By HOWARD BERGER
TORONTO (July 26) – With hockey in a merciful lull and summer in full bloom, I thought I would share with you the results of my cottage industry. When I moved from Thornhill to mid-town Toronto a year ago this month, I rented a 14th-floor apartment facing north. As such, I am treated – between March and November – to remarkable, ever-changing sunrises and sunsets.
Shortly after settling in the apartment, I began to photograph these spectacular images and post them nightly on my Facebook page (Howard Berger – Humber College). The reaction from friends, relatives and total strangers has been overwhelming. I can see why, and hopefully you will as well. It has nothing to do with me and everything to do with the primary and reflective colors of sunlight. When the sun sets through haze, it can look more like the planet Jupiter (below).
I am fortunate being able to begin and end daytime with such wonderful views. I hope you’ll enjoy a number of them here:
SUNSET THROUGH HAZE
As mentioned, when the sun sets through haze – usually a light cloud layer – it takes on a progressively pink hew and looks much like photos we see of Jupiter – the giant gas ball and biggest planet in the solar system. I am able to zoom in and magnify this stunning effect:
PART OF A CLOUD IN FRONT OF SETTING SUN (TOP-RIGHT).
Various shades of orange and blue are predominant in the morning sky, as the sun rises from the east. On my balcony, I look to the right and frequently point my NIKON lens at some stunning images:
SUNRISE REFLECTION OFF MY BEDROOM WINDOW.
45 YEARS AFTER APOLLO 11
As someone who remembers the first moonwalk on July 20, 1969, it’s difficult to comprehend that 4½ decades have passed since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took their historic steps. I snapped this lunar photo two weeks ago from a parking lot north of my building:
Summer is a time of unsettled weather:
A STORM SYSTEM OVER MID-TOWN TORONTO WITH OFFICE/CONDOMINIUM TOWERS OF YONGE ST. AND SHEPPARD AVE. IN THE DISTANCE.
IT CAN GET DOWNRIGHT UGLY ?? AT THIS TIME OF YEAR.
I TOOK THIS PHOTO, JULY 16, OF LATE-DAY SUN REFLECTING OFF VERY BLACK SKY AFTER A THUNDERSTORM HAD PASSED THROUGH NORTH PART OF THE CITY.
The convection build-up that leads to thunderstorms can rise 40,000 feet into the air – higher than most commercial airlines cruise:
CLOUDS ?? THAT ARE SLIGHTLY LESS-MENACING.
ORANGE AND RED OF SUNSET
These are often the most spectacular views from my balcony:
FROM THE ROOFTOP
In mid-July, I went to the sun-deck of my building (26th floor). A weather system over Lake Ontario glowed orange and pink as the sun set:
As the sun descends, it reflects a variety of color off clouds:
EVEN IN THE ABSENCE OF COLOR, SUNSET CLOUDS ?? ARE NEAT.
Close to sunset, the contrails of jets at cruising altitude are visible:
TO AND FROM PEARSON
From my mid-town balcony, I have a terrific vantage-point of jetliners leaving and approaching Toronto Pearson International Airport. As a long-time traveler, I enjoy watching them soar past:
On the evening of July 16, 2014 – after a thunderstorm:
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