Snowbirds and a Parade

Every Labour Day week-end there is an airshow along Toronto’s waterfront, which means 4 days (Friday is included) of various aircraft flying overhead.

I haven’t actually gone to the show in many years after having been taken once as a child by some family friends and while it was an appreciated treat to go, it really was a whole lot of sitting around in the blazing sun. For safety purposes it makes sense that there are long pauses between acts, to ensure the airspace is clear, but I do remember lots of waiting. We are talking a show that lasts 3 1/2 hours, which is a long time on a holiday that could be spent doing other fun things. (Note: this is just my opinion and I’m sure there are plenty of people who really enjoy the airshow. Heck, it happens every single year, for 4 days, so clearly there are!)

So although I don’t feel strongly about going down to see the show from a close vantage point, it really is interesting and special seeing them flying through the sky as you go about your day though. And each year, if I have my camera when I see an interesting plane, I point it skyward and try to get a picture. Meaning I have many blurred images of what could just as easily be a bird as a plane. Many are jets that move at jet-speed (obviously!), so random picture taking is not really on. In fact, you actually have to be looking at the sky before you hear them since light travels faster than sound, so by the time you’ve heard the jet, it has already swooped by.

But this Labour Day I was prepared. Bearing my newish camera and telephoto lens, and enjoying a gorgeous afternoon outside on the deck, I was ready. Well, actually I jumped up when I heard the final act thundering by, The Snowbirds. This is an aerobatic team comprised of active members of the Canadian military and the flying tricks they do are really quite stunning. Read about them here – Snowbirds if you are interested.

These are some shots I caught of their show on Monday, taken from my front yard. Are there better pictures of The Snowbirds? Of course there are. But these are mine, and allow me to cross an item off my bucket-list of photos I’d like to take at least once in my life. Snowbirds? Check.

I am particularly happy with this one that includes the whole team, all nine jets.

Oops … wrong kind of birds in this next shot. I like how it looks like they are discussing the show!

Earlier on Labour Day, Nick and I went to the park for a walk/run. And we came upon a parade going by along Queen Street West! It was a parade paying homage to labour unionsm which is admittedly not the most interesting of parade subjects, with much of it being only people walking by carrying flags and banners. Nonetheless, I found some ‘floats’ that were picture-worthy. The restored streetcar is from 1951.

New visitors to my blog (Welcome!!) would be lead to believe that mine is only a photography blog, based on the last several posts. I’ve been on a bit of a picture taking frenzy these past few weeks!

But, to show you that there is more to see than only photographs around here, below are some DIYs and recipes that I posted in August. (Click the picture if you’d like to see the post). I highly recommend that pasta salad! It is soooo tasty.

Thank you, as always, for your visit. If you write a blog, leave a link in the comments, as I’d really like to check it out!
xo loulou

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9 Responses to Snowbirds and a Parade

  1. shakti says:

    I had no idea that Canada also celebrated Labor Day until this year. Three cheers for a long weekend!

  2. Jenny Lee says:

    How fun to see your Snowbirds. My dad was in the US Air Force and I’ve seen my share of air shows as well. Our air force has the Thunderbirds. I always loved to see them up there. It always made me a little emotional.
    We saw a parade over the weekend as well. Atlanta hosted Dragon Con, a huge fantasy/sci-fi/comix convention. They have a parade each year and we’ve never taken the kids. We took the train in and crammed ourselves among the crowd. It was highly entertaining!

    • Loulou says:

      Wow Jenny, that is so neat about your dad. And the parade you saw sounds heaps more entertaining than labour unions walking in the street! No offense to labour unions :)

  3. i love the areal shots! lovely captures as usual! xO!
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    • Loulou says:

      Thanks Sooae. Waiting for the last day of the airshow, I was taking my chances, and didnt expect much. But they ended up turning out. I was happy about that!

  4. Marisa says:

    Ok wow! You’ve really captured some unbelievable shots of the air show. I’ve never been to one & will admit that even though quite a remarkable site, I would probably be freaked out & nervous a bit from the loud noises & the crazy stunts. Haha, I am such a nervous Nelly, that even fireworks scare me! Looks like a sweet Labor Day though for you, that’s for sure! XO Marisa

  5. katherine says:

    we used to go to a similar air show in cleveland on memorial day. or sometime around then. and all of your DIYs look great – i love that little slide show thing. and that photo of the birds ‘chatting’ is SO cute

    <3 katherineof corgis and cocktails

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