November 1, 2011

The Latest from High Park

The weather was changeable today. Since sunshine appeared now and then - and we're about to have a period of rain, according to the forecast - it was impossible not to get out for a half an hour to enjoy nature in High Park.

In the following photo, you will see what a special atmosphere there was today - there was a certain gauze in the air.

Since we can always encounter dogs in High Park, sometimes we find a character who really wants to pose:

It's not only dogs who are eager to model for my blog. Squirrels too.

Also, spiders, who are recovering from their Halloween celebration:

Then, more squirrels - but that nut isn't mine.

No matter how much enjoyment I can find, I realize now that, if I run to High Park at every sign of sunshine, instead of staying home to paint, this is what will happen around Christmastime:


  1. I love squirrels! All of these photos are great. Looks like a wonderful place.

  2. Ha! ha! ha! Watch out now, or Santa will get you in a few weeks ;-) How dare you leave your studio and just head down to that park to take photos and chat with squirrels and friendly dogs?! Shame on you, Olga! Seriously though, thank you for this fun visit. High Park looks breathtaking in the fall! Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

  3. Вторая фота - глубокая-воздушная, пахнет!
    И предпоследняя с веткой очень нра.
    Псня рыжая с белыми лапами совершенно осенняя, уютно-грустная.
    Жирный Белк. Они у вас там лоснятся, что баргузинские соболя! Там, где он пузик себе поддерживает - совершенно трогательный, переплюнул даже кошаков с сОбаками))

  4. I loved the photos, as usual, but that picture with the flowers took my breath away. The contrast of the blood red background blooms with the snowy white blossoms...just beautiful.

    Oh, and the squirrels and doggie were adorable too.

  5. Beautiful pictures, the squirrels are amazing.

  6. Amazing series especially the Autumn colors motives ...

  7. This is a great wander round but the little stone bridge is a beauty.

  8. Kuva-Sarjasi on *hieno*...!
    Syksyn väri-maisema - orava - väri-leikki...!
    Asettelin sanoja peräkkäin ja ihastelin...!

  9. Olga, you live around such a beautiful place, perfect for taking pictures, and yours are lovely! I love the little mushrooms, and those pictures of the squirrel, I'm surprised it stayed still for long enough!

    Duncan In Kuantan

  10. Lovely colourful piccies, and what cute squirrels, quite the stars of the show. Love they way they posed so photogenically.

  11. Comme cela est beau et paisible! C'est un panorama anti-stress. On a envie de venir y vivre!

  12. Hello Olga:
    What a wonderful place High Park looks to be. No wonder you are attracted to go there at all times. The image of the spider is superb.

  13. Stunning pics all of them - and that dog almost kills me with cuteness! :-)

  14. Wow Olga! these pictures confirm that fall is the most colourful season!!! so many colourful "nuances" !!!! un beso

  15. still very sunny on your autumn pictures..

  16. How gorgeous these photographs are! That squirrel is the sweetest creature!

  17. Great shots. These colors and scenes look strangely familiar -- almost the same as down here. (I think I know that squirrel.)

    Me thinks the cold and wet weather is about to land on us both.

  18. I am always a softy for dog pictures. The palette of colors in the bridge picture is very satisfying.

  19. Sighs in amazement and contentment! I especially like the light, reflections on the water, footbridges, mushrooms, and squirrels. The spider looks climbing to the heaven, which reminds me of a story “The Spider’s Thread” by Ryunosuke Akutagawa.

  20. Woooow,Absolutely beautiful scenes!They are so crisp and clean! The Squirrels are so cute!
    Enjoy your autumn!

  21. Wonderful! Love the squirrels and the mushroom shots. Thanks, Olga!

  22. Maravillosos colores otoñales con estas improvisadas criaturas......Un trabajo fantástico.Enhorabuena por estas imágenes tan hermosas...Un saludo enorme..

  23. We continue to enjoy the fall, this beautiful!
    Jajajaa ... Olga. you give to the squirrels, who pose for your camera?

  24. Stunning photos!
    That dog and those squirrels are so adorable :)

  25. seriously how good are you at taking photos? I'm actually jealous. I love all the photos but i really like the second photo of the dog. I'm so glad you take breaks from your painting=)

  26. Оля, чудесные осенние фото! Очень нравятся пейзажи с водой. Но больше всего понравился романтичный мостик на 4-ой фотографии, коряга с изумрудным мхом, умный взгляд собаки и язычки пламени целозии. Очень красиво!

