Lagoon Report XXXVII

Injured red eared slider turtle, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Slider Damage 2020

Meet Chopper, a red-eared slider that I’ve been following for years. Chopper had an unfortunate run-in with a propeller, but is healing very nicely. Here’s Chopper back in 2018, and 2016. Click image to view larger.

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.

Snowy owl, Gibraltar Point, Toronto Islands

Gibraltar Snow

A snowy owl perches on a large branch at Gibraltar Point. Click image to view larger.


High winds on ice unsafe sign, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Municipal Code

High winds drive spray high over an Ice Unsafe sign in front of the Rapids Queen.

Phone booth at water's edge under stormy skies, Gibraltar Point, Hanlan's Point, Toronto Islands

Spare a Quarter?

A Bell phone booth sits at the water’s edge by Gibraltar Point under moody skies. Official Ontario provincial government satellite data shows the water 140 feet further out – a stark reminder of just how high the water levels are heading into 2020. Click image to view larger.

Long exposure aircraft trails over Toronto skyline, Wards Island, Toronto Islands

The Longest Night 2019

Aircraft streak over the Toronto skyline on the longest night of the year, winter solstice 2019. Click image to view larger.


Snow fence and Montessori shed, Ward's Island, Toronto Island

Snow Fence

A dusting of snow caps the snow fence and Montessori shed on Ward’s.

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.

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