April flowers buried in ice crystals, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Ice Growth

Tiny April flowers lie buried under the ice crystals dropped by the last ice storm.

Early March Snowdrop, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands


One of the first Snowdrops to grace 2015 prepares to flower on Sixth St.

Frost flowers closeup, Eastern gap, Toronto Islands

Bundles of Love

Frost flowers cover perfect black ice in the Eastern gap.

Flowering Snowdrop, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Snowdrop Rain

Fresh from a March rain, a lovely early snowdrop prepares to flower on Third St.

Great Willow, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Monumental Willow

The Great Willow glows in the near-infrared, the sky turning almost jet-black under a cold January high pressure system.

Valentine Snowdrop, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Improbable Valentine

Be my valentine:  a snowdrop prepares to bloom improbably early in the season, on February 14th.

Underwater lilypads, Trout pond, Toronto Islands

Wet Sky

Easily mistaken for alien tendrils attacking planet earth, lily pads float on the surface of the trout pond as seen from a remote camera on the bottom of the lagoon.

Sunrise through the Great Willow, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Willow Sunrise

At winter solstice, the sun rises directly between the main limbs of the Great Willow in the Ward’s soccer field.

Day Lily, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Last Day Lily (timelapse)

One of the last day lilies of 2009 unfolds in this three-hour timelapse (click the play button to view the timelapse).

Early spring flower, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Yellow Blast

One of the earliest flowers to emerge spreads its yellow petals against the still winter-brown groundcover on Third St.

Radial Wonder

One of Cathy’s daisy-like flowers opens up in the brief daylight of November.

Flowering water lily, Franklin Island, Georgian Bay

Floral Nova

A water lily flowers in near-perfect symmetry. Tagged as related, this was photographed in the mineral-rich waters off of Franklin Island, Georgian Bay.

Flowering asparagus, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Asparagus Prep

Wild asparagus prepares to go to flower near the breakwall by Bayview Avenue. This monster was wonderful to watch grow, it reached six feet tall before storm winds blew it over causing irreparable damage.

Wild asparagus, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

A Guy Named Gus

The wild asparagus of Bayview Ave., here now almost three feet tall. Who knew they’d grow to be so big?

Morel mushroom, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Magic Mushroom

Belying their market value, morel mushrooms look for all the world like alien brains. This fine specimen, lit with off-camera strobes, made a world-class omelette.

Flowering snowdrop, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Bug’s Eye View

A bug’s eye view of a flowering snowdrop, not more than three inches from the ground and yet still caught in the light of the setting March sun.