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Photos of Scarborough, Spring and Summer 2016

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Gatineau Trail
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Gatineau Trail
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Gatineau Trail
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Highland Creek
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Highland Creek
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Near Kennedy and Lawrence
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Ashtonbee Road
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My front garden, Scarborough
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My front garden, Scarborough
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My front garden, Scarborough
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Gatineau Trail
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Gatineau Trail
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Centennial College Library, Ashtonbee Campus
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Centennial College Library, Ashtonbee Campus
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Gatineau Trail
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Alley near Kennedy and Eglinton
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Footbridge next to Lord Roberts Woods
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Footbridge next to Lord Roberts Woods
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Gatineau Trail
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Scarborough neighborhood
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Gatineau Trail
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Gatineau Trail
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Scarborough neighborhood
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Sidewalk on Lebovich Road
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Creek near Arsandco Park
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Birkdale Ravine
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Birkdale Ravine
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Lake Ontario at the base of the Doris McCarthy Trail
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Lake Ontario at the base of the Doris McCarthy Trail

Found Sculpture Gallery at Humber Bay Park

After lunch with a friend last Monday, I enjoyed a windy walk on the shore of Lake Ontario at Humber Bay Park. Much to my delight, I discovered a spontaneous outdoor gallery on top of a boulder.

IMG_3759 Anonymous artists had created a gathering of small inuksuit sculptures, and I loved how the waves had become co-artists, knocking some sculptures over and leaving others intact.IMG_3778IMG_3764 IMG_3766 IMG_3785 IMG_3786Before I left the boulder gallery, I contributed an inukshuk of my own to say thank you.IMG_3793

Leafy Portal and Carved Rock Collages by Catherine

Catherine Raine, 2015
Catherine Raine, 2015

This photo of an autumnal scene inspired a collage that emerged in spring.

Leafy Portal, Catherine Raine 2016
Leafy Portal, Catherine Raine 2016
Leafy Portal, Catherine Raine 2016
Leafy Portal, Catherine Raine 2016
Leafy Portal, Catherine Raine 2016
Leafy Portal, Catherine Raine 2016
Leafy Portal, Catherine Raine 2016
Leafy Portal, Catherine Raine 2016
Highland Creek, Catherine Raine 2016
Highland Creek, Catherine Raine 2016
Carved Rock, Catherine Raine 2016
Carved Rock, Catherine Raine 2016
Carved Rock, Catherine Raine 2016
Carved Rock, Catherine Raine 2016
Carved Rock, Catherine Raine 2016
Carved Rock, Catherine Raine 2016

Images of Scarborough

Mystic Skittle, Centennial College Library
Mystic Skittle, Centennial College Library
Scarborough Moon
Scarborough Moon
Winter Evening, Jack Goodlad Park
Winter Evening, Jack Goodlad Park
Near Warden Avenue
Near Warden Avenue
Pylon Moonshadows, Scarborough
Pylon Moonshadows, Scarborough
Jack Goodlad Park
Jack Goodlad Park
Gatineau Trail, Scarborough
Gatineau Trail, Scarborough
Wexford Park
Wexford Park
Hydro Corridor near Gatineau Trail
Hydro Corridor near Gatineau Trail
Hydro Corridor
Hydro Corridor near Gatineau Trail
Hydro Corridor
Hydro Corridor Near Gatineau Trail
Spring Under Ice
Spring Under Ice, Gatineau Trail
Near Kingston and Birchmount
Near Kingston and Birchmount

Scotland 2015

Pollok Park, Glasgow 2015
Pollok Park, Glasgow 2015
Burrell Collection, Glagow 2015
Burrell Collection, Glagow 2015
Burrell Collection, Glasgow 2015
Burrell Collection, Glasgow 2015
Burrell Collection, Glasgow 2015
Burrell Collection, Glasgow 2015
Merchant City, Glasgow 2015
Merchant City, Glasgow 2015
The Kelpies, Falkirk 2015
The Kelpies, Falkirk 2015
Garden Water Bowl, 2015
Garden Water Bowl, 2015
Garden Water Bowl, 2015
Garden Water Bowl, 2015
New Lanark, 2015
New Lanark, 2015
Capelrig Burn, 2015
Capelrig Burn, 2015
Rouken Glen Park, 2015
Rouken Glen Park, 2015
Rouken Glen Park, 2015
Rouken Glen Park, 2015
Rouken Glen Park, 2015
Rouken Glen Park, 2015
Rouken Glen Park, 2015
Rouken Glen Park, 2015
Rouken Glen Park, 2015
Rouken Glen Park, 2015

The Tapir’s Night Journey Downstream (Collage and Poem)

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Response to the Tapir’s Night Journey Downstream

Transitions define my body.

