Happy Holidays! See You In 2015

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Hello everyone, it has been such a wonderful 2014 for me and this blog. Yes, the recognition I’ve received throughout the year has been fantastic for boosting my little ego, but I am most proud of the friends I’ve made around the world, and the tips, tricks and techniques I’ve learned from so many of you.

I am officially calling it quits for blogging in 2014, so from my family to yours, I’d like to wish each of you a safe and happy holiday and New Year. I’ll be back in January, camera in hand, and ready to take on the world.

Shane

 

The One That Got Away

Cities like Toronto have so much history and such beautiful architecture that you could probably go on shooting for years before you run out of incredible subjects. The Fairmont Royal York Hotel is one of the most beautiful in the city, and I missed my chance at it.

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Seated firmly at the foot of the city on Front St. W., and across from Union Station, this 85 year old building is chronically under repair and never offered up a stellar photographic opportunity during my time in the city. Oh well, perhaps I’ll stay there one day in the future when I make a return visit to the city. For now, these two images are as good as I was able to get.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle In The Streets

One thing I love to do is look for photo opportunities after a good rain or snowfall. The dampness of everything, and the puddles on the ground make for so many twinkling and sparkling new photographic scenes.

The climate in Toronto in the winter is often that of slush, slush, and more slush. But when you look hard, you can find true beauty in the city during these glum days. Here is a shot I took with my phone as I passed under the theatre lights of the beautiful and historic Royal Alexandra Theatre on my way to the subway. I worked in the building next door, and marvelled at this stunning structure every day on my trip to and from work.

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Cycling in Ottawa

We’re sitting here, in the Great White North, bracing for what is supposed to be a pretty big snowfall today and tomorrow. Now, I love winter and snow, but I thought I’d try and warm myself up by looking back to an afternoon of cycling along the Rideau Canal this fall with one of my boys.

The path below basically starts near my house, and runs right down to the heart of the city where the galleries and Parliament Buildings are. I believe it’s only a 7km trip one way, but it’s a beautiful one. I just love the green space around here.

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This tree reminded me of a giant hug…

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And, this particular area is lined with beautiful old English-style cottages. There’s just so much character and charm throughout this city.

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Thanks for touring along with me today :) Did anyone break a sweat?