A Photo a Week Challenge – Something New

….first time I’ve been snowshoeing in the city with my daughter

It was a spectacular day. The sun was shining and the snow was still relatively fresh from yesterday’s snowfall. It was cold but there was little wind. The conditions were ideal for snowshoeing.

I have to say that this activity uses different muscles than mere walking or running. After two hours of traipsing through the snow we could really feel it in our hips.

Thanks to Nancy Merrill for hosting this challenge: https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2021/02/15/a-photo-a-week-challenge-something-new-3/

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Thursday Doors – Colborne Lodge

thanks to Dan from No Facilities for continuing the challenge Thursday Doors https://nofacilities.com/2021/01/21/cedar-hill-cemetery-thursday-doors/

I’m not a regular contributor to Thursday Doors but I’ve always loved photographing doors when I travel. Like most people in the world travel has been out of the question for close to a year now but in Toronto we have a plethora of interesting doors. Unfortunately we’re in a pretty strict lockdown at the moment. We are however, allowed to go for walks to get exercise so last week when I was walking through High Park I came across Colborne Lodge.

Colborne Lodge is one of many heritage museums on can find in the city of Toronto. Here is a short history of the this cottage that I copied from the Toronto History Museums site.

Creativity and innovation inspired the original owners of Colborne Lodge, John and Jemima Howard, to leave High Park as a legacy that all Torontonians benefit from today.

Built by John Howard and Jemima, two painters, one also an architect and engineer, this Regency-era lakeside summer cottage still holds original collections of their art, architectural drawings, and inventions as well as stories of their eccentric lives. From 19th century science, technology, and medicine, to illness, adultery, and reported hauntings, Colborne Lodge truly has a story to engage all visitors. Colborne Lodge engages in the inclusion of Indigenous narratives and stories through a partnership with First Story Toronto where Indigenous guides embark on a truth-telling journey through their own lens.

Nearly 200 years later, Colborne Lodge is an active hub for community events in High Park, with cottage and garden tours, special events, workshops, and more. Locals and visitors alike are welcomed to see the place where the vision for High Park was born.

Currently the building is undergoing some major restoration and is not open to the public. Parts of the building are draped with tarps and the grey skies and the browns of winter don’t make for the nicest of photos.

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Covered Up – Day 21

thanks to Becky B for hosting January Squares https://beckybofwinchester.com/2021/01/21/square-up-21/

For Day 21 of Becky’s SquareUp challenge I found one of my favourite historical museums in Toronto all covered up for restoration work. This is Colborne Lodge located on the edge of High Park.

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Encased in Ice

….it may come as a surprise that there is any ice anywhere with these crazy mild weather we’ve been having

That said there are many areas where ponds are dangerously covered in thin layers of ice. There are signs all over Grenadier Pond that the ice is too thin to walk on but any fool should be able to see that from the open water near the middle of the pond. Every day the ice gets thinner and thinner but the weather is starting to change and it should freeze over again. Not sure how long it will take for it to be safe but I’m not going to test it out.

I always find it amazing that trees can survive the extreme temperatures, especially those that are already growing out of the water. Here are some shots of the ponds in High Park over the last five days.

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