  27. Excelentes cores de Outono....

  28. Gorgeous autumn pictures, beautiful colors!

  29. So stunning!
    I really like the autumn colors in your photos. I also love the photos of the squirrel, so cute! You're lucky to have such a beautiful place nearby, I wouldn't mind taking an hour drive to get away and reside in a serene place like this one.

    Thank you for your comments Olga, I always enjoy reading them :)

  30. These photos are breathtakingly beautiful. Fall has never been more lovely. Sigh.

    I love that dog too. Very pretty! And I liked seeing the adventures of Mr. Squirrel. You could put these photos together as a children's book or something! :P

  31. Ольга, какое великолепие!! Фотографии совершенно завораживающие, но мне почему-то кажется, что реальность еще краше!

  32. Hi Randy,
    Squirrels are irresistible creatures. Living near High Park is a big privilege.

    Hi Veronique,
    I am a very weak person, and temptation is too nearby - it's just across the road. But if you visit this bewitched place, you will never be able to stay there for just half an hour :)

    Hi Ирен,
    Как тебе как бы нарисованная бровь у собаки? Ех было целых три одинаковых, но эта хотела одна фоторгафироваться.
    Белки эти, строго говоря, белкообразные то ли сурки, то ли древесные крыски. Они везде и очень потолстели к зиме. Прямо разжирели. Очень любопытные и настойчивые.

    Hi Angela,
    These beautiful flowers are different every year in that place. Last year, it was a sea of pink flowers, which I am going to show you soon. I'm glad you like our High Park.

    Hi Gillian,
    Thank you. There is always something to take photos of in High Park.

  33. Hi Wong,
    In autumn, the colours are so beautiful that I have to bring my camera everywhere, so that I don't miss anything.

    Hi Adrian,
    This stone bridge was built recently; when there was a cleanup at the pond. It looks really wonderful, and I love to take pictures of it. Thank you for the compliment.

    Hi Eko,
    Se on etuoikeutettu elämä, elävä vieressä High Park - kun löydät itsesi luonnon ympäröimänä aivan keskellä kaupunkia.

    Hi Pet,
    I'm glad you liked it. I'm worried that I might tire you with my posts about High Park - good thing I don't do it every day :)

    Hi Duncan,
    These squirrels can be enticed with a special sound. You can hold their attention if you promise to give them a treat. If you have false intentions, they figure it out quickly, and run away.

  34. Hi Sarah,
    I entice them and talk to them :) Taking pictures with one hand, pretend to have a treat in the other. Cruel, eh?

    Hi Richard,
    C'est pourquoi nous ne pouvons pas aller n'importe où pour les 11 dernières années. Même notre agent a dit que nous sommes à la recherche de l'atmosphère de High Park partout, ce qui est faux:)

    Hi Jane and Lance Hattatt,
    This spider was quite large. Since there were no trees nearby, the feeling was like he was suspended in the air by himself. I'm still wondering how exactly he was fixed :)

    Hi tinajo,
    How do you like the dog's eyebrow? It's like it was painted. There were three identical dogs, but only one wanted to pose.

    Hi Colores,
    Of course, as a colour specialist, you see all the tones that have been captured :)

  35. Hi Pierre,
    Yes, it was a really peaceful day. Even the atmosphere had something that could make you relax.

    Hi Ola,
    The weather changed frequently that day - there were several states, from sunny to almost foggy.

    Hi Vera,
    Strictly speaking, these aren't squirrels. But they really resemble them, so, we still call them squirrels. They are very curious :)

    Hi Rick,
    I think you know this squirrel - he must be the relative of the one who lives in your area :)

    Hi R. Jacob,
    It's a special pleasure, taking photos of dogs, especially when they're willing to pose. See the way he was looking at me :)?

  36. Hi Yoko,
    It's funny you mentioned Ryunosuke Akutagawa. I have his book translated in Russian. He's been one of my favourite authors since my teenage years. Thank you for the compliment about my photography.

    Hi Tomoko,
    Our squirrels are getting ready for the winter - they are becoming chubbier. I'm glad you enjoyed my report from High Park :)

    Hi Talli,
    Squirrels, depending on their intentions, can make you laugh, surprise you, or simply demand a treat :)

    Hi Marìa Lorenzo,
    Estoy muy contento de que le gustaban mis fotos. Estamos disfrutando cada momento de sol aquí en los países del Norte, ya que el invierno va a ser largo.

