To a lot of Ajax residents, by the lake is home. It’s a place where you can lose track of time; a place for family; a place for friends; most certainly a place for picnics, and early morning jogs.
But despite the sparkling waters from afar, I wouldn’t suggest taking a dip in Lake Ontario – at least not in the Ajax waters.
Shooting this collection of Lisa Marshall was particularly important to me – not only has she been a life-long friend, but she is an all around beautiful person inside and out. Miss Marshall impacts the lives of everyone she encounters, always for the better. Her glowing personality and her drive to succeed is inspirational.
The photographs were shot along Duffins Creek, the same path I used to take while walking to grade school. Despite the ever-changing town of Ajax, somehow this location has remained the same: peaceful and meaningful, at least to me.
The Pickering Village Jazz Festival is an event I’ve attended for eight years in a row, and nothing was going to stop me from checking out the 2011 “Jam.”
Generally, Ajax hosts a three-day Jazz festival in the village; but due to construction this year, the town only held a one-day event – and despite early morning showers, the sun finally made its appearance in the late afternoon.
Sometimes I think I should have been born in the 1940’s, when swing and jazz owned the airwaves. Nothing quite gets under my skin like Sinatra’s witchcraft, his wicked witchcraft.
Sometimes the most interesting photos are captured in the evening, with the glowing lights on buildings, sidewalk corners, and – in this case – on a playing field. Located by the lake, Ajax has some of the most beautiful structures, including its community centre and recently renovated hospital. The photos below were taken near the Ajax Community Centre, facing Falby Court.
But the best thing to do there? Write with light in front of the apartment buildings, obviously.
It wasn’t so long ago when I made my first visit to Ashburn, Ontario’s WindReach Farm; it was in 2008, when Pickering Mayor Dave Ryan donated horses for the charity’s therapeutic horseback riding program.
WindReach was founded in 1989, and is designed to meet the needs of individuals with a variety of disabilities. The charity farm offers wheelchair accessible pathways, trails, buildings, barns and stables.
Oh, and did I mention it is located on absolutely breath taking grounds?