bit.

On the other side of the road, linked by a square culvert, the other pond:

But I'm always drawn back to the lakeshore.  These views from the Amherstview pumping station caught my eye when I was driving by.  A rare, deep calm made the islands seem to float in space.  Here are the Brothers Islands:

And from the same vantage point, the western end of Simcoe and Wolfe Islands:

As we settle into these hot, hot days of June it's hard to believe that winter was here not six months ago, and will return: