Extreme Weather: Ice Storm 2013! (So It Goes…)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The ice storm has ended in Toronto, but the aftermath continues.  Fortunately, the strong winds some were forecasting didn’t materialize. Not so fortunatrly, enough freezing rain fell and turned to ice that the city is close to a state of emergency: the TTC has been disrupted, and streetcars have been stuck in place, literally, all day as their power lines are coated in ice. 250,000 homes are without power, and they’re predicting it’ll take ’til Christmas to get everyone back on the grid. Large branches and whole trees are down around the city, especially in woody areas such as The Annex, as in the picture posted above that I took today on Walmer just north of Bloor. Not pictured: the great tangle of power lines the tree brought down with it.

So, the city is down but not out. Mayor Rob Ford (yes, that Rob Ford) has so far not declared a state of emergency. And Torontonians are tough. But a cold spell’s a’comin, and things could get worse before they get better…

Mars Curiosity Rover: On the… Road (?) Again

Man, talk about off the beaten path… the Mars Curiosity rover has been making its way — very, very slowly — towards its destination. Mount Sharp since it first landed on Mars on August 6th, 2012. In fact, according to NASA’s website Mars Curiosity Rover Tracker, the little rover that could has now covered one and three-quarters mile since touching down. The site is worth checking for some startling panoramas of the Red Planet – which suddenly doesn’t look so red. What it does look is… kinda familiar?

 

Sebastio Selgado’s GENESIS at the Royal Ontario Museum ’til September 2nd

The ROM is hosting the North American premiere of landscape and nature photographer Sebastio Selgado’s exhibition, “GENESIS.” Get more on Selgado and “Genesis” on this ROM web page, which includes inmages from the show and videos of Selgado.

We left town before seeing the exhibition, but I did fall in love with the book and browsed it thoroughly in the museum gift shop. Hmn, my birthday’s coming…