Wednesday, 30 January 2013

I hope I wasn't too unfriendly to Mr Martin, who, seeing me photographing his construction site, came out to see what I was up to.  Thing is, he wasn't the first person who has asked me what I was doing, the previous person having been rather more suspicious, evidently not realizing that there's no restriction on photographing buildings.  So I was a little colder than I ought to have been until I realized how friendly Mr Martin was,  willing to stand out in the blustery wet wind and chat about photography and how our kids go to the same excellent school.

"This is my building!" he said proudly.  "Take as many pictures as you like!"  So, having been intrigued by the growth of these two apartment blocks which in today's wet weather looked especially, well, Eastern Bloc, I took a few shots before returning to a warm car, and errands.

Friday, 25 January 2013

I haven't been tough enough to take pictures during the worst of this cold snap; although I'm certain my camera's up to it my fingers don't agree.  I often drive on Concession St, either going to or from the Boiler Room climbing gym with our sons, or after visiting my friend Darryl Berger, a very talented artist and writer.  I noticed these houses one day, and when the temperature moderated today I snatched a bit of time to photograph them:

This walker is only the second person to appear on 24by36; perhaps there will be more...

Thursday, 17 January 2013

I realized recently that in terms of the way things look, this is about my favourite time of year.  The excitement and whiteness of the first snows have given way to gritty, subdued colours.  This is the way our city looks without the glosses of greenery and summer sun.  Here's a view I see coming up Concession St at Princess; an apartment building that for some reason always reminds me of a ship:

And then the other day I was doing something on Garret St, and I suddenly looked up:

And then looked across the road.  No hint of what this building contains, but a number of people went in and out its side door while I was there...

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

A few months ago I was taking pictures around the rapidly developing area of Division St up at the 401.  Here's a couple views of the Denny's restaurant, when the evening sun was particularly warm:

And as the snow cover melts in the January thaw, we can discover what the snow buried: milkweed seeds in the field next to Sunny Acres Road.

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Remembering the clear, warm days of autumn, now that a good fall of snow has completed the holiday winter scene.  First, some late season vines found in the fill rubble of Portsmouth Olympic Harbour's breakwater while looking at boats with my son:

Later in the day out at Patterson Point -a popular swimming spot and always a fine vista of Lake Ontario- as the sun begins to set over Amherst Island: