Posts Tagged ‘rain’

For a number of reasons, I started walking late yesterday.
It was overcast and the the light was flat.

a woman on the sidewalk, with people on the other side of the street in the background

  There were a few people sitting around and/or hanging out – on their phones, alone with their thoughts,  meeting with friends, or just passing by.

three people, two sitting, one smoking and the other on her phone. The third person is male, lying down with head on lap of woman on her phone, outside,

Catching moments and freezing them in time – is that what photography is?   To call the images random would be farfetched.  They are edited starting from the first decisions such as where to aim the camera and at what moment do I take the picture.   But they are candid in that the people are unaware, unposed, and to me, more natural.  These women are just hanging out outside the Eaton Centre, together, yet separate.  Are they waiting for someone?  What is the woman on far left reacting to?

women in head scarves standing beside glass window of a store, other women walking past

men sitting on a bench, a woman walking past

As I mentioned above, the light was flat.  It was a grey afternoon and that is always a challenge.  As the day becomes darker, the ambient light provide by windows increases.

below: Is it my imagination or is her neck longer than most?  I don’t think that I’d be able to wear four leather rings around my neck even if I wanted to.

head of a mannequin in a store window, white, large sunglasses, leather rings around her neck

As I was processing some of my photos, I got to thinking about my grandmother.  I remember driving with her at dusk and into the early night.  She would get excited about being able to look into people’s windows after they’d turned on their lights but before they’d closed their curtains.  We could only get a quick glimpse as we passed by – were there pictures on the wall?  What was on TV?  What were the people doing?  But even that was enough to spark our imaginations and we would create stories about the possible lives of the people in those houses.

below: Talking at the bar

from the outside, looking into a bar. Line of bottles on a back lit shelf, two women takling near the window

below: Sitting at Timmies

three people at Tim Hortons, sitting at a table. Seen from the outside, a poster on the window blocks the view of one of the people

Night windows offer a different view.  Things that are hidden during the day become visible.

below:  Interior renovations in progress

looking in the window of a construction site, two ladders, square panes of interior glass on a wall

below: The mundane and austere railing and fluorescent light in the stone bank building caught my attention.  As I was lining up the shot I noticed the woman (who had obviously noticed me first).

evening, from outside, a lit window in a bank of Nova Scotia building shows a hand rail, a woman stands outside the window

people in the midst of getting on and off a streetcar

two people, slightly out of focus pass by a lit window

And then it started to rain.  My feet were getting wet and my umbrella wasn’t big enough so I called it quits and went home.

a woman holding an umbrella crosses the street

red chairs and white tables in an empty restaurant

Well, that was quite a weekend.  An April winter storm with snow, sleet, ice pellets, freezing rain, and even some just plain rain.   The streets were icy and the sidewalks were slushy and wet.   Chunks of ice have fallen off roofs, tree branches have broken off with the weight of the ice that formed on them.  And then there was the wind that blew hard.   Of course I went out!

hazy, blurry picture of a person walking with an umbrella up Yonge street with other people, cars, wet sidewalk,

below: Dressed in our April finery. Black parkas.

people walking in the rain, downtown Toronto

below:  There is a small, but interesting, exhibit at the Toronto Reference Library at Yonge and Asquith that I wanted to see.  It’s called ‘Toronto Revealed’ and it’s in the TD Gallery on the main floor.   It features drawings and paintings of Toronto’s past.

sign in the window of the Toronto Reference library re the display at the TD gallery, Toronto Revealed, pictures and paintings of Toronto in the past

below: One of the paintings in the exhibit is this one, ‘Cherry Street Hotel’ by Gerard Lazare (1978).  The Cherry Street Hotel was built in 1890 at the corner of Cherry and Front Streets.  It later became the Canary Restaurant (1965-2010).  The building is still there but it stands empty.

painting of the Canary restaurant on the corner of Cherry and Front streets

below: There was a display of small artworks by Nicholas Hornyansky (1896-1965), including this one of St. James Cathedral (1938).  Hornyansky was born in Hungary and immigrated to Canada in 1929.  He is known for the etchings and aquatints (another print making technique) that he did of Toronto buildings and landscapes.

