Today in Photos.

Flags are flying around the city during the final games of World Cup 2018. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

Croatian fan Chris Krnezick. John Rennison

A young Croatian fan watching the game between her fingers with two crossed at the Croatian Sport and Community Centre. John Rennison The Hamilton Spectator

It was tense moments for Croatian fans until their team scored in extra time while watching the game at the Croatian Sport and Community Centre. John Rennison/The Hamilton Spectator

English soccer fans packed Ye Olde Squire at Upper Wentworth and Fennell Ave. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

English soccer fans packed Ye Olde Squire at Upper Wentworth and Fennell Ave. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

In th end, there was no joy at Ye Olde Squire at Upper Wentworth and Fennell Ave. where English soccer fans packed the bar to watch the semi-final match between England and Croatia. Despite an early goal, Croatia went on to defeat England 2-1 and move on to the World Cup final. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator

Croatian fans celebrate their team’s world cup semi-final victory over England at the Croatian Sport and Community Centre. John Rennison/ The Hamilton Spectator

Croatian fans celebrate their team’s world cup semi-final victory over England . John Rennison/ Hamilton Spectator

A fan celebrates his team’s win in the World Cup semi-final with flares at the Croatian Sport and Community Centre. John Rennison/The Hamilton Spectator

Tom Hrelja, left, and Joey Pesic cheer at a passing car as they walk back to their car after watching Croatia win their semi-final at the World Cup at the Croatian Sport and Community Centre. John Rennison/The Hamilton Spectator

The  2018 World  Cup final game between France and Croatia takes place Sunday July 15th at 11:00am. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator.

 

Today in Photos.

Evelyn Stafford, 3 and gets a boost from mom Lena Dianda as she pets Serena, a nine-year-old alpaca from Alpacas from Eighth and Mud (which is located, appropriately, at Eighth Road and Mud Street in Stoney Creek). Serena was making her third visit to the Terryberry Branch of the Hamilton Public Library Tuesday afternoon. Staff brought in Serena along with owner Sharon Trent-Docherty to give patrons the chance to see an alpaca up close. Over 150 people stopped by the library parking lot to see Serena. Serena is a therapy animal so she was quite comfortable with all the attention as people posed for photos and pet her neck. Photo by Scott Gardner, The Hamilton Spectator

Serena, a nine-year-old alpaca from Alpacas from Eighth and Mud. Scott Gardner/ Hamilton Spectator

Posing for a photo with Serena, a nine-year-old alpaca Photo by Scott Gardner, The Hamilton Spectator

Every Tuesday evening the bocce courts at LaSalle Park in Burlington are filled with the Burlington Special Olympics participants. The organization provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for individuals with intellectual disabilities.The summer schedule of events includes bocce as well as four more summer oriented sports for intellectually disabled youth and adults in Burlington. Gary Yokoyama, The Hamilton Spectator.

Summer is in session giving it’s full-on best. Walking laps around the Gage Park Fountain works for Trinity Losier 11, as she manages to beat the heat. PHOTO BY: Gary Yokoyama, The Hamilton Spectator.

Xavier Goodman, 3, of Hamilton tests out his radio controlled car on the pump track in Gage Park on a beautiful Tuesday aftenoon.Photo by Scott Gardner, The Hamilton Spectator

Today in Photos. (actually the last 3 days)

Students are reflected in a mirror as they watch Will Douglas demonstrate fingering technique at the 8th Hamilton International Guitar Festival Saturday at the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts. The three-day event featured concerts, workshops, lessons, and vendors. The group was then going to form an ensemble for the concert that evening. John Rennison The Hamilton Spectator

 

Friday’s weather was a complete upgrade from a week long string of hot humid temperatures the city has been experiencing. The cooler and dryer conditions were surely a lure for at least one cyclist cruising along Ottawa Street North. Among the sites he was taking in was a film crew set up in Laidlaw Memorial United Church shooting an episode of “Wayne” an online series. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

 

A film crew set up in Laidlaw Memorial United Church is shooting an episode of the first season of “Wayne” an new television series. Scaffolding elevates and supports lights used to illuminate the interior from outside. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

 

Young tennis player warms-up before a summer tennis clinic at Dundas Tennis Club. Gary Yokoyama, The Hamilton Spectator.

 

Collin Aubie, 4, follows his mother Rachel, right, and others in a three-legged dog as they participate in an outdoor yoga class in Gage Park Sunday taught by her sister Helena from In Fine Feather Yoga. The sessions are held weekly near the greenhouses.Collin Aubie, 4, follows his mother Rachel, right, and others in a three-legged dog as they participate in an outdoor yoga class in Gage Park Sunday taught by her sister Helena from In Fine Feather Yoga. The sessions are held weekly near the greenhouses. John Rennison/ Hamilton Spectator

 

Gabriel Zuleta, 6, tries to carry his massive Tweety Bird. The annual Beach Boulevard garage sale with people selling items the length of the street. John Rennison/ Hamilton Spectator

 

The annual Beach Boulevard garage sale with people selling items the length of the street.John Rennison/ Hamilton Spectator

 

Matchbox cars for sale.

 

A vendor reflected in a make-up mirror.

 

Chloe Frost, 8, looks through books for sale. The annual Beach Boulevard garage sale.John Rennison/ Hamilton Spectator

 

Flat out on the straight-a-way for a group of mixed drivers. Verizon IndyCar series stars Robert Wickens and James Hinchcliffe were hosting a charity karting race benefiting Make-A Wish Canada at Cameron Speedway .Both drivers (Wickens is from Guelph and Hinchcliffe is from Oakville), who are in town for this weekend’s Honda Indy in Toronto, started their motorsports careers in carting.there were 110 racers participating with 100% of the events proceeds donated to Make-a-Wish. The donations were matched by Honda. Gary Yokoyama, The Hamilton Spectator.

