Posts Tagged: front street

rainy pedestrian bridge

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Walking across the pedestrian bridge (over the downtown Union Station rail corridor) I'm taken, as always, with the rain on pavement. I've just arrived home from Sudbury, appreciative of the downtown airport's proximity to my home (ten minutes' walk) and am on my way up to meet my people for beer o'clock at our usual local. It's good to be home.

hello winter

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Friday night.  After work we meet up with Carly for "beer o'clock" at our favouite local. Winter has returned today and it's tossing snow around the street like wispy ribbons.  I have refused to bust out my warm winter coat yet, and thus walking outside to head home in my inadequate coat makes the blustery wind more unpleasant than it might otherwise.  Hello winter. 

not the santa claus parade

Lovely Sunday morning and there's a fair bit of loafing around, reading, making luscious breakfast, I mean brunch, editing photos and eventually getting showered to go out and catch up with the Santa Claus parade making its way down toward St. Lawrence market. As it happens, my fault, we don't get out the door in time and as we walk down Wellington Street, we find a lot of families heading home and what looks like a massive advertisement for Tim Horton's plastered all over the street. If what Tim's is advertising is garbage.

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Post parade litter, which gets progressively more abundant as we move east on Wellington. I'm 51 and I live in a large city and I still get shocked by those who would throw garbage on the ground.

The crowds are  a little less charming after the parade than they might be during the parade and it's a relief to duck into the cozy and quiet little Cést What for some fine ale and snack of warm cheese with carmelized onions, and warm pretzels and broccoli for dipping.

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Cést What pub, Front Street, Toronto

Later we walk home in the twilight and I'm thinking the colour of that sky is more beautiful than any old parade float any day.

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Twilight behind Front Street, Toronto

 

foggy

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Oh how I love a misty morning.  I walk the long way down Wellington just to see those towers languishing behind the low hanging clouds.

linger

After work Ceri and I meet up at Fran’s for steak salads on the patio and chat and watch the world go by.  It’s been another hot day and sun dresses float by on women everywhere.  As a collection of them walks over to a table on the patio, I remark that every one of them has a pattern I wouldn’t pay money for in a million years.  Ceri says that he was thinking all the dresses weren’t looking so bad.

It’s a beautiful summer evening and we’re reluctant to leave, so we linger longer than usual.  As my friend Lisa said yesterday, it’s what we wait all winter for, no?

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I like how this light splays a starburst on the wall. Fran's, Front Street, Toronto

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Fran's patio. Front Street, Toronto

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I have never been to Shakespeare in the Park. I'm thinking this is the summer…

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Deco light. Fran's patio, Front Street, Toronto

billboards

 

 

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This curious billboard has recently gone up on Spadina near Front Street.

 

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This corner is an assault of advertising. More so now that this condo development has its own billboards that are moving up with the building as it grows. Adbusters magazine used to have a feature in which they'd take a corner like this and photoshop out all the advertising. The effect is shockingly more serene. John Street looking south to Front Street.

 

tribute to fallen workers

 

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"Anonymity of Prevention," part of the WSIB Workers Monument, dedicated to workers who have lost lives on the job. Simcoe Place, off Front Street near John Street, Toronto.

moon

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If I were a real photographer, I could take a picture of the moon without that glow around it. But boy did it create a spectacular show in the sky tonight, those puffy clouds creating a lovely, soft frame.

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Bike. Being unlocked by Ceri. Heading home after having had Beer O'Clock with Carly at Fionn's. Front Street, Toronto.

Purple Coat

 

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Spadina Avenue at Front Street, Toronto.

It was 15°C when I left for work this morning.  Practically spring!  Didn't wear gloves, or a scarf.  When I left work to come home it was 5° and gusting winds and drizzling, sleeting and even hail at one point.  My hands were so cold, holding my umbrella and my camera that I couldn't hold the camera still enough to get a clear shot of anything.  This one came out relatively clear and I'm glad.  I liked this couple, and particularly the colour of her coat and beret against the grey evening.  I have no idea what their faces look like, but from behind, they reminded me of my friends Jamie and Frank. 

 

rainy windy snowy windy rainy windy snowy

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Steely grey sky with a beautiful tree that posed in front of it.

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Windy rainy snowy rainy WINDY snowy icy sleety… no wonder that tower hung its proverbial head in the proverbial sand.

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Blue Jays Way looking north at Front Street, Toronto

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Path next to the railyway corridor, Blue Jays Way looking toward Spadina Ave.