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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Best political slogan of the week - Toronto wall art

Walking east along Dundas, in Little Portugal today and ran across this perfect political statement: photo of slogan on wall in Little Portugal, Toronto - "Pathetic slogan"

 Kind of apropos, given the rabid political atmosphere swirling around us this year.

 

 

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More thought provoking wall art from Barcelona

This photo kind of dates itself, doesn't it:

photo of wall art in Barcelona from 2004 "Phones are not liberty"

I took it on a vacation back in 2004. The cell phone was cutting edge at the time. But the point of the art is what's stayed in my mind over the years. For a long time I agreed, but over the past few years, I've begun to change my thinking Smart phones can be a devastating tool in fighting for freedom. 

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Toronto weather - wanna be funnel cloud & relief from the heat

It's been unreasonably hot and humid here in Toronto over the last week. With the humidex, the temp has been pushed over 40c (that's over 100 F for my American friends) for days now. Plus so dry, it's become a worry. Well, today (Sat), Mother Nature sent us some relief. The promised, but not believed, cold front just roared over the city, bringing rain and lower temperatures. I stood on the balony and I could feel the temp dropping by the minute.  The clouds were moving overhead so fast, it was amazing. I did manage to snag this before it blew overtop: Photo of storm clouds rolling over western GTA

Don't often see wannabe funnel clouds over Toronto, but it looked like this cloud bank was trying it's best. The wind was whirling around and around, picking up speed for a short time, which caused this.   It's west facing, must have been over Etobicoke and Mississauga.   

Right now, windows open, enjoying the fresh air. I won't have to water anything on the balcony tonight. The pots are over flowing with water, the wind has died down and the rain is coming down in bucket. Keep your fingers crossed the humidity doesn't return.

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Above the clouds in Toronto - watching them drift by

I was talking about the Saturday storm & the weird clouds, with a customer today. He lives on the south facing side of my building and has what we refer to as "the million dollar view" - a completely unhindered, panoramic view of Toronto. Although we aren't really that high up (I'm 20 floors up, he's 17), we do see some interesting cloud cover periodically. On Friday, he grabbed a couple of shots that were fascinating:

Photo of Toronto skyline with odd cloud cover

This was around lunch time. It's fun to look down on the clouds occassionally. Doesn't happen often, but if the weather conditions are just right ....

Photo of Toronto skyline with odd cloud cover

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Barcelona street art - 2004 mad cats

I swear, Barcelona has some of the BEST street art I've ever seen. It's mad cap, brilliant and in your face!

Photo of street art in Barcelona 2004

When I was in Barcelona in 2004, I spent quite a bit of time wandering around photographing some of it. Yes, I know, not the usual touristy thing to do, but wholly mackeral it's worth a trip just for that alone. I should crowd fund another trip back to take follow up photos. I could do an entire book just on the art I saw. The above photo is one of my favourites. I call it "Space Cats from Hell". I think they're cats ... maybe they aren't.  But they look like cats to me so ... a day late but in honour of International Cat Day yesterday. Enjoy.

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