Chestnut trees in full bloom – David Balfour Park 2016

Chestnut trees in full bloom – David Balfour Park 2016

Chestnut tree blossoms David Balfour Park - Toronto 2016

I was cutting through the park today on my way to pick up a bag of espresso beans and stopped to admire the chestnut trees in full bloom today.  We’re lucky, the David Balfour park has a number of them, in good health, including these two:

Chestnut tree blossoms David Balfour Park - Toronto 2016

 If you don’t look closely, you’d think it was one huge stately tree, but it is two.  The original photo was too washed out to bother posting. The one above was enhanced using NIK Silver Efex using a couple of filters and Agfa paper effect. Then I just layered it over the original and tapped multiply. It brought it back to life. Nothing I could do with the sky.  The day is so intensly bright, nothing short of a lens filter would prevent the bleaching.

The problem with trying to take photos of the tree blossoms is, I’m too damned short. I have to stand on my toes to try and capture a few shots.  It can be tricky. For every 6 or 7 shots, I get one that’s acceptable.  And jumping up and down trying to catch a good photo doesn’t work … I’ve tried. All you end up with is a bunch of blurry photos.  The wind was picking up as well, which complicated things. But I managed to grab a few okay photos.   Chestnut tree blossoms David Balfour Park - Toronto 2016

 I have no idea which chestnut tree type this is, my tree identification skills are pretty sad.  If you want to see them, better head out to the park within the week. The blossoms never seem to be out for long.  

Chestnut tree blossoms David Balfour Park - Toronto 2016

 

 

Spring in Toronto – a riot of green & colour

Spring in Toronto – a riot of green & colour

Spring in Toronto brings a riot of colour. After the relentless dull grey of winter, everything seems so bright:
 Riot of Colour May blossoms in Toronto 2016

I picked photos I took the last 5 days that needed no adjustment.

No tweaking  required and the colours were fabulous. Switching over to manual on my smart phone has solved a host of issues with focus and colour balance.  The above is from the tree in front of my building. It seemed to have exploded into blossoms yesterday.

This one is from St Clair – just west of Yonge:

 Riot of Colour May blossoms in Toronto 2016

But the greens are oh so soft and vibrant. Can’t post photos of spring without at least one shot of sunlight dancing on the maple leafs along the Beltway path:

Maple leaves on the Beltline path Toronto May 2016

 

Night after ice storm – photo Toronto March 25 2016

Night after ice storm – photo Toronto March 25 2016

We had a bit of an ice storm here in Toronto. Not too serious – unlike the one in 2013. Just your typical early spring mess.  I was lucky and didn’t have to go out into it on Thurs. I had the luxury of working at home. I fall enough on clean pavement, I couldn’t stand the thought of slipping around the city on icy sidewalks.  I’ve broken my glasses, ended up in emerg getting my head stitched and hurt various muscles and limbs more than I can count. I’m either going to have to get remedial walking lessons, learn to fall or wrap myself in bubble wrap.  So, I didn’t get out to get a lot of photos during the day. The fear of falling on my face again was a bit too much.

When the weather settled into a dreary chill, I did wander out last night to try and catch a photo. My camera really isn’t good for night shots. But I did manage to get one decent one. All the trees had a fine coat of ice that looked like a halo in the street lighting. This was the only salvageable shot out of the lot. The rest were ‘meh’ and not worth keeping.

Toronto after Mar 24 2016 icestorm. Night shot