Ever since the snow hit Toronto on Feb. 1/2, I've been chomping at the bit to get out and make some pictures while things were still pretty and relatively undisturbed. So today, I took a mental health break, hopped in the car, and drove 10 minutes to Rosetta McClain Gardens in Scarborough. Resting on the Bluffs and overlooking Lake Ontario, this beautiful little park is a joy to visit - with or without a camera. And while the gardens (and raptor club) are the main attractions in the warmer weather, this park is just as beautiful in the winter.
 
As there is not as much color this time of year, I focused on texture, shape and contrast for most of the images. An hour or so in Lightroom and here are the selects; 17 images down from 58.
 
Enjoy!
Played with radial filters in this image, forcing negative Clarity to make a soft focus effect.
Played with radial filters in this image, forcing negative Clarity to make a soft focus effect. Also used Selective Adjustments to pump up the green in the tree branches.
Just loved the echoing of shapes and contours in this image.
Selective Adjustments for Saturation were used here as well, to pump up the blue.
Many of the snow and tree images work very well (if not better) as monochromatic or straight b/w images.

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