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Toronto Botanical Garden

777 Lawrence Avenue East

Toronto, ON M3C 1P2

Southern Ontario Orchid Society invites photographers with a peaceful atmosphere to capture images of fantastic blooms. Tripods are welcomed.  

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Fall Colours 2015: Weekend Excursion Recap

With many dates and locations changes, the fall annual trip took place anyways with two participants. PaIMG_20151017_125123 (1)m Richards and myself. 

We headed to Kawartha Lakes Area in a small town of Dunsford at a fellow members Cottage.  

We drove up Friday and stopped and shot some fall colors at an old church along the way and enjoyed a nice lunch in Uxbridge. When stopping for a few supplies at a grocery store in Lindsay we had a wild hail storm covering the windshield of the van a few times. It was short lived.

We unloaded at the cottage and explored the area a bit and settled on a lovely spot for a sunset picture. IMG_20151017_182904 (1)

The Next day we explored many of the town’s around the area looking for Fall Colors or anything interesting to shoot along the way. We left Dunsford headed for Lindsay got some fall colors along the Trent Canal and a few Mills. Captured a silo against the blue sky. Then off to Fenlon Falls, a stop in Bobcaygeon for Ice Cream. We then stopped to shoot a blue heron and off to Burleigh Falls and last a sunset on our way back to Dunsford. The weather was cold, windy at times, sunny, cloudy and at sunset we got some snow happening which produced a wonderful double rainbow. 

Sunday we meandered our way home stopping to shoot along the way, had some lunch and even stopped at the Ponty Pool Mill. Then off to Tyrone Mill for a fill of warm donuts and picked up something for dinner before heading home. 

It was a nice IMG_20151018_151336 (1)weekend despite there just being the two of us. Hopefully next year we can get more people joining in. The fall trip is always in some type of cabin or cottage, since the weather can be a bit unpredictable then. IMG_20151017_144710 (1) IMG_20151016_180732 (1)    IMG_20151017_123037 (1) IMG_20151017_123023 (1) IMG_20151017_121348 (1)

 

Weekend Excursions

Every year we like to plan a variety of different trips to appeal to everyone (Cabins, Yurts, and Camping). We try to plan four trips throughout the year. We start booking these weekend excursions anywhere from 4-6 months in advance in order to get the location we want. Some locations are very popular and you have to be ready to book those locations as soon as it opens up. Over the years we have visited many different places and do try some new locations as well as the most popular places we return on many occasions. We are always looking for new and exciting locations to shoot. If you have a suggestion feel free to pass it onto Maureen.

As the Coordinator I will help with making sure you are placed in a car pool to get there and back. If you have a car and are able to be a driver let me know and I can provide you with members to drive. I will make arrangements  for shared accommodations with other members. Everyone has their own bed but there could be anywhere from 2-4 beds per each accommodation (Cabin or Yurts). I would give you with a list of things you would need to bring for the trip(s), as well as answer any questions you have before, or during the trip. – and even afterwards too.

On all of the trips you would need to book off Fridays as we plan on leaving sometime in the morning. Anyone interested in any of the weekend excursions should speak to Maureen either at a meeting, via email at maureenlittlewood@gmail.com or by cell phone at 416-723-9581 leave a voice mail message or text message.

There is a $25.00 NON-Refundable Deposit for each trip. This deposit can be paid by cash, cheque or email transfer to Maureen Littlewood. This deposit is to secure a spot. 


FALL 2015 COLOURS TRIP – click here for a recap


JANUARY ANNUAL WINTER YURT—THIS TRIP IS FULL

When: Fri. Jan. 22 – Sun. Jan. 24/16 
Where: MacGregor Point Provincial Park
For this location you drive your car to the site and park there.


FEBRUARY ANNUAL WINTER YURT—SPACE STILL AVAILABLE

When: Fri. Feb. 12 – Mon. Feb. 15, 2016
Where: Killarney Provincial Park (potentially)

For this location, there is a short walk to the yurts of 500 meters.‎ There are toboggan available to tow your gear down to the yurts. Dates and locations are potential locations and will be subject to availability of yurts.  

I will plan for people to have a car pool and sleeping arrangements. I will also provide a list of items needed to bring besides your own sleeping bag and pillows. 

Each yurt comes with 2 sets of bunk beds. A double bed on the bottom and a single bed on the top. ‎Yurts have electrical heat, electrical plugs to charge batteries and cell phones etc. A BBQ is outside for cooking on. A table and chairs are also inside the yurt. The Yurt is a heavy material type tent material on a wooden platform.  

Each yurt has 4 beds, so there would be up to 4 people per yurt unless someone wishes to share a bed with someone else. In which there could be 5 or 6 people. Both locations have a heated comfort station a short distance away as well as vaulted outhouses close by too. Though the one in Killarney has NO shower facilities for the winter. Please feel free to ask any questions about the yurts or the trip.     

 Executive Contact:  Maureen Littlewood

 

Twin Pines Orchard Christmas Open House

November – Date and time TBA.