    Hi Laura.M,
    There are certain tricks that Canadian photographers use - how to take photos of squirrels :)

  37. Hi Tania,
    I also love fall. It's impossible not to enjoy it when the weather is good.

    Hi Marisa,
    No matter how much I take photos of dogs and squirrels in High Park, I can't get enough. Each one has a unique personality :)

    Hi Sandy,
    You are brilliant. You have given me a perfect excuse in order to take a break from painting and go to High Park...I'm really in need of a break sometimes.

    Hi Tisa,
    Этот мох, как сказала наша дочь,ирландского цвета. Собак было три. Они были совершенно одинаковые, но позировать хотелось только одной. Мне очень нравится её артистически поднятая бровь:)

    Hi Fernando,
    Thank you for your visit. I appreciate your comment :)

  38. Hi Marius,
    Thank you very much. I'm glad you liked my trip to High Park :)

    Hi Brenda,
    That's why it's impossible to find a house around High Park. Everything is overpriced, and even our agent is laughing at us because we are "looking for the atmosphere of High Park" everywhere.

    Hi Jennifer Fabulous,
    You are very nice. Did you enjoy the dog's eyebrow? And how playfully he was looking at the camera :)?

    Hi patatinka,
    В реальности всё происходит по разному. Наш парк - это живой организм. Иногда молодёжь устраивает буйные встречи. Это редко происходит, но приходят целой школой и начинают бузить. А иногда появляется чувство, что мы живём в каком-то Плезантвилле. Мамочки с колясками, старички, дети, художники, фотографы. Все здороваются, общаются. Я не говорю про собачников.
    Ещё летом у нас шекспировсие постановки каждый год устраивают. Кино бесплатно крутят.
    Особое место.

  39. и у всех трех - нарисованные брови?
    У нее как будто тушь потекла... красотка.

  40. Hi Ирен,
    Такая бровь была только у собачки, которая на фото. Но все три были одной породы. А какие разные темпераменты ! И эта, что на фото, может даже знает, что среди сестёр, она наиболее привлекательная.

  41. You take the most beautiful photos, I love the mushroom one-it is my favorite. Have a great week-end.

  42. Hi lilylovekin,
    You can't even imagine how difficult it is to photograph tiny mushrooms. For some reason, I couldn't get the camera to focus on them. So, I had to put in quite a bit of effort :)

  43. oh my, that squirrel and the doggy, how cute are they! and I love those mushrooms.. beautiful autumn colours..

  44. вот как это жизнеено, да? И ведь найдется кто-то, кто ей это ЗАХОЧЕТ объяснить! ;)

  45. Hi Olga,
    It is magical that in front of you all beings become supermodels. Especially I am interested in the dog. He looks like a wise elderly man. His eyes’ expression is superb.
    Water fall like trees are willow? How beautiful!
    Best wishes,

  46. Top series of photographs. Documentary about your fall. Squirrel is cute. It is not easy to shoot. It is always very lively. Thank you for your comment and have a nice weekend. / Peter

  47. I stay speechless! So beauty!!!Paradise!!!you are very lucky! be happy in this park!!!beautiful colours!!! excellent photos!!!Bravo Olga!!! Kisses!

  48. Hi el-mundo-en-colores,
    Thank you for visiting. We are so lucky to live and such a place and have the pleasure of photographing these beautiful places.

    Hi Keiko,
    There were three dogs, but only one agreed to pause. I had a feeling she really enjoyed it, and I was happy too :)

    Hi Peter,
    Thank you. I'll never be tired of taking pictures in High Park. Squirrels are not always in such a good mood, and so eager to model :)

    Hi Φανή Παπαγεωργίου, Ζωγράφος,
    We are so lucky that we have such an amazing place next to us. I have been photographing it for 11 years, and still I'm not tired of it.

  49. Отражения деревьев в воде, грибы, задумчивая собака...
    Очень понравилось, спасибо!

  50. Совершенно шикарные, жЫрные белки! Такая как прыгнет, так, небось, всё дерево трясётся :) Очень красивые фотографии - спасибо!

  51. Hi Nadya,
    А самое главное. что вся эта красота примо через дорогу располагается. Как мы отсюда уедем, не знаю.

    Hi Sylulka,
    Такая белка, на Хелоуин, сидела на ветке и не заметила как я шла по дороге. Она повернулась, испугалась, промахнулась и шлёпнулась на ветку пониже. Ветка прогнулась, и перед моим носом закачалась вместе с ней. Ещё немного и она бы мне на голову свалилась.

  52. Thanks for visiting and commenting Olga. Hearing it repeatedly is music to my ears!

    And such a cute little guy!

    You take great photos, always so full of colour and so vivid.