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. […]

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 […]

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.

Sprinting mink, Blockhouse Bay, Toronto Islands

Mink Sprint

A mink, exposed in the open, sprints to safety across the thinning ice of Blockhouse Bay (click for larger image).

Cormorant Skull, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Cormorant Revealed

The pristine skull of a cormorant gives up its secrets on Ward’s beach.  The top half of the bill is hinged just in front of the eyes, and the lower half of the jaw is jointed in almost the same place to help swallow larger prey.

STS-133 SRB Separation, LC-39A, Kennedy Space Centre

Staging Progression

About two minutes after liftoff in a sequence called “staging”, Discovery’s SRBs (Solid Rocket Boosters) separate from the External Tank to begin their parachute-controlled decent to the ocean below for recovery. (Click image to view larger.)

STS-133 SSME Stabilization, LC-39A, Kennedy Space Centre

SSME Stabilization

Space shuttle Discovery’s SSMEs (Space Shuttle Main Engines) stabilize after ignition in this sequence.  From left to right, the rough orange flame stabilizes to form a smooth blue flow, displaying the characteristic “Mach diamonds”, formed by the supersonic flow of the engine’s exhaust.

Mink skull, Sans Souci, Georgian Bay

Mink Details

The carnivorous details of a perfectly preserved mink skull, found in the Sans Souci region of Georgian Bay.

Feeding great egret, Hanlan's Point, Toronto Islands

Egret ABCs

Great egrets do the most fantastic then when they catch and swallow a fish — all of their feathers stand on end. In this progression, an egret catches a fish (left), swallows (centre), and totally punks out (right).

Juvenile racoon multi-exposure, Hanlan's Point, Toronto Islands

Entrail Spaghetti

A juvenile racoon, in fact this fellow, sucks back a tasty morsel from a long-dead carp near the IYC as if it were designer Italian pasta.

Feeding great egret, Snake Island, Toronto Islands

Egret Ruffle

A great egret shows off its ability to stand every feather on end after swallowing a fish near Snake Island. Tagged as a b-roll photograph, this was taken far too late in the evening for any decent sort of light.