Getting Tropical in Hamilton

Last week reminded us that yes, this is Canada, it is winter, and it gets cold. Some days, colder than others. There were days last week that felt like I had moved to the dark side of the moon, it was so cold. But there is a place, in Gage Park in Hamilton, where your frozen soul can thaw. There is a tropical greenhouse, complete with birds, fish, bananas, oranges, and a host of tropical plants. And the best part? It’s warm in there – downright tropical, in fact. So the next time you’re feeling blue – as in, your fingers and toes have frozen solid – take a break and visit the tropics. – Barry Gray

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Metal as abstract

I had an assignment today touring American Iron & Metal on Windermere Road.

I like shooting detail shots sometimes at my assignments, especially of metal.

The crushed metal at AIM offered lots to shoot with abstract patterns.

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Rushing to get climb in

Dan Johnson of Flamborough knew it was late in the day but he was hoping he would get at least one climb in.

He was one of several climbers who climbed Tiffany Falls Thursday afternoon anticipating the approaching warm temperatures might return the falls to running water.

Johnson said it was his first climb at the falls but he has climbed ice fields on Everest after a failed attempt at the summit.  He got to 25,000.

First he climbed the escarpment around the falls so he could secure his top rope.  He then rappelled down and climbed back up using ice axes and his crampons to retrieve his rope.

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Saving James Street Baptist Church pipe organ

John Kotlan and Michael Sergi of Northern Organs have been working since last Thursday dismantling the pipe organ inside James Street Baptist Church.  They expect it will take them 12 days to totally remove the organ and its 1,000 pipes.

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Michael Sergi dismantles pieces inside the organ's great section, one of four in the organ.

Michael Sergi dismantles pieces inside the organ’s great section, one of four in the organ.

Sergi's feet hand from his perch in the great section.

Sergi’s feet hand from his perch in the great section.

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Michael Sergi's tool box built from an old organ.

Michael Sergi’s tool box built from an old organ.

It’s cold down here

I went downtown today looking for people bundled up against the cold.

I was trying for a shot of someone’s breath in the cold air.  Unfortunately it takes the perfect conditions–really cold air and back lighting.

My hands could only take about 15 minutes outside despite my gloves, yet I saw lots of people walking around with bare hands and no hats.

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