Christmas Boutique 2011

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


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.

Sunrise twilight panorama of Toronto skyline, Centre Island, Toronto Islands

Golden Hour I

Sunrise on the Toronto skyline yields lovely pastel contrasts as seen from Centre Island in this 2011 update to the skyline series.  The Port Lands still remain conspicuously absent from the image, but the sky cranes are moving steadily eastward:  how many years until this is a historical photograph?

Napping mallard ducklings, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Gimme Shelter

A mallard duck naps on a log with her three young ducklings.

Northern pike underwater, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Painterly Cruising

A signature photograph for the FishEYE II:  a northern pike cruises its spawning grounds, waiting for the water to warm up to about 9°C to start the main event.  The lagoons are still frigid, hovering around the 5-6°C mark.

Flowering Snowdrop, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Snowdrop Rain

Fresh from a March rain, a lovely early snowdrop prepares to flower on Third St.

Winter beaver, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands


A beaver, awkward on land, pushes its way through the snow on Ward’s beach.

Ward's beach geyser, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Old Faithful

Another Ward’s beach geyser erupts into strong sidelight.  After each session of shooting in -18°C weather, the cameras would be coated in ice and require careful defrosting for several hours near a constant heat source.

Great egret in flight, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Tuck and Stretch

A great egret stretches its wings, taking flight near Doughnut Island.

Eastern Gap breakwall, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

End of the Road

The breakwall that defines the eastern gap continues to crumble into the inner harbour.  Here a lonely bollard awaits its fate, many of its siblings already lying submerged beneath the icy waters.

Ward's beach geyser, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Sunset Eruption

Like Old Faithful, a newly-formed geyser on Ward’s beach erupts into a million points of light under the full pressure of an incoming wave.

Ferry Ongiara, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

1830 to the City

The Ongiara streaks to the city at 6:30 P.M., punching through the January ice in this two-minute exposure.

Backlit cormorant, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands


A cormorant creates a partial eclipse of the sun by Doughnut Island, momentarily turning day into night in the camera.

Red fox in snow, Algonquin Island, Toronto Islands


The eyes say it all, as this red fox stares down the camera.

Ferry Ongiara, Inner Harbour, Toronto Islands

Steamy Ongiara

The Ongiara makes her way through thick steam thrown up by an almost 30°C temperature drop.

Snug Harbour in infrared, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Snug Harbour IR

Snug Harbour glows in the eerie light of infrared.

Toronto Island Community, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Island Community 2008

A majority of the Toronto Island community comes together for a group portrait on Gala Day, 2008. This panorama is available as special 36″ or 48″ wide panoramic prints, see Boutique Pricing for details.

Great egret, Hanlan's Point, Toronto Islands

Poise on Black

A snow-white great egret stands in full sunlight, against a perfectly black background of deep shade. This panorama is available as a special 8×18″ panoramic print, see Boutique Pricing for details.

Beaver, South Island, Toronto Islands

Almighty Branch

Floating in the kayak beside the RCYC’s southern island (what do they call that island?), I came across a type of beaver behaviour that I’ve never seen before.  Usually they chew on things that they can reach easily, but these branches were just a little too far out of reach.

Goose on nest, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands


A goose sits on her nest near Doughnut Island, surrounded by down blown off the nest by high winds.

Equinox Bonfire, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Thermonuclear Equinox

A Christmas tree goes nuclear at the annual beach bonfire (thanks Alice!) celebrating the Spring Equinox.  There’s a lot of potential energy stored in a Christmas tree, especially after drying out for three months.  Don’t try this at home, kids.

Mallard duckling, Algonquin Island, Toronto islands

Green Seas

A mallard duckling swims on the reflected colours of June.