small framed painting of Saint James cathedral in Toronto, by Nicholas Hornyansky, painted in 1938 .

below: Most of the paintings were very realistic (documentary) except this one – a wacky view of Bloor Street looking west from Yonge towards Bay by Carlos Marchiori, painted in acrylic in 1976.   Even then, it is fairly true to reality.  The darker tower on the right is on the NW corner of Bloor and Yonge.  Stollerys store (the low building on the SW corner) is long gone.

bright painting of city landscapre, Yonge & Bloor, bendy buildings, cars as coloured blobs on the streets, puffy clouds in bright blue sky, by Carlos Marchiori

While I was at the library, I wandered around and took a few pictures of its vast open spaces.  It was warm and dry!  I was expecting to be told to put my camera away, but no one seemed to care.

interior of the Toronto Reference Library from the fifth floor, semi circular tables, reddish carpet, open concept architecture, rows of books,

below: Most were too busy working to notice.

looking down an aisle between two stacks of books (book shelves), a woman is sitting at a table studying and writing, there is a window behind her

below: One more picture from the ‘Toronto Revealed’ exhibit is this painting of the intersection of King and Jarvis by Vernon Mould.   It was painted in 1979.  Was gas really 20 cents a gallon in 1979?  No! That was the year that prices went metric and a litre of gas was 20 cents.    I came back to this picture because I chose to chase down that intersection to see what it looks like today.

painting, in mostly brown tones of a three story building at the corner of King and Jarvis, Toronto, with a small gas station across the street, sign says gas 20 cents, 2 gas pumps,

below: Et voici, same intersection, approximately the same angle.  There is now a building (with a Second Cup on the ground floor) where Mould would have stood.   By the looks of it, the three storey brick building on the NE corner has been fixed up since 1979.  So glad to see that it hasn’t been replaced by a glass condo tower!

intersection of King and Jarvis, looking north, three story brick building,

below: I wanted to find out more about the building, so I googled Sportsman’s Shop and I found a wonderful old picture of it from the 1970’s, obviously taken before it was renovated.    Apparently, it was fixed up in the early 1980s.

old black and white photo of the Sportsmans Shop at 150 King East in Toronto, three storey brick building

photo credit: Gary Switzer, source: Urban Toronto

below:  The next photo was taken as I stood on the same corner of King and Jarvis, but pointing my camera in different direction – looking west on King towards St. James Cathedral.  This is the eastern limit of the King Street streetcar project which is why the multicoloured barricades block part of the righthand westbound lane.

looking west on King street from Jarvis, St. James Cathedral and park on the right, downtown towers and office buildings in the distance, rainy day, TTC streetcar,

below:  These women are waiting in the wrong place.  Although the city changed the location of the streetcar stops along King Street, the bus shelters haven’t been moved yet.   At least they were (sort of) out of the rain.   They soon realized their mistake.

below: Looking back, the prerequisite photo of a TTC streetcar through a rainy day window.

looking out the back window of a streetcar, rainy day, raindrops on the glass, another streetcar is passing by

It’s always better to end a blog post on a happy note, right?  It may be a dream (I hope not!) but spring can’t be too far away.  April showers bring May flowers, right?  On my second warm up stop I saw this cheerful, hopeful drawing tacked to a wall.   It was one of many on the wall, all the work of Maihyet Burton.  They were at the Artscape building at the Distillery District.

a pen and ink drawing of spring flowers, poppies, in blues and purples, and fiddleheads in bright green

below: Headed home again.

two people with their back to the camera wait on the subway platform as a train arrives

Don’t put away your boots and hats yet!

people walking past a window, dark outside, reflections of the traffic in the window

It was a rainy commute home for many people last night.  Not too miserable though, just enough drizzle to bring out a few umbrellas and create some wonderful reflections to play with.

woman with umbrella in the foreground, traffic on a rainy night in the background

two white cars in front of a stopped streetcar, 514 Cherry, new streetcar, in front of the Elephant and Castle bar on King Street, people sitting on the streetcar are visible, dark outside, wet and rainy evening

city street on a rainy night, pedestrians on the sidewalk, traffic, trees with autumn foilage, dark blue sky, lights in highrises

lights reflecting on a wet street, crosswalk

Lake Ontario is still higher than normal and one of the areas of the city most affected by this is Centre Island.   All of the islands have been flooded to some extent but the low lying Centre Island was the worst hit.

