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Weekly Photo Challenge: SUMMER

SUMMER in Toronto, Canada means a lot of things and not all of them good. The hot, humid air brings wave after wave of smog warnings you can see as brown haze choking the city. Endless road construction makes sitting in your car in bumper to bumper traffic feel like you’re living in Dante’s Inferno. 

But all is not bad. Drive an hour and a half north and you find yourself in cottage country. Immediately, the air smells better and your whole body relaxes. “The Chef” discovered this picturesque swimming hole on a random drive along a country road and it’s now our little secret (and a handful of friends we’ve brought to this spot). We usually have the place to ourselves and spend a leisurely afternoon swimming, idly chatting by the water, and then barbecuing steaks on an impromptu fire on the rocks. To me this is SUMMER.

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25 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: SUMMER

  1. Beautiful photo–very evocative. Perfect for the theme.

  2. Definitely summer. 🙂 thank for dropping by my blog.
    Nice shot.

  3. In my opinion, the summer smog really is the worst aspect of being in Southern Ontario. It’s disgusting, unquestionably unhealthy and at times potent enough to onscure the visual beauty.

    Ontario; nevertheless, truly is a tremendously beautiful province. From the natural beauty of the north to even the heavily urbanized south. Ontarians really don’t toot our horn as much as we actually could get away with without seeming conceited.

    I’ve lived in Ontario and BC, and have travelled between both provinces by plane and train; visiying a few places in between. This country really is something to behold.

    My wife and I have yet to venture out to the eastern maritimes. We’re looking forward to it.

    • You’re right about the smog. Just yesterday my girlfriends and I went on a hike on the Bruce Trail. Driving back into Toronto my girlfriend commented on the brown haze over the city. Ontario really is a beautiful province with some great Provincial and National Parks.

      My husband and I have been to the east a few times. You’ve got to go visit there. We loved it out there. Canada is so damn big!

  4. Looks like a wonderful summer getaway!

  5. So tranquil. (And thanks for stopping by my blog.)

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  7. So very beautiful!!!

  8. It’s a beautiful photo! 🙂 The water looks so still, just like the man, as if both are simply appreciating the sunny weather of summer.

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  10. Thanks for sharing with us your little secret. Sometimes the best places are the one’s we discovered by accident. Wonderful Summer getaway indeed.

  11. It looks so tranquil and cool there. Wonderful secret place.

  12. What a beautiful place – so glad that you found something so special and not far from the city. It continues to amaze me that there are such gems just waiting within a two hour (usually!) drive of Toronto.

  13. Northern Narratives on said:

    Perfect summer place.

  14. Thank you so much for stopping in my blog, nice pict 😛

  15. Great shot… 😉

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