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“Discover how to visit the past and bring yesterday’s stories into our lives today” ― Gillian Hovell I’ll start out by saying my trip to Spain late last summer left me breathless though more relaxed than I thought was possible given the distances covered and steps climbed. For a Canadian traveler to this ancient and interesting land was an incredible experience. I love history and to actually stand in these places and let… Read More

“As we journey through life, and along the roadways, we are often faced with things we don’t expect. How do we process those times and circumstances when an opportunity to observe and consider is presented?” –  Ed Lehming As a general rule, I don’t often photograph man-made items, unless they really interest me and the opportunity for deeper observation presents itself. So, here we go. As my wife and I recently travelled… Read More

This week’s submission to Norm 2.0‘s Thursday Doors. Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favourite door photos from around the world. “Belanger House Doors – Royal Ontario Museum” This is yet another museum door. Not a door to a museum, but a door ‘within’ a museum. I shared another one a few weeks ago. The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto has a section devoted… Read More

“The long roots of the peony strike deep into the past.” – Alice Coats Today I’m sharing a peony that I have many of and I don’t believe this is the first blossom either. Several blossoms opened a few days ago, so it’s hard to know. The plant itself came from abandoned (expropriated) farm near my home. The family who used to live there (Spangs) were close friends with my wife’s family… Read More

This week’s submission to Norm 2.0‘s Thursday Doors. Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favourite door photos from around the world. “Church of the Redeemer” – Toronto I have missed this beautiful door on the past few visits, as the church itself was undergoing renovations. The benefit to those renovations is that now we are presented with nicely restored doors. There is… Read More

“Who will bear witness to these small islands and oases of wildness as land is divided and sold to become strip malls, housing developments,and parking lots? What happens to the natural history here? We must bear witness.” ― Joni L. James The sky yesterday was unbelievable. I had a brief errand to run which put me on the road towards Uxbridge, Ontario. From my window, this scene unfolded and I had to… Read More

This week’s submission to Norm 2.0‘s Thursday Doors. Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favourite door photos from around the world. Yet another of many images made during my tour of the University of Toronto campus a few weeks ago The door above belongs to the University of Toronto’s “University College Building”. This building sites in the centre of the main campus. The plaque below can… Read More

“The problem with churches of all sorts, is that so often they ignore the key teachings of the Sermon on the Mount, like the doctrine of love. So often we ask God to be on our side instead of asking that we be blessed enough to be on His. That said, the wheat and the tares must grow up together, and in the days of harvest they will be separated properly.” ―… Read More

“Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.” ― Erol Ozan Back to Slabtown, who’s only claim to fame, at present, seems to be the bridge that crosses the York River. In days gone by, it must have been a thriving mill town. Today, not so much. At this point in the river’s journey, it has just passed through the Great Bend. A long, fairly slow flowing section of the river…. Read More

“When someone you love says goodbye you can stare long and hard at the door they closed and forget to see all the doors God has open in front of you.” ― Shannon L. Alder This week’s submission to Norm 2.0‘s Thursday Doors. Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world The image above is of yet… Read More

“God draws near to the brokenhearted. He leans toward those who are suffering. He knows what it feels like to be wounded and abandoned.” ― John D. Richardson A scene from along the roadside in rural Ontario. When I see stuff like this , I wonder what the story is. How did this old car get to its final resting spot under the canopy of the ancient maple. Did it just die… Read More

This week’s submission for For Thursday Doors – June 9, 2016 by Norm 2.0. Made at Toronto’s Distillery District. A flash back to Toronto’s past in this wonderfully preserved historical district. This particular door caught my attention, since it is quite high up. I imagine it would have been used as a loading door. I like the contrast of the bright green against the old red brick. Nikon D800 Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC… Read More

A very brief post for today, as I write from my hotel room in Niagara-on-the-Lake, sifting through all my photos and doing a quick edit. The image above was made from the Canadian side of the Niagara River, looking east towards Fort Niagara, on the American side. Beyond Fort Niagara, Lake Ontario stretches beyond the horizon, bright green in the sunshine. It’s hard to believe that just over 100 years ago, the two… Read More

“A world which sees art and engineering as divided is not seeing the world as a whole.” –  Sir Edmund Happold The varied and beautiful architecture in New York City took me completely by surprise. It must have been quite the place back in the late 19th century. I love fine details and could spend hours sitting in front of a building like this and drinking in all the fantastic stonework. It’s… Read More

“Life isn’t just about darkness or light, rather it’s about finding light within the darkness.” ― Landon Parham Another shot of the water tanks. I could not help myself. They are everywhere in New York City  and I have a strange fascination with them. This image shows the wooden variety and a steel tank on the same rooftop. My other observation about new York City is the abundance of soft reflected light. I… Read More

“The peculiar office structure appears to exercise a strange fascination over some minds, for not only do hundreds of people stand for five and ten minutes at a time looking up at it, but many of those who have detached themselves from the groups are obliged to return in a minute or two to examine the structure from another point of view” – New York Times, 1902 I completely understand what the… Read More

“He has made me wary of chronological snobbery. That is, he showed me that newness is no virtue and oldness is no vice. Truth and beauty and goodness are not determined by when they exist. Nothing is inferior for being old, and nothing is valuable for being modern.” ― John Piper One of the first things that I noticed while walking around New York was the wooden water tanks that topped most… Read More

Another long exposure from my visit to Toronto’s Casa Loma. This one is from the Conservatory. A bright spacious room, with a stunning stained glass domed roof. The Conservatory once once held beautiful plants in all seasons. Today it is largely empty but beautiful, nonetheless. The Conservatory is surrounded by large, ornate windows, has Italian marble floors in pink and grey and the walls are lined with pink Ontario marble, quarried in the… Read More

The city of Kingston, Ontario was a military outpost for many years. The War of 1812, between America and Britain (Upper Canada), caused to be built many fortifications. Among them Fort Henry and supporting structures such as several Martello Towers which still stand today, beautifully preserved. I had the opportunity this summer to tour one of these amazing structures, which at one time held about 20 soldiers to be on watch for,… Read More