Thursday, March 27, 2008

Explore Hamilton-ians

My lovely friend Maggie sent me this website today.

This is the blurb in the About Me section:

When someone reaches into their wallet to pull out a picture of a loved one, they are showing you the picture in the hope that you will see what they see – the beauty and value of the person in the image.

They want to share their joy that they feel for that person.

So it is for the author of this project. While having lived in Hamilton less than a year, through exploring the city on his bicycle and with his camera, the author has come to see and appreciate the beauty and character in the people of this city.

This project is to celebrate them!

What an awesome idea!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Curious Downtown Creatures

I was driving around Jackson Square the other day and I saw these out of the corner of my eye. Luckily the light turned red, and I was able to franticaly get my camera out and take some pictures. The two of them are on seperate buildings, just below each roof.

Very Cool.

Man made Forest

I've driven past this building a few times in the last little while, it has always caught my attention. Finally, this past Friday, I decided that it was time for a closer look.

This building was even more stunning upon a closer look. The bottom of the building is signed by a female artist, and the art work is dated August 2007. I guess I haven't been in that part of the city in a while, otherwise I would have remembered this building.

What a great idea?! A forest in the middle of downtown Hamilton? Yes please. Wouldn't it be amazing if there was some sort of a movement, or incentive, for more downtown buildings to feature 'nature' themed facades? I think that it would be awesome, I mean, these buildings are there anyway, it would be so much prettier if they looked like trees..mountains..waterfalls...etc.

This will be my platform when I run for Mayor.


Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Glendale Golf and Country

Last week I bought a beautiful camera, and since we got 30 cm of new snow and it was a sunny day, I decided to take it out for a spin. Glendale Golf and Country club is located on Mnt Albion Road in Hamilton's east end. Taking the Greenhill exit off the unnecessary environment ruin the Red Hill Expressway, will get you there in 2 minutes.

I am not a Golf and/or Country Club person at all. I think that it is a dated idea, and a waste of natural space. Why should a wealthy few get to enjoy a prime peace of nature, while the rest of us watch from behind the gates? Ridiculous.

Anyway, the Glendale Golf club is located under the escarpment, and directly underneath the Bruce Trail. It is a gorgeous hilly property, with many streams and weeping willows. In the winter, it is made even more magnificent when it is covered with snow. Since the golfers have to sit the season out, the property is taken over by toboggans, sleds, and snowboards.

Because of the size of the property, and the variety of hills, this place is perfect for snow sports.

The view from the street.

This was a mean slope. I couldn't resist taking a turn down this bad boy, I got a jacket full of snow as a result. Snow in the pockets, socks, pants, everywhere. Brr.

These kids and their space age snow toys were intense.

This stream is my favorite part of this property. The ice was thinner than it appeared and I got my boot quite stuck in it.

I took this as a mere suggestion..

This entire area is the frozen water..

..and my boot print in the ice.

This is very cool. It looks like a meteor hit the spot.

I'm not entirely sure if this is considered trespassing, I'll just put this awesome idea out there. You do with it what you want. It's all yours.