below: Sandbags along the shoreline by the Ward’s Island ferry dock.

sandbags along the shoreline by the Ward's Island ferry dock.

below: Sandbags in the water too.

three small trees are in the water, with sandbags at their bases, most of the sandbags are covered by water. on the shore of Lake Ontario, Toronto skyline is in the background

below: Ward’s Island beach

an empty lifeguard station on a flooded beach. it is in the water of Lake Ontario and is surrounded by water

Although the water level has gone down a bit since early May, large sections of Centre Island are still flooded.   The ferries to Centre Island and Hanlons Point are not running and the Centreville amusement park is closed.

below: The Centreville train tracks are under water.

a sign says danger stay off the bridge, sign is sitting in a pond of water caused by clooding of Centre Island, train tracks from the amusement park train ride are partially under water too

below: Waiting for the next train arriving on platform one. The train is late and it may be a long wait.

large white boats in the shapes of swans are stored on shore, beside a train track and station for the Centreville amusement park. It looks like the swans are waiting for a train

below: Making the bees go round!

a young woman site in a child's amusement park ride where the seats are the shape of bumblebees. her hands are in the air. Another woman is pushing the bee to make it go around like it would if the ride were were operating

below: The ducks are happy!  So are the geese, swans, and other wildlife (if you can call them wild!).   Carp have been seen spawning in the flooded areas.

a male mallard duck stands in a puddle of water outside a building with an open door and a red set of stairs.

yellow fire hydrant in a pond created by flooding. buildings of the amusement park, centreville, are in the background

two blue benches back to back in a flooded section of a park, lots of trees also in the water, reflections, another bench in the background.

picnic tables are stacked in piles beside the water, willow trees and a red maple are also in the picture

picnic tables in a flooded section of a park

below: This is the view across to the Royal Canadian Yacht Club which is on its own island. Two chairs hang overhead.  In the background is the Toronto skyline.

view across channel towards island yacht club and then the Toronto skyline beyond,

below: The constantly changing Toronto Skyline as it is today.

a few shrubs along the flooded shoreline of Centre Island in the foreground with the Toronto skyline across the Inner Channel, CN Tower, Rogers Centre and many condos and office towers.

below: Waiting for the water to recede.  The Centre Island website says that the amusement park and all facilities (food vendors, washrooms, etc) are closed until further notice.

three muskoka chairs sitting in a line, a blue, yellow and pink chair. trees and grass behind them

stickers on a pole. One is a photo of an eye and eyebrow and the other is a drawing of a very pink face with crooked nose and open mouth with teeth showing.

Nathan Phillips Square, Saturday 19 November

A cold wet day.

people at a rally protesting against Donald Trump as President of the USA, a wet rainy day, looking out over Nathan Phillips Square with city hall, the 3D Toronto sign and many umbrellas

below: Stop the Fascists

a woman holds the American flag upside down.  The words stop the fascists have been added to the flag with tape .  a protest rally at Nathan Phillips Square on a rainy day

 three women at a protest against Donald Trump as American president, each with a protest sign, dressed for the rain.

people at a rally protesting against Donald Trump as President of the USA, a person in a mask like a mardi gras mask, and holding a green sign that says Georege Soros move on

a mother helps her daughter by holding an umbrella over her while the daughter holds a protest placard that she's made herself.

below: Make America Love Again

three women at a protest rally at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto, protesting against the election of Donald Trump as American president, each holding a sign, Still with her, no, and make america love again.

below:  We all share one atomosphere, one ocean, one earth

people at a rally protesting against Donald Trump as President of the USA, two people holding a banner with a 3D model of the earth with a sign that says We all share one atmosphere, one ocean , one earth, fossil fuels imperil all

below: Demand accountability from elected officals – stand up for the disempowered.

people at a rally protesting against Donald Trump as President of the USA, a young couple in clear rain ponchos each holds a brown cardboard sign

below: Greenpeace

people holding a large greenpeace banner at a rally to protest against Donald Trump

below: We are the Storm and we will leave light in our wake.

