Posts Tagged With: Nature

Memories of Music; Discarded in Woodbridge

Memories of Music; Discarded in Woodbridge

In the suburb of Vaughan, just north of Toronto, Ontario; Woodbridge is not a place that particularly reminds me of the wilderness. Despite the name, it’s mostly housing developments that, according to locals, have only existed for little over a decade.

However, nestled in Pine Grove, Boyd Park is an expanse of what nature would have intended. Although, plenty of the remains of parties lay scattered in the brush. Here, I spotted a vintage chord organ, smashed on a log. The instrument seemed just as dead as the tree beneath it and both were seemingly just waiting to be sucked into the earth.

Thanks for checking out my blog while I try to get my life sorted out. Maybe my many harddrives of travel photos will all be in one place one day and I will be able to more easily update this blog with fun pictures!

Until we meet again!

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Jogging in Toronto

Jogging in Toronto

If you’ve spent any time in Toronto, capitol of Ontario, you must be familiar with the CN Tower. It boasted the title of tallest man-made free standing structure between it’s opening in 1976 to 2007, so it should come as no surprise that in comparison to the rest of the buildings and structures in Toronto, the CN Tower is the most distinctive. The shape of the tower is, as well, a feature that makes it stand out among the rest.

In this shot of Toronto taken in August of 2012, the CN Tower is the prominent structure, although I included the foreground of the location I was shooting from the add some depth and dimension. Commonly considered a city with a lot of concrete and not much greenery, I learned that with a little exploration, Toronto has an expanse of parks.

Thanks for joining me.

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Gulf Islands in True Fish Eye

Gulf Islands in True Fish Eye

Upon purchasing a full frame camera, I finally am able to capture the full circle of my fish-eye lens. This particular shot was taken on the ferry between Tsawassen and Swartz Bay (in Sidney, British Columbia which is the terminal closest Victoria, British Columbia). The Gulf Islands of British Columbia are visible in this image, although there are quite a few among the Southern Gulf Islands and I don’t know them as well as I wish I did. They are simply the mass of islands in between the mainland of British Columbia and Vancouver Island and the divide between Northern and Southern seems to be Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island.

My estimation is that Saturna is one of the islands pictured here, but I’m not sure if the other two are North and South Pender or Mayne and Galiano.

In either case, I hope you are enjoying your Tuesday, no matter which land mass you are on!

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Quebec Sunset

Quebec Sunset

I thought I was going a bit fish-eye crazy, so I want to revert to a more standardized style.

This shot was still sitting on a memory card that I finally got around to formatting today. It brought me back to Quebec in late summer in 2012. I spent hours and hours driving back and forth between towns of Otterburn Park and Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec and I grew to know the roads so well that I would even take shots while driving 120 km/h… But don’t tell the cops!

This capture of a sunset was taken on the way to picking up a friend at work and although it was a long drive, I loved doing it every day because the timing was perfect for extraordinary views like this. My real summer fling was with this freeway and the gorgeous clouds looming above.

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The Gorge Ampitheater

After mounds and mounds of work (most of which was filed nicely inside of a computer, so more like gigs and gigs) kept me away from WordPress for too long!

A couple weeks ago, I saw Tenacious D at the Gorge Amphitheater on Monday night of Sasquatch! Music Festival. Here’s a picture from that show. (I have the coolest job in the world!!)

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Washington State

Hello again, friends! I have returned to the internet, as well as North Vancouver! Time for some new pictures, right? That was the point of my trips to Las Vegas and central Washington State!

Being that the second half of my trip was photographing for “work” (can you really call THAT much fun “work”?) for http://www.concertaddicts.ca, I have begun to tackle the massive photo-editing mission in front of me from the middle, to the end, then back to the beginning until I finish back at the middle. If you’re still with me after that one, here’s my first photograph on my way to central Washington.

