Just picture this!
But first, about last week:
I took several walks last weekend. How about you? Here’s a bit about three of my wanders. Including our great WestWalking downtown walk!
First, on Saturday, I shared a wonderful Elora Gorge trip with Y-friends Meg and Kathy. Thanks, you two! The day began with pouring rain, but our bus-trip was warm, dry, and relaxed and our hike around the gorge, into it, and into the town of Elora made a perfect fall day.
Then, Sunday’s morning walk around the St. Lawrence Market area turned out to be ideal. We explored the antique market, wandered and saw interesting buildings, St. James Church and garden, a few historical locations, and then headed up Church Street and discovered far more murals than predicted!! (Haha – you know I can’t resist, but it wasn’t intentional, I swear.) And an excellent view of the downtown skyline.
After a relaxed Monday, and a great Thanksgiving dinner out with family, I took myself down to City Hall square for a last, late view of the two remaining Nuit Blanche installations. What a treat. I was sorry to have missed the full event, the previous weekend. This made up for it!
Have a look:
Glorious fall colour: maple leaves in Elora Gorge.
Kathy, Lori, sunbeam – Elora Gorge, beside the Grand River.
Megan fords a little creek on the rim of Elora Gorge.
Grand River explorers – in the Elora Gorge sunshine.
Kathy and Megan watch a little Grand River whitewater flow past.
We share an amazing picnic in the sunshine.
Beautiful roots of a strong tree in the Elora Gorge. Gorgeous. Weather-worn. How old??
Admiring remnants of an older bridge, in the Grand River (from the new bridge) in the town of Elora.
Graceful St. Lawrence Hall
Pretty bandshell in St. James Park and gardens
Swan fountain, coleus, elephant-ears – in St. James Park.
Elephant ears and lots of purple – a very fallish colour scheme.
Squirrel-tail grass and ginger.
The last rose of summer? What a colour!
Julie teaches us that these “snappy” blooms are called turtle heads.
Anemones and sage.
Cherub herb and chard garden, surrounded by lantana.
Tall, tall tower of the Cathedral Church of St. James.
St. James and coordinating memorial
Piliriqatiigingniq – an Indigenous group mural on Church street – “working towards common goals…”
Morals? or Murals?
Interesting building on Richmond Street east, with colourful balconies.
Metropolitan United Church’s tower, through the trees.
Another great Church Street parking lot mural, at Shuter Street. This is “Paint Your Faith” – done for the United Church of Canada. Artists are Elicser and Mediah, from Toronto and Chor Boogie and Siloette, from San Francisco. It will be covered, once construction of (another) condo starts… sometime.
The amazing roofline of the recently-cleaned St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica.
NXNE music festival mural, on the wall of NOW Magazine.
That’s quite a skyline we have there!
Seek those who fan your flames. (This mural is actually a quotation from Rumi, and an ad for “The Get-Down” tv series. Amusing combo.)
Love this vibrant “VISTA” mural. The Burger Joint sounds amusing, too. Didn’t even notice that, when I took the photo.
Okay, now you have my attention!!!!!! Cool puddle reflection, too (a total fluke). This mural, which seems to be called, “Be Creative!” credits about 38 artists. Nice.
From google maps streetview… that Be Creative mural at its start!
More interesting skyline, including the domes of St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church on Bond Street.
The Bathhouse Raids mural by Christiano de Araujo.
Alex Florez mural, Love Makes Community, and the Ella mosaic, by Red Dress.
Thanksgiving… with a Chinese vegetarian twist!
“Death of the Sun” at Nathan Phillips Square, by Director X.
Death of the Sun, as colours evolve.
Death of the Sun, as smoke begins…
Floria Sigismondi’s projection-on-mist, Pneuma. A work of art, film, music and… public space.
My favourite scene in Pneuma.
Walking away from my last weekend walk, the “sun” was still dying in the distance. What a great walking weekend.
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These are all things we shall do again. Yes, let’s!
Sunday, October 16, 2016:
Meet at the Y at 9:00, as usual. We’re walking downtown and back. We’ll visit the World Press Photo Exhibition, at Brookfield Place. This will be a return visit, because this exhibition definitely deserves an annual look. Please join us. The photos are always eye-opening.
COMING RIGHT UP:
Next week, we’ll attempt to find some fall colour right in our own neighbourhood. The week after that, brunch in High Park! Bundle up!
Please do feel free to bring a friend along to share our walks. We’ll see you soon.
You’re just finding WestWalking for the first time?!
Welcome. You really should walk with us!
See you Sunday!
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