The outdoors

In part to bring family members together for Father’s Day, I invited my cousins for some family portraits and a picnic in High Park. My cousin Katrusia showed up with some of the clothing she has recently sewn, along with my cousin Tamara, her husband, and their children Mykyta (who I photographed before, including being […]

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I had a good wander around Toronto today. All these photos were taken with my Fuji X100s — perhaps the best camera smaller than a hardback book. The most exciting thing going on is planning several possible trips: one to Ottawa in a couple of days, a possible trip to Algonquin Park, and a very […]

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This afternoon I went with Tristan to watch the Good Friday parade in Little Italy.

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My family in Vermont sent me Bill McKibben’s 2005 book (updated in 2014) as a Christmas gift. In it, he recounts a meandering trek through the Lake Champlain region of the Adirondacks. It’s part nature writing, partly an account of the history of the region and the ways his neighbours are tying to earn a […]

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Vorticity (4K) from Mike Olbinski on Vimeo.

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I find that my Prism Quantum two-line kite is too frustrating to fly in winds of less than 16 knots (kn). The ideal range is 16-25 kn, with the wind consistent in power and coming from a consistent direction. That’s a rare situation indeed in Toronto, where winds are almost never so strong and tend […]

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About five years ago, soon after I moved to Toronto, I bought an olive-coloured Classic Beaufort jacket, manufactured by Barbour in the U.K. I was made aware of the brand and model by Fred Burton’s book Ghost: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent, in which he suggests that the jacket is a favourite among professionals who […]

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My friend Rosie organized a Massey expedition to the former-brickworks-turned-community-space in the Don Valley. It was a nice break from grading (and hourly email complaints for students demanding essay and participation grades). I’m still recuperating a bit from the divestment setback, along with a string of other recent minor misfortunes, so getting out into Toronto’s […]

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