Tag Archive for Canada

Chasing the Rising Sun

We are almost to St. John’s on what has been one marathon of a drive!

  • Day 1 – Toronto, ON to Quebec City, QC
  • Day 2 – Quebec City, QC to Moncton, NB
  • Day 3 – Moncton, NB to North Sydney, NS
  • Day 4 – North Sydney, NS to port Aux Basques, NF

So in just 4 days we’ve crossed the country and the Gulf of St Lawrence to arrive in the province where the rising sun touches North America first. Due to our hectic schedule there has been basically no photography other than what I posted a few days ago (crazy, right?) but I am hoping to remedy that when we arrive :) Tomorrow is the last big haul, as we book it across the province for the 10.5 hour drive from here to St. John’s.

I did manage to fit in a few shots from the ferry today:

Another sunset shot with great detail in the clouds.

Another sunset shot with great detail in the clouds.

The sunset from the Newfoundland ferry today - I think I'll try to turn this into a hand dyed skein of yarn!

The sunset from the Newfoundland ferry today – soon to be the inspiration for a skein of my own hand dyed yarn.

I have been supplanted!

I have been supplanted! And I can’t tell who’s cuter <3

The face that can keep you up all night... and get away with it.

The face that can keep you up all night… and get away with it.

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The sweater proceeds apace.

The sweater proceeds apace.

Beautiful downtown North Sydney

Beautiful downtown North Sydney

Happy Canada Day!

For Canada Day I always like to share some photos of this stunning country I am lucky to live in :)

This year, here is a selection of my photography from one of our favourite drives – Toronto to Winnipeg, across the top of lake Superior. Enjoy!

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The Brickworks Pt2

My second brickworks piece for the Etsy Holiday Sale is a similar treatment to yesterdays beauty, but minus the steampunk factor. Instead of being contained in an antique copper bezel this one is in a large, round, silver plated bezel.

Resin Jewelry ©Shireen Nadir 2013

The Queen Anne’s lace is separated from the maple leaf base by a layer of resin a few millimetres thick, to give that shadowbox effect.

Resin Jewelry ©Shireen Nadir 2013

The piece cured to a gorgeous, high shine. Something about resin really pops colours, so the reds in the leaf came through beautifully.

Resin Jewelry ©Shireen Nadir 2013

The bezel is oversized – it will come on a 16″ silver plated snake chain, but it’s really built for a bold, silver choker, or overlong silver chain.

Resin Jewelry ©Shireen Nadir 2013

This and many other goodies will be featured in my upcoming Etsy sale, starting Sunday November 24th at noon!

 

Canada Day Marathon

This weekend for Canada Day we are driving to Winnipeg. Yup. Winnipeg. By car.

Whenever I tell this to someone, the answer is an incredulous ‘why?!’ (with a few exceptions among the very coolest people I know). The answer is because it’s gorgeous. From Sault Ste. Marie to Thunder Bay is one of the prettiest stretches of highway I’ve ever been on, if not the prettiest. I’ve posted some favourites from that stretch below.

My dad was talking to Tito last night about his family leaving El Salvador during the civil war. My dad summarized ‘So you left El Salvador when you were 10, spent a year in Guatamala and then came to Canada’. It’s not just a description of Tito’s journey, there is a tone of voice to the way he says ‘Canada’ There always is. Hope, optimism, aspiration, a sense of arrival and quiet pride all were present in that one word.

Happy Canada Day.

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The Morning After the Deluge

Tito and I are taking off to Montreal today :) I promised I wouldn’t take my camera or computer (knitting, of course, is still coming. To do otherwise would be madness). To get my shutterbug out of my system I went out an hour before dawn this morning to snap some shots of the beautiful snow we got yesterday.

Who says we don’t have white beaches in Canada?

PS – For those interested – here is my set up this morning. I shot everything RAW, at f.10 for sharpness, and processed the details in Lightroom.

