Desire lines

Paths made by pedestrians are called “desire lines” because that’s where they want to walk. We’re reporting this one to the city so it might put in a sidewalk.
a man walks on a well worn footpath leading to a sidewalk


Ever-changing Toronto

This is a new building in Toronto going up at Yonge & Bloor. I call it the crumpled curtain style of architecture.



During Pride Week, Toronto’s gay village was all dressed up in its most brilliant colours.


After the ice storm: University of Toronto

After the recent ice storm, King’s College Circle was a sea of ice.

A sheet of ice covers the grass; leaves are frozen into it from a nearby oak tree. In the distance are large buildings

Aftermath of the ice storm

Well, we have our power back. The recent ice storm damaged thousands of trees.

A large tree shows broken branches against a blue sky

It also brought down more than a few.

A fallen tree crushes a park sign

Ice shine

When the sun came out on the 23rd, it was really pretty.

The ice glittered against a blue sky.
Sunlight sparkles on ice coating tree branches against a blue sky

Outdoor structures were coated with ice.
ice coats the diamond-shaped lattice of a chain-link fence

The freezing rain dripped off to form icicles.
twigs are heavily coated with ice and short icicles hang from them

The ice bowed down bushes and plants as well as trees.
ice coats the branches of a bush hanging over a sidewalk

Here’s a close-up of how the ice built up on small twigs.
Twigs and stems are coated with ice from an ice storm

Even leaves added to the burden of ice.
two leaves and their twig are coated with ice

Ice storm coming!

The weather services have issued warning of an ice storm, with ice perhaps as thick as 2.5 cm. We could lose power for a few days, if that happens. I dashed out to buy a few last things, and caught this picture of the ice so far. Pretty, isn’t it?