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Hidden urban wildlife
School of Image Arts Professor Robert Burley publishes photobook on Toronto’s natural parklands
May 05, 2017
School of Image Arts Professor Robert Burley was commissioned by the City of Toronto to compile photos chronicling Toronto’s hidden and remote wilderness spaces. An Enduring Wilderness: Toronto’s Natural Parklands, to be published May 9, explores the relationship between nature, parkland and urban life. Released in time for Canada’s 150th, the book also features writing from some of Canada’s best-known writers such as George Elliot Clarke and Distinguished Visiting Professor Leanne Betasamosake Simpson. Below are a few highlights from the near 300-page book. All photos by Robert Burley except for Boating at the Confluence of Mimico & Bowen Creeks at Lake Ontario, 1889, courtesy of the Archives of Ontario.
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Hanlan's Island & Bird Sanctuary, Toronto Islands, 2014.
Fishing on Grenadier Pond, High Park, 2014.
Cherry Tree, High Park, 2013.
Humber Marshes at the mouth of the Humber River, 2016.
Lower Don Parklands Trail, 2014.
Catalpa Tree, Sunnydene Park, 2016.
Searching for crayfish, Little Rouge Creek, Rouge Park, 2016.
Boating at the Confluence of Mimico & Bowen Creeks at Lake Ontario, 1889.