Sunday, 21 April 2013




This time of year it's often hard to believe that winter is coming to an end!  A warm sunny day or two, and then the shock of a crisp -5 or so.  But the snow run-off is at its peak, flooding Woodbine Creek here just off Collins Bay Road.




Out for a morning with my sons at Kingston Mills.  The great vertiginous spaces of the lower locks - a place for two boys to make one parent nervous!  In a little while these huge mechanisms will be filled with warm, green water and boats; rows of anglers alongside.  It's amazing to remember these were built by hand, and massive as they are, are still operated by hand:


Friday, 5 April 2013


I found these at Everitt Park this morning, the sun trying to warm a cold breeze, my son making whole worlds out of rocks, sticks, and waves:




"Nature is, above all, profligate.  Don't believe them when they tell you how economical and thrifty nature is, whose leaves return to the soil.  Wouldn't it be cheaper to leave them on the tree in the first place?  This deciduous business alone is a radical scheme, the brainchild of a deranged manic-depressive with limitless capitol.  Extravagance!  Nature will try anything once. ...This is a spendthrift economy; though nothing is lost, all is spent."  -Annie Dillard









Thursday, 4 April 2013

We live in the suburbs ourselves, and unapologetically so, and naturally we're confident our suburb is better than others.  We're certainly not as packed in as these back yards in Conservatory Pond.  But maybe these residents are as pleased as punch to be here, and are just as confident that their suburb is better than ours.