July 20, 2011

Hot Summer Days in High Park. Also - what is this fruit?

I hope that your summer is interesting and enjoyable. We are experiencing a real Canadian heat wave. I feel approximately like the dog you'll encounter below. I would give anything to sit in the water all day. If only I had such an opportunity.

The owner took a long time calling her. After a while, with a highly indisposed expression, she proceeded to climb out of the cool, refreshing stream.

If you get out of the house, and take a walk down to the lake, you would get to see some beautiful views.

Somebody is splashing around in the water.

And somebody else, growing weary of the heat, flies away to the north.

You can see that not everyone is awfully welcoming in High Park.

When you really need that zoom lens, it just happens to be the time you left it at home.

It turned out that there were some little racoons living in the hollow tree. It could fit the mother raccoon along with five or six babies.

Now the question - what is this fruit? This happens to artists from time to time - we might buy a fruit because we are so very taken by its colour and form, with no idea what it is, or what you could eat it with. Help! Does anybody know what it is?

In the end, a delicious punch that I learned how to make from my blogger friend - the 50 best punch recipes

Stay cool!


  1. Hello Olga:
    This post is summer! Once more, wonderful images and we particularly like the one of the wire around the tree trunk with what we think to be a mouse. We have blown it up, but cannot be totally sure.

    After torrential rain and thunder storms throughout the night, the heat wave of the last few weeks here has broken and the next few days will, it seems, be much cooler. A welcome relief.

    As to the fruit, we have no idea at all.

  2. Thank you for sharing these photos, Olga. They're just wonderful, almost dreamy.
    I hope you're well.

  3. Lovely pictures... as even !
    Enjoy your day !


  4. Fantastic photos as always, I thought the first one was my favourite, but they just got better and better. I have seen that fruit before but for the life of me I cannot remember where or what it is called. Sorry. Diane

  5. you have so many wonderful images but i am smitten with the raccoon, i have a family that lives here, i see them in the night only, never in the day, such cute shots!

  6. Che posto meraviglioso, un eden, la prima è stupenda e anche quella dei fiori viola mi piace molto. Brava! Ciao Cri : )

  7. I can totally relate to that wet pooch. Ugh, it's over 100-degrees here. No relief for a couple more days.

    Stay wet.

  8. это дуриан! Вонючий, и, как признают, очень вкусный. Но ни разу не отважилась его попробовать.
    Какой богатый улов зверья! Как ты их всех углядела только? Енот классный.

  9. So many fabulous photos! Love the peeping racoon :-)

  10. that dog knows how to do summer i think! and i love that tree/shadow pic..

  11. Tout cela est mignon. Et tes photos, magnifiques, Olga. Bravo!

  12. The photos are very nice =)


  13. Оно ?:


    Кивано, вроде, называется.

  14. Hi Jane and Lance Hattatt,
    The creature you are referring to is a chipmunk. He was in a poetic mood. Even when a passing dog barked at him, he looked at her languidly, and turned away.

    Hi M@risa,
    Thank you. I hope everything is well with you. Unfortunately, I don't have access to your blog anymore.

    Hi Pierre,
    Thank you, dear friend. I hope you're having a great summer.

    Hi Diane,
    I was visiting your blog at the exact moment you were leaving a comment on mine :) Cute post on your blog today!

    Hi once in a blue moon,
    I was also surprised that I noticed that raccoon family. In fact, at that very moment, they were going in for their nap in the hollow :)

  15. Hi Cristina,
    La ringrazio molto per la visita. Spero che stanno avendo un grande momento con la vostra attività estive. Mi fa sempre piacere visitare il vostro blog.

    Hi Rick,
    I can believe that in some countries in Europe, it's 12 degrees!

    Hi Ирен,
    Я нашла дуриан не таким уж и неприятно пахнущим. Запах, безусловно, странный, но не "критический". У нас вот только, продают его целиком, а он большой. У меня все в семье такие эстеты, что есть его отказались. Если бы я нашла соучастника, то ела бы его.

    Hi Nat,
    It was an act of consideration before returning to a clean home in the hollow tree.

    Hi Krystal,
    Tomorrow, we are going to have 37 degrees. If we survive, I will continue to blog :)

  16. Hi Richard,
    Merci beaucoup. J'espère que votre été ne sont pas aussi extrêmes avec la température.

    Hi Sérgio,
    I'm glad you liked them :) I was trying hard.

    Hi sylluka,
    Бинго! Он,голубчик. Спасибо большое. Я боялась, что начну их потрошить и будет много специфического запаха. У нас новые владельцы плодово-ягодного магазина. По английски не говорят.

  17. елы... ели мы это кивано. А я его не признала(

  18. Hi Ирен,
    Ты потеряна для общества навсегда:) У него прекрасная серединка - желеистая, зелёненька и с огуречными семечками. В целом, этот фрукт удовлетворил все мои эстетические потребности.

