Street Art – Fountain
On a beautiful sunny weekend I decided to do some more urban exploration. I like to go off the beaten track as I never quite know what new discovery is waiting to be found. On my walk I encountered some fountains just off Victoria Street. There are three, this one was the easiest of the three to shoot. Some great examples of Toronto’s street art.
It was lovely sitting in the little square watching the fountains play. I love finding these unexpected urban oases, just a stone’s throw from Yonge Street, yet you’d never know it unless you were looking for it or just exploring. I was here in winter shooting this spot and never realized there were fountains here. So it was very cool to see the fountains on in summer.
I first shot the St James Park Bandstand (also known as St James Park Bandshell) back in the winter, so I was thrilled to see it again – this time in full summer bloom with glorious sunshine and greenery. It was just stunning.
I love to take photos in different seasons – the difference can be startling. In summer the same spot feels completely different from in winter. When I shot it back in winter it was night. There was snow on the ground the park was deserted – and a little eerie. Not so in summer, with people sitting in the shade of the bandstand as well as strolling through the park. This particular day was very hot and sunny. Both the Bandstand and the park are quite beautiful, an urban oasis in the bustling city.
It didn’t rain today even though further thunderstorms had been forecast.
Today the talk was all about who had been affected by yesterday’s mega thunderstorm, where they were and how they got through it, there were some great stories. Electricity is still out in many places in Toronto… thousands still with no power and the public transit system is still not fully-functional. At least there was no more rain. That would have made a bad situation worse. And it’s still not as bad as Calgary.
In keeping with the events of July 8th (aka Toronto’s Great Thunderstorm) I thought of this night photograph I took earlier this year of a cold rainy night on Spadina at King. I titled it “Crossing Spadina” because that’s what it was doing at King St West. I’m always shooting street cars with varying levels of success. They always seem to be slow moving… except when I decide to photograph them. But they are an instantly recognizable Toronto symbol and always great fun to shoot. In this case I loved the fact that one streetcar was going East and the other West.