Posts Tagged: bay street

olympians on bay

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In my office, midday, I hear a kerfuffle going on outside on Bay Street. I find the parade of athletes from the 2012 Games, and I'm really glad to see the rousing reception they get from the people in the streets.

arches evoking

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The Allen Lambert Galleria.  Or, the "Crystal Cathedral of Commerce."  It is quite dramatic and very beautiful; meant, I read, to evoke a forest canopy or a tree lined avenue.  I think it evokes the hundreds of green glass towers that are constantly redefining our skyline.  Reminding me, again, of that lurching Emerald City.  Bay Street, Toronto.

walking home, it’s old brick

 

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A section of the Toronto Hydro-Electric Dynamo House. This is an addition to the original building (not shown, to the left), built in 1889. I'd like to come back at a time of day more conducive for shooting pictures of both lovely sections. Bay Street near Dundas, Toronto

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Two kinds of brickwork on this gorgeous Mercer Street building. It's slated to become a facade on a new development.

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Another view, including window reflecting sky and pointed edges bordering the bottom. Mercer Street, Toronto.

After work I walk up to Canadian Tire in search of some camp chairs to have at home to take up to the rooftop patio and across the road to the lake.  I found some I liked, and lugged the suckers home with their shoulder-carry bags.  Of course these things are never as heavy in the store as they are halfway home.  I expect also they'd feel lighter if they were being lugged to a camp site or a beach than they do over sidewalks teeming with city dwellers.  I was happy to stop a number of times to take photos.  It was the brick photos that called out to be published today.

adelaide and bay

 

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Adleaide Street, looking east from the Bay Adelaide Centre, Toronto.

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Adelaide Street, looking west at the Canada Permanent Trust Building from the Bay Adelaide Centre, Toronto

Friday; out finding a cup of tea in the afternoon; looking through these cool windows in one of the MANY glass towers that are eating up the old buildings in Toronto.  I think eventually Toronto may look like the Emerald City did to Dorothy and her pals from that field of poppies.  Yeah, land of emeralds and all that.

deco

 

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Brass detail, Canada Permanent Trust Building, Bay Street, Toronto

 

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Brass Detail in a doorway of the Canada Permanent Trust Building, Toronto

 

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Brass detail in a window over a door in the Canada Permanent Trust Building, Toronto

 

This elegant Art Deco building is across the street from the somewhat less elegant Art Deco building  I work in.  I could look at details like this forever. Give me a camera with a long zoom lens and I'd find months of material.

 

locked in a room, looking down

 

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All week I've been working intensively in a room with a team writing a proposal. I worked a bit late again today, and before I left I went into the President's corner office and looked out the window. In an older, 14 storey building in the midst of downtown and a lot of MUCH TALLER buildings, the most interesting direction too look is down. Bay Street at Adelaide Street, Toronto.

 

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"Remembered Sustenance" – a sculpture on Wellington Street near John Street. I've read the sculpture of strange little animals is meant to be playful. I thought it was playful to photograph it from the vantage point of the strange animals' butts.  Moreso the thought of what the passers by were thinking of me photographing statue butts.

 

shopping, not pulling out wallet, dawdling

 

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Window and detail, Hudson's Bay store, Queen Street, Toronto

 

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Brass doorway on an office building, Bay Street, Toronto

 

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Building and sidewalk (and shadowy figures), Bay Street, Toronto

 

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Glass art, RBC Building, Wellington Street, Toronto

 

Tonight, after work, I went shopping.  I want some new clothes. THAT is another sign of spring, feeling as if I can't live another minute with the current wardrobe.  Yes, spring is coming, I'm sure of it now. 

I didn't buy anything.  Nada. But I dawdled on the way home, thinking, again, that I can feel spring in the air.  While dawdling, I took some pictures.

Friday Windows

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Canada Permanent Trust Building, Bay Street at Adelaide, Toronto

I admire this beautiful building every day, particularly that yellow light in the windows, the arches inside, and the detail in its exterior.  I need to get here with my real camera to get some better, closer shots.  I will.

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A window on Spadina Avenue at dusk

Just a window I liked, walking home tonight, Friday night. 

Black and White, Thursday Kind of Mood

 

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Canada Permanent Trust Building, Bay at Adelaide

 

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Sculpture behind the Ritz Carleton, off Front Street

 

Dundas Square Preachers

 

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Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto

 

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Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto

 

Yonge-Dundas Square is not my favourite part of the city.  We went there to see a movie today – The Artist.  Not as taken with it as most of the critics.  Mostly it was fun for all the tribute it paid to old movies.  In the cacophony of the square we were shouted at by evangelist dudes on every corner.  If you want to get saved by some dude, this is your place.

 

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Bay Street, Toronto

I just like this sign, I see it most days outside a cafe near my office.