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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My photos of the year

Every December, photographers at The Spectator gather their favorite images from the past year.

These are a collection of mine.

 

-John Rennison

Denis Crispin's hand has medication applied to it buy nurse Tiffany Thomson.

Denis Crispin’s hand has medication applied to it buy nurse Tiffany Thomson.

I like the look in Steve Rudaniecki's eyes in this portrait I took for a series on his struggle with leukemia.

I like the look in Steve Rudaniecki’s eyes in this portrait I took for a series on his struggle with leukemia.

The 16th annual Dundas International Buskerfest held on the weekend on a closed off section of King STreet West. Lisa Lottie, from the Netherlands, sits and with the help of two men from the crowd would eventually get her legs crossed behind her head. She performed a combination of contortions and tricks with hula-hoops.

The 16th annual Dundas International Buskerfest held on the weekend on a closed off section of King STreet West.
Lisa Lottie, from the Netherlands, sits and with the help of two men from the crowd would eventually get her legs crossed behind her head. She performed a combination of contortions and tricks with hula-hoops.

Garrett Yerigan, of Pryor, Oklahoma, left, and Jack Miller of Lyndsay, Ontario, cool off in their hillbilly hot tub Friday as they relax after setting up for Caledonia Stampede Days taking place this weekend at the Caledonia fair grounds.  Yerigan, the event announcer, and Miller were at the fairgrounds early setting up the ring for the combination rodeo and motocross event. The single hose was only keeping slightly ahead of of the leaks in the tarp lining the pickup truck bed.

Garrett Yerigan, of Pryor, Oklahoma, left, and Jack Miller of Lyndsay, Ontario, cool off in their hillbilly hot tub Friday as they relax after setting up for Caledonia Stampede Days taking place this weekend at the Caledonia fair grounds. Yerigan, the event announcer, and Miller were at the fairgrounds early setting up the ring for the combination rodeo and motocross event. The single hose was only keeping slightly ahead of of the leaks in the tarp lining the pickup truck bed.

Mumford & Sons' Gentlemen of the Road Stopover in Simcoe Saturday at the Simcoe fair grounds a group following the paint toss.

Mumford & Sons’ Gentlemen of the Road Stopover in Simcoe Saturday at the Simcoe fair grounds
a group following the paint toss.

A McMaster special constable tackles a fan who ran onto the field dressed as a banana during the Marauders game against Waterloo.

A McMaster special constable tackles a fan who ran onto the field dressed as a banana during the Marauders game against Waterloo.

Thirteen-year-old champion climber Ben Whattam hangs upside down in one of his favorite tricks.  It is a move he was happy to perform for the camera.

Thirteen-year-old champion climber Ben Whattam hangs upside down in one of his favorite tricks. It is a move he was happy to perform for the camera.

McMaster's Mike Daly was called for a 15yard penalty for grabbing Waterloo's James Cook's mask on this play.

McMaster’s Mike Daly was called for a 15yard penalty for grabbing Waterloo’s James Cook’s mask on this play.

Pierre Fournier lifts his walker over the snow clogging Hess Street as he walks along the Main Street sidewalk.

Pierre Fournier lifts his walker over the snow clogging Hess Street as he walks along the Main Street sidewalk.

Hamilton Tiger Cats win the CFL Eastern division 36-24 over the Toronto Argonauts at Rogers Centre in Toronto. Argo fan Joel Brown hangs his head at the team's performance.

Hamilton Tiger Cats win the CFL Eastern division 36-24 over the Toronto Argonauts at Rogers Centre in Toronto.
Argo fan Joel Brown hangs his head at the team’s performance.

The Hamilton Santa Claus parade through the downtown Saturday featured 100 participants, 14 of which which were bands. Chase, 4, lays along the side of the parade route sporting a pair of antlers as Mrs. Claus arrives.

The Hamilton Santa Claus parade through the downtown Saturday featured 100 participants, 14 of which which were bands.
Chase, 4, lays along the side of the parade route sporting a pair of antlers as Mrs. Claus arrives.

I spotted Ken Ryan and Mike Loker pushing their shopping cart of metal up Sherman Street on my way to an assignment in the area.  I find the image extremely funny as Ryan weights his haul on a scale meant for transport truck loads. The pair were hoping to score $50.  "We collect everything.  Beer cans, everything," said Ryan.  "The city throws out and we make a living," said Loker.

I spotted Ken Ryan and Mike Loker pushing their shopping cart of metal up Sherman Street on my way to an assignment in the area. I find the image extremely funny as Ryan weights his haul on a scale meant for transport truck loads. The pair were hoping to score $50. “We collect everything. Beer cans, everything,” said Ryan. “The city throws out and we make a living,” said Loker.