 

The high performance go-karts churn out 9 HP of excitment.

 

The youngest group of racers listen to the pre-race safety rules. Gary Yokohama/ Hamilton Spectator

 

James Hinchcliffe and Robert Wickens (R) chat in the media tent. Verizon IndyCar series stars Robert Wickens and James Hinchcliffe were hosting a charity karting race benefiting Make-A Wish Canada at Cameron Speedway .Both drivers (Wickens is from Guelph and Hinchcliffe is from Oakville), who are in town for this weekend’s Honda Indy in Toronto, started their motorsports careers in carting.there were 110 racers participating with 100% of the events proceeds donated to Make-a-Wish. The donations were matched by Honda. Gary Yokoyama, The Hamilton Spectator.

 

James Hinchcliffe and Robert Wickens (R) sign an assortment of memorabila for ACING FANS. Photo by Gary Yokoyama, The Hamilton Spectator.

As one group of racers pulls into pit row another group of racers prepare to board the high performance go-karts in this mixed group category. PHOTO BY: Gary Yokoyama, The Hamilton Spectator. FOR STORY BY:

 

People line up to see inside the CC-177 Globemaster III, the largest plane in service in the air force. Over 50 airplanes from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum and others were on hand people to see Saturday at Air Force Day at the museum. John Rennison/ Hamilton Spectator

Sailors from the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club’s CANSail program practice their new skills on the bay Friday afternoon. The CANSail sailing school introduces new sailors to the fundamental sailing skills in the Optimist and 420 dinghy. When on the water, young sailors from ages 6-18 years work on boat safety, boat-handling skills, and seamanship. In the classroom, students learn basic terminology, knots and the rules of the water. Sailors also work on swimming skills in the RHYC pool. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

– A pedestrian walks through the bridge under the tracks in the Corktown neighbourhood, past inspirational anti-bullying messages painted on a bright pink background. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton Varsity Tiger Cat’s Keyshaun Jordan tries to shake off the tackle of Essex Raven’s Bradley Williams during their game Saturday at Ron Joyce Stadium. Hamilton won the play-off game 17-14. John Rennison/Hamilton Spectator John Rennison The Hamilton Spectator

Hamilton Varsity Tiger Cat’s Calvin Kelly manages to slip the grip of Essex Raven’s James Hanlon during their game Saturday at Ron Joyce Stadium. Hamilton won the play-off game 17-14. John Rennison/ Hamilton Spectator

Hamilton Varsity Tiger Cat’s Jacob Acciaccaferro grounds Essex Raven’s quarterback Aiden Mitrevski on a short run during their game Saturday at Ron Joyce Stadium. Hamilton won the play-off game 17-14.John Rennison/ Hamilton Spectator

Nesting Hummingbird.

A female ruby throated humming bird sits on her tiny nest keeping her chicks warm between intermittent trips to collection near by food for her clutch.

A female hummingbird leaves her tiny, well camouflaged nest as she heads out to find food for her babies.

Returning to the nest.

A female ruby throated hummingbird feeds her chicks. The tiny nest is easily camouflaged in a tree due to it’s small size and the birds efforts to create a structure that looks just like like a knot on the tree. The female alone constructs the nest and cares for the eggs and young. Females lay between 1 and 3 white eggs about 12.9 mm × 8.5 mm in size and produce one to two broods each summer. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

Today in Photos.

Matthew Kasumovic, 3, does a little surfing off Beachway Park in Burlington with a little help from dad Peter on another sweltering hot day in the area. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

 

A rollerblader skates westbound framed by out of focus tiger lilies. With a breeze wafting in from Lake Ontario it makes the trek along the Waterfront Trail on the Hamilton side of the beach strip more bearable for all. PHOTO BY: Gary Yokoyama, The Hamilton Spectator.

 

Edward McSherry performs for the dinner rush crowd heading home on the corner of James and King Street. He’s originally from Scotland but has been busking in Hamilton for more than 30 years. “And don’t I love the city’s new policy on busking. I think it adds a little culture to the city.” Photo by John Rennison/ Hamilton Spectator

 

BIKER PARKING ONLY – A tricycle lines up next to a motorcycle in the parking lot at Bayfront Park in west Hamilton. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

 

For the 60 yoga practitioners the shade under Hamilton City Hall’s front entrance was the best place to beat the worst of the heat. Yoga sessions conducted by Moksha Hamilton Yoga are every Thursday June- August starting at 12pm City hall with a 45 minute session. PHOTO BY: Gary Yokoyama, The Hamilton Spectator.

 

Yoga a t City Hall. Photo by Gary Yokoyama / Hamilton Spectator

 

Wild Waterworks it’s just another selfie moment as Rody Enwawa captures the scene with Amanda Ibrahim along for the ride. Coping with the extreme heat whether it’s working or cooling off at Wild Waterworks. PHOTO BY: Gary Yokoyama, The Hamilton Spectator.

 

A cabbage white is one of the more common butterflies found in the Urquhart Butterfly Garden. The absence of Monarch butterflies has Joanna Chapman ,founder of the garden, wondering if aerial spraying for gypsy moth earlier this Spring may have killed the monarch eggs and caterpillars. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

 

A Red Admiral photographed in the Urquhart Butterfly Garden. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

Monarchs seen enjoying milkweed flowers and Joe Pye Weed were photographed in the meadow at Princess Point on the same day. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

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