Photo Topic – Food

Squirrel, munching away

Theme for this week is food. This one’s a bit old, taken while in Toronto after a Blue Jays game last year. We were sitting down to eat outdoors, on a patio, when this little bugger popped up with a big chunk of food in its clutches.

Reason for the gap in posting is due to the recent trip to China. Reason for the old photo this week is due to the huge backlog of photos, taken in China, that I’ve yet to process. Didn’t want to add much more to an already intimidating pile. After resting up, I’m going dive headlong into the photos next week.

Side-note: I was torn whether to use “that” or “which” in the paragraph above (emphasized), a grammar issue that I’ve run juggled in the past, but never resolved. A quick check online and I’ve learned to use “that” when working with restrictive clauses, and “which” with non-restrictive clauses. Clearly, the photos I’ve yet to process restricts the entire set of photos, so “that” is the appropriate word to use in this instance.

Photos From My First Ballgame

Last week, I went out to my first baseball game, to watch the Toronto Blue Jays face the Florida Marlins. I have very few friends who actually enjoy baseball; the majority dislike it as a boring, lengthy game. I have to admit, I’ve done my share of baseball bashing in the past without actually having seen one, so I certainly didn’t help. I was half excited for the game and half excited to do some sports photography.

7th inning stretch

Okay, so the bus ride and the tickets combined were $8, so I didn’t expect good seats, but the 500 level isn’t actually that bad. Sure it’s a bit high up, but the view of the field is still fine. Next time I go (yeah, the game was good enough that I definitely plan on attending more games), I’m going to pay up to sit in a lower level, but factoring in the price, you can’t go wrong with the cheap 500 level tickets either.

Homer

The start of the game was terrible. By the bottom of the 4th inning, the Florida Marlins held a 5-0 lead. I was getting a little fidgety. But as my baseball-loving friend often told me, games swing quite easily. Unlike many sports, which are time-based, it isn’t altogether rare for a team to get a bunch of runs over a small number of innings. And Toronto did just that. Of course, the mascot took advantage of this and got the fans pumped up.

The Bluejay

I’ve seen some baseball highlights on television before, and one of the most unnatural things I’ve ever seen is the angle of some pitchers’ elbows. It’s not surprising that injuries are fairly common among the group. Janssen, seen here, injured himself a couple games later.

Unnatural

The Jays ended up losing 6-5, but it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience overall. Rios was (if I recall correctly) the second last person at bat. Here’s him getting a strike. He went on to steal to second, but was then caught trying to steal third. The last batter for the Jays struck out swinging and that was that for the day.

Strrrike.

Luckily, I made it out to the only game with the Marlins that wasn’t a blow-out. The game on Sunday turned into an 11-3 rout. I’m glad I wasn’t there for that game, or I might have been turned off from the sport altogether.

I wrapped the day up in Toronto with dinner at an Italian restaurant. While sitting on the patio, I noticed this squirrel chomping away on his own dinner. I pulled out the camera and got a couple shots before he scampered away.

Snacking

Toronto Symphony Orchestra – Mahler 3rd

I went out for dinner with a couple people and then to a Toronto Symphony Orchestra rendition of Mahler’s 3rd Symphony at Roy Thompson Hall this past Thursday. What a blast! The TSO is without a doubt the most accomplished classical music group that I’ve ever heard live. Now I can’t pretend to be a Mahler aficionado, but with my limited knowledge of the 3rd, I was very impressed and entertained. I’ve played in several different bands and orchestras, but all at the amateur level. I guess it’s in my naiveté that I was so amazed by the absolute clarity and proficiency with which they performed.

The hall itself was magnificent and even at the very back of the main floor (tickets which I purchased for $12 mind you, via tsoundcheck), viewing was unimpeded and the sound was in no way negatively affected. I thoroughly enjoyed the evening and I think all those who’ve attended live concerts can attest to the fact that regardless of how flawless a studio recording may sound, the experience of a live concert just can’t be matched.

I’m already seeking out the next concert to go to. I think it would only be appropriate to attend something I can relate to more, Lang Lang at the piano. I’m still trying to decide whether I can swallow the $80-100 for a decent seat, but I figure it’s not every day that I’ll get a chance to hear a world class pianist in concert.