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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

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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.

Junction Walk

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There were four of us on the first outing of the Beach Photo Club season; Catherine, Joanne, Pam and myself. It rained on and off all day, but that didn’t deter us as it was but a mist, not getting any worse than a drizzle. People had suggested more outings to be with in the city, and through I put them on the calendar, I was a little disappointed with the lack of interest this day but hope it was only the weather that kept people snug and warm.

As it happened we went on a little side adventure. After meeting at Keele Subway Station as planned, we went south instead of north to an ally way that ran parallel to the subway line. When the train comes up from underground to the station, you can see a stretch of buildings with beautiful graffiti. We must have spent an hour or more there finding other nook and crannies with beautiful container gardens on balconies. There was a garden by a Hockey store that made its fence from broken hockey sticks. It was beautiful cherry tomato’s ( I wonder if they were growing them in lieu of Don Cherry. That would be cute), zucchini and another type of tomato growing.

When we finally did go north, we headed west onto Dundas. I was surprised at how beautiful this part of Dundas was. There are still old buildings on this corner and along this stretch that reminded me of the main drags of smaller towns through out Southern Ontario. Pam , our local guide for the walk, commented on some black and white images she found of the junction and how she was still able to recognize the area. And building in relation to where she lives now. It’s nice to know a neighborhood can still have its character in tact.

What was really great about this neighbourhood was all the wonderful salvage shops. The first one we went into was Post + Beam Reclamation Ltd. It’s chalk full with old windows, doors, tools, mantel pieces. Once of which had crackled paint of a beautiful blue. We all agreed that if we were to purchase it, we would preserve the paint as is. To do otherwise would be sacrilegious. They also had two claw foot tubs (I’ve always wanted a claw foot tub!) and so much more. I asked if we could take photos and they said yes. All of the shops we went in to were very obliging in this respect.

In SMASH, I bought a pair of deer antlers that were cut to a smaller size from the full rack. Ever since I took the photos of Amanda last weekend, I had in my head the Vogue fashion photos of models wearing antlers. Now, I just have to figure out how to affix them to a headband sturdy enough to stay on the models head.

For Lunch, in between salvage shops, we went to lunch at Indi Ale House. Pam had suggested this as an outing, but seeing how small the back room was with the copper kettles, I don’t think there would have been enough room to shoot. Even if we didn’t plan any outings, there’s always a good excuse to go back. Three of us had the Breakfast Porter, a creamy dark beer with a smooth caramel woody flavor. Porters are considered to be a strong beer, almost a stout, but it’s very hard to find one in a Toronto restaurant. I know only one other place who has it and they too make it themselves. It’s the place where I first discovered porter, Black Creek Village. To eat I had the special, a grilled chicken club sandwich on a pretzel bun with Caesar dressing, crispy kale, cheese, and tomato. It was so large, I wondered if I could fit my mouth around it, but it squished down to a more palatable size. I told the waiter it was the best club sandwich ever. I only said that once before at Shanghai Cowgirl on Bathurst. When the table behind us heard, they asked to see it, but I asked them not to be fooled by its sorry state.

One of the last shops we went to was Mjolk, http://store.mjolk.ca, a mix of Scandinavian and Japanese furniture with an air of vintage all about it. In one corner was a high-end record player. I turned around to the clerk asking, “Can you hear the difference between vinyl and digital?” “Oh yes. I can hear it.” We all listened to the warm classic 1940’s jazz as we watched the vinyl spinning, the needle gliding over it. I would love to have a turntable again. I wonder if there’s still one in my parents basement. Hmmmmm…… But how to get it up here is the question.

I had a revelation that day. I discovered the Junction might be a neighbourhood I would consider moving to because of all the nostalgic reclamation stores. But to bee so far away form the water, is unthinkable. People say West is Best, but you know me, the East Coast girl.

 


September 12th – 10am to 1pm

This was one of the many suggestions from one of the club members. We’ll meet at Keele Subway station outside at front and walk north to the southern border to Annette. From there we can zig zag through side streets and alley ways finding who knows what. I have the hopes of finding some wonderful last century architecture and rusty old cars. 

This is a good opportunity to gather images for the 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.

There are plenty of places to eat, but I’ve recently heard Mad Mexican is in this neighbourhood. They have killer guacamole. But if Mexican is not to everyone’s taste, there’s lots of other places to chose from.

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

BPC Members – Free – Show you member ship card
Non Members – $10

 

Newfoundland June 2015 – by Sarah Boutilier

For me it wouldn’t be going to Newfoundland without a ferry crossing.  The way I’ve always travelled to Newfoundland.  But after taking the midnight ferry back to Cape Breton however AND flying out that afternoon, I looked vowed not to travel like this again. 

