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Old December 15th, 2016, 01:59 AM   #81
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December Snow I: Heritage District




Dundas, sheltered in its valley, has a mild climate for Canada.
After all, we’re on the same latitude as Coos Bay, Oregon, and Florence, Italy.
Winter often begins late and there is no guarantee that there’ll be a white Christmas.
But this year, after a long and mild Fall, the weather has turned suddenly a lot colder and there are already about three inches of snow on the ground.




Dundas’s Heritage District consists of about three long blocks just north of downtown: especially Victoria and Melville Streets between Cross and Sydenham Streets.
These streets boast fine examples of Victorian residential and church architecture.
The area looks good in all seasons, but snow and Christmas decorations do seem to bring out something special.


















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Near the corner of Victoria and Sydenham Streets.




Three Victorian beauties on Victoria Street.




St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church (1863), Dundas’s largest church and the most prominent landmark of the Heritage District.




Victoria Street looking west.




A mature Japanese maple can look spectacular at any time of the year.




Cross Street looking north towards the Escarpment.




11 Cross Street (built in the 1840s), once a bookshop, now an upscale ladies’ clothing store.




Those are the gates of the Dundas Driving Park at the north end of Cross Street, with the Escarpment looming behind.
Now we’re leaving the Heritage District. Driving Park snow pictures to come soon!

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Old December 17th, 2016, 04:31 PM   #83
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Many thanks for your kind comments, Yansa and christos. And thanks also to likers Hart, shik, gratteciel, Skopje, paul, and Leon.

We've just had a lot more snow, so perhaps a white Christmas is on the cards...
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Love that maple in winter, Why-Why...
Very fine updates!
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Old December 17th, 2016, 04:51 PM   #85
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December Snow II: The Driving Park




The Dundas Driving Park, established in 1886, is a traditional community park encircled by a roadway.
It lies between the north end of Cross Street and the foot of the Escarpment.
It’s a hive of activity in summer, with baseball diamonds, tennis courts, a lawn bowling green, a paddling pool, a children’s playground, and plenty of picnic areas.

Soon there’ll be a skating rink, but meanwhile ...




... on this first snowy winter’s day the Park is almost deserted, and the Escarpment, shorn of its leafy cover, seems to brood over everything.






Now you can see where an eastbound freight train ducks under the Sydenham Road bridge ...




... and grinds along on the former Great Western Railway line built in 1853 halfway up the Escarpment.




Only the abandoned children’s playground offers a real contrast to the surrounding monochrome.




The clock commemorates the 1847 incorporation of the town, a full sixty years after the first settler arrived.




There are some magnificent trees in this sheltered location.




The clearing of snowy paths is conducted rapidly, mechanically, and noisily ...




... but no motorized plough can sweep this rickety set of wooden steps.
We climb them carefully, as they will take us out of the Park and into our next stop, Grove Cemetery.

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Old December 17th, 2016, 09:38 PM   #86
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Some great shots. Beautiful homes and a fabulous wintry, Christmas scene.
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This is so lovely!

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Why-Why, does Milner Avenue in Toronto mean anything to you?
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Old December 18th, 2016, 11:56 AM   #88
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Great wintry pictures!
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Old December 18th, 2016, 04:55 PM   #89
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Love that maple in winter, Why-Why...
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Some great shots. Beautiful homes and a fabulous wintry, Christmas scene.
Many thanks, yansa and Jane. If I ever manage to produce images half as good as any of yours, I'll have achieved something.


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Why-Why, does Milner Avenue in Toronto mean anything to you?
Not that I can think of, yansa. Should it?
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the stairway under snow looks like from fairytale
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.........but no motorized plough can sweep this rickety set of wooden steps. We climb them carefully, as they will take us out of the Park and into our next stop, Grove Cemetery.
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Not that I can think of, yansa. Should it?
In Milner Avenue there live relatives of mine, the sister of my grandma
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Old December 19th, 2016, 09:45 PM   #93
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In Milner Avenue there live relatives of mine, the sister of my grandma
and her husband.
According to Google maps, Milner Avenue is a major road in Scarborough, yansa.
That's a suburb of Toronto about 25 km to the northeast of downtown. (Yes, Toronto really is enormous.)
I've never been to that area, though I'm sure it's quite accessible by car or public transit.
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Old December 19th, 2016, 10:10 PM   #94
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According to Google maps, Milner Avenue is a major road in Scarborough, yansa. That's a suburb of Toronto about 25 km to the northeast of downtown. (Yes, Toronto really is enormous.) I've never been to that area, though I'm sure it's quite accessible by car or public transit.
Thank you for this information, Why-Why!
Yes, Scarborough is part of their adress, as I remember now.
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Old December 20th, 2016, 04:36 PM   #95
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December Snow III: Grove Cemetery




Grove Cemetery was established in 1852 and is still in active use.
It occupies the end of a steep bank northeast of downtown Dundas and just east of the Driving Park.




It contains more than 3,000 monuments, most of them fairly modest but a few more elaborate, like this angel.




A temporary Remembrance Day memorial greets you near the main entrance on York Road.





In summer you can hunt for the oldest graves and their worn inscriptions.
But in deep snow you stay on the paths. There’s beauty in the abstract patterns the gravestones make, each with its cap of snow:












In the Dundas Valley, space is tight for the dead as for the living.
Only a chain link fence divides the graves from surrounding houses. But these neighbours are peaceful.




The Cemetery offers good views of the Escarpment.
Here you can see the top of the south face three or four kilometers away...




...while the north face looms only 500 metres away.

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Old December 20th, 2016, 06:26 PM   #96
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Wonderful pictures!
this one is my favorite
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Old December 22nd, 2016, 04:59 AM   #97
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December Snow IV: To Tews Falls




It’s a lovely sunny day, the temperature just below zero and the air still.




To reach the top of the Escarpment, we take Sydenham Road...




...pausing briefly to check out the vista of frozen Cootes Paradise and distant downtown Hamilton.




Just off Harvest Road, Logie’s Creek is only half frozen...




...and daytime warming and nightly freezing have made perfect conditions for icicle formation.
A few metres downstream from here the creek will take a flying leap off the Escarpment...




...from here, the lip of Tews Falls.




Let’s zoom in a little closer on such a fine display of icicles....




...with spray from the creek seemingly adding to their length as we watch.




Signs warn us that the paths here are not maintained in winter, though there have been enough visitors to beat a rough trail.
Best to avoid the very edge...




...as it’s a sheer 40 metre drop into Spencer Gorge where Logie’s Creek joins Spencer Creek.

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Great! Lovely winter scapes!
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Old December 22nd, 2016, 07:16 AM   #99
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What a beautiful place and the pictures are just great!
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Old December 23rd, 2016, 04:33 PM   #100
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Season's greetings from Dundas!
Looks as if it'll be a white Christmas for the first time in three years.

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Many thanks, shik and gratteciel! Best wishes for 2017 to you and other likers and visitors.
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