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“Cherry Blossoms” – Cherry Street, Toronto Portlands

“Cherry Blossoms” - Cherry Street, Toronto Portlands

It’s spring in Toronto and cherry blossom season. While multitudes of people went to High Park for the annual display, I happened upon a small cluster of trees in the Toronto port lands, on Cherry Street, of all places.

I had originally set out to photograph some industrial scenes and was disappointed by the lack of parking and very limited access to the docks, where I was hoping to make some images of ships and heavy equipment. But, I was pleasantly surprised to find this grove of trees in full blossoms and I didn’t have to fight my way though crowds to get to them. Overall, I’d call it a successful day.

Nikon D300
Nikor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 155 mm
1/320 sec @ f/9.0, ISO 250

“Brickworks Smoke Stack” – Evergreen Brickworks, Toronto

“Brickworks Smoke Stack” - Evergreen Brickworks, Toronto

A second post today from Evergreen Brickworks, in Toronto. This smoke stack stands in the middle of this reclaimed brickworks. It was stood as a silent sentinel through the life of the brickworks. I like the strong lines and signs of age in this interesting monument to the location’s industrial past, now converted into a community park, market, and meeting place.

Nikon D300
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70.mm
1/500s @ f/11, ISO 250

“Brickworks Windows” – Evergreen Brickworks, Toronto

“Brickworks Windows” - Evergreen Brickworks, Toronto

I spent a bit of time today at the Evergreen Brickworks, in the Don Valley area of Toronto. This was an operating Brickworks till 1989, when it was decommissioned. The building sat abandoned till a few years ago when a significant restoration was started. It is a beautiful mix of nature and industry. The old clay quarry has been repurposed with walking trails and ponds and the buildings have been designed to incorporate elements of the old industrial buildings and modern market space. I love the slightly abandoned and misused appearance of some of the original buildings. The red brick, often tattooed in graffiti and marked with signed of age. This is one of a series of photographs I made. The fogged windows add to the mystery of what might lie behind them, yet the lamp serves to illuminate that mystery.

Nikon D300
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70.mm
1/1600s @ f/2.8, ISO 250