Jeff Lang performs contact juggling with an acrylic ball at King and James Wednesday afternoon busking. He is reflected in his ball.

Jeff Lang performs contact juggling with an acrylic ball at King and James Wednesday afternoon busking. He is reflected in his ball.

The Royal Botanical Gardens hired Lands and Forest Consulting to perform at controlled burn in Cootes Paradise at Princess Point Monday. Lauren Grande, an RBG employee, takes pictures of the flames with her cellphone.

The Royal Botanical Gardens hired Lands and Forest Consulting to perform at controlled burn in Cootes Paradise at Princess Point Monday.
Lauren Grande, an RBG employee, takes pictures of the flames with her cellphone.

A woman reacts as a firefighter hands her her cat the family could not find when fire broke out in the house.  I just like the look of joy and relief on her face.

A woman reacts as a firefighter hands her her cat the family could not find when fire broke out in the house. I just like the look of joy and relief on her face.

Stella models her bikini for the bikini contest at this year's SPCA Wiggle Waggle Walk-a-thon.

Stella models her bikini for the bikini contest at this year’s SPCA Wiggle Waggle Walk-a-thon.

A squirrel hangs out of a trash slot in a garbage bin in front of Hamilton City Hall.

A squirrel hangs out of a trash slot in a garbage bin in front of Hamilton City Hall.

A bee crawls across my  lens as beekeeper Brandi MacDonald examines a frame from the colony at the university.

A bee crawls across my lens as beekeeper Brandi MacDonald examines a frame from the colony at the university.

Brock hops into course superientendent Peter Sinuita's golf cart at Copetown Woods Golf Course.  He is one of two goat check at the course to keep the greens trimmed.

Brock hops into course superientendent Peter Sinuita’s golf cart at Copetown Woods Golf Course. He is one of two goat check at the course to keep the greens trimmed.

Diana Lam, of Ottawa, in white tank and blue tights, and Kelly Ceighton, of Paris, France, in green tights and black tank, practice acroyoga in Spencer Smith Park on Sunday.  The pair met through a Facebook page designed to help practitioners meet each other.  Both have family in Burlington and had posted they would be there at the same time.  The discipline combines yoga and acrobatic moves.  It was founded in San Fransico around 2000 and where the larges group of practitioners is located.  The second largest is in Montreal but there are practitioners around the world.

Diana Lam, of Ottawa, in white tank and blue tights, and Kelly Ceighton, of Paris, France, in green tights and black tank, practice acroyoga in Spencer Smith Park on Sunday. The pair met through a Facebook page designed to help practitioners meet each other. Both have family in Burlington and had posted they would be there at the same time. The discipline combines yoga and acrobatic moves. It was founded in San Fransico around 2000 and where the larges group of practitioners is located. The second largest is in Montreal but there are practitioners around the world.

Cold recycler

A man carries his load of bottles hobo-style on a stick as he walks along Dundurn Street Monday while steadying himself against the icy sidewalk with another stick._JLR7156

Funeral held Monday for Marley Rowe killed New Year’s Day.

The funeral for Marley Rowe who was killed New Year’s morning outside a party on Sherman Avenue North.

A over flow crowd was on hand at Bay Gardens Funeral Home for the service.

Rev. Tom Chire conducts the service.

Rev. Tom Chire conducts the service.

Marley Rowe Sr. is helped back to his seat after lighting a candle for his son,

Marley Rowe Sr. is helped back to his seat after lighting a candle for his son,

A photo of Marley Rowe with his son sits next to a lit candle.

A photo of Marley Rowe with his son sits next to a lit candle.

Friends of Marley Rowe stand in the hallway outside the chape

Friends of Marley Rowe stand in the hallway outside the chape

Rowe's casket is carried to the hearse.

Rowe’s casket is carried to the hearse.

Family of Marley Rowe watch his casket being loaded into the hearse.

Family of Marley Rowe watch his casket being loaded into the hearse.

A man wipes his face as he walks away after the casket had been loaded into the hearse.

A man wipes his face as he walks away after the casket had been loaded into the hearse.

Marley's mother Sherri Bonnaillie is embraced by family and friends following the service.

Marley’s mother Sherri Bonnaillie is embraced by family and friends following the service.

The Shed

Like any good Canadian grandfather, Cecil Kalyn built an outdoor skating rink in his yard for the grandkids. And like all those grandpas, he quickly realized that maintaining an outdoor rink, given the wild fluctuations in our winters nowadays, was difficult.

So Kalyn found a better solution: make a rink indoors.