From the Ferry we travelled and spent the night in Stephenville, meeting our crew, guests, tourists, students (still don’t know really what to call them) at the Deer Lake airport the next day. I couldn’t sit still, excited to see everyone. I was like one of the children waiting for Daddy to return from Fort Mac with their faces pressed against the glass. I greeted everyone with a warm welcome and a hug. John was the last to get off the plane, thus I watched him stop to take photos of the airport, the plane the people, etc., I realized his photos were only the beginning of this adventure.

We made a customary stop at a grocery/liquor store to stock up on supplies, then made a beeline to Rocky Harbour, our home base at Mountain Range Cottages. We all partook in a BBQ of steak, corn, salmon, potatoes, salad, drinks, and oh yeah, a Birthday cake for Janet. It was raining all through the night to the point of wondering what kind of indoor activity we could do if it should rain tomorrow.

 

Although the next day was overcast, we went hiking at a near by campground. We got a sense of how early the season was here. Fresh spring green on the trees, not a lot of fungus, but lots of fiddle heads. Those of us who like to take our time seeking out the smaller pleasures in life didn’t complete even one of the three trails. There was so much to see in the first little bit at the beginning of each, before we knew it the others were on their way back down the hill or completed the loop.

It was an unexpected disappointment at supper when were huddled around a table at Earls to find out Jiggs Dinner wasn’t on the menu this Sunday because of a scheduled power outage. I had told everyone , THIS was THE most traditional of Newfoundland meals. It’s a boiled dinner of potato, cabbage and red meat, usually corned beef. It was offered only on Sundays at this restaurant and nowhere else we ate. Since this was the only Sunday we would spend in the province, there wasn’t any chance of getting it. There were other traditional meals to be had though. Fishcakes, lobster, and a whole lot of Moose items, like my favorite, Moose Pizza. The Moose stew was also phenomenal. But oh, so filling.

Some areas I had on my hit list was Noris point, Woody Harbour and St. Anthony. In Norris point we had a tour of the Bonne Bay Marine Station, a section of Memorial University dedicated to Marine Biology. We had a wide eyed phycology student lead us  about, showing us all the interesting animals who live in the ocean and especially in Bon Bay which is so deep it’s the only other place where sub-artic marine life can actually thrive. Later that afternoon we took a boat out on the bay to the mouth of the ocean, learning along the way many interesting facts about the geology of the area.

Although Woody Harbour is across from Noris Point and can be reached by a water taxi, it was best to explore this town on another day. We had a beautiful sunny day, which turned dark later on. It was doubtful we would make it home without running into torrential rains. The town is cute, but the hike along the tablelands and the even cuter harbour-village of Trout River over shadowed the charms of Woody Harbour even though  we had a wonderful meal there. The Tablelands were really out of this world. If it were just myself, I would have been tempted to hike in through the canyon, up to the top and down again. This particular hike however, would have taken the entire day.

Talk about rain on the first day of our trip!? Well that aint nothi’n compared to the rain we had on our way up to St. Anthony. And believe me it was almost a Godsend to have the heavens open up on this day because we had nothing but beautiful weather and magnificent sunsets.

Northland Boat Tours was set for the next day. Shipping out from St. Anthony proper, we had time for Breakfast at Tim Horton’s. The only one between here and Corner Brook. No Starbucks on this side of the province. The Iceberg we saw was, they said, the largest so far this season . It’s been in a “Bumper Crop”, as per Newfoundland Tourism.  We circled around this giant twice, which was great because I was able to get some great panorama shots, not having a wide angle lens. Before we headed back, one of the guides scooped up bergy bits  for us to feast on. There’s something to say about sucking back 10,000 year old water, especially when it’s the purest water you can get.

The trip to L’ans Aux Meadow’s was a disappointment to some. Since I was there last year, I made my way to the beach, combing for shells, etc. I ended up creating montages from the things I found.  Others explored the buildings, talked to the animators, even hiked the trail looping around the park. The second foodie disappointment was soon to follow. We ate at a small restaurant that had Fish and Brewis. To clarify, Brewis (brews) is the hard tack bread. Traditionally, the dish is made with fish and bread. I prefer to add potatoes. Drawn butter is poured over top with scrunchions (pork belly fat fried up) as a garnish. After 7 of us ordering the dish, the waitress came back o tell us there was only enough for one person. This we ordered as an appetizer, dividing it among those who wanted a taste.

On our way back to Rocky Harbour we revisited, yes, revisited places we stopped at on the way to St. Anthony. For example, the Arches, where Pierre, Dortohy, John and I sported out sexy yellow sou’westers. The arches are naturally formed caves in stand-alone rocks overlooking the beach and the Ocean. It was here Dorothy caught, what we’d like to thinks as a heart felt moment between two Raven love birds kissing, Though perhaps they were only regurgitating food into the others mouth. Still an act of love.

