Wednesday, August 31, 2011

beautifully kept

another in a series of disappearing signs....
in 1973, the first of the multi year (5-year) license plates was issued. 
until then, plates were issued for one year, then replaced. 
after the five years, the year 1973 was removed and by 1982, 
the KEEP IT BEAUTIFUL was replaced with a new slogan YOURS TO DISCOVER
these plates are still valid as long as they are renewed by the same owner

signs, signs

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

F is for fog; G is for geese

I went away last week and neglected to post 
(or even seek out a photo op for) an F 
(so F could be for forgot)
an archival shot of some geese in fog

Monday, August 29, 2011


Cruise Nights every Tuesday at the beach all summer long

Sunday, August 28, 2011

bridge with a boost

above is the original, with a little 'boost'
below with some added 'HDR' and 'pencil sketch'

it was raining....

Saturday, August 27, 2011

two squirrels

We don't often see red squirrels down where I live, so this guy was a bit of a catch.
Apparently they are solitary creatures who spend their lives within a 200 yard radius.

these ones, however are much more abundant!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

King's Highway

another sign that is disappearing from our highways. this version was designed in 1960 and was updated to be more reflective in the 1970s. the use of "King's Highway" was returned to the signs after a few years absence following King George's death 
(I have no idea why "Queen's Highway" wasn't used) 
but then in the early 1990s it was again dropped and as the signs become damaged they are being replaced with new ones that read simply "Ontario (which makes them completely bilingual)

Thursday, August 18, 2011


Lighthouse, a beacon of refuge
crowned with a light of assurance


Wednesday, August 17, 2011


these signs have been feeling the squeeze as they slowly disappear from our streets and highways to be replaced by the diagram of a right lane ending.

signs, signs

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

E is for escalator

specifically the escalators at Macy's New York

ABC Wednesday

Monday, August 15, 2011

urban wildlife design

These decorated 5,000 gallon cisterns collect rainwater to be used for irrigation and grey water at the Brickworks.

Evergreen Brick Works is an environmental community centre in the heart of the Toronto ravine system. Its use of a wide range of green technologies make it a national hub for urban sustainability.

Blue Monday
My World Tuesday

Saturday, August 13, 2011

pont alexandra bridge

Somewhere, where the Rideau and the Ottawa Rivers meet, I found this bas relief model pointing out the areas of interest. On the left you can see Parliament Hill along with the Alexandra Bridge which takes you from Ottawa (Ontario) over to Gatineau (Quebec)
a view of the bridge from the Peace Tower 

not really sleeping

these two live under the awning of a condo building where
some beautiful serenading has been heard in the wee hours of the morning


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

D is for Diana

A blurry-soft and dreamy-toned Diana image is more an interpretation of reality than a correct representation of it. 
In a way, it’s somehow more accurate to compare the Diana to an oily vintage typewriter 
than to a megapixel machine of today
Who could resist the charms of its plastic body? How could you not absolutely love its lo-fi masterpiece photos? Something this beautiful, this classic, and this crucial to the world of analog photography 
shouldn’t have suffered such an early demise.

Monday, August 8, 2011

graffiti alley

A graffiti artist at work in 
Graffiti Alley at Queen and Augusta in Toronto. 
He was too busy with his creation to be engaged in any conversation.

My World Tuesday
signs, signs

Sunday, August 7, 2011

one bridge, two seasons

A bridge over Shoreacres Creek. 
Since the winter, the trees and the taggers have been busy adding some colour to the area.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

three ducks

puffed up
tucked in


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Pearl Street

No other street is so well advertised in its businesses

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

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