  19. These photos are remarkable! They really capture the essence of summer. :) I have seen that fruit before but I don't know the name of it, I'm afraid. Is it any good?

    Thanks for the link to the punch recipes. I will definitely have to check that out asap!

  20. Hi Jennifer Fabulous,
    With a help from sylulka, I found out the name of the fruit - Kiwano. The taste reminds me the gooseberry. I think it is a good fruit for summer.

  21. Bonjour Olga. Lovely post and beautiful photos, as always. I love the wet pooch series. If you read my last post, you will understand why ;-) Happy summer, blogger friend. Veronique aka French Girl in Seattle

  22. Your photos are SUPER amazing. Wow. I'm ready to jump in and get all cozied up with summer and its surroundings. :)

  23. I always love your photos. The colors are marvelous!

  24. Thank you for sharing these wonderful photographs dear Olga, so many interesting and beautiful landscapes, flowers and cute little animals for us to see.
    I hope you get some relief from the heat soon.
    xoxoxo ♡

  25. Olga, those little animals popping up to look at you are quite cute, a beautiful series... enjoyed them and thanks ! great eyes for great catches ...

  26. Hi Olga

    I am not experiencing any sort of a heat wave. I know we have gone from drought to much rain. I wish we could get above 20. Always complaining!!! lol Love the photos of the racoons. I don't have them here. And if we ever get summer again, I know our poms will cool themselves off in our livestock waterers!!!

    Stay cool my friend!!!

  27. Hello! What a beautiful photos!!!

  28. Hello, Olga.

    Your heartwarming works fascinates my heart.
    Thank you for your kindness.

    I wish You all the best.

    Have a good weekend.

  29. Olga, I do not remember the exact name, I ate in Spain a year ago-carambola?
    Thanks fo showing how enjoyable the summer can be also in a city, I almost forgot abaout it when I came back to every day routine.
    Your pictures are beatiful, as always

  30. Those photos are lovely...

    Its always a good thing to have a place to go out to with good views and nature filled ♥

  31. Beautiful photos! Okay I had to look up your fruit. I can say I have never seen such a fruit...Im from the desert after all. But, I was worried for a second when you made it into a punch. Good thing it isn't poisonous.lol What do you call them there? kiwano? It's African right?

  32. Nice summer series. These definitely capture the feel of that season. Love the shadows, grass, tree photo.

  33. These colors are beautiful and what a variety! Before leaving on vacation I'm already disoriented because of you, everything is so exotic!

  34. And I thought Finland was a zoo ;) Such lovely photos of lovely critters.

  35. Your pics are extra crisp, love the green grass with trees, thanks for the link, I hope it was as yummy as it looks! We are making it today for the parents at my nephews (2 10 year old boys) birthday party!

  36. that photo of the trees just knocks my socks off!

  37. We are having a real heat wave in our neck of the woods too!

  38. This post is such a delight, especially after a night of blocked drains and cursing and swearing ... and eventually clearing it all this morning ... hence the delay in getting to Blogland.

    The whole essence of this post makes me so happy as it combines much of what I love. Also, your photography skills shine out.

  39. As usual, your photos are wonderful, Olga. I particularly like the trees with the shadows; so atmospheric!

    And, as for that dog, it reminds me of my brother’s. He just can’t resist getting in any water he can find.

  40. My favorite is the tree picture with the shadow tentacles reaching outward!

  41. Gorgeous photos, Olga! I heard it's really warm there. Hope you're staying cool!

  42. Красивая страна Канада!
    Мокрая бедняжка выглядит очень трогательно.Но, ей, наверное, хорошо.
    Фрукт такой вижу впервые. Любопытно, что это?

  43. Dear Olga
    Wow.... so nice your pictures! I dream from a hot summer! In Switzerland the weather is bad....
    Have a nice weekend. Hugs Yvonne

  44. Olga, these photos are so beautiful!
    Oh it is so very hot!! I drink about 6 bottles of ice water to be able to ride 4 miles!
    I hope you are having a nice weekend. I went to the dentist. :)
    Thank you.


  45. So many lovely photos, I love the chipmunk on the wire. I read through all your comments hoping to find the name of that fruit-no one knows but it certainly looks interesting.

  46. Thank you for let me visit your wonderful week end as the photos speak...fantastic views, delicate details...sorry for the fruit...hugs..;)

  47. Yes, it seems to be hot everywhere. We wake up in the morning, even before the sun is up, and it is hot. Enjoyed your pictures today :^)

  48. It is always so nice to see things through your eyes. And this time I'd also got a tip to a punch, and even better, a beauty of a blog about them!
    Better than mojitos at 9 euros, aren't they?
    About the biscuits recipe, it is, well, a secret :-)

  49. gorgeous photos - your photos are always so vibrant. I've been hearing about the heat wave you're having on the news. My sympathies - it sounds like our regular type of summer weather in Western Australia :)

  50. Hiya Olga I can feel a Canadian summer just by looking at your pictures! and I adore the photos of the chipmunks and raccoons!

