I love living in a big, exciting city like Toronto. There is always so much to do and so much going on that you never feel isolated. And yet, I am a country boy at heart. I grew up in the country and being surrounded by nature was always a part of my life, whether it was at the cottage or spending time in my parents' backard or the big field at the end of our street. In big cities, you have to seek out nature, look beyond the concrete to find the green. Toronto is lucky to have so many beautiful parks, public gardens and miles of waterfront, all accessible by transit. I am lucky, in turn, to live right across the street from Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens, one of the nicest and largest parks in the city. I took a long walk there this morning with my camera and found beauty at every turn. Walking is what I do to clear my mind after a busy week. Taking photos of my surroundings helps me focus on the here and now, confronting what is right in front of me while also looking closer at some of the hidden beauty that might otherwise be overlooked. Spring is a beautiful time of year; May is especially wonderful here with its warm temperatures, sunny skies and blossoms. Spring was late this year and this was the first week of real spring we have experienced. By the end of next week, the leaves will have unfurled and everything will be much greener and in full-bloom. Enjoy these photos of the park!
Andrew Ritchie Photos