Allen Gardens, Toronto

A few months back when it was still pretty darn cold out, and we needed a bit of a spring time pick me up, the hubby and I went to the Allen Gardens, in downtown Toronto.  It’s a great free activity to do, and you can spend a lot of time just wandering around, enjoying the flowers, ponds, and turtles.  Here are some of the photos that came out of the day.

Vacation in the Dominican – Part 2

I mentioned in my last entry that I would write a bit more about our vacation in the Dominican.

We were able to take an excursion during our vacation into the Dominican, and I’m so happy that we chose the one we did.  We went on a jungle truck safari tour, which took us through the country side of the Dominican (gorgeous!).  The Dominican has only two economic classes – rich and poor.  We were able to visit a local family’s residence, to see how the average person lives.  We then toured a local school, a small farm that made and sold candy, and a village where Haitian refugees live (we only drove through this last one).

The great thing about this company is that 1/2 of their proceeds go to help build and maintain schools for the region they work out of. And they provide income to the families that we visited (the residence and the candy farm).  It is amazing how little they have, and yet are so happy.  It was a truly humbling experience, and everyone agreed that it was a wonderful way to remind us of what is truly important in life – friends, family, and good health.  And I have to say it was quite fun tossing candy at children and seeing just how happy it made them!

The Royal Botanical Gardens

My husband and I took my little sister to the RBG in Hamilton this week.  A great opportunity to take some close ups of flowers and insects.  We had a great afternoon, just wandering around, enjoying the quietness of the gardens, and the solitude of all the different areas of the park.  If you ever get a chance to visit, I highly recommend it!  We had our wedding photos done in one of the parks there, the Rock Gardens.  We were hoping to visit there, but ran out of time.  Which is sad, as they are shutting the Rock Gardens down until 2015 for a massive overhaul.  Can’t wait to see what it looks like afterwards.  Until then, I hope you enjoy these photos.

On a side note – I’ve been slowly building a portfolio, as I’m going to start doing some photography as a side business.  I love taking photos and recording life’s moments, and decided that I would love to do this for others as well.  If you are interested in a shoot, fill out the contact form on my About Me page, and I’d be very excited to discuss what we can do!