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Posted 01 June 2017 - 04:14 PM

So, the water levels are still pretty high. There use to be a beach at Sunnyside, now it is mostly submerged up to the boardwalk area. A couple of photos have what appears to be a shadow line running through them. These are breakwaters and they are completely submerged. 

 

 

The needle signs you see are nothing new. Toronto beaches (especially Sunnyside and Cherry) have had issues with hypodermic needles, especially in the 80s/90s. People were stepping on them, including children, so the City started putting up warning signs. The problem is twofold:

 

1) Syringes wash up on shore with the tide and through the sewer systems.

2) There are large populations of heroin users in the neighbourhoods above Sunnyside and Cherry Beach who go down to the beach to shoot up.

 

 

These are some shots from this afternoon taken with Nikon D3100 and AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G.

 

 

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Posted 02 June 2017 - 08:37 AM

Amazing water levels!

 

I too went for a quick walk along Humber Bay Shores a few days ago, it is amazing how high the water is.

 

The volume of the Lake, typically, is 393 cu mi (1,640 km3).  Now, consider, it is up about 2 feet!  I am too lazy to do the math, but it is a huge amount of water!


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Posted 02 June 2017 - 08:49 AM

Art, it's amazing how the water levels affect everything. Usually by now, there would be rentals set up by Sunnyside Cafe (paddle boards, kayaks, etc.); I haven't seen them yet.

 

Usually people are swimming and tanning on the beach by now, but there's not really any beach to lie on, and no one is in the water.

 

This is generally a good area to see shorebirds, trumpeter swans, egrets and terns. The breakwaters, which are submerged, have always been full of terns, cormorants, gulls, mallards, geese, etc. There was literally only a couple of pigeons, gulls, barn swallows and sparrows down there. A little east of Palais Royale, a gang of cormorants took over something sticking out of the water; not the 100+ that are usually there. 

 

Also, many of the other usual water haunts that usually have lots of herons, egrets, etc. are empty (though I did see a green heron at HBPE the other day).


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Posted 02 June 2017 - 02:13 PM

Nice series, Jason.

 

BC Interior lakes and rivers presently look a lot like that.  It's not bad in Metro Vancouver, although Environment Canada's River Watch Centre has issued a high flow advisory for the Fraser River.  Highest water is expected this weekend.

 

At least the weather is cooperating, so far.  :)


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Posted 02 June 2017 - 06:01 PM

Thanks, Mark.

 

That must be interesting. I've been in the northern interior during storms and flash flood warnings; I found it to be a little intense at times.

 

The weather has been nice here, too.  :)



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Posted 03 June 2017 - 03:46 PM

Wow, seems you folks have been getting plenty of rain over there.

 

Nice series, Jason!

 

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Posted 03 June 2017 - 05:19 PM

Thanks, Herman!  :)

 

We're getting even more rain tonight and tomorrow...

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Posted 03 June 2017 - 11:35 PM

Nice series Jason! Looks like a great place except the sign warning of needles on the beach that would put a damper on my day. 

 

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 06:42 AM

Thanks, Jim! Yeah, it's unfortunate. There use to be needle drop boxes in the area but I think they removed them. I frequently find needles banged into the grass in a lot of the nature places along the waterfront.



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