Behind his Flamborough home was a shed. Once, it had been a hanger for his airplane. Now, it was filled with friends’ cars, and various other treasures accumulated during his life. He told his buddies to claim their toys, cleaned up the junk, and got to work on his newest project.

Eleven years later, The Shed, as it is known, has carved out a unique existence: it still is largely unknown, yet maintains a loyal following among its users. The most active of these, instructor Tommy Gilligan, runs multiple clinics, from Learn to Skate programs to ones for players who still dream of a future in the pros.

The rink, measuring roughly 30 by 12 metres, has refrigeration pipes, allowing Kalyn to maintain ice for six months, from October 1 through April 1. The floor is painted white, to give the milky white colour and markings that professional and city-run arenas boast. And just like a regular rink, the ice is flooded after every hour-long session, courtesy of a mini Olympia resurfacing machine.

The Shed has a dressing room, and another room where parents can wait, coffees in hand, while their youngsters are honing their skills, regardless of the conditions outside.  -Barry Gray

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, December 8, 2013 -Cecil Kaylan's backyard rink, known as 'the shed',  for photo page. Noah Payette, 4, is a determined young hockey player at a learn to skate lesson. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator. For story by: Barry Gray

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, December 8, 2013 -Cecil Kaylan’s backyard rink, known as ‘the shed’, for photo page. Noah Payette, 4, is a determined young hockey player at a learn to skate lesson. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Tuesday, December 17,2013 - Cecil Kaylan in his indoor skating rink, which is referred to as 'the shed'. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator. For story by: Barry Gray

Hamilton. Ontario, Tuesday, December 17,2013 – Cecil Kaylan in his indoor skating rink, which is referred to as ‘the shed’. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, December 12, 2013 - Cecil Kaylan's backyard rink, known as 'the shed',  for photo page.  Players grab a quick drink during a break. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, December 12, 2013 – Cecil Kaylan’s backyard rink, known as ‘the shed’, for photo page. Players grab a quick drink during a break. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, December 12, 2013 - Cecil Kaylan's backyard rink, known as 'the shed',  for photo page. The lone bench in the lobby made from - what else - hockey sticks. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, December 12, 2013 – Cecil Kaylan’s backyard rink, known as ‘the shed’, for photo page. The lone bench in the lobby made from – what else – hockey sticks. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, December 12,2013 - Cecil Kaylan's backyard rink, known as 'the shed',  for photo page. The rink, with solar panels atop the roof, at night. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, December 12,2013 – Cecil Kaylan’s backyard rink, known as ‘the shed’, for photo page. The rink, with solar panels atop the roof, at night. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, December 12, 2013 - Cecil Kaylan's backyard rink, known as 'the shed',  for photo page. Paul Mazerolle drives the mini Olympia ice cleaner between sessions. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, December 12, 2013 – Cecil Kaylan’s backyard rink, known as ‘the shed’, for photo page. Paul Mazerolle drives the mini Olympia ice cleaner between sessions. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, December 12, 2013 - Cecil Kaylan's backyard rink, known as 'the shed',  for photo page. The parents pass the time talking hockey while their boys attend a skating class.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, December 12, 2013 – Cecil Kaylan’s backyard rink, known as ‘the shed’, for photo page. The parents pass the time talking hockey while their boys attend a skating class. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, December 12, 2013 - Cecil Kaylan's backyard rink, known as 'the shed',  for photo page. Paul Mazerolle cleans the last bit of snow off the ice with a shovel. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, December 12, 2013 – Cecil Kaylan’s backyard rink, known as ‘the shed’, for photo page. Paul Mazerolle cleans the last bit of snow off the ice with a shovel. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, December 12, 2013 - Cecil Kaylan's backyard rink, known as 'the shed',  for photo page.  Joe Korman ties up son Sam's skates in the dressing room prior to a practice.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, December 12, 2013 – Cecil Kaylan’s backyard rink, known as ‘the shed’, for photo page. Joe Korman ties up son Sam’s skates in the dressing room prior to a practice. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, December 12, 2013 - Cecil Kaylan's backyard rink, known as 'the shed',  for photo page. Water bottles await the next break while a dad watches the action on the ice. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, December 12, 2013 – Cecil Kaylan’s backyard rink, known as ‘the shed’, for photo page. Water bottles await the next break while a dad watches the action on the ice. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, December 8, 2013 - Cecil Kaylan's backyard rink, known as 'the shed',  for photo page. Tommy Gilligan, who runs numerous skating programs out of the rink, has some fun with some learn to skate kids. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, December 8, 2013 – Cecil Kaylan’s backyard rink, known as ‘the shed’, for photo page. Tommy Gilligan, who runs numerous skating programs out of the rink, has some fun with some learn to skate kids. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

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