Landscapes

Deconstruction of the breakwall, eastern gap, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Bollard No More

PortsToronto (née the Toronto Port Authority) has begun removal of the northern portion of the eastern gap breakwall.  Here the upper surface has been reduced to rubble, which will get moved to the south side of Tommy Thompson park.  You can view it prior to demolition here and here.

Lake Ontario frozen to the Horizon, Center Island, Toronto Islands

The Frozen

Thin ice on Lake Ontario stretches to the horizon during a -22°C cold snap.

Sunrise over fresh ice in front of the Leslie St Spit, Center Island, Toronto Islands

Icerise

The sun rises over fresh ice off the boardwalk during a -22°C cold snap.


Heavy steam rises above the break wall, Ward's Beach, Toronto Islands

Breakwall

Heavy steam rises above the breakwall at the end of Ward’s beach during a -22°C cold snap.

Duck fishing in front of Leslie St Spit, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Spit Steam

A lone duck fishes in the steam off of Ward’s beach during a -22°C cold snap.

Beach covered in ice, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Transformation

Ward’s Beach is transformed into an alien landscape during a -22°C cold snap.


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.

Eastern gap under heavy steam and frost, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Eastern Steam Bath

Steam and frost shroud the Eastern gap during a -25°C cold snap.

Ferry Ongiara in heavy steam, Inner Harbour, Toronto Islands

Steamy Ongiara 2016

Ongiara sails into heavy steam during a -25°C cold snap.


Breakwater covered in ice, Centre Island, Toronto Islands

Breakwater Dusk

Dramatic lake effect clouds shroud Lake Ontario as it freezes in -25°C temperatures.

Log Ness Monster entombed in ice, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

The Log Ness Monster

Tyler’s Log Ness Monster lies entombed in ice at the end of Ward’s Beach, after a week of cold temperatures and high wind.

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.


31 Seneca Ave, Algonquin Island, Toronto Islands

The New Style

Twilight settles over the 2012 Toronto skyline as seen from the front lawn of 31 Seneca Ave.

Traffic circle unforest, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

The Unforest

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

Heavy ice on boardwalk, Centre Island, Toronto Islands

Shroud

Trees coated in ice frame the Centre Island pier after a particularly heavy winter storm.


Toronto skyline panorama framed by tree silhouettes, Olympic Island, Toronto Islands

Winter Bones I

Barren trees on Olympic Island perfectly frame a December twilight over Toronto.

Aircraft trails over Toronto skyline, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Porter Painting

Aircraft streak through Toronto’s night sky in a three-hour combined exposure.  It certainly looks like there’s been a marked increase in air traffic since this similar image taken back in March.

Pier at sunrise, Centre Island, Toronto Islands

Pier Sunrise

The Centre Island pier stands in stark silhouette against the colours of a predawn October sky.


Ice covered sign, Centre Island, Toronto Islands

No Access

Signs and trees lie entombed in ice at the end of the boardwalk after a wicked winter storm in 2004.

Ice covered bench, Centre Island, Toronto Islands

Bench

A bench makes for a chilly seat after a wicked winter storm in 2004.

Frozen emergency station, Centre Island, Toronto Islands

Don’t Fall In

Lifesaving gear on the boardwalk sits useless, encrusted with heavy ice, after a good winter storm in 2004.


Toronto skyline airplane trails, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Directions

A two-hour stacked exposure turns the late-March Toronto skyline into a fine web of aircraft trails.  The Island airport can be seen at the left of the image, glowing with its myriad of takeoffs and landings. Porter Airlines can be seen following their usual east-wind takeoff pattern, from the airport directly to the top-right side […]

Black Ice, Inner Harbour, Toronto Islands

Day Ice

Scrubbed clean by high winds, the inner harbour is nothing but black ice all the way to the city.

Ward's beach in winter, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

The Village

Like an arctic Smurf village, Ward’s beach assumes improbable shapes amidst a February cold snap.


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