Lagoon Reports

Full rainbow over Fifth St., Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Pot O’Gold

A full rainbow arcs over Fifth St. after a brief, but intense, thunderstorm. Click image to view larger.

Canadian F18, Captain Marson, CIAS 2019, Canadian International Air Show 2019, Hanlan's Point, Toronto Islands

Cpt. Marsons Is Missing

A Canadian CF-18 flies low over Hanlan’s Point. The rear seat, belonging to one Cpt. Marsons, is empty.

Red Arrows, CIAS 2019, Canadian International Air Show 2019, Hanlan's Point, Toronto Islands

Red Arrows

The UK’s Red Arrows fly in formation over Hanlan’s Point.


Pitts Special in front of Edge Walk, CN Tower, CIAS 2019, Canadian International Air Show 2019, Hanlan's Point, Toronto Islands

Edge Walk

Brent Handy gives people doing the Edge Walk a fine show in his Pitts Special.

Floodwaters reflect trees and the Toronto skyline after sunset, Olympic Island, Toronto Islands

Waterworld

Floodwaters reflect trees and the skyline after sunset. This is the scene from the middle of Olympic Island, where the water was deep enough to kayak clear across the island. Click image to view larger.

Floodwaters completely cover the Eastern Gap, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

The End

Floodwaters inundate the southeast corner of the Island. The Eastern Gap is completely underwater, and waves roll far inland through the wet meadow, to the bathrooms at the top of the soccer field.


Flooded picnic area fire pit in front of Toronto skyline, Olympic Island, Toronto Islands

Island Picnic

Floodwaters completely consume a fire pit on Olympic Island.

Stormclouds over sandbags in front of ferry docks, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Sandbag Stormclouds

Stormclouds roll over the sandbags lining the lagoon between the ferry docks and the water taxi landing.

The Wagenborg ship Aragonborg sails past the flooded eastern gap, Eastern Gap, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Aragonborg II

The Aragonborg sails past the flooded southern end of the Eastern Gap.


Flooded firehall, 235 Cibola Ave., Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

235 Cibola

The lagoon floods Cibola during the Flood of 2019, creating a perfect reflecting pool for the new firehall.

Car in floodwaters, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Lagoonside Parking

There’s always one: a truck sits in the floodwaters of 2019, just like this one in 2017. You could watch the water levels slowly drop by the algae marks on the tires.

Please do not walk on the sandbags sign, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Sandbag Seamus

Seamus walks past a sign entreating people to not walk on the sandbags lining Bayview Ave. They sure turn into a mess right quick if you do.


Floodwaters encroach on number 4 Channel Ave., Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Four Channel Ave

Floodwaters encroach on 4 Channel Ave. during the flood of 2019.

Flooded breakwater, Toronto skyline long exposure, Eastern Gap, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

The New Normal

Floodwaters begin to rise above the breakwall of the Eastern Gap in 2019.

Melanistic and common garter snake, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Black & Tan

Common garter snakes, one melanistic, emerge from their hibernaculum in the early Spring. 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.

Massive bonfire, Spring Equinox 2019, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Equinox 2019

Ringing in Spring in style down on the beach. Thanks again Alice!

Cold wind blowing at sunset, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

A Cold Wind

A bitter wind blows snow across the Ward’s traffic circle as the sun sets over the Rapids Queen. Click image to view larger.


Beaver chewing branch in hole in ice, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Beaver Chew

A beaver chews apart a heavy branch from a hole kept open in the lagoon ice. Click image to view larger.

Female bald eagle in tree, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Find The Eagle

When an eagle lands in a tree next to you, you darn well know it. Here a female bald eagle perches in a tree off of the RCYC. Click image to view larger.

Male bald eagle, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Bald Neighbour

A male bale eagle perches above Kathleen and Ali’s house at the corner of Channel and Third.


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.

Full lunar eclipse at totality 2019, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Wet Meadow Eclipse

The moon approaches totality over the wet meadow during the full lunar eclipse of January 2019. The -35°C wind chill was an added bonus.

Wood duck in January, Snake Island, Toronto Islands

A Woody January

The unlikely colours of a wood duck on a warm January day.


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