Christmas Boutique 2020

Snowy owl with wingtip feathers, Gibraltar Point, Toronto Islands

Gibraltar Snow II

A snowy owl comes in for a pinpoint landing at Gibraltar Point. Click image to view larger.

Melting ice balanced on groyne, Centre Island, Toronto Islands

Balance of the Seasons

A mini glacier melts atop a groyne by the Centre Island pier. Click image to view larger.

January bluebird, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Bluebird of Happiness

A bluebird lights up Channel Ave. on a cold January day. Thanks to David for the tip.


Wave exploding against breakwall, Boardwalk, Toronto Islands

Boardwalk Fury

A giant wave explodes against the boardwalk breakwall during an April ice storm, sending spray high into the air.  It was like walking the base of Niagara falls – I’m still drying out.

Flooded patio set, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Table For Two II

Sometimes humour is the best way to deal with a dire situation.  Thanks, Ken.

Epic sunset, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Epic Sunset

An April storm system rolls through Toronto, leaving an epic sunset in its wake (click image to view larger).


Frost flowers in front of the Rapids Queen, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Flowers for the Queen

Frost flowers adorn the ice in front of the Rapids Queen.

Snowy owl on ice, Outer Harbour, Toronto Islands

Snowy Striations

A snowy owl rests  on the ice south of the boardwalk, by Snake Island.

Ice sculpture formation, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

The Forming

Waves break against the navigation light at the end of Ward’s beach in -20°C weather, building up layers of ice to form a new version of this previous ice sculpture.


Ferry William Inglis in ice, Inner Harbour, Toronto Islands

Early Ice-in

William Inglis makes her way through a frozen inner harbour, approaching Wards Island.

Black-crowned night heron moonlight silhouette, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Moon Heron II

A black-crowned night heron stands in perfect silhouette against reflected light from the rising full moon.

Traffic circle unforest, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

The Unforest

Christmas trees haunt the traffic circle before the annual Equinox bonfire of 2012.


Red fox in snow, Algonquin Island, Toronto Islands

Snowbound

The eyes say it all, as this red fox stares down the camera.

Ferry Ongiara, Inner Harbour, Toronto Islands

Steamy Ongiara

The Ongiara makes her way through thick steam thrown up by an almost 30°C temperature drop.

Beaver, South Island, Toronto Islands

Almighty Branch

Floating in the kayak beside the RCYC’s southern island (what do they call that island?), I came across a type of beaver behaviour that I’ve never seen before.  Usually they chew on things that they can reach easily, but these branches were just a little too far out of reach.


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