Another reason why I haven’t posted recently? I’ve been sick. Icky sick; can’t get out of bed sick. This morning was the first time that I’ve walked Toronto streets in many, many days.
It was a beautiful blue sky morning but I made a mistake and stopped for coffee first. Clouds rolled in and we were back to greyness by the end of the first mug. Argh. Maybe back inside for a secong mug?
In the end I’m glad I got my momentum back. I walked streets I’ve walked many times before but I walked it with a long lens in hand. I started searching for details that I’ve missed before as well as shots that are easier (and sneakier!) with a lens zoomed out to the max.
In no particular order….
below: The front of Betty’s on King street. These magnets have been here for a while now although their numbers may have magnified. In hindsight, I should have gone over and written something like, “Hi my name is Joe and I’m the Prime Minister of Canada”.
below: The bright colours of this exposed wall caught my eye. It’s been revealed because of the demolition of a building at Victoria and Lombard and I suspect that it will get covered up again in the near future.
below: This is a closer view of the men in the photo above. I hadn’t purposely taken their picture but I like the portrait look of the picture. A kind of Mike Rowe’s ‘Dirty Jobs’ image comes to mind.
below: Banner for the Pacific Junction Hotel.
below: Drink Coca-cola
below: Sitting together in silence. Black and white. Alive and not alive.
Both aren’t moving and both don’t see me.
below: I have always been intrigued by these vertical windows at St. James Cathedral, especially with the winter trees in front of them. I’ve taken pictures here before but none have been satisfactory. This one is certainly not perfect but the sense of scale that the woman provides is a big help.
below: These two small ionic-ish columns help support an archway over the door.
below: A bit of a rant. At one point did it become acceptable for people to be sleeping on the sidewalks? How did we learn to walk past? When someone walks past a person sleeping in the middle of the sidewalk, what thoughts go through their head? Is there a solution? Or is so normal now that we don’t consider it a problem? This man was right in the middle, there was no easy way to avoid him, but avoid him we did.
below: Trying to cross King Street.
below: An exposed support beam, two wood planks on end sandwiched between steel I beams.
below: High on a brick wall he suffers in anguish as the pigeons keep pooping on him.
below: A bit of a cliche. Walking the dogs in the park on a winter day.
below: The Christmas lights are still wrapped around the trees in St. James Park.
below: Two mis-matched windows side by side. Old brick, rusty metal.
below: Above 10 Toronto Street is this royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom. The unicorn represents Scotland and in the royal coat of arms for Scotland, the lion and the unicorn are reversed. You’ll also noticed that the unicorn is chained. Apparently this is because in legend, the unicorn is a dangerous beast. I’m not sure what this says about Scotland! The words on the banner below the lion and the unicorn say “Dieu et Mon Droit” (= God and My Right). The words around the middle circle say “Honi soit qui mal y pense”. This is the motto of the Order of the Garter and it translates to ‘shame upon him who thinks evil of it’.
below: This is the building that used to house Starbucks on King Street near George Brown College. Many months (more than a year) ago there was a fire in the building and Starbucks closed down. The windows and doors were boarded up and then nothing happened. That looks like the makings of scaffolding lying on the sidewalk so maybe some renovation work is about to begin.
below: A ghost building outline.
below: An octopus runs up the stairs. Or would it slither?
below: Passing by the five faceless naked men who silently and stoically watch over the intersection of Queen and Victoria. A sculpture “Full Circle” by Peter von Tiesenhausen.
below: I also met James Beaty this morning. He too stands silently but he is tucked away in a dull and quiet corner so he doesn’t get much to look at. The original James Beaty was born in Ireland 1798 and came to Canada as young man. He was a leather merchant, he established the newspaper ‘Toronto Leader’ in 1852, and in 1867 he became a federal politician.
below: Any idea what this might be? Dancing figure?
below: It was a puddle jumping, slushy kind of day. I’m sure that there are lots more of those ahead!
below: There are always more paths to walk and more chances to see what’s around around the next corner and through the gate!