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#bucketlist

Fallingwater in autumn

It may have taken me two decades, but I can finally cross “visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater house” off my bucket list. In the nearly 20 years I worked at Masterfile, a stock photo agency, I frequently heard clients call in to request images of this magnificent estate. Unfortunately we couldn’t supply the images, because the commercial rights are […]

Viva Cuba

Dog and bicycle taxi

When my wife Jody and I were at home researching our trip to Jibacoa, we checked out a variety of travel advisory websites for tour guide recommendations, and wrote down the contact info for a man whose name kept recurring: Humberto Mesa. Once we were at our resort and had hooked up with the lovely […]

#endlesssummer

Patio at our resort in Jibacoa

For two people who love to travel as much as Jody and I do, going a year and a half without so much as a camping trip was a long haul. Unfortunately we had one newly adopted dog who was too neurotic to board, and one elderly dog who was too sick to leave. When […]

#endlesswinter

Seagull on frozen Lake Ontario, Toronto, Ontario

The winter that simply won’t end sent yet another blast of snow our way.  The large snowflakes fell in beautiful clumps that made photography a real challenge – keeping the camera dry, keeping the lens clear, getting the focus to settle on something other than an airborne snowflake – but it was worth the effort. […]

Walking in Markham

Reesor Pioneer Cemetery

Driving north on Reesor Road in Markham, I caught sight of some abandoned buildings that exerted a magnetic pull on my car.  Two feet of snow still blanketed everything, but I couldn’t resist getting out and trudging through the drifts to take a closer look.

Adventures in Trespassing – Part Two

Community in Markham

Note to self:  if you want to have a more successful spontaneous exploration, plan ahead. It’s one of the snowiest winters on record, I’ve just gotten my camera back from the repair shop, and with some errands north of the city yesterday, it seemed the perfect time to do some winter landscape shooting.  I can’t […]

Throwback Thursday: NYC

Statue of Liberty and Hudson River seen from Battery Park, New York

New York’s been in the news a little more than usual lately, what with their new mayor finding his snow legs (we can only dream of such minor squabbles over snow removal here in Toronto), and Jimmy Fallon about to move The Tonight Show back to its 30 Rock roots next month.  It’s made me […]

After the Storm

Caution tape and storm damage

We didn’t take the storm warning seriously.  That is, until the thunderous sound of tree limbs hitting the ground around our home at 3:30 a.m. brought us sharply awake.

Espresso Withdrawal

Customer at Broadview Espresso coffee shop

After trying eleventy billion coffee shops in the GTA, we found one close to home that in combination with a dog walk through Playter Estates became our daily ritual. Not only does Broadview Espresso make a consistent cup of coffee, the offerings in their bakery case are plentiful and all equally delicious.  There are regulars […]

#savetoronto

Protester at Toronto City Hall

The cold had a real bite to it today, but Torontonians were too angry to stay home. I arrived early, and funnily enough one of the first people I saw was a former coworker of mine named Mark, holding the great sign above.  We had a brief chat to commiserate about the ridiculousness of the […]