Sunday, August 9, 2015

Silly Geese etc.

You know it's going to be a good weekend when you go to hang out with your friends on Friday evening and they cook up a hot pan of s'mores dip.  This is dangerously good.  Marshmallows toasted over melted chocolate; cookies take the place of tortilla chips.  Can you imagine the scent wafting from that pan?

Mmm, delicious calories...

You know it's going to be a good weekend when you run into a friendly chihuahua on the subway and befriend him.  Then it turns out that he and his human are taking the same streetcar as you, and while you are standing and holding on to a pole, his little tail tickles  your fingers intermittently for the entire ride.

Aw, adorable, teeny doggie butt.  He was such a good boy.

It was a good weekend because we went to Toronto Island, where it is unbelievably beautiful and, outside of the amusement park area, serene.  We walked along this path:*

This was the view to the left:

OMG, island-dwellers are so lucky.

This was the view to the right:

Hi there, CN Tower!  *waves*

There is a business on the island that rents bicycles to tourists.  You can get a regular bike, a bicycle built for two, or this type of Flintstones-inspired vehicle:

The ones with two seats for grown-ups and a kiddie basket on the front are actually the smaller model.  You can get one that is twice as long, and wider.  I didn't have my camera ready, but Ken and I saw one roll by holding a family of nine: two adults and a kid on the front bench, two adults and two kids on the back bench, and two toddlers in the kiddie basket.

Hence, there are signs on some of the paths that you won't find anywhere else in the city:

Further down the path, we hung out with a big crowd of geese, who stayed in cliques depending on their type.  All the Canada geese stuck together.  All the white geese stuck together.

And then their were these guys, who must have had one parent from each group.  True love (or lust) transcends feather-colour.  Ken says that mixed-race kids are always the best-looking.  That might be because he is mixed (half Japanese, half white mutt).  Or maybe he's right!

Finally, we found a perfect sunflower.

What more could one ask for?

*Hot tip: in case this is new to you, click on any photo to see a high-res version.


Ginny said...

There have been sunflowers all over my neighborhood. They're one of my favorite flowers.

PhilipH said...

Dear Sparkles, That was a lovely meander around this island. Beautiful.

We had our honeymoon on the island of Guernsey in the Channel Islands and it was so lovely. Jersey is the main island and a bit more 'commercial' but still has charm. I do so agree that island life is wonderful.

DarcKnyt said...

Wow. Another awesome photo essay, Spark. And I have to tell you, you almost lost me at the s'mores dip. I couldn't stop thinking about it the entire post. Maybe save that for last, next time. ;)

It was, indeed, a good weekend. :)

G. B. Miller said...

Excellent pictorial post!

Father Nature's Corner

Lynn said...

That is a beautiful flower photo! Off to Google s'mores dip...

Snowbrush said...

I enjoyed the photos. I live right on the east-west bike path, so I see all kinds of crazy rigs.

Jenski said...

Hope this weekend was as great for you!

Jenski said...

Hope this weekend was as great for you!

Jenski said...

Hope this weekend was as great for you!

LL Cool Joe said...

So did you actually wave to the tower? If I did that I'd get dirty looks. Actually, I get those any way. So no photo of you and Ken on a bike then? Love the photos.

Vanessa T said...

Love love love your photo essays, Spark! I always feel like I'm there with you, and you have such a great eye for capturing images, plus a great way to describe them.

I'm glad you had such an epic day. :)