One of my favourite times to be in the west end of Toronto is late spring. That's because every year in May, the High Park cherry blossom trees spring to life. The Sakura trees were given to Toronto on behalf of the Japanese, for Toronto's support during World War Two. The short-lived flowering season brings many people to the park, myself included! I was able to visit twice this year, when the buds were just popping up, and then later when the trees were in full bloom. Here are some of my favourite shots:
My friend Katy and I have been going on a few photowalks a month since April... I end up being super inspired and taking hundreds of photos, and then the thought of processing them all for publishing ends up slowing me down. Last week, I managed to edit a few of the photos from our trip to the Evergreen Don Valley Brickworks - though I have at least one more set to share!
For those who have never been, the Brickworks features an extensive outdoor section with areas that are great for nature photos, and then the old factory which features amazing graffiti and super cool steampunk-esque elements.
Have you ever been to Epcot at Walt Disney World during the Flower and Garden Festival? The festival features beautiful topiaries (of Disney Characters!) that are unbelievable - how do they do that!? The characters all look lifelike, and it's clear that they have very talented gardeners who are able to maintain the topiaries so exquisitely.
Also unique to Epcot is the food and drink choices. During the Flower and Garden Festival, each country also has a "pop up shop" type of food stand where you can get unique dishes that are unavailable at other times of the year - I tried a maple bacon cupcake, which sounded interesting in theory, but didn't quite hit the mark like I was hoping. Margaritas in Mexico, however, are always a good choice!
Plus, there's my favourite part of the festival - the Flower Power Concert Series. Every weekend features a popular band from the 1960s-1980s. I happened to attend when one of my absolute favourite bands - Herman's Hermits - were playing! I've seen Herman's Hermits (featuring Peter Noone) before and they are always incredibly entertaining.
I couldn't believe that people would line up in the hot sun for two hours before the concert just to get a spot in the amphitheatre though. Because of that, my photos aren't that great. I didn't want to waste my day in the park standing in a line, so my friends and I ended up hanging out in the courtyard behind the amphitheatre, sipping our margaritas and listening to the show instead. It was still an awesome experience!
He played all of his hits, including Silhouettes, I'm Henry The VIII, I'm Into Something Good, etc. And he also mixed it up with some fun cover songs - like Ring of Fire! That was definitely a treat.
Here's some more photos from my awesome day at Epcot:
It's been a really great first week on @tdotpix over on Instagram!
We've got some new followers, and new contributors, and I can see my vision for a nice little community of Toronto Instagrammers coming together. I would love to someday hold little photo walks that people could join in, and post different perspectives from the same walk.
I already have a lot of photos lined up for next week, and I'm excited and hopeful to see more photos being hashtagged with #tdotpix and the community growing even larger! So, if you haven't already, be sure to stop by tdotpix on Instagram, follow, and hashtag all your Toronto photos, and become a part of the fun! Spread the word to friends, and lets all meet some new Instagrammers!
Just wanted to take some time to announce a new project I've started up - tdotpix. It's an Instagram (and Tumblr) based community for Toronto area photographers. The vision that I have for the community is for a whole bunch of photogs to come together and share the most beautiful vantage points of our beautiful city - show the world that there's more happening here than our mayor!
To become a part of the community, just Follow on Instagram, and if you'd like to submit a photo, hashtag it #tdotpix. Every day, I'll share one beautiful picture from the pool of images that are shared. Eventually, I'd love for the community to become big enough that we have some photowalks throughout the city and make some new friends!
If you like the idea, please join in, and tell other Torontonians to join too!