Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

Monday, October 23, 2017

Not all photographs should document the lovely and pretty.  Sometimes, there isn't anything to be done about a view, but they should still be taken.  Certain sections along Yonge St in Toronto can be bleak at best; concrete wastelands at their worse. I pad all over the city and periodically I'm taken by the view - not because it's breath takingly lovely, but because it's shockingly grey and grim. 

A small section on Yonge, just north of York Mills is one of those stretches. If you're driving, you likely don't notice because you zip by so quickly. But I take public transit or walk everywhere so I see a lot. I'm up there about 20 times each year and even in the summer, it's shockingly boring.  Here's the view as you walk up the little hill:

Toronto March 2016 Yonge & York Mills photographIt's just all concrete and traffic. Nothing breaks it up. If you go south of the TTC station, it's a different view - lots of green and quite lovely. Swivel north and you see the opposite. I've taken about 20 or 30 pictures of the area, at various times of the year and they all have the same urban wasteland feel. Even the park on the west side doesn't help. 

I was amused to see a pair of Canada geese wandering around a deralick parking lot (just past the building on the right in the photo).  They were standing around looking like bewildered tourists - "I swear Mable, Google Maps said there was a shopping mall here". Canada geese photograph

 They stood there watching me, occassionally peck at the pavement, letting out soft honks.  I stood watching them for a few minutes and realised, I see Canada Geese all the time, but have never taken a single photo of them. I just take them for granted. They posed for quite a few pictures, the big hams:

Canada Goose When I came back through the parking lot an hour later, they had both left. I think they were as bored of the scenery as I was.

        

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