I have way too many interests and they include: Photography, My 2014 Mustang, Military History, Strategy Games, Computer Devices, Science Fiction, Movie Buff, Bad Science Fiction Movies of all types, Military Strategy Game Collector, Nikon Film Camera Collector, WWI 1/144 scale Plane collector, Wings of Glory and more... :). Nikon NPS Member. Professional Photographer.
High Park was my main go-to. Every year, around August, through the end of October you could count on being entertained by countless Blue Heron, Egret, Night Heron, Wood Ducks and you would see other exotic birds like Hawks fly about. King Fisher is also in abundance here. The park flourishes with nature.
You can still see Great Blue Heron and Egret but it is seldom and typically, they now avoid the ponds where people have access. Why? Non-stop: People walking (well, that is what a park is for), People walking their dogs, cycling, joggers, etc. The numbers are way up. In the past, you would get lulls and time periods where you saw no one. Because there are so many people now, foot traffic is continuous from previous years. Net result, nature is pushed away. It is subtle and gradual, but it has happened in a big way over time. Also, the City did a dredging of the stormwater pond and clear cut the banks that used to be large trees lining it. I have no idea why they did this! All those trees were roosting spots for juvi Black Crested Night Heron. Haven't seen a Night Heron in a few years now.
Humber Bay Shores was another go-to. It is a pure disaster now. The shoreline is wall to wall condos and another 16 are slated to go in at some point. 35,000 more people than 5 years ago! The ponds in the park have only the usual suspects ... ducks, because everyone feeds them bread!!! You walk along the shore and they follow you.
I harp about this but the attitude of Torontonians is pathetic. No one cares.... its "progress". Yes, I suppose it is. But I don't like it. And, I am stuck here, my wife won't move. All the things she likes about Toronto I can't stand. Most especially, the people. It is turning into a very large Metropolis and they expect another million people to move here in the next few years! By and large, Torontonians are an ignorant, me-first, oblivious only to themselves and their immediate needs. It is turning into a very ugly selfish city. They remind me of bugs that are marveled by the bright lights. Sports is big here and occupies the mindless mob.
Traffic here is a nightmare.
Parking is a nightmare.
Shootings, drugs, and gang-related violence (gang to gang) is a nightmare. There is a small percentage of collateral damage that has people outraged but not yet enough. It will take perhaps, the life of a very young child before everyone acts. This is typical of Toronto. Something really drastic has to happen and then they act. For a country that has very strict gun laws and handgun bans blah blah blah blah... we have a shooting or more a day, every day.
There are many positives to living here, like most big cities, it never sleeps, lots of restaurants, movies, theatre, art, etc. Really, don't care anymore. I much prefer nature.
My summers over the last few years have been primarily filled with Motorsport venues. So, now that the racing season is over, I have been trying to go out and catch up on nature.... GONE! I did post some Heron and Egret pictures on FB a week ago. It was no easy task chasing those two birds down at the Humber River. They were also in a different spot from where I typically go. Again, further away from people and the banks of the river there are tricky to negotiate. Go enough times and I am sure I will end up slipping into the drink!! In the summer, no big deal, it is only a few feet deep, but it's the gear that you want to keep from getting wet.
Honestly, the fun has gone out of trying to shoot nature in Toronto.
I am heading out to Hendrie Valley, Burlington tomorrow with Jason. He pops in here once in a while. The leaves on the trees are changing, I think he is keenly interested in shooting some landscape images of the valley. I am going for the birds primarily, will bring Bungie and hope to find some nice, gnarly perches for some interesting captures.
A walk around? No, that is for sure, it certainly is not. Way too heavy for that. In fact, I am not sure how purposeful this lens actually is. I was thinking about the lens the last few days and I really think the 70-200mm is by far a better choice, more flexibility, lighter and about the same image quality.... not to mention a fraction the price.
This is outrageously priced at $8K CDN! It is a lovely lens, though. No doubt about it.