170512 The Beach - matthew piers robertson • photography writing creative toronto

High water in lake Ontario as seen in the eastern beaches.

The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority is working to protect the boardwalk and Leuty Lifeguard Station. This was my neighbourhood for many years, but that was very many years ago, so I was simultaneously amazed at the change in the waterline and unsure of quite what it used to look like. I'm not really strong in the 'visual memory' department.

The second and third photos are taken from the lifeguard towers, though, so I can replicate them when I'm back under more normal conditions.

A case in point: these rocks protect the beach by creating little headlands, and the sand normally reaches out to them. At least, I'm pretty sure that's what they are – it seems hard to believe seeing it now. But all along the shoreline these lines of rocks stand isolated as islands.

A more clear-cut example: here the water is just barely submerging the rocks that dominate this section of the beach, and the sign clearly was meant to have something other than water behind it. At this point I don't think anyone minds if dogs go in.

One final fun photo from my Friday morning. This was with the Theta in its waterproof case, and it combines with the previous photo to give a neat sense of how the spherical camera describes space. Look at the base of the No Dogs sign and follow the water line one-third of the way to the bundle of sticks that passes for a plant. There's a flat rock that just barely breaks the surface, with a lighter grey rock behind it. That's about where the Theta was for the last photo – although I can't say for sure, since the waves had pushed it around a bit.

And the chairs on the sad are a nice touch. They weren't there when I last visited; I hope they're permanent.


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