This was taken at 8:25pm on May 25, 2012. Me and my partner in crime throughout the duration of Sasquatch! Music Festival were headed the Gorge Amphitheater in George, Washington and here we were about halfway there on our drive from Vancouver, British Columbia, so likely just a few miles outside of Seattle. I love that you can spy the word “Travel” along the bottom and the beautiful sunset of this gorgeous late spring evening took my breath away. At a nearby gas station, the attendant didn’t seem quite as impressed with the sky, as he told me that later in the summer, the colours appear much more vibrant.

A sunset in Washington State in late spring, 2012.

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Göteborg

I spent a good portion of my time in Sweden with my cousin and his wife. They are quite possibly the most adorable couple I have ever met! Congratulations to my cousin who is just about graduated! I wish you the best in achieving your dreams.

Göteborg, Sweden in August, 2011.

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Bournemouth

During my last couple of days in Europe, I hung out with a guy I met at a festival a month or so prior. Bournemouth is a place renowned for the beach and this photo seems to capture my friend’s personality well.

Bournemouth, England in September 2011.

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Stranraer, Scotland

As you may have noticed, I usually don’t include the country in my title, but in this case, it seemed to fit. While traveling, there’s a lot of passing through. Stranraer, Scotand is a town in the southwest of Scotland, right on the coast. I briefly went by the city on my way from Belfast, Ireland to Glasgow, Scotland. There is a ferry, called the Stena Line, which transports passengers from Belfast to Stranraer and from there, I caught a bus to Glasgow. I happened to arrive just in time for a gorgeous sunset, and what with the beautiful weather here at home these days, I’m all about a gorgeous sky!

A gorgeous sunset in Stranraer, Scotland right after I got off a ferry in September 2011.

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Portland

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always loved the wilderness. Being surrounded by so many natural beauties living in the far west reaches of Canada, it`s not a surprise that I fell in love with the beauty of Portland, Oregon. In terms of landscape, there are many similarities between my hometown and Portland, except one major perk on the south side… Not as much rain! We do have more beaches in Vancouver, but what’s the use if it’s pouring out?

I’ve visited Portland 3 times, twice on tour for just a couple days and the most recent time, in January of 2011 with my boyfriend at the time. The previous time that I had visited the city, I had made a fabulous friend named Aje and with her enrollment in the “Metal Bowling” league, me and my boyfriend headed south to listen to some loud and rocking music while throwing giant balls down a lane. I assure you, we had a blast!

A couple, friends from back home, (Beckiy and Barry) joined forces with us and we hit the town in search of vintage. Double B are thrift store junkies to that maximum extent! We visited areas around the city with many thrift stores, random one-off shops and even a thrift store located on the corner of N. Williams Ave. and N. Failing St., inside a large, decommissioned double-decker bus from the UK!  (http://www.lodekka.com/) Beckiy and Barry seemed to quickly forge a friendship with the owner, Erin Sutherland, and we were chatting away about vintage for a good hour or two. Throughout their journey to Portland, Beckiy and Barry had visited quite a few thrift shops in Washington state and the 3 of them even exchanged a few clothes. After all the fun, I took a photograph of Beckiy in front of her new favourite place in Portland!

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You can find Beckiy and all things vintage at http://www.trunkofdresses.com

One of my favourite trips around the city that the four of us made, though, would have to be our visit to Pittock Mansion. It’s a gorgeous look-out point with coin-operated binoculars, butthviewthat I was interested in was created by the morning fog. The endless trees, rolling down the side of the hill created an ambiance that seems very serene to me. Here’s to nature, may you enjoy it no matter the city you’re in!

The wilderness behind Pittock Mansion early in the day in the beginning of January in 2011.

My new format with voting is to stick it on the bottom of posts for the last 7 days of the month. If you haven’t already voted, please do so!

What would you like to see as a theme for the photographs posted in the first week of May? This month’s options are:

–       Aboard Transportation

–       Bodies of Water

–      Vehicles

VOTE NOW! Whichever has the most votes by 11:59pm, Monday, April 30th wins and for the first 7 days of May, my photographs will be a photo-essay in that theme. (If there is a tie, whichever had the most votes first will be chosen.)

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