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David Ing, at large … Sometimes, my mind wanders

2020/08 Moments August 2020

Toronto, Ontario

Don Valley Drive
Don Valley Drive: Facing west, loud traffic noises beyond the 40 metre steep forested drop into ravine alongside the river, with the Don Valley Parkway on the other side. Dead end residential street is close to city centre, yet hidden away. More than one freestanding basketball hoop on the roadway. (Don Valley Drive, North Broadview, East York, Ontario) 20200806
St. James Park
St. James Park: Playground with market theme includes stacked crates, asparagus spears. Open in summer 2019 as part of Phase 1, other Phase 2 areas still fenced off either for completion, or due to pandemic interruption. We often pass by on Adelaide Street or King Street, but haven’t stopped to notice the details. (St. James Park, King Street East, Toronto, Ontario) 20200818
Mud Creek
Mud Creek: View northward from Cat’s Eye Bridge, overlooking the Belt Line Trail by Heath Street East. Bike ride descending from Mount Pleasant Cemetery, with a long climb back up Milkman’s Lane. Route is originally a train line opening 1892, purchased in 1972 in a land swap for the land by the Metro Convention Centre. (Mud Creek, at Heath Street, Toronto, Ontario) 20200820
Edward Gardens
Edward Gardens: Annual visit to the nuptial site, 35th revisiting of our commitments. Sons remarking on the number of return trips yet to come. So warm outside, plans to dine at a patio were abandoned in favour of the first seated restaurant meal in six months, following social distancing protocols. (Edward Gardens, Don Mills, Ontario) 20200824
Ashbridges Bay
Ashbridges Bay: Bench under shady trees facing pleasure craft, with few visitors on a cloudy day. Popular area for children on bicycles with training wheels, while other parents hold hands before crossing the paved path. Volleyball courts seem more popular than boardwalk, rain arriving within the hour. (Ashbridges Bay, Toronto, Ontario) 20200826

Princes Gates
Princes Gates: Rear view, looking eastward toward the city centre, of the Goddess of Winged Victory, with a single maple leaf in her hand. The last two weeks of August normally see this street busy with the Canadian National Exhibition, but the pandemic led to cancellation. Statue commemorated in 1972 was poured concrete, replaced by in 1987 by a polymer copy. Nine pillars represent the nine provinces at that time. (Princes Gates, Princes Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario) 20200829

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