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[PHOTO] Eight photos from Sir Casimir Gzowski Park, Sunnyside, Toronto

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The Sir Casimir Gzowski Park, occupying the western end of Sunnyside Beach is a beautiful destination in itself, the strand caught between sea and park. The views this park offers of the world beyond, of the skyline of Toronto around and of the deep blue sea of Lake Ontario to the south, are inspiring.

Down to the beach (1) #toronto #sunnysidebeach #humberbay #lakeontario #sircasimirgzowskipark #beaches #birds #swans #latergram

Down to the beach (2) #toronto #sunnysidebeach #humberbay #lakeontario #sircasimirgzowskipark #beaches #horizon #skyline #birds #swans #latergram

Down to the beach (3) #toronto #sunnysidebeach #humberbay #lakeontario #sircasimirgzowskipark #beaches #horizon #skyline #cntower #birds #swans #latergram

Down to the beach (4) #toronto #sunnysidebeach #humberbay #lakeontario #sircasimirgzowskipark #beaches #birds #swans #latergram

Down to the beach (5) #toronto #sunnysidebeach #humberbay #lakeontario #sircasimirgzowskipark #beaches #latergram

Down to the beach (6) #toronto #sunnysidebeach #humberbay #lakeontario #sircasimirgzowskipark #beaches #skyline #cntower #latergram

Down to the beach (7) #toronto #sunnysidebeach #humberbay #lakeontario #sircasimirgzowskipark #beaches #birds #latergram

Down to the beach (8) #toronto #sunnysidebeach #humberbay #lakeontario #sircasimirgzowskipark #beaches #birds #skyline #cntower #latergram

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Written by Randy McDonald

November 24, 2017 at 9:25 am

[PHOTO] Three photos of Air India Flight 182 Memorial, Humber Bay Park East, Toronto

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I visited the memorial to Air India Flight 182 for the first time last year when I visited Humber Bay Park East. I stopped by this solemn place again this September, as I walked along the shores of Humber Bay. The central sundial is a beautiful feature, linking this location with a kindred memorial in the Irish village of Ahakista.

Plaque #toronto #humberbayparkeast #airindiaflight182 #airindia182 #flight182 #inmemoriam #plaque #latergram

Sundial #toronto #humberbayparkeast #airindiaflight182 #airindia182 #flight182 #inmemoriam #sundial #latergram

Memorial #toronto #humberbayparkeast #airindiaflight182 #airindia182 #flight182 #inmemoriam #sundial #plaque #memorial #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

November 23, 2017 at 11:00 am

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait looks at the bizarre extrasolar visitor ‘Oumuamua, as does Centauri Dreams, as does Bruce Dorminey. Yes, this long cylindrical extrasolar visitor swinging around the sun on a hyperbolic orbit does evoke classic SF.
  • The Boston Globe’s The Big Picture shares some photos of autumn from around the world.
  • D-Brief examines how artificial intelligences are making their own videos, albeit strange and unsettling ones.
  • Dangerous Minds shares some Alfred Stieglitz photos of Georgia O’Keefe.
  • Daily JSTOR takes a look at the mulberry tree craze in the United States.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper examining at water delivery to terrestrial planets in other solar systems. Worlds with as little water as Earth are apparently difficult to produce in this model.
  • Hornet Stories profiles the gay destination of Puerto Vallarta, in Mexico.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the new vulnerability of Haitian migrants in the United States.
  • The LRB Blog notes the end of the Mugabe era in Zimbabwe.
  • The NYR Daily features a stellar Elaine Showalter review of a Sylvia Plath exhibition at the Smithsonian National Picture Gallery.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw reports on how the production of New England Cheese reflects the modernization of Australian agriculture.
  • Roads and Kingdoms reports on the awkward position of Rohingya refugees in India, in Jammu, at a time when they are facing existential pressures from all sides.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel shares twenty beautiful photos of Mars.
  • Towleroad shares a fun video from Pink, “Beautiful Trauma”, featuring Channing Tatum.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy notes that a Trump executive order threatening sanctuary cities has been overturned in court.
  • Window on Eurasia notes one study claiming that the children of immigrant workers in Russia tend to do better than children of native-born Russians.

[PHOTO] Six photos of a walk along Grenadier Pond in High Park on a hot fall day

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This particular September day was a hot one, fall making up for this Toronto summer’s lack of heat. There were fewer people taking advantage of this heat than I might have expected. All the more sights for me, then.

Garden #toronto #highpark #garden #green #latergram

Maple leaf in flowers below #toronto #highpark #canada150 #mapleleaf #garden #green #latergram

Towers south across the pond #toronto #highpark #grenadierpond #skyline #towers #latergram

Towers on the edge #toronto #highpark #grenadierpond #skyline #towers #latergram

By the shore #toronto #highpark #grenadierpond #trees #path #latergram

By the stone wall #toronto #highpark #grenadierpond #trees #path #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

November 22, 2017 at 1:25 pm

[PHOTO] Six photos of two swans of Grenadier Pond, High Park, Toronto

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On this cold chill night, I thought I would revisit and share some photos I took in the warm green hot fall of two swans feeding on the shore of High Park’s Grenadier Pond. They may not be native to North America, but they are lovely, all white and grace.

Two swans (1) #toronto #highpark #grenadierpond #birds #swans #white #latergram

Two swans (2) #toronto #highpark #grenadierpond #birds #swans #white #latergram

Two swans (3) #toronto #highpark #grenadierpond #birds #swans #white #latergram

Two swans (4) #toronto #highpark #grenadierpond #birds #swans #white #latergram

Two swans (5) #toronto #highpark #grenadierpond #birds #swans #white #latergram

Two swans (6) #toronto #highpark #grenadierpond #birds #swans #white #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

November 21, 2017 at 11:59 pm

[PHOTO] Emu, looking back, High Park Zoo

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Emu, looking back #toronto #highpark #highparkzoo #birds #emu #latergram

I love visiting the High Park Zoo to see its resident emus, I have lately realized, because emus provide visual proof that dinosaurs have continued to the present day. Dinosaurs are not, as the consensus of a few decades’ ago would have had it, a vast grouping of life that went extinct. Dinosaurs have, rather, continued, evolving after the Cretaceous into a plethora of new and highly capable species. Some of these species look at a first glance less like their distant fossil ancestors than others, but others–the emu and other flightless birds–like so like the dinosaurs of old that it is surprising it was ever thought birds were not dinosaurs.

Things hang around–it’s just a matter of looking for them.

Written by Randy McDonald

November 21, 2017 at 8:06 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Four Toronto links: NOW Toronto, ghost signs, The Ward, Southey on Peterson

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  • Alice Klein of NOW Toronto asks her publication’s readers for more support. This is worrisome: I hope NOW Toronto will be OK.
  • blogTO talks about the “ghost signs” of Toronto, legacies of businesses and products long since past, with photos.
  • Toronto Life shares, from the website of the Toronto Ward Museum, a selection of photos depicting The Ward, the downtown Toronto neighbourhood erased by the construction of City Hall.
  • In a brilliant column at MacLean’s employing her trademark smart humour, Tabatha Southey wonders if Jordan Peterson is, in fact, “a stupid person’s smart man”.