We've lived in Toronto for almost three years now, and still there's so much of the city that we haven't explored.  So, one fine spring day, we decided to chart some new territory.  We grabbed a few friends and our cameras, hopped onto the subway and headed for the DonValley Parkway.

Because we live downtown, often its easy to think of Toronto as just a mass of asphalt, brick, steel and glass - we are surrounded by it every day.  So it's great to be able to escape every once in a while and enjoy some nature tucked away inside the maze of buildings and highways.  In fact, it's a bit of a relief to see that forests still exist in the midst of the concrete jungle.

Photo-walks with friends are fantastic for mixing snaps and socializing, but they definitely require a different way of working than I'm used to.  When left to my own devices, I tend to get a little bit obsessive.  There were so many pretty little opportunities in the park, I could have spent hours exploring each nook and cranny.  But with a group of friends along, it is necessary to adopt a more sniper-ish approach: just grab a few snaps to capture the essence of the scene before moving on.  It's more of a quick sketch than an in-depth portrait.  In this case, it ended up being a little bit like a re-con mission.  I got some pretty great shots, but I also found some locations that would be amazing sets for my toy photography, so I'll definitely have to make another voyage out this way soon (this time with critters in tow!)

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