Canon 7D, Lee Filter, Sigma 10-20

  • Canon 7D
  • Tripod
  • Remote Release
  • Lee Filter System with .6 Graduated Neutral Density Filter
  • Sigma 10-20mm, f4.5 Lens

Snow, Toronto, Canada, Winter, HTO Park

Snow, Toronto, Canada, Winter, HTO Park

Snow, Toronto, Canada, Winter, HTO Park

Snow, Toronto, Canada, Winter, HTO Park

Snow, Toronto, Canada, Winter, HTO Park

Snow, Toronto, Canada, Winter, HTO Park

Snow, Toronto, Canada, Winter, HTO Park

 

The CN Tower

CN Tower Toronto ©Shireen Nadir 2012

Yesterday I had to do some photography from the CN Tower as part of a project (it’s a tough gig, I know) and I got to thinking about what an amazing engineering achievement the tower is. My father is fond of telling me about how he and a friend spent April 2nd, 1975 lying on the hood of the car with a few beers and watching the helicopter putting the antennae on. How amazing it must’ve seemed to Torontonians at the time.

Today this tower forms the most distinctive part of our skyline.

In 1995, the CN Tower was designated a Wonder of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. I’ve shot the CN Tower many times, here are a few of my favourites coupled with some facts about this awesome human achievement!

The CN Tower at 553.33 meters (1,815 ft., 5 inches) was once the tallest building, tower, and freestanding structure, but as of 2010 retains the title of world’s tallest tower. Here is a shot I took from a helicopter, of the iconic tower.

CN Tower Toronto ©Shireen Nadir 2012

1,537 workers toiled five days a week, 24 hours a day over 40 months to build the CN Tower. Here it is towering over the business core, dwarfing some of our tallest sky scrapers. This shot was taken from the roof of my old apartment.

CN Tower Toronto ©Shireen Nadir 2012

The CN Tower was built to withstand an earthquake of 8.5 on the Richter scale (the Kobe earthquake in 1995 was 7.2 on the Richter scale). The upper reaches of the CN Tower were built to withstand winds up to 418 km/h (260 mph). It can also bend, apparently in high winds the sky pod can move by as much as a metre! Here the tower is barely visible on a super foggy morning.

CN Tower Toronto ©Shireen Nadir 2012

Lightning strikes the CN Tower an average of 75 times per year. Long copper strips run down the CN Tower to massive grounding rods buried below ground to prevent damage. I’ve had the good fortune to get a few great shots of this happening.

CN Tower Toronto ©Shireen Nadir 2012

CN Tower Toronto ©Shireen Nadir 2012

CN Tower Toronto ©Shireen Nadir 2012

On a clear day, visitors to the CN Tower’s observation deck can see over 160 kilometers (100 miles) — that’s all the way to Niagara Falls and across Lake Ontario to New York State. Here is a photo of the view of the business core that I took at night.

CN Tower Toronto ©Shireen Nadir 2012

The foundation of the tower is only 15 metres deep – a small percentage compared to it’s height! This is a graphic I did just for fun once, curving a photo I took of our skyline around  to create ‘Planet Toronto’. I took the initial shot from the Toronto islands.

CN Tower Toronto ©Shireen Nadir 2012

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An Etsy update at last

I’ve finally updated my Etsy site with jewellery made from the leaves collected on our road trip. If you followed my travels around North Ontario you might have seen this picture:

autumn leaves ©Shireen Nadir 2012

During the trip I made sure to be collecting leaves along the way – looking for anything that caught my eye including small ferns, and strips of birch bark. We didn’t hurt any trees though ;) everything I used was collected from the ground. We slowly dried  and preserved the leaves over the trip so when I got home I had all kinds of beautiful material to work with.

Real leaf jewellery ©Shireen Nadir 2012

Every necklace is made with jeweller’s grade resin; it will never yellow and it won’t scratch easily. Little compositions of leaves and bark have been created in each 1″ bezel.

Real leaf jewellery ©Shireen Nadir 2012

They come in a variety of finishes; copper, bronze, hematite and silver. Each one comes on a matching 18″ball chain.

Real leaf jewellery ©Shireen Nadir 2012

If you like what you see then head on over to my Etsy site to see more :) These one of a kind pieces are crafted with love and are a great way to celebrate this beautiful time of year.

Real leaf jewellery ©Shireen Nadir 2012

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