Gesture Studies with Windsock Model

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! It’s astonishing how […]

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. Anonymous artists had created a gathering of small inuksuit sculptures, and I loved how the waves had become […]

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. Along 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 […]

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. The following photos were taken on a return visit […]

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.On 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 […]

Up All Night in Berlin: April 1990

When the Berlin Wall fell in November of 1989, I had recently arrived at the University of Durham for a junior-year-abroad experience. In April 1990, I flew from England to West Germany to visit my friend Bart, a fellow sociology major from a small college in Missouri. After a few days touring Heidelberg, we took […]

Laundry Meditation

On a washing day, I place the white basket on the patio table, move the line into position, and grab some single socks. As I administer the stability of clothespins, I relish the sun on my face and the breeze that moves the tall thistles and Queen Anne’s lace. My hands attach the socks, shirts, […]

Magic Door in Kew Gardens, Toronto!

As I was walking through Kew Gardens, the sight of this wee door at the base of a tree astonished me! Who made the door? And why? Who arranged the offering of twigs and leaves? To thank the tree, I placed two quarters on the spontaneous shrine, still marveling at the fairy-tale door. By the […]