Look how the current splashes my legs turquoise,

the moon silks my chest,

and wild solitude cools my nimbus to blue, white, and lavender.

Behold the purple eye that guides my canoe down the Amazon,

riding the night rapids in a dream of passages, openings, and

confluence.

And see how curving shapes in the dark transport me to waterways

that empty into wider and wider rivers

until the open Atlantic receives my vessel at journey’s end.

Shipwrecks and Voyages: A Collage Journey by Catherine

Shipwrecks Tilting on the Ice, Catherine Raine 2015
Shipwrecks Tilting on the Ice, Catherine Raine 2015

In this collage series inspired by sea and river voyages, shipwrecks tilt on the ice, abstract shapes go swimming, and an arctic hare chews on a twig. Meanwhile, a famous Norwegian explorer inhabits a turnip-shaped kayak, and a tapir chooses a canoe for his journey downstream.

Shipwrecks Tilting on the Ice, Catherine Raine 2015
Shipwrecks Tilting on the Ice, Catherine Raine 2015
Arctic Hare's Luncheon Scrapbook, Catherine Raine 2015
Arctic Hare’s Luncheon Scrapbook, Catherine Raine 2015
Arctic Hare's Luncheon Scrapbook, Catherine Raine 2015
Arctic Hare’s Luncheon Scrapbook, Catherine Raine 2015
Arctic Hare's Luncheon Scrapbook, Catherine Raine 2015
Arctic Hare’s Luncheon Scrapbook, Catherine Raine 2015
Amundsen's Kayak, Catherine Raine, 2015
Amundsen’s Kayak, Catherine Raine, 2015
The Tapir's Canoe Journey, Catherine Raine 2015
The Tapir’s Night Journey Downstream, Catherine Raine 2015
The Tapir's Canoe Journey, Catherine Raine 2015
The Tapir’s Night Journey Downstream, Catherine Raine 2015

(This collage has a poem to accompany it!)

Shipwreck Blues and Grays, Catherine Raine 2015
Shipwreck Blues and Grays, Catherine Raine 2015
Shipwreck Blues and Grays, Catherine Raine 2015
Shipwreck Blues and Grays, Catherine Raine 2015
Shipwreck Blues and Grays, Catherine Raine 2015
Shipwreck Blues and Grays, Catherine Raine 2015
Shipwreck Blues and Grays, Catherine Raine 2015
Shipwreck Blues and Grays, Catherine Raine 2015
Shipwreck Sonogram, Catherine Raine 2015
Shipwreck Sonogram, Catherine Raine 2015
Shipwreck Sonogram, Catherine Raine 2015
Shipwreck Sonogram, Catherine Raine 2015
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Shipwreck Sonogram, Catherine Raine 2015
Arctic Map, Catherine Raine 2015
Arctic Map, Catherine Raine 2015
Arctic Map, Catherine Raine 2015
Arctic Map, Catherine Raine 2015
Funky Ice Masses, Catherine Raine 2015
Funky Ice Masses, Catherine Raine 2015
Funky Ice Masses, Catherine Raine 2015
Funky Ice Masses, Catherine Raine 2015
Fram's Homage to Yamato-Gata, Catherine Raine 2015
Fram’s Homage to Yamato-Gata, Catherine Raine 2015
Fram's Homage to Yamato-Gata, Catherine Raine 2015
Fram’s Homage to Yamato-Gata, Catherine Raine 2015
Lingonberry Fram, Catherine Raine 2015
Lingonberry Fram, Catherine Raine 2015
Lingonberry Fram, Catherine Raine 2015
Lingonberry Fram, Catherine Raine 2015
Random Frams, Catherine Raine 2015
Random Frams, Catherine Raine 2015
Random Frams, Catherine Raine 2015
Random Frams, Catherine Raine 2015
Amundsen's Groovy Sloop, Catherine Raine 2015
Amundsen’s Groovy Sloop, Catherine Raine 2015
Amundsen's Groovy Sloop, Catherine Raine 2015
Amundsen’s Groovy Sloop, Catherine Raine 2015
Amundsen's Groovy Sloop, Catherine Raine 2015
Amundsen’s Groovy Sloop, Catherine Raine 2015
Shapes of Wreckage, Catherine Raine 2016
Shapes of Wreckage, Catherine Raine 2016
Shapes of Wreckage, Catherine Raine 2016
Shapes of Wreckage, Catherine Raine 2016
Ghost Lake, Catherine Raine 2016
Ghost Lake, Catherine Raine 2016
Ghost Lake, Catherine Raine 2016
Ghost Lake, Catherine Raine 2016
Ghost Lake, Catherine Raine 2016
Ghost Lake, Catherine Raine 2016
Ship on the Apricot Ocean, Catherine Raine 2016
Glittership on the Apricot Ocean, Catherine Raine 2016
Ship on the Apricot Ocean, Catherine Raine 2016
Glittership on the Apricot Ocean, Catherine Raine 2016
Ship on the Apricot Ocean, Catherine Raine 2016
Glittership on the Apricot Ocean, Catherine Raine 2016
The Pilot's Ice Cave, Catherine Raine 2016
The Pilot’s Ice Cave, Catherine Raine 2016
The Pilot's Ice Cave, Catherine Raine 2016
The Pilot’s Ice Cave, Catherine Raine 2016
The Pilot's Ice Cave, Catherine Raine 2016
The Pilot’s Ice Cave, Catherine Raine 2016
Ice Dream in Gold, Catherine Raine 2016
Ice Dream in Gold, Catherine Raine 2016
Ice Dream in Gold, 2016
Ice Dream in Gold, 2016

