A shot of the Ferry coming to pick us up. This early morning one carried a number of island residents with their bicycles and various carts, etc., for their shopping. If you read the link to the Wikipedia entry on the Toronto Islands, you can learn a bit about their history. Mom remembers back in the 70's when the City made a grab for the land on which peoples' homes were located and the islanders' decades-long fight to keep their homes being reported in the papers - trying to win public opinion by urging folks to come visit and see how friendly their community was. (Reminds me of the sad story of Sir Henry Pellatt I learned about while touring Casa Loma . . . also brings to mind recent struggles of various individuals against various government entities trying to take U.S. homes and businesses away: the Kelo decision, the Annexation fights in Wake county, the current attempts to pass an amendment on Eminent Domain to the NC constitution. Even recent history makes it all seem as if we're in an endless cycle of the strong versus the weak . . . If you have something nice, there are always others with their own opinions about what should be done with that nice thing. I'll have to check on the status of the amendment to see if there's any sign of progress . . . Hmmmmm . . . mind wandering. I'll get back to the point of this particular post.)
I was completely unable to capture the magical and soothing ambiance that the yellow/green color of all the new willow tree leaves created.
We were walking across this bridge and noticed a Swan on her next right under our noses. Took a few photos and then tip-toed away.
I was so totally in love with the grand old trees on this island. What a juxtaposition of urban and countryside here!