For those who have drives, we’ll meet in the parking lot. For those who need to carpool, I will designate a meeting spot within the city.

Norm, a fellow BPC member sent me the website for this beautiful orchard in London, Twin Pines Orchards. I always wanted to schedule a photography outing that could also include more experiences like picking your own apples and free apple cider samples.

For supper I suggest the following – Garlics of LondonWaldo’s on KingChurch Key Bistro Pub

Contact: Sarah Boutilier – sarahjaboutilier@gmail.com – C) 647-297-5782

BPC Members – Free – Show Membership Card
Non Members – $10

Stay tuned for fun details and photos.

 

 

Annex Christmas Decoration Walk

December 6th, 10am to 1pm

Meet at Dupont Station south east entrance upstairs by the turnstiles. Hopefully we’ll get a nice snow day for this. Or at least have some snow on the ground. Christmas decorations should be abound in this area, especially if you’re thinking of making a Christmas card this year.

I suggest the Pour House to warm up with good food and a beer.

Contact: Sarah Boutilier – sarahjaboutilier@gmail.com – C) 647-297-5782

BPC Members – Free – Show Membership Card
Non Members – $10

Stay tuned for fun details and photos

Halloween in the Park

November 1st – 6pm to 7pm

Meeting at Dundas West Subway. Sorauren Park has an annual event where anyone can bring a pumpkin to place along the edges of the paths after Halloween. It would be a good opportunity to push yourself if you don’t usually shoot at night. Bring a tripod. If you’re really ambitious, and want to try off camera Flash Photography, I can help you. Bring your speedlight, transceivers (cacti) and batteries. I can provide a light stand and shoot through umbrella.

I suggest Aris Place at 229 Roncesvales to eat afterwards. They don’t have a great website, theres no menu, but the reviews are good.

Contact: Sarah Boutilier – sarahjaboutilier@gmail.com – C) 647-297-5782

BPC Members – Free – Show Membership Card
Non Members – $10

Stay tuned for fun details and photos

South Simcoe Railway

October 18th – 1:00pm to 3:30 – 11:30 @ car rental (Location TBA)

For those who want to carpool, please meet me at the car rental at 11:30 (location TBA closer to the date) otherwise, meeting in the parking lot for 1pm. Train ride starts at 1:30. Combining the fall colours with the history of a 1920’s train. We’ll enjoy a hours ride through forest and fields to see the fall colours. The conductor will be our guide talking about how the railway shaped our country.Please know, Tickets must be bought in advance.

Some choice places to eat close by are; A Taste of FreedomMono Cliffs InnBlack Birch Restaurant and Hockley Valley Resort.

Contact: Sarah Boutilier – sarahjaboutilier@gmail.com – C) 647-297-5782

BPC Members – Free – Show your membership card

Non-Member – $10

PLUS – $14 – adult, $12 – Seniors – 65 and over, $8 – children 3 – 15

PLUS shared rental Vehicle and gas – TBA

*Please let me know a week in advance if you are planning to attend and need a drive so I may book a car, well in advance.*

Stay tuned for fun details and photos

U of T

October 17th, 2015 – 10am to 1pm

Meeting at Queens Park Subway We’ll about the campus taking photos of the architecture against a background of colourful leaves. Again, here is a great opportunity to explore off camera flash especially if we can get inside some of the buildings.

This is a good opportunity to gather some images for our up and coming contest themes, Street Life and Architecture.

Architecture – Images of the buildings designed and built to serve both a human purpose and a pleasing (or not!) aesthetic. Could also include landscape architecture but would not include purely engineering structures.

Street life – People in the urban environment. People behaving (or not!) within the context of their urban surroundings. Images should include both people and their environment.

I suggest 7 West Café to eat at afterwards. 7 Charles St W.

Contact: Sarah Boutilier – sarahjaboutilier@gmail.com – C) 647-297-5782

BPC Members – Free – Show Membership Card
Non Members – $10

Stay tuned for fun details and photos


 

Parkdale Walk

Alley Wanderings DNT Elusive Observer Hope GardenLight at the End  Neighbourhood Sweetness Rusty Beauty Graffiti Jungle ___________________________________________________________________________________________________

Parkdale Walk OR Parkdale Alleyways

(photos to come soon)

Sadly, no one was able to answer the question I posed in my outing summery of the Parkdale outing for a free drink. The definition of a gladstone is a suite case with flexible sides on a ridged frame that opens flat into two compartments. Neither Pam nor Joanne won a free drink. Sorry guys. Joanne should, however, get brownie points for doing research on the history of the neighbourhood. Not only did she do the research, but brought a print out in a file folder.

According to Wikipedia Parkdale has a riches to rags story. Some of the most prominent families and what would be founders of Toronto lived here. However, the thing that’s causing so much headache and debate today was the neighbourhoods destruction in 1955. The Gardner Express. What we’re seeing now with condo’s happened then with block apartment buildings. Hundreds of homes were destroyed. And now the neighbourhood is no longer well to-do, but house working class families and new-comers to Canada. Although condos’s and new townhouses in this area are starting to be built up, it will take time for the area to become gentrified again.

