Commerce Court

Commerce Court

The most glorious ceiling in all of Toronto is — where else? — in a bank. Commerce Court was built in 1931 as the HQ for the Canadian Bank of Commerce, now CIBC.

The Canada 150 tulip

The Canada 150 tulip

For Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017, the government commissioned a new tulip. The red is meant to look like a maple leaf, and you can kinda see it.

Tipping points in the Arctic

When the summer melting season ended in 2007, the icecap floating in the ocean over the North Pole had shrunk to its smallest size ever recorded. According to satellite data, the remaining summer sea ice measured almost forty per cent less than the average for the period of 1979 to 2000. More than one-and-a-half million square kilometres that had been covered with ice the year before was open ocean. The event was a serious confirmation that had been suspected for a while in the scientific community: that the Earth may be prone to abrupt climate change and tipping points. The new science of non-linear change is challenging our notions of what climate change is and when it will occur—and it is utterly alarming.

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A blur of colours

A blur of colours

Are you dizzy yet? Effect achieved by zooming in from 18mm to approx 100mm and pressing the shutter simultaneously. The shutter speed was 1/50s, at f/3.5 ISO 100.

Beamer Memorial Conservation Area

Beamer Memorial Conservation Area

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This conservation area is a hidden gem located on top of the Niagara Escarpment in Grimsby. It’s very poorly advertised, so despite the fact that I knew that it existed — along with a hundred other conservation areas — I had no idea it was so nice. Mostly I was impressed by the spectacular views of Lake Ontario and the coast. But it was also a really nice Carolinian forest to walk through, on ambling paths on the edge of the escarpment and a deep gorge. In this particular area, the escarpment is very articulated, with jutting cliffs, high drops and two waterfalls. If you bring binoculars or a powerful camera lens (at least 300mm – one of the pictures in this album is cropped to approx. 800mm), you can see Toronto well on a clear day.