Afloat On Water #SundayStills

I’m delighted to be hosting the Sunday Stills photography challenge while host Terri Webster Schrandt continues her blogging break.

Thank you to everyone who joined me for the Sunday Stills photography challenge last week. I appreciate your beautiful photography and fun conversations. I’ve compiled the list of In The Garden Bloggers’ Links at the end of this post for easy reference.

This week’s theme: Afloat

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘Afloat’? I think of floating art, aquatic plants, water birds, and boats that I’ve seen this summer. Let me share a few photos with you.

The Peacemaker’s Canoe

This temporary art exhibit is floating in Toronto’s Harbour. It’s a geometric, reflective shape that forms into a mirrored crescent bobbing on the water like a canoe.

The Peacemaker's Canoe.
The Peacemaker’s Canoe by Jay Havens.
The Peacemaker's Canoe info board.
The Peacemaker’s Canoe information board.

Island Life

I love observing aquatic life and floating houses when I’m out paddling within Toronto Islands. There are people living in houses on Ward’s Island and a number of floating homes and houseboats in various marinas.

This floating house has a nice painting on the side and pretty potted flowers at the front ‘porch’ and the upper deck. It also has a red kayak ready to go.

A floating house and kayak.
A floating house and kayak.
Aquatic plants and lily pad.
Aquatic plants and lily pad.
A sailboat floating on idyllic water.
A sailboat floating on idyllic water.
A muted swan and ducks.
A muted swan and ducks.

The Waterfront

Toronto’s waterfront has several marinas and piers for all kinds of boats, tall ships, and yachts. The marinas are full in the summer. There are also places where I can rent a kayak or a paddle board and go paddling.

Kayaking towards Humber Bay.
I’m kayaking west towards Humber Bay. That’s a wind turbine on the right.
Sailboats in a marina.
Sailboats stay afloat in a marina.

Visitors can book boat tours to sail in Toronto Harbour or take the ferry or water taxis to go to Toronto Islands. In the following photo, see how many things are afloat on the water.

A sunset cruise on the tall ship Kajama.
A sunset cruise on the tall ship Kajama.

Those are a few interesting things that I saw afloat. I captured all of the above photos with my cell phone. Shared for #CellpicSunday.

I’m looking forward to seeing all your entries for this week’s Sunday Stills photography challenge. I’m hosting Sunday Stills again next week when the theme is ‘Colourful Murals’.

How to participate in the Sunday Still photography challenge

  • Please create a new post for the theme.
  • Title the post a little differently than mine.
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  • Entries for this theme can be shared all week (not just on a Sunday).
  • Use the hashtag #SundayStills for sharing on social media.

In The Garden Bloggers’ Links

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68 thoughts on “Afloat On Water #SundayStills

  1. Bear August 29, 2021 / 11:17 am

    I really like that canoe art piece. so cool! I can imagine it sending out hundreds of rainbows when the light is just right, too. thanks for the virtual cruise-on-the-water! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie August 29, 2021 / 1:58 pm

      Am glad you like the Peacemaker’s Canoe. It sparkles in the sunlight and the water, and yes, as you imagine, all kinds of rainbows.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Kirstin August 29, 2021 / 11:23 am

    I love those photos Natalie!! The peace canoe is very cool. Thank you for hosting.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie August 29, 2021 / 2:01 pm

      Thank you, Kirstin, for your comment and participation in Sunday Stills. The Peacemaker’s Canoe has a beautiful appearance and message.


  3. Liesbet @ Roaming About August 29, 2021 / 11:26 am

    Lovely “floating” images, Natalie. since you know me, you know what I think about when imagining being afloat. Eight years of it in the US, Bahamas, Caribbean, and South Pacific on a 35ft catamaran called “Irie.” 🙂

    If anyone is interested in learning about a long-term floating lifestyle with many photos on the water, feel free to check out the older posts on my sailing website I didn’t think it was appropriate to link to this website from the Inlinkz party, but I hope it’s okay to post that blog address here…

    And, I’m also afloat with our two rescue dogs on the cover of Plunge. 🙂 I still haven’t figured out how to copy and paste a photo in the comment section.