 We started a little too far east, but made our way west through side streets but found interesting alley ways that seemed to have the most interesting textures on fences, garages, garage doors and stone walls. I recommend to anyone to keep a folder of textures for any future Photoshop projects.

 Something we’ve noticed was how neat and tidy these alleys were; not an inch of graffiti to be seen. There were however, dilapidated sheds that stuck out like a sore thumb among otherwise pristine properties. There was only one or two sad streets in need of the love and attention for someone to spruce up a house here and there. Parkdale is no longer what it was. It’s come a long way over the years. After I had a call from one of our clients who still believed Parkdale was still populated with druggies, I was even more interested in seeing the neighbourhood. I was quite delighted with it. Nestled in itself behind the train tracks divided from the hustle and bustle of Queen St.

 We went into two vintage stores. One of which Pam was saying went downhill in the past three months. She said it use to be so organized. Now there were items in the isles. There was no rhyme or reason to anything. The second was full of stuff. Though I was disappointed with the lack of frilly dresses. Perhaps they were downstairs with the bolts of fabric I purposefully for another day when I had more time to look.

 For lunch, Pam suggested as Tibetan restaurant. There was one that I ate at twice before called Tibetan House or something like that, but we say a cute little yellow place that served both Indian and Tibetan cuisine, so we decided to try that. We ordered four dishes to try between us. A veggie fried noodle dish, spicy pork, a beef soup, steamed beef dumplings, and our waiter gave us a free dish of rice to sooth the spicy food.

 Every dish was quite different in taste and all very delicious. Our waiter was telling us the traditional meat was Yak. But since there is only one at the Toronto Zoo, and it would be expensive to import otherwise; what dishes would be yak are make with pork instead. I would defiantly eat there again. If you’re looking for something different, try Om Restaurant.

 Although it was cold and blustery, and starting to rain, we decided to check out a lush community garden and another alley. One so different from the others we came from; it was an extension of Graffiti Alley, but further west at Roncesvalles. There were a few fantastic sections, my favorite, a wall painted in multiple shades of green with vines hanging over it. I’d call it the Hanging Garden, but the feeling was nothing like the movie. These graffiti artists are amazing!

 On the way home there was much debate about going to Nuit Blanch that night. I don’t think anyone of us made it. We’ve endured the chill of the days wind, but I we shivered at the thought of how cold it would be that night.

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 October 3rd, 2015 – 10am to 1pm

 Meeting at the Gladstone Hotel, probably the most noted landmark in Parkdale. A free beer or coffee to anyone who can give me the definition of “gladstone”. No cheating! We’ll decide weather or not we want to walk north or south, but regardless taking side streets and ally ways.

This will be a good opportunity to gather some images for our up and coming contest themes, Street Life and Architecture.

Architecture – Images of the buildings designed and built to serve both a human purpose and a pleasing (or not!) aesthetic. Could also include landscape architecture but would not include purely engineering structures.

Street life – People in the urban environment. People behaving (or not!) within the context of their urban surroundings. Images should include both people and their environment.

OMG there are too many places to eat.
http://www.smalltownbar.com/
http://www.cadillaclounge.com/
http://stonesplace.ca/
Tibet Kitchen – No website, but the food is awesome and not too out of this world for those of you who are meat and potato people. The Patio is awesome and hopefully it will still be patio weather at this time.
AND SO MANY MORE TO CHOOSE FROM!

Contact: Sarah Boutilier – sarahjaboutilier@gmail.com – C) 647-297-5782

BPC Members – Free – Show Membership Card
Non Members – $10

Stay tuned for fun details and photos

Kensington Market

September 19th, 2015 – 9am to 1pm

Meeting everyone at Don’t Call Me Cupcake at 160 Baldwin St. for 9am. We’ll walk around Kensington Market, one of the funkiest area in Toronto, located just west of Spadina’s Chinatown.  With an eclectic mix that is hard to describe the place has the feeling of a neatly laid-out souk. Most of the stretch on Kensington Avenue, south of St. Andrews, is chock-full of vintage clothing stores with candy-colour façades. After a morning of shooting we can hit up one of the many restaurants in the area, The Dirty Bird at 79 Kensington Ave. Afterwards we can walk down Spadina and photograph Chinatown and maybe head over to Graffitt Alley south of Queen St.

This is a good opportunity to gather some images for our up and coming contest themes, Street Life and Architecture.

Architecture – Images of the buildings designed and built to serve both a human purpose and a pleasing (or not!) aesthetic. Could also include landscape architecture but would not include purely engineering structures.

Street Life People in the urban environment. People behaving (or not!) within the context of their urban surroundings. Images should include both people and their environment.

Contact: Jeniffer Vieira – Vieira.j.76@gmail.com – C) 647-281-7340

BPC Members – Free – Show you member ship card 

Non Member – $10

Stay tuned for fun details and photos.