people at a rally protesting against Donald Trump as President of the USA, a man holds up an orange sign with black letters that say We are the storm and we will leave light in our wake

below: “Not fit for president, wake up America!”

people holding protest signs, talking to the police on duty at the rally to protest against Donald Trump

below: Nathan Phillips Square during the rally.

people at a rally protesting against Donald Trump as President of the USA, a wet rainy day, looking out over Nathan Phillips Square with city hall, the 3D Toronto sign and many umbrellas

below: Canada rejects bigotry

people at a rally protesting against Donald Trump as President of the USA, a woman in a yellow raincoat holds two signs, one says Trump FYI Canada rejects bigotry and the other says Trump no to you divisiveness, sexual assault and racism

below: Nastywoman hashtag in action

people at a rally protesting against Donald Trump as President of the USA, a woman wears a sign around her neck that says Love trumps hate #nastywoman

below: Can’t comb over sexism and bigotry

people at a protest rally a woman holds a sign that says You Can't comb over sexism and bigotry

below: Trans Lives Matter and Love Trumps Hate

people at a rally protesting against Donald Trump as President of the USA, a young couple with placars. One says Trans lives matter and the other is painted in rainbow stripes with the words Jove Trumps Hate written on it.

below: One giant step backwards

three women at a protest rally against Trump and US politics, holding a sign that says 1 giant step backwards. Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, rainy day

below: With butterflies, hearts and sparkles

a person wearing a v for venegence mask with little red hearts, a buttefly and some sparkly bits added to it.

below: Bersih demonstrators join the rally. This group is calling for the resignation of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak

a small group of people posing for a picture with the Malaysian flag and some protest signs that say berish.

below: Trump Election: Byproduct of Obama/Clinton Neoliberalism – Bolshevik Tendency

bolshevik tendency group with signs at a protest rally

#trumprally | #lovetrumpshate | #nastywoman

Pride Week 2015

Most of these photos are from the Dyke March on Saturday, both of the people walking in the parade and the people who came out in the rain to watch the parade.  And rain it did.  But there were still lots of smiles and lots of laughter. 

 

Three young women standing in the rain as the watch a Dyke march parade.  One is wearing a red poncho and one is holding a sign that says " Can't rain on my parade"

Three women are holding a large banner that says 'Dyke March Toronto 2015' that has been crocheted and sewn together.

Group of women riding bikes in a parade on a rainy city street as part of a dyke march, pride week event.

motorcycles in the rain, dyke march parade, down Yonge St. in Toronto

A group of women walking in a dyke march on a rainy city street.  Two of the women are carrying a banner that says "Fifty + Toronto"

A couple in blue garbage bags as rainwear are standing in front of a billboard on which there is a picture of a woman.
pride dyke march, dykes on bikes, woman in bright yellow raincoat rides a bicycle that is pulling a trailer

pride week, dyke march, woman on a bike is holding a sign with a red AIDS ribbon and the words 'friends for life'

motorcycles in the rain, dyke march parade, down Yonge St. in Toronto

Two men watching a parade on a rainy afternoon.  One is holding a camera and is standing behind a concrete barricade.   The other man is standing on the barricade and cheering and clapping.

A group of women on bikes are riding in a dyke march, pride week.  The march has temporarilty stopped and three photographers are standing in front of the riders taking their picture.  The woman in front is topless and she has drawn a picture of a bike on her breasts.

pride week, dyke march, a grey haired woman is carrying a pink sign that says 'G'day from Australia' and behind her is a couple of young women sharing a gren umbrella

Three people on a sidewalk.  A man in a black and grey hoodie who is looking at the two women beside him.  One woman is in a multicoloured tutu and an orange sweatshirt.   She is looking at her phone.  The other woman is wearing an ornage skirt and a yellow sweater

Two men in colourful and glamorous drag are standing on a sidewalk in the rain.  They are each holding a clear umbrella.  A girl is standing beside them with an astonished look on her face.

A line of people walking in the Dyke March, pride weekend.  Two women are holding a rainbow flag.  antother woman is pushing a stroller.  Two of them are holding rainbow umbrellas.

motorcycles in the rain, dyke march parade, down Yonge St. in Toronto
A group of people standing on a sidewalk in the rain as they watch a parade.   They are standing in front of a Mind Games store .

