Posts Tagged ‘Christmas decorations’

I’d heard that there were some Christmas lights brightening up the sky at Kew Beach.   What I didn’t know then was that this is now an annual tradition;  it was started by DeClute Real Estate in 2007.  Since there was still some daylight left, I started my walk at Woodbine Beach, a bit west of Kew.

snow fence beside Lake Ontario at Woodbine Beach

below:  Small waves crash over the rocks at the shore.

slow mo pic of waves crashing over a rock at the beach

below: Leuty Lifeguard Station closed up for the winter.

Leuty lifeguard station in late afternoon, snow fence, some snow on the ground, lights on,

below: Ready to run

between a snow fence and Lake Ontario, a woman is in the process of throwing a ball for her dog who anxiously awaits the throw

long snow fence running parallel to the shore at Woodbine beach in December, some snow, no people

sunset behind Lake Ontario at Woodbine Beach, snow fence, some snow on the ground

 

below:  Once I got to the Kew Beach boardwalk I discovered that there are other reminders that it is now December.   And what could be more appropriate than some Christmas decorations to add some cheer ? Pine and poinsettias on a bench.

bench decorated with fake pine, pine cones and a red poinsettia flower

below: Bright red ribbons tied around a small tree.

 

ribbons tied around a small tree trunk and branch, one red ribbon and one red and white striped ribbon, Christmas decorations

below: Shiny Christmas ornaments hanging from branches and a wreath on a tree trunk.

a shiny silver ball, Christmas ornament, hangs from a small tree, in the background is a red ball also hanging from the tree, as well as a green Christmas wreath attached to the trunk of the tree

below: More signs that Christmas is soon –  Some of the trees along the bike path and boardwalk at Kew Beach have been decorated with Christmas lights.   As the daylight begins to fade, the Christmas lights become more noticeable.

late afternoon as it starts to get dark, along the bike path at Kew Beach, some Christmas lights on a few of the trees

below: Looking back towards the city as the sun goes down.

looking towards downtown Toronto from the boardwalk at Woodbine beach, sunset, orange colour with small clouds, some snow on the ground

 

below: The mood and atmosphere of the beach changes as it gets dark outside.  The light shining on the Muskoka chairs highlights the pink and green colours and almost makes the chairs look translucent.

after dark, lights shining on two Muskoka chairs beside the boardwalk at Kew Beach

dusk, Kew Beach, snow, lights, snow fence, and trees,

night, Christmas lights on a tree

after dark, Christmas lights on tree, lights beside path, snow on the ground, small puddles on path

The lights remain until well into the New Year.  More information can be found on the Light Up the Beach website.

 

shiny green Christmas garland wrapped around part of a snow fence

The Christmas flower show at Allan Gardens conservatory is back,

which means lots of poinsettias…  over 30 varieties in fact.

 

many poinsettia plants on display, red ones, white ones and pink poinsettias

A rare purple glitter ball tree is also in bloom.

large purple Christmas balls with glitter on them, hanging from a tree

below: He has a carrot nose and a corn cob pipe,

cactus and succulents grown on a snowman shape, with a carrot nose and a corn cob pipe in its mouth, and a clay flowerpot for a hat - close up of the head
but he doesn’t look very frosty.  Maybe it’s the red vest that’s keeping the chill away.

cactus and succulents grown on a snowman shape, with a carrot nose and a corn cob pipe in its mouth, and a clay flowerpot for a hat - a vest of red flowering plants and surrounded by a circle of red poinsettias

below:  With its silver beak and its twiggy tail, this little fluffy bird perches on a palm tree.

A white bird decoration, not a real bird, with twigs for a tail and for his feet, is perched on the branch of a tree

below: Christmas greenery – ever green baubles hang from a vine.

green Christmas balls have been hung from a vine that is growing against the walls of a greenhouse.

below:  All bundled up for a toboggan ride down a mountain of poinsettias.

topiary in the shape of a person sitting on a wood toboggan, sitting in a pile of poinsettias

below:  Flowering Christmas cacti hang from the roof.

pink flowers on a Christmas cactus in a wood basket hanging amongst other cacti

In addition to the Christmas plants like poinsettias

close up of a few petals of a white poinsettia plant

and amaryllis,

three red amaryllis blossoms on a plant, standing tall

some of the conservatory’s usual cast of floral characters are on display, such as orchids

two white orchid blossoms in the foreground, red flowers out of focus in the background

and hibiscus plants.

close up of a red hibiscus flower

close up of a red hibiscus flower

close up of the stamen of an hibiscus plant