At the Etobicoke Point

Etobicoke Point is the western most part of Humber Bay Park. This is a place to get a “postcard” view of Toronto’s skyline, particularly in late afternoons and evenings. Still, this point offers so much more than an obvious snapshot. A few weekends back, I snuck down to the point at sunset, under the pretence of testing a roll of Fujicolour 400H film. As usual, found more than I expected.

Etobicoke Point, January 2017
Etobicoke Point, January 2017

In Winter, the Sun rises and sets into the lake, or close to the lake horizon. This makes Winter sunsets very interesting and unique. With a low angle and generous rays, ice deposits on the shoreline glow with a new rich light, reflecting the dying moments of the day, creating a warmth in contrast to the bitter cold of a mid-winter evening.

Ice and lake, Etobicoke Point, January 2017
Ice and lake, Etobicoke Point, January 2017

Winter sunsets may be sad and cold, but they certainly colour the sky and water in ways that are beautiful and encouraging. In a way, an end to a cold Winter day is punctuated with an optimistic message. One day done, we are that much closer to the renewal of the Spring and the life of Summer.

Layers, Etobicoke Point, January 2017
Layers, Etobicoke Point, January 2017

Blues and purples of a cold sunset inspire. The beauty, as it exists in the cold of the Winter, encourage us to press on, in the face of cold, dark and long Winter night. There is warmth in those cold colours, there is a warming glow to the sun reflecting off ice. All this, as if to say, warmth is just around the bend.

A Winter Sunset, Etobicoke Point, January 2017
A Winter Sunset, Etobicoke Point, January 2017

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