Technical

Ongiara Drydock

  Ongiara finally makes her way into drydock, almost a month behind schedule.  Pumpout of the drydock was estimated at 1-2 hours, but ended up lasting over four hours, finishing up long after dark.

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.

Earth Hour 2012 Toronto Skyline Luminosity Comparison, Centre Island, Toronto Islands

Toronto Luminosity

Careful processing of Earth Hour 2012 photography yields a direct luminosity comparison of the Toronto skyline.  Taken at the same place at 8:45pm, the top image was photographed on March 29 and the bottom image during Earth Hour on March 31. Conspicuously absent are the Dome and CN Tower lights, and almost all corporate logos. […]


Northern pike underwater, Deep Pike Cut, Toronto Islands

Pikeflections

A mature northern pike swims in the shallows, reflected in the surface of water less than 6″ deep.

Garter snake portrait, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

A Face A Mother Could Love

A garter snake emerges into the sunshine of an early spring day after a winter spent slumbering below ground.

Venus and Jupiter conjunction with star and aircraft trails, Gibraltar Lighthouse, Toronto Islands

A Modern Classic

Venus and Jupiter swing together in conjunction past the Gibraltar Point lighthouse.  Together with star and aircraft trails, they form a unique ceiling of light over the oldest existing lighthouse on the Great Lakes.


Northern pike underwater, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

A Day in the Life

A day in the life of an underwater camera as a young northern pike, muskrat, and painted turtle cruise past in the lagoon’s murky depths.

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Well Blow Me Down

Strong winds turn normally placid Lake Ontario into pounding surf, completely inundating Ward’s beach. 3 minutes 35 seconds.  24.1MB MP4.

Hunting coyote pair, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

The Coyote Times

A fleeting glimpse into the mysterious world of Toronto Island coyotoes: a remote camera catches a coyote pair hunting on the ice near Doughnut Island. Note: this is a compilation of several frames, showing them as the camera sees them. It is not a pack, it’s only one pair of coyotes imaged several times. Click […]


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Ice Dancing (timelapse)

Ice dances in the eastern gap in this roughly 1 hour timelapse, as the wind can’t make up its mind which way to blow.

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.

Jack Layton carved pumpkin, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Jack-O-Layton

Inese and Mike’s fabulous Jack-O-Layton lights up Hallow’s Eve, 2011.


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.

Hatching monarch butterfly and chrysalis, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Rebirth

A monarch butterfly stretches its wings for the very first time, mere hours after emerging from its chrysalis.

Bridge Jumping, Gala Weekend 2011, Algonquin Island, Toronto Islands

Gala Weekend 2011 – Bridge Jumping

Traditional bridge jumping from the Algonquin Island bridge on Gala Day 2011.


Atlantis launch STS-135, Kennedy Space Centre, Florida

Wonderful Profile

Space shuttle Atlantis leaps from the launch pad on the final flight of the space shuttle program as STS-135.  Burning over 20,000 lbs of fuel every second, Atlantis will accelerate to 28,000 km/h over the course of eight minutes.

STS-135 Atlantis launch, Kennedy Space Centre, Florida

Handoff to Houston

Space shuttle Atlantis clears the tower on the final launch of the space shuttle program, STS-135.  Once clear of the tower, control is transferred from the Kennedy Space Centre to Mission Control in Houston for the duration of the flight.

Atlantis Launch STS-135, Kennedy Space Centre, Florida

Monsoon Season

A remote camera set up on a dry lake bed captures space shuttle Atlantis clearing the tower during launch of STS-135. Heavy rains preceding launch day dramatically changed the nature of this photograph, turning the foreground from a brilliant landscape of caked and broken earth to something approaching a mudbowl.


Launch of STS-135 (audio)

The crackling thunder of space shuttle Atlantis’ twin Solid Rocket Boosters fades into the humid Florida sky during the final launch of NASA’s space shuttle program, STS-135, bringing the curtain down on a 30-year old technological marvel. Note:  if the audio player doesn’t appear, click the title (Launch of STS-135) to view the actual post.

Cicada, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Mothra

The colourful details of a summertime cicada, set against the weave of a nylon BBQ cover.

Sleeping snail, Algonquin Island, Toronto Islands

Sleeping Verticals

A snail grabs some shuteye on a horsetail stalk on Algonquin Island.


Wm. Lyon Mackenzie, Toronto Inner Harbour, Toronto Islands

Lyons & Ducks

The Wm. Lyon Mackenzie plows through February ice, as ducks swim in a small lead of open water steaming in the -20°C air.

Common carp, Pike Cut, Toronto Islands

Carp of Happiness

A common carp stares at the camera through the underwater gloom, looking like something out of Asian legends.

Sunfish, Hanlan's Point, Toronto Islands

Island Iridescence

Glowing like a pet store tropical fish, a sunfish swims past an underwater remote near Pike Cut. Clarity of the lagoons is already dropping as the water temperature rises.  This b-roll image looks mottled due to air bubble contamination on the lens port, a common problem in summertime.


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