Nature Notes

April 30, 2010

The Old City Hall

Filed under: Cityscape,Toronto — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am

Toronto's Old City Hall

Toronto's Old City Hall

In 1899 Toronto’s third city hall was built, a gorgeous building in grays and browns. When the present city hall, number four, was built, the old city hall might have been torn down. The Eatons Mall is behind it, and there were plans to demolish the old building. With the help of concerned citizens, it was declared a National Historic Site in 1989, and is presently used as a courthouse.

Toronto's Old City Hall

Toronto's Old City Hall

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April 28, 2010

Canada’s National Shrine

Filed under: Cityscape,Toronto — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am

Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto

Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto

In downtown Toronto, the Hockey Hall of Fame can be found at the corner of Yonge and Front Streets, at the site of a former bank building. It receives over 300,000 visitors per year.

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April 27, 2010

Diamond Head Light,Oahu

Filed under: Hawaii,Lighthouse — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Diamond Head Light, Oahu

Diamond Head Light, Oahu

This view is from the top of Diamond Head, the famous volcanic cone which is prominent on the skyline of Honolulu. There is a trail to the top which receives huge numbers of visitors, and gives an excellent view of the city as well as this Lighthouse.

Diamond Head Light, Oahu

Diamond Head Light, Oahu

The original structure was built in 1899 and was renovated in 1917. It is still operational and is automated.

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April 23, 2010

The Crystal

Filed under: Cityscape,Toronto — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 7:00 am

The Crystal by Michael Lee-Chin

The Crystal by Michael Lee-Chin

An addition to the Royal Ontario Museum (The ROM) in Toronto, called the Crystal was designed by Michael Lee-Chin. It has been very controversial with critics objecting to the modern design which has been added to building which is otherwise very classic looking. When you get in close to the addition, even underneath it, it can be very beautiful, with interesting lines, color and reflections. From a distance, I find it less appealing with the new portion looking a bit jammed on and out of place with the older structure.

The Crystal

The Crystal

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April 21, 2010

When Less is More

Filed under: Cityscape,Processing Tips,Toronto — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am

Morning in Toronto

Morning in Toronto

A couple of times a year, I like to make a trip to the center of Toronto to photograph some cityscapes. I try to go early on a Sunday, when there are less people, cars, and noise. In fact, instead of thousands of people, that part of the city can be almost deserted at that time.

Sometimes less is more with an image as well. I liked this image of a fountain in Toronto with the glass towers in the background but parts of it were too detailed and a distraction. There was a great amount of detail in the concrete, ripples in the water, small details that gave a busy look to the image. By processing the image to reduce this detail, I think it gave it a more peaceful atmosphere which I preferred.

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April 19, 2010

Future Arcade

Filed under: Cityscape,Toronto — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am

I spent the day in Toronto photographing buildings in the city center. Its amazing how devoid of people it is in the early Sunday morning. This image is from a wonderful shopping arcade on Front St. beside the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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April 15, 2010

Honolulu Nightscape

Filed under: Cityscape,Hawaii — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Honolulu Nightscape

Honolulu Nightscape

The resort area of Honolulu near Waikiki Beach is full of bustle and noise. Surely not everyone’s cup of tea but an interesting place to visit for a few days.

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April 8, 2010

Brown Anole, Anolis sagrei (Correction) Brown phase Green Anole

Filed under: Animals,Hawaii — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 7:00 am

Brown Anole, Anolis sagrei

Brown Anole, Anolis sagrei

My thanks to John Sullivan for letting me know that this is a brown phase of the Green Anole. My original remarks are below.

The Brown Anole, Anolis sagrei, is native to Cuba and the Bahamas and has been widely introduced elsewhere including Hawaii where this image was taken. It is very invasive, attaining high population densities and out competing other lizard species such as the Green Anole, Anolis carolinensis .

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