Monday, February 24, 2014

unwilling art on Queen St W with sun

Winter and strangers made of this bike an unwilling contemporary piece on Queen St W, particularly colourful under the setting sun's light on Sunday...




Sunday, February 23, 2014

"We Are Winter"

Ecstatic Canadians at Dundas Square celebrate Canada getting gold in men's hockey at the Sochi Winter Olympics, after gold in women's hockey, and gold in both men and women's curling.  As much as these games were an absolute shame for being held in a country that's been taking steps to criminalize non-heterosexuality, I was very happy to see my Canucks achieve a victory again at the sport they love most.  Go Team Canada!












Tuesday, February 18, 2014

In pursuit of the sun

I was walking around Sunday when I turned on Queen St W and received the warm setting sunlight on my face.  I couldn't but follow the sun until it was no more.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Winter sunset at the Toronto Islands

We had been waiting for the cosmic confluence of good weather and free time to go to the islands for a sunset, and Saturday was the day.  It was simply stunning...

From the ferry trip to Ward's Island, through ice so thick it had beautiful blue hues that reflected the soft sunlight...

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To this solitary emergency phone by the entrance to Snake Island...



To our favourite spot, the north shore of Snake Island, for a simply unbeatable sunset...





And a walk on the frozen water between Algonquin Island and Ward's Island, with boat-houses temporarily moored in the ice...



To one last look at Toronto while waiting for the ferry to go back.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Sunset

Yesterday, when walking to the cleaners, I turned a corner to find myself in front of a beautiful sunset.  I went back home and to the rooftop as quickly as I could.  Capturing sunsets properly with a camera is hard.  So is expressing the comforting feeling I had watching it.


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

gelid, welcoming, colourful New Scotland - VI

THE ASPOTOGAN PENINSULA


Our very last day in Nova Scotia it was not just sunny, but even warm!  Well, I mean, it was 2 ºC which, against the previous days' windchill of -18 ºC to -28 ºC, felt decidedly spring-like, if not summer-like.

So, with all the time in the world before our flight, we decided to finally take the Lighthouse Trail back from Lunenburg to Halifax.  The Lighthouse Trail is just a series of roads that extend east to west and that take you past a number of historic lighthouses.  On that specific stretch we were taking there were none, but I just wanted a relaxed, easy ride by the sea and past little towns instead of the monotony of the highway.

It was relaxed, indeed.  Not overly pretty, but still quaint.  Until we took a turn south down the Aspotogan Peninsula and we reached this really pretty spot, Northwest Cove.   How simple a list of things you need for a picturesque setting!  Some coloured houses, a boat, a frozen cove, some sun, and voilà!  The perfect good-bye to our Nova Scotia winter experience!





So, against all odds, and even though we obviously didn't see the province in its glorious fiery red autumn glory, this was one amazing trip in a beautiful province with some of the most famous spots in Canada.  Super fine, eh?










Sunday, February 09, 2014

Voodoo Child

Good espresso in cute glasses.  A simple place with plenty of attention to detail (think Danish hugelig meets Japan).  And always a good-looking, stylish, young Asian man tending the place.  A good end to a Saturday night.  Oh, and a ginger scone to boot. ;-)

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Vomiting rainbows

A pretty face.  Style.  Poise.  And composture while vomiting unto a canvas the brightly coloured shakes she drinks up during her performance.  She's the paint tube, her upper digestive tract the brush.  Her painting - a most intimate art.  

Millie Brown.  As part of Breaking the Body's Boundaries.  University of Toronto.  A simple, powerful, beautiful performance tonight.


Thursday, February 06, 2014

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

gelid, welcoming, colourful New Scotland - V

MAHONE BAY


My original plan was to drive along the Lighthouse Trail from Peggys Cove to Lunenburg, enjoy the seaside road, and stop in the town of Mahone Bay.  The blizzard we faced the day we were planning to do that changed our plans and we were lucky to make it to Lunenburg via the Trans-Canada Highway.

BUT, once in Lunenburg, and with gorgeous sunny (but still crazy cold) weather our second day there, I decided to make the short drive to Mahone Bay, just 15 minutes away.  And why did I insist on going there?  Well, Mahone Bay is nowhere as picturesque as Lunenburg, nor is it a UNESCO site like Lunenburg is, but it's got a postcard-perfect view from the bay of its row of  three churches.   As simple as that.  Small, pretty town, with three cute churches by the water.





Yes, most probably it would be a lot prettier with an unfrozen bay and the churches reflecting on the water, right?  But still, totally worth a visit.  And up close the churches were really pretty too.






And, besides the view, the good thing about the town not being a protected site was that there was a supermarket where we could stuck up on a few goodies to eat back in Lunenburg and for our drive back next day, via the Lighthouse Trail (finally!) to Halifax for our flight home.  But not without first going to the other side of the bay for one last look at (frozen) Mahone Bay:

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Happy Chinese New Year!


Seven people (7 sounds like energy in Chinese). An 80 dollar bill (8 sounds like to get rich).  And food so good that it got all eaten up before I could even think of taking a photo.  A very auspicious (and vegan friendly!) beginning of the Year of the Horse!  恭喜发财!万事如意!马上有福!

Visitors

Visitors.  By the creator of Koyaanisqatsi, the music by Philip Glass is beautiful.  The film is transfixing. We visit earth.  The world, the light, the shadows.  We meet both absent and intent gazes of beings that we can't but observe and study and try to solve... This is visual meditation.