Floodwaters reflect trees and the Toronto skyline after sunset, Olympic Island, Toronto Islands


Floodwaters reflect trees and the skyline after sunset. This is the scene from the middle of Olympic Island, where the water was deep enough to kayak clear across the island. Click image to view larger.

Flooded firehall, 235 Cibola Ave., Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

235 Cibola

The lagoon floods Cibola during the Flood of 2019, creating a perfect reflecting pool for the new firehall.

Toronto skyline panorama during earth hour 2016, Centre Island, Toronto Islands

Earth Hour 2016

The camera causes the Toronto skyline to glow deceptively brightly during Earth Hour 2016.  While it wasn’t obvious that many people turned out their home lights for the hour, it is the one hour a year where no corporate logos are lit.  Besides the CN Tower and Skydome being dark, the CIBC, Scotiabank, TD, Westin, […]

Toronto skyline reflected in black ice, Inner Harbour, Toronto Islands

Toronto Iceline 2015

Almost perfect black ice on the inner harbour reflects the Toronto skyline, lit by the incredible blue of a January day.  Get out your skates. Click image to view larger.

Mallard duck reflection, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

The Colours of Spring

A male mallard shines bright on water still reflecting the dull browns of early spring.

Sleeping mallard ducklings, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands


Mallard ducklings sleep on a log in Snug Harbour, oblivious to the world around them.

Mossy painted turtle, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Painted Moss

Covered in weeds and moss, a painted turtle basks on a log near Snug Harbour.

Adolescent black-crowned night heron reflection, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Night Reflections

An adolescent black-crowned night heron hunts for fish, reflected perfectly in the calm waters of the lagoon at almost 10:00pm.

Hunting adolescent night heron, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Heron Pose

The camera turns night into day as an adolescent black-crowned night heron hunts on a log at almost 10:00pm, head down, standing motionless for minutes at a time waiting for fish to swim by.

Black ice panorama, Toronto Outer Harbour, Toronto Islands

Distant City

Zeke and a friend light up the fabled black ice of 2005, seen here at sunset about half a kilometer off of the boardwalk. Click image to view larger.

Beaver, Algonquin Island, Toronto Islands


A beaver swims past the shores of Algonquin, its face perfectly reflected in the calm waters of May.

Old Squaw duck, Algonquin Island, Toronto Islands

Numbered Days

And old squaw duck pauses between fishing dives, perfectly reflected in the lagoon’s surface.  Their days here this 2010-11 season are already numbered, as migratory birds begin to return to the Islands and increase competition for food.

Mallard ducklings, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Ducks in a Row

Mallard ducklings prepare to go head to head with the turtles, in the “we can fit more on a log than you” category.

Mallard duckling, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands


A mallard duckling starts to look a bit ratty as its baby fur gives way to adult feathers.

Mallard duck reflection, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Spring Colours

Some of the earliest colours of Spring, a mallard duck swims in the low sunlight of snug harbour.

Beaver reflection, Snake Island, Toronto Islands

Mirror Mirror

A beaver swims in an opening in the lagoon ice, still partially frozen in early March.

Swimming muskrat, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Of Green and Black

A muskrat reflects perfectly in the dark waters off of Snake Island.

Toronto skyline panorama, Centre Island, Toronto Islands

Empty Spaces

Shooting this panorama from my perch on Centre Island, the changing shape of the skyline struck me: I could count 22 construction cranes in the sky, and within a couple of years many of the empty spaces currently visible will be filled in by new development. As recently as 2003, there was almost nothing to […]

Reflected painted turtle, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Mirror Image

A painted turtle basking on a log reflects perfectly in the calm waters of Snug harbour.

Swimming eastern fox snake, Jones Island, Georgian Bay

Surface Tension

An eastern fox snake reflected perfectly in the calm waters of a high pressure system. Tagged as related, this fellow was photographed just south of Parry Sound. Eastern fox snakes aren’t found this far south, it’s just a shot that’s so cool I had to share.

Painted Turtle, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Lazy Reflections

The first painted turtle of 2008 basks on a log in the strengthening sunlight of late March.  There’s still ice on the water at this point, and I’m always amazed that they can come out of hibernation at a time when full winter paddling gear is still required. Gloves, pogies, paddling jackets and PFDs are […]

Toronto skyline panorama, Center Island, Toronto Islands

City of Lights IV

A perfectly calm inner harbour reflects the lights of Toronto’s brilliant skyline. This panorama is available as a special 8×18″ panoramic print, see Boutique Pricing for details.

Snug Harbour in infrared, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Snug Harbour IR

Snug Harbour glows in the eerie light of infrared.

Baby map turtle, Snake Island, Toronto Islands

Pagoda Baby

A baby map turtle, only about four inches long, basks on a log off of Snake Island.