Our last day we had breakfast at the Treasure Box. Some of us were able to last minute gifts to bring home to loved one’s. Rob was able to tick off a genuine Newfoundland Fisherman’s Sweater off his list. Others pick up Labradorite jerwlery, a beautiful iridescent, translucent purple – blue stone native to Newfoundland and Labrador. Unfortunately, we couldn’t linger having to get  the crew back to the Deer Lake airport for their flight back to Toronto. Rob, Mom and I had the luxury of meandering to Port Aux Basque and that we did!

Just before Corner Brook, we veered off to Cox’s cove, where we met with Mr. Cox himself, who not a half hour ago retuned from catching a dozen lobsters, offering the three of us his last one. OMG! It was the BEST LOBSTER EVER! The roe was my favorite! In other provinces you’re not allowed to serve female lobster, but in Newfoundland we were served almost all females. What was so great about the Roe? The way it was cooked, boiled, was like a  smooth, buttery liver pate seasoned with salt from the Atlantic. OH Yumm! Further along we stopped in Stephenville again, But this time we stopped at an abandoned airplane hanger whose mammoth rolling doors were made of glass. The sun shining through the building gave the place great depth, yet a golden dreamy atmosphere. I wanted to explore the offices upstairs, but we did have a boat to catch. Some other time.

And here we are the precursor to the midnight ferry – afternoon flight  – grueling day.  I’ve said it before; I’ll say it again. Never again!!!!

For my next trick… umm trip, I’ll be leading a group to the other side of Newfoundland. We’ll fly to St. Johns, where we’ll stay for two days dividing out time in the city and Bell Island. We’ll go to the southern west arm of the Avalon Peninsula. The next home base will be Bay Roberts where we’ll visit  my Mom’s home town, Brigus, then head to Fogo Island. This is a 10 day trip, flying out of Gander back to Toronto. For more details and a day-to-day itinerary please visit, Sarahndipity. I hope you will join me next year. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or want more information.

2015-2016 BPC Scavenger Hunt 5

For the month of June, I used my 4×5 camera out photographing with my friends. On one occasion I used it for a fun model shoot at Grange Park and surrounding area. I had brought 4 backs with me, 8 shots. One was bungled up because Edda decided to lick her lips just as I snapped the shutter.

On my way to a club meeting I brought my baronika with the Polaroid back attached, taking photos along the way. They were over exposed and small because it only exposed the size of a 120 negative. Over exposed because I forgot the ISO of the film I was using.

I want YOU to dig up any images you would have taken with a film camera before you traded or stuffed your camera away in storage. You may think film photography is a dying art, but it’s not as dead as you or others may think it is.

You have all summer to dig up all the photos you can find. There are no particular categories. The processed images are due in digital format two weeks before Members night, which is January 21st. If you are not able to scan them (the image not the negative), let me know and we can think of other alternatives.

Entry form coming soon. Please check back.

 

Sarah

 

2015-2016 Tommy Thompson Park

New for the coming season:

Toronto waterfront from Leslie spitThe Membership Committee met and discussed ways members can get more involved in the club. One suggestion was impromptu outing by club members. Here is how it works:

Basically any member can plan an outing and send the info to Maureen and she will send information out to the club. These can be over the summer or anytime throughout the year. ie: planning on going to the ROM, Ripley’s, Allan Gardens, Bluffers Park, Walk on Yonge St for a photo journalistic walk, drive in the Country Side Roads, etc. anyone want to join in or come along.

Rick Bender has volunteered to lead the first one

If anyone is interested in a casual photo trek out to Tommy Thompson Park to capture some great bird shots, there should be some great opportunities particularly in our own back yard.

It’s already shaping up to be a busy summer and I look forward to spending some time down there. Four eyes are better than two.

Email me at reflexrick@gmail.com No particular day / s have been allocated to this it just depends on everyone’s schedule.

Thanks to Rick and the membership committee for making this happen!

 

2015 SPRING CAMPING TRIP TO SANDBANKS

ANNUAL SPRING CAMPING TRIP TO SANDBANKS PROVINCIAL PARK MAY LONG WEEKEND

201506 Sandbanks 0001This year we headed east to the Sandbanks Provincial Park to check out the sand dunes there and explore the area. We booked 3 campsites for everyone to set up their tent. We had a new screen tent this year which was much more spacious than the old one, and much easier to set up. The weather cooperated most of the time, with only a few brief cloud burst on the Friday evening. We moved to shelter briefly just to return to the campfire for some good cooking and con-versation. The bugs were not to bad either this year.

We explored the sand dunes and a trail inside the park. We also ventured out to the surrounding area to see the Point Petre Lighthouse and shoreline. We took a trip up the mountain to see the Lake at the top of the mountain.

Took time to shoot at an abandoned Texaco Gas station with the old pump. We even found a lovely homemade ice cream shop Slicker’s that had us make a few stops to cool off with the lovely warm weather we had this year. Quite the difference from last year for sure.

On the way home we traveled through some back roads stopping here and there when ever something caught our eye. All and all everyone had a great time.