Pride week, Dyke march, a woman is carrying a pink sign that says "womens strength and courage has nothing to do with mens balls"

a woman in a red jacket with a red purse and a pink umbrella

Rear view of two well built men who are wearing just their briefs.  they have words painted on their backs, "Hero fit" and "be a #diesel hero".  They are standing in front of a Trojan booth, pride week display.

A couple is at an ATM on the side of the TD Canada Trust bank.  A large rainbow has been painted around it for pride week.

Two women, both smiling.  One is holding an umbrella and has a bow in her hair.  The other is also under the umbrella.

Croft Street is not a street, but it’s more than a lane.

It runs between Harbord Street and College Street, just west of Bathurst Street.  Although there are many different interesting things to be seen when you walk along this street, I have chosen to focus on the street art for this blog post.   The following is a selection of what I saw.

large piece of street art on a couple of garage doors.

surveying the scene

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a large piece of street art on a garage door.

a closer look

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large piece of street art on a garage door, in purples and greys.  Above the garage door is a rusted metal wall.

paint and rust

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Blue garage door with the words can't sleep so I write written on it.   There is also a stick figure drawing of a girl with a can of spray paint in her handof a girl

can’t sleep so I write

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mural showing two red brick houses, a small grey apartment building and a green street sign that says Harbord St.

Harbord street sign

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Did you know our Monty the cat? King of Croft and all that (Ask your dog.  Ask your cat) Did you give him a pet Once you had met? Or tickle his soft silken tum tum? Did he tell you his tale in articulate meow And share his affection with a rub of his brow? His loss here has left us really quite blue But remembering all of those of YOU Who knew how to share a sweet kindness true Who would pause on the way,  In midst of each day, To offer wee beastie  affectionate feastie In Memory of Monty Thank you!

Did you know our Monty the cat?
King of Croft and all that
(Ask your dog. Ask your cat)
Did you give him a pet
Once you had met?
Or tickle his soft silken tum tum?
Did he tell you his tale in articulate meow
And share his affection with a rub of his brow?
His loss here has left us really quite blue
But remembering all of those of YOU
Who knew how to share a sweet kindness true
Who would pause on the way,
In midst of each day,
To offer wee beastie
affectionate feastie
In Memory of Monty
Thank you!

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Mural painted on the side of a garage.  It has been painted to look like a red brick wall.  In the wall is a yellow window and a black cat is standing on the window sill.

painted cat on painted window sill on painted brick wall

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Mural on a garage door showing a large group of people of many different races.  There is a TTC street car in the center of the crowd.  Some people are waving flags - a Canadian flag, a German flag, and a Union Jack

on the streets of Toronto

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An old wood door and wall with faded graffiti on it.

hidden doorway

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Street art on a garage door showing large stylized fruit with faces on them.  A yellow banana, an orangish pink pear and apple and two other pieces of yellow fruit.

tutti frutti

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A graffiti picture of a boy who is wearing a black and white striped sweater.  Shown from the hips up.  His hands are on his hips.  It is on a white garage door.

with hands on hips and with added words

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brown garage door, brown front door and rusty brown mail box.  On the garage door is a piece of street art with orange and blue blobs.  The front door is decorated with a grid made of metal strips.

art at the front door

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Mural on a garage door showing a man like figure made of leaves and other greenery.  He is surrounded by, of made up of,  flowers and plants

greenery

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A stencil graffiti of a stylized face in black and white.  It is on a very red wall.

black and white and red all over

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Here I stand in silence but the patter of the rain who I was, you'll never know; my triumph

Here I stand in silence
but the patter of the rain
who I was, you’ll never know;
my triumph

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A stencil graffiti of a woman's head. She has shoulder length hair and she is staring straight ahead with a stunned look on her face.

staring eyes

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graffiti of a man's face.  The mouth is actually a mail slot in a door.

mail man

At the south end of the street, there is a large red, white and blue mural by posr.  I have not included it in this blog post because it warrants a post of its own.  It’s the next blog post, or the URL is https://mcfcrandall.wordpress.com/2013/11/05/posr-on-croft-street/

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