Two Collages for Dad by Catherine

From the depths of keepsake piles in my mother’s house emerged a Father’s Day card and a birthday gift that I made in the 1970’s. IMG_7105The inside of the Father’s Day card contained a car and some of my thoughts.IMG_7107

Dear dad, I know that your are going to have a happy Father's day because me and Joe well I don't know about Joe but I am going to give you a break and be good for once. Love, Catherine
Dear dad, I know that your are going to have a happy Father’s day because me and Joe well I don’t know about Joe but I am going to give you a break and be good for once. Love, Catherine

IMG_6846The Father’s Day message became the centerpiece for a recent collage in his honor.

Dear Dad, Catherine Raine 2015
Dear Dad, Catherine Raine 2015
Dear Dad, Catherine Raine 2015
Dear Dad, Catherine Raine 2015
Dear Dad, Catherine Raine 2015
Dear Dad, Catherine Raine 2015

The second piece of 1970’s ephemera was a birthday gift for my dad. It was a hand-taped envelope made from lined notebook paper that contained watches that I’d cut out from magazines.  (The coffee stain is original).IMG_7145IMG_7146The long-ago selected watch photos and text from the card inspired a second collage for my father.

I Couldn't Afford the Real Thing, Catherine Raine 2015
I Couldn’t Afford the Real Thing, Catherine Raine 2015
I Couldn't Afford the Real Thing, Catherine Raine 2015
I Couldn’t Afford the Real Thing, Catherine Raine 2015
I Couldn't Afford the Real Thing, Catherine Raine 2015
I Couldn’t Afford the Real Thing, Catherine Raine 2015
I Couldn't Afford the Real Thing, Catherine Raine 2015
I Couldn’t Afford the Real Thing, Catherine Raine 2015
I Couldn't Afford the Real Thing, Catherine Raine 2015
I Couldn’t Afford the Real Thing, Catherine Raine 2015

Dad, thank you for keeping the cards that I made for you so many years ago.  And thank you most of all for being such a fun, supportive, and loving father. I miss you!

Creek to River Adventure in Toronto

When I descended the steps at the beginning of a three-hour trek from Taylor Massey Park to the Don River Valley, a multitude of  surprises awaited me.

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Victoria Park Avenue entrance to the park

IMG_6881Along the trail, I discovered green palaces reflected in the creek, a memorial bench wreathed in spontaneous wildflowers, animal sculptures carved from a fallen tree, and the sight of a chipmunk fleeing to its burrow.

"In memory of Joseph Crawford (1956-1995). Never forgotten. Always in our hearts."
“In memory of Joseph Crawford (1956-1995). Never forgotten. Always in our hearts.”

 

IMG_6950Flowers and chains framed the beauty of the stream, and wavy reflections of tree trunks served as pillars for a temple of nature.

