Smalls Creek

Monday morning May 15, 2023 in Williamson Ravine. Starting from the Gerrard St. E stairway entrance.

disappearing underground
patches of sunshine
users made bridge
tinder brick
fallen
Christmas tree haven
shadow and sunshine
from the bridge between the the other two stairways
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Bubbling Brook

Smalls Creek runs through the Williamson Ravine in east-end Toronto. It was bit low as there hadn’t been any major rainfall for several weeks.

brookside brush
burbling over debris
I’m sure it’s not safe to drink
hiker-made bridge
you can almost hear the babbling brook
mud flats from lack of water
light & shadow
mud flat brush

A brief video of the rippling waters

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Well-Worn Path May 2022

There are two paths through the Ravine the most used is along the east side of the creek. It has been well looked after by the public that uses it. Over the years different lumber, sometime tinder bricks, have shown up to made the soggy area easier to hike. This walk is from the north entrance south to Gerrard E.

view from the top of the Gainsborough Rd entrance
well worn path seen from Gainsborough stairs
lumber for footing
slippery when wet
good balance practice
straight & narrow
short bridge over troubled waters
that sinking feeling
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Williamson Ravine January 28, 2021

 

A day after the first real winter snow fall was a perfect day for a visit to the Williamson Ravine, while we still have access to it & while it remains intact. Soon to become a major construction zone & probably closed for any public use until that construction is over. No, they aren’t putting in condos but Metrolinx is adding another line to the tracks than run though the north end of the Ravine. For more info:

https://www.lakeshoreeasttrains.com/smalls-creek-and-merrill-bridge-park

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Williamson Ravine Dec 21 2020

Winter Solstice was a perfect day for a visit to the Williamson Ravine, while we still have access to it & while it remain intact. It will soon become a major construction zone & probably be closed for any public use until that construction is over. No, they aren’t putting in condos but Metrolinx is adding another line to the tracks than run though the north end of the Ravine. For more info:

https://www.lakeshoreeasttrains.com/smalls-creek-and-merrill-bridge-park

south side
fairy shelter
fallen
more of the fallen
fitted to cross Smalls Creek
self mulching
not a gift but one of the trees to be sacrificed
trees marked for execution

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Green Ravine May 03.2020

Took my monthly walk through the Williamson Ravine earlier this month. Spring has sprung thanks to rain & sun. The first day this year I wore shorts. Social distancing not to difficult. Kids love any excuse to jump in the water 🙂

leaves eager to rustle

Small’s Creek bubbling

mossy tinder brick

the will to live & grow

swampy green

Small’s Creek bubbling cauldron of green

ready to bloom

swampy green

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