    I have returned to Cork after visiting County Kerry with my friend over from France, our weather was hot and sunny but now it is back to cool, dull weather - thankfully no rain. If I send you some cool weather will you promise to send me a portion of heatwave??? X

  51. Hi French Girl in Seattle,
    I have read your latest post with those very funny French dogs, and all the adventures and interesting places you have managed to visit this summer. I have enjoyed it immensely.

    Hi Sophia,
    It's true that, right now, it is a wonderful time of the year, when you don't need to pile on layers and layers of clothing, and just enjoy the sun at your leisure.

    Hi Lydia,
    For me, there's never enough colour. It's my passion.

    Hi Dianne,
    The heat is not leaving Toronto. But it doesn't matter, because summer is still one of the most wonderful times of the year.

    Hi Wong,
    Despite the technical imperfections of my photos, I always enjoy capturing the moment.

  52. Hi Misty Meadows,
    How is that? I though that raccoons occupy every square meter in Canada :)
    Even in the evening, the temperature remains around 32 degrees on some days.

    Hi Amin,
    Thank you for your comment :)

    Hi ruma,
    I hope that you are enjoying this summer. Thank you for visiting. I appreciate your opinion.

    Hi Ola,
    The everyday routine - especially in the city - is really distracting from the wonders of the summer. I absolutely agree with you.
    I have found out that the fruit is called kiwano.

    Hi Ann,
    I'm so glad that, in Canada, nature always gives us pleasant surprises. Despite the awful heat.

  53. Hi Sandy,
    The kiwano was very refreshing :) It would have been interesting to know what kinds of fruits there are where you live :)

    Hi T. Becque,
    It's a big compliment from a photographer like you :)

    Hi orfeenix,
    I'm sorry that I disoriented you before your vacation :) I hope that you will find a place where you can really enjoy yourself.

    Hi Ekaterina,
    Imagine that - we also live in the city, and I haven't even begun to show all the animals that share this space with us :)

    Hi 1-2Punch,
    Thank you for the complement about my photography. I am really trying :) I'm so glad that, during such a hot summer, I have found your blog :)

  54. Hi Angella,
    Thank you. Sometimes, these simple moments remain in our memories for a long time. Luckily, also in photos :)

    Hi Nikki Kendall,
    If we survive this summer, we could survive anything :)

    Hi aguja,
    I'm so glad you liked it. For me, it's important to show the most essential moments of real life in Toronto.

    Hi The Blogger Formerly Known As...
    Thank you. In High Park, we have a dog trail. I always enjoy meeting cute dogs.

  55. Hi R. Jacob,
    It seems to be a very popular photo :) Thank you.

    Hi Talli,
    Thank you very much. We are trying our very best to stay cool.

    Hi tattina,
    Фрукт называется кивано. Канада, действительно, красивая страна. В ней много природы. которая здесь, рядом, прямо под окнами, в центре Торонто.

    Hi Yvonne,
    I regret to hear that, in Switzerland, the weather is bad. I never would have though, because your photos are so sunny.

    Hi tywo,
    It's great that you went to the dentist. Wise choice. I hope you are enjoying the summer.

  56. Hi LauraX,
    Colours, colours, always colours - my life is all about colours :)

    Hi lilylovekin,
    The chipmunk was super cute. I think he was thinking of poetry.

    Hi ne mora ne bionda,
    Thank you for visiting my blog. I appreciate your kind words.

    Hi Bengts fotoblogg,
    Thank you very much. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Visit again!

    Hi Doug,
    All of my friends from Europe are complaining of cold, excluding Russia. In Russia, it is also smoldering hot. Thank you for your compliment.

  57. Hi Pet,
    I haven't expected you to be so greedy about the cookie recipes :( Boo.

    Hi hila,
    I know that Australians are tough and heat won't break them :)

    Hi Dolly,
    I am a real Canadian woman who shows a real Canadian summer :) I'm glad you're back, and had such a great trip. Miss you very much.

  58. What a beautiful summer you have in Canada!! Even a heat wave looks like the blessing to me. I have been melting half already in Japanese scorching and damp summer.
    Your photos, especially I love the one of the yacht in the sea, are cool breeze which refreshes me. My dream summer is here in your blog. From Keiko, extremely vulnerable to summer.

  59. Ой, енот! Настоящий!! :)) Симпатяга!

  60. Hi snowwhite,
    This yacht was really passing by in a magical movement. I stood with my mouth slightly open, and only a few moments later did I remember that I had my camera :)

    Hi patatinka,
    Енот был с несколькими детками. Сам первый залез внутрь дерева и они закатились за ним следом, предварительно пописав с дерева на свежем воздухе:)