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Ice Sculptures at Icefest Toronto

February 24, 2013

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2:30pm Saturday February 23, 2013 | Bloor-Yorkville, Toronto Ontario, Canada20130223_152806

Strolling down Cumberland Avenue…

on a beautiful Toronto wintry February afternoon looking at the process of making ice sculptures at Bloor-Yorkville’s Icefest. It was fun! Packed with guests, and hard to get good shots.

This year’s theme was “Wonderful and Whimsical” and took guests on a journey through a magical enchanted garden. IceFest transformed Bloor-Yorkville into a wonderland with fantastical sculptures including whimsical winged fairies, charming and adorable gnomes, oversized butterflies, magical flowers, trees and plants carved from 35,000 lbs. of ice.

The downtown Toronto neighbourhood just sparkled with excitement as Bloor-Yorkville IceFest introduced whimsy and warmed some of our hearts during this chilly winter. ^
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Santorini Angel – A Journey

January 5, 2013

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December 20th, 2000 | Oia, Santorini Island, Greece.

In December of 2000, I embarked on a journey to build a shrine on a cliff edge on Santorini Island (ancient Thira) over the caldera of an ancient underwater volcano.
Santorini Angel - A Journey - Lighting the Oil – DECEMBER 21 2000

My pilgrimage to Ancient Thira, a.k.a. Santorini started with a dream inspired by an angel…

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Music Tie-in, listen to: Stairway To Heaven.mp3 – Led Zepplin


A reproduction on wood of this Icon is in the shrine. The inscription reads Archangel Uriel written in Byzantine script. More on: Uriel – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I found an Iconographer Greek Orthodox Monk in Athens. Told him my story and what I saw in my dream. He painted this image of Uriel in traditional Byzantine style on wood.

I found an Iconographer Greek Orthodox Monk in Athens. Told him my story and what I saw in my dream. He painted this image of Uriel in traditional Byzantine style on wood.

The Book of Enoch describes Uriel as one of seven archangels who preside over the world.  "One of the holy angels, who is over the world... the leader of them all."

The Book of Enoch describes Uriel as one of seven archangels who preside over the world. “One of the holy angels, who is over the world… the leader of them all.”

Location of shrine.

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Two of many dogs that call Oia home without belonging to anyone in particular.

Two of many dogs that call Oia home without belonging to anyone in particular.

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A Rear View Look At Dildo – Newfoundland

December 22, 2012

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Blow Me Down, Come-By-Chance, Pothead, Dildo….

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In all of it’s Awesomeness, Newfoundland has some of the strangest place names on the planet.

Cupids,
Conception Bay,
Cow Head,
Heart’s Desire,
Heart’s Content,
Nick’s Nose Cove,
Whitless Bay,
Square Islands.


“Newfoundland, rugged and beautiful even through the rear view mirror of my car.”


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Location: Island of Newfoundland
“The Rock”
Province of Newfoundland and Labrador

Photography/Author: John Zeus

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African Penguin – Toronto Zoo

April 10, 2012

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Endangered African penguin at the Toronto Zoo, a.k.a. black-footed penguin and formerly as the jackass penguin.

Penguin chick hatched in Toronto Zoo breeding program – Toronto – CBC News.

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Whales and Seabirds In Newfoundland – Conservation & Tourism

April 7, 2012

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Summer Solstice | Bay Bulls, Newfoundland.
It was an exhilarating marine wildlife boat ride. Majestic Humpback Whales, Atlantic Puffins, Rocky Islands shrouded in fog, the tune of the Irish Fisherman’s song, North Atlantic winds, Screech to warm the bones. Few words can describe this experience.


Nature-based tourism is a fundamental driver of the viability of some communities in Newfoundland and Labrador. Given the importance of whale watching as an attractor of visitors to the province, whale conservation is a key ingredient in the policies that promote tourism in the province.


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Photographer/Author: John Zeus

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