    Enjoy your Sunday afternoon!!

    Liked by 2 people

    • Natalie August 29, 2021 / 2:10 pm

      Hi Liesbet, This ‘Afloat’ theme is right up your alley. You can attach an image with your comment when you have your own domain name with WordPress. It’s a feature that’s available to some but not all WP plans. Have a great weekend!


    • Natalie August 29, 2021 / 2:11 pm

      Thank you, Dan. It’s been a hot August here so anything to do with water looks good to me.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie August 29, 2021 / 2:15 pm

      Thank you, Paul, for your comment and participation. The arty canoe has a beautiful look and message. Who-ever lives in that houseboat takes really good care of it. You have an excellent collection of ‘Afloat’ photos.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie August 29, 2021 / 2:24 pm

      Graham, I greatly appreciate living close to Lake Ontario. There are all kinds of water sports, including outrigger canoeing, to watch or play from late spring to early fall. Thank you for your contribution to Sunday Stills.


    • Natalie August 29, 2021 / 2:25 pm

      Thank you, Janice. Hope you’re enjoying BC.


  4. rawsonjl August 29, 2021 / 1:58 pm

    Great images, Natalie. It seems like you covered most things that float!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie August 29, 2021 / 2:27 pm

      Thank you, Joanne. I was going to add an image of floatation safety equipment. Check out other Sunday Stills participants’ photos. They’re amazing.


  5. Cathy August 29, 2021 / 2:11 pm

    Fabulous images 💚 Love the floating house although it would have to be very calm for me 😉


    • Natalie August 29, 2021 / 2:28 pm

      Thank you, Cathy. The floating houses are in a sheltered cove so the water there is definitely calmer than elsewhere on the islands.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. mariawijk August 29, 2021 / 2:41 pm

    Looks so lovely and peaceful being afloat 🙂


    • Natalie August 29, 2021 / 4:42 pm

      I went out on the water on calm or not too windy days and it’s beautiful.


  7. Jill Weatherholt August 29, 2021 / 3:08 pm

    Gorgeous photos, Natalie! I love the lily pads! Thanks for sharing.


    • Natalie August 29, 2021 / 4:43 pm

      Thank you, Jill, for your comment. The lily pads had many beautiful blooms in June. Have a great week ahead!


  8. Marsha August 29, 2021 / 4:57 pm

    Natalie, your pictures are varied and quite amazing. I love the boat on the still water and the house boat. Now I could write several more posts, but I’m going to have to be satisfied with what I have. 🙂


    • Natalie August 29, 2021 / 5:11 pm

      Hehe, you ‘always write’, Marsha. I’m glad you liked my photos. So great that you met up with Terri. Stay safe and well my friend.

      Liked by 2 people

      • Marsha August 29, 2021 / 5:18 pm

        Thanks, Natalie. Thanks again for hosting SS. I love your themes. 🙂


        • Natalie August 29, 2021 / 7:16 pm

          Thank you for joining me Marsha. One more SS before Terri returns. I look forward to seeing your colourful murals for the next SS.

          Liked by 1 person

          • Marsha August 29, 2021 / 10:33 pm

            That will be fun, PPAC and Sunday Stills at the same time. 🙂


    • Natalie August 29, 2021 / 7:20 pm

      Thank you for joining me Debbie. The Peacemaker’s Canoe sparkles in the sunlight and it sways with the water movements, very neat to see. I’m glad you like the houseboat and bird life, too.

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Denyse Whelan Blogs August 29, 2021 / 8:59 pm

    All your images are very peaceful, Natalie. I love the ways in which you can share your city with us…from the water itself. Denyse


    • Natalie August 29, 2021 / 9:28 pm

      Thank you, Denyse. I love seeing Toronto from the water