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IMG_7016 The first trail marker for the Lower Don appeared after an hour and fifteen minutes of walking. This was exciting because I had never witnessed the transition from Taylor Massey Creek to the Don River before.

The Don River and Canoe Conversation Piece

Much as I love the sheltered flow of a woodland creek, the impact of seeing the waterway expand and deepen in capacity astonished me. My chest expanded, my breath deepened, and I felt freer, bigger, and more open.

IMG_7059IMG_7071Ten minutes into the Lower Don section of the walk, I noticed a short dirt trail leading to a lookout on an elevated bank.  With my camera looped around my wrist, I fell into a reverie while looking at the opaque water and began to daydream about the Missouri River (my home river). Suddenly, a very large pink and white fish jumped high above the surface and made a flamboyant splash upon re-entry.

I was so startled that I almost dropped my camera. However, I wasn’t upset in the least, for it was a privilege to have been shaken up by that feisty fish. Its breathtaking leap made me feel alive and gave me hope for the health of the river.

IMG_7079Tired but refreshed by so much beauty, I continued the journey, noticing a family of geese, graffiti murals at base of soaring bridges, and an artist painting a shimmering river portrait in olive green, brown, and ocher.

IMG_7103Near the end of the hike, I encountered historic Todmorden Mills at the base of a very steep incline up Pottery Road. I had almost reached the top of the hill, panting from exertion and the extreme heat, when the final surprise of the day greeted me: a Dairy Queen right at the summit!

In my personal history of ice-cream consumption, no plain vanilla cone has never tasted as good as the magical one purchased on Pottery Road that afternoon. It was the perfect ending to an adventure made possible by Toronto’s generous creeks, powerful rivers, and unpredictable wildlife.

 

Frog Tree, Flower Tree, Toad and Heron Collages by Catherine

Michelle's Frog Tree, Catherine Raine 2015
Michelle’s Frog Tree, Catherine Raine 2015
Michelle's Frog Tree, Catherine Raine 2015
Michelle’s Frog Tree, Catherine Raine 2015
Michelle's Frog Tree, Catherine Raine 2015
Michelle’s Frog Tree, Catherine Raine 2015
Michelle's Frog Tree, Catherine Raine 2015
Michelle’s Frog Tree, Catherine Raine 2015
Michelle's Frog Tree, Catherine Raine 2015
Michelle’s Frog Tree, Catherine Raine 2015
Toad of Encouragement, Catherine Raine 2015
Toad of Encouragement, Catherine Raine 2015
Toad of Encouragement, Catherine Raine 2015
Toad of Encouragement, Catherine Raine 2015
Denise's Heron, Catherine Raine 2015
Denise’s Heron, Catherine Raine 2015
Denise's Heron, Catherine Raine 2015
Denise’s Heron, Catherine Raine 2015

Haliburton Wolf Sanctuary

A visit to Haliburton Wolf Sanctuary was one of the highlights of a recent family vacation to central Ontario.  We were fortunate to see so many wolves from the observatory last Wednesday because the pack could have decided to hang out elsewhere within their 15-acre enclosure.

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My camera passed from hand to hand with new wolf sightings, so this photo and the ones below represent a collaborative effort.

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The Broken Tree of Deer Lick Creek

A trip to Brookbanks Park led me to bifurcating trails, the sight of a hare bounding across an iron footbridge, and the waters of Deer Lick Creek.IMG_4251blogOn the banks of the creek, a giant tree had fallen and snapped in two. The distance between its severed stump and trunk was not great, but the expanse of liquid space between the two jagged ends took my breath away with its beauty.

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IMG_4332I loved how the brook filled the void of disconnection and death, blessing an abyss with a measure of peace. As witnesses to brokenness and loss, the slow movement of water, the round stones on the creek bed, and the reflections that animated the skin of the creek comforted me. IMG_4342That tree died, but beauty didn’t die. It just changed. A whole tree, intact, thriving, with glossy leaves is beautiful. But a broken tree with only half of its body still rooted in a muddy bank is gorgeous too. IMG_4322Like Cohen’s cracks that let the light in, the shocking break is an opening for time, change, and water to move — not to take the pain away but to lovingly acknowledge its impact. The broken edges can breathe into that forgiving emptiness, exposing their ache to the kindness of night.IMG_4365IMG_4378