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Gallery Update: Toronto

It’s been about ten years since I first made an album of Toronto. At the time, I was still learning how to use my first Digital SLR, the first Canon Rebel at the time.

I just can’t run out of pictures to take in Toronto. There are 259 pictures in this album, after culling hundreds of others. Below are some newer captures from recent trips, enjoy the tour! Click here to go to the full gallery. img_8240

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Cuzco, the Andean capital. (Peru series 2 of 6)

Cuzco (or Cusco) is the ancient capital of the Inca empire, and thereby one of South America’s most historically significant cities. The Inca Empire was the largest, most developed society of all the Americas prior to the arrival of Europeans. With the capital in Cuzco, Inca rule extended upon as many as 35 million people, to as far as modern day Columbia and Argentina. The Spanish came in 1533, ushering in a colonial era where Inca temples were replaced with impressive catholic churches, but The Inca culture, both literally and figuratively, remained the underlying foundation upon which the Spanish built the colonial society.

Cuzco sits at 11,152ft above sea level,  in the Andean highlands, in an area known as the Sacred Valley. Because of its historical prominence, the city today is a unique antique;  many streets, walls, and plazas remain from pre-colonial times. Renaissance churches from the Spanish conquest of the 1500s occupy the most prominent  street corners in the city, but are built on the footprints of much older Inca temples. Once the capital of the Incas, the city is today the most visited city in Peru.

Click here to visit the gallery.

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Altitude traning

 

I’ve updated the gallery of the Canadian Rockies after some enjoyable alpine hiking on a cold Labor Day weekend in Banff. We managed one summit (albeit with weather turning sour), and several other hikes in what I still consider one of the most scenic places imaginable! Click Here.  Rockies 335

 

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Under Elm trees.

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Cold, Crisp Air.

Can you feel it in your lungs?


Keep exploring: Toronto

Amongst the 6 million people, 1600 parks, 165 000 street lights, and thousands of high rises, Toronto has much to explore.  It has a scope that is unlike anything else in Canada, being a growing metropolis that is already 4th largest in North America. I recently learned that Toronto has the most skyscrapers under construction of any city in North America, with 147 under construction. Not at all surprising as you walk the Harbour Front  or the Entertainment District. The scope, and the growth, combine to give an impression of explorable immensity.

Please, go on, check out the full Toronto set here. 


Winnipeg landmarks, old and new.


Pyrotechnics


Miami is cold hearted, but I don’t hold it against her.

As much as this site is about photography, it’s often just as much about traveling. I consider myself fairly well travelled, experienced even, managing to stay (more or less) safe in 18 countries since taking a liking to photography. Much of that time, I was alone, just me and my camera.  But yours truly made something of a novice traveler’s mistake (at least it seems that way in hindsight) – and it has left me with a few less valuable possessions since returning from Florida. Namely, my camera.

Thankfully, nothing was taken that isn’t replaceable. I’m always grateful when I return home safe and sound. Really, that’s always the most important thing. With that said, it’s still a disheartening lesson to re-learn, the lesson we all think we know: protect your valuables.

You can steal my camera, but you can’t steal my eye for photography, or my sense of adventure. You might however be able to teach me a valuable lesson or two, jerk.

Here are some pictures taken from a lowly camera phone, a joke of a substitute for an SLR in the interim.  

Daytona Beach, not the site of the buglar, and quite an amazing Beach.

An abandoned farmhouse, somewhere in southern Manitoba.

A field with big sky, Manitoba.

A cleanly organized log pile, Manitoba prairies.


Winter Exposures, (feels like home.)


Dog days!


A new look

Things have changed around here once again. I’ve got a new publishing platform that will make it easier for me to update, anytime and anywhere. Hopefully, what this will mean is more frequent updates! Happy spring everybody.