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Milk Door, a Photo-poem by Catherine

When soldiers returned to father the Boomers,
this house had a miniature door
for bottles to enter full and leave empty,
ready to become milk-opaque again.

After the rise of supermarkets, the portal changed to a window,
six milky panes slap-spackled into the brick,
intimate economies traded
for plastic jugs, sloshing bags, and Snippits.

Today, the morning rays tremble where hinges once swung,
and light is the currency of nourishment.
Absence has punched itself through the wall,
too impatient for the finesse of razors and chisels,
but too ambivalent to let tactless bricks
efface a window that frames the door’s memory.

Instead, like stained-glass bathing in an old story,
transparency releases pools of color,
visual sighs for the lost,
and prayers for the anguished strength
to roll back boulders from historic tombs.

Six thick panes for discarded cradles,
toy soldiers that joined the Salvation Army,
and silent rooms.

Milk door to window,
necessary to obsolete.
What shines can seed the deepest soil.
And what empties to nothing
holds rivers of radiant ghosts
that shimmer, swirl, and eddy in aching gold.

 

Impressions of Toogood Pond, Scarborough Civic Centre, and David Balfour Trail

Toogood Pond, Unionville Ontario
Toogood Pond, Unionville Ontario
Toogood Pond, Unionville Ontario
Scarborough Civic Centre
Scarborough Civic Centre
David Balfour Trail
David Balfour Trail
David Balfour Trail, Train Bridge
David Balfour Trail, Train Bridge
David Balfour Trail, Train Bridge
David Balfour Trail, Train Bridge

Anonymous Penny Exchange

Although pennies are no longer in circulation in Canada, the forest economy is different. Last May I found a 1978 Canadian penny on the forest floor of Serena Gundy Park. I shifted it to a curved patch of moss for a photo and left it there.

Penny Found on the Forest Floor, Serena Gundy Park

Two months later, I followed the same trail, and to my surprise I saw a penny in almost the same spot! It was a different one though, stamped with the year 2007. It rested just beside the moss patch, possibly nudged from it by a curious animal.

Serena Gundy Park

Thank you, mysterious hiker, for creating an anonymous penny exchange! If I had had a penny with me, I would have extended the game. As it was, I took a picture and let the coin remain there for the next pair of wondering eyes.

Photography Moments: Late Winter to Spring 2017

Serena Gundy Park
Sunnybrook Park
Highland Creek
Highland Creek
Chain Fence Reflected in a Puddle by Farlinger Ravine
Fire Illusion 1 (Streetlight and Plastic Bag in Tree)
Fire Illusion 2
Iris in the Rain, William Jewell College
Reflection of the Footbridge Over the Creek, Liberty Missouri
Taylor Massey Creek
Serena Gundy Park
Near Scarborough Golf Club, Markham Road
Gatineau Trail
Peonies in the Garden, Scarborough
Peonies in the Garden
Cherry Stack Hollow, Wexford Woods

Kildeer on Her Nest, Milne Dam Conservation Park

Milne Dam Conservation Park

Photostudies for Winter 2016-2017

Frozen Puddle, Scarborough 2016

St. Louis, Missouri Tree
Taylor Massey Creek, Scarborough

Serena Gundy Park, Toronto

 

Serena Gundy Park

 

Morningside Park
Morningside Park
Morningside Park
Taylor Massey Creek
Birkdale Ravine
Taylor Massey Creek
E. T. Seton Park
E. T. Seton Park
Taylor Massey Creek
E. T. Seton Park
Birchdale Ravine
Taylor Massey Creek
Taylor Massey Creek
Taylor Massey Creek
Clayton Missouri
Taylor Massey Creek
Wilket Creek

Gesture Studies with Windsock Model

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Sky Star Pose

Near the beginning of an extended walk last November, I became transfixed by a tall flapping windsock outside a bakery. I ended up taking over seventy pictures of the wind-animated figure, and each one had a different pose. It was like receiving a free art class on the topic of gesture studies!

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Smiling with Abandon into the Beyond
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Drop Me in the River

It’s astonishing how expressive fabric can be when it composes a long tube for the body, two hollow arms, and a head with strips of black cloth for hair. The different angles of the head and arms as well as various bends in the body’s “spine” gave strong impressions of joy, fatigue, despair, sass, embarrassment, playfulness, surrender, overwhelm, triumph, and humor.

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Bliss Float
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The Stretch Just After Waking

I managed to reduce the number of pictures by more than half, but I still need to ask viewers’ indulgence for the quantity of images posted here. (Sending a big thank you to Veronica Paloma for her thoughtful comments on these photos when I first posted them on Facebook last fall and for providing ideas for the titles “Bliss Float,” “Cheerleader,” and “Responding to the Latin Beat.”)

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Freedom to Be a Willow
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Salute to Freedom
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Taken Way Aback
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Shy Greeting
Overcome by the Giggles
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Marching Just Because I Want to March in the Wind
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Don’t Underestimate My Biceps Just Because I Am a Windsock. I Will Flex at You Until You Are Convinced!
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You Rang?
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Fetch Me My Fainting Couch!
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Horizontal Rocket Launch
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Temporary Lack of Insight
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Be Still My Hollow Heart!
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Windsock Means Business
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My Apologies
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Cheerleader
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Responding to the Call of the Salsa Beat
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Fill the Frame with Joy
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Awkward Conversation
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I Wish I Could Complete This Cartwheel
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Defiantly Awkward
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Gracious Welcome
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This Trampoline Is Awesome!
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Blown Back by a Temporary Obstacle
Victory

Images of North York and East York

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Aga Khan Museum, North York
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West Don River, E. T. Seton Park
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E. T. Seton Park
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Taylor Massey Creek
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Wilket Creek Park
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Wilket Creek Park
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Wilket Creek Park
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Wilket Creek Park
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Wilket Creek
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Neighborhood near Sunnybrook Park

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Willow on Don Mills Road
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Merrill Bridge Road Park
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Merrill Bridge Road Park
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Merrill Bridge Road Park
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Merrill Bridge Road Park
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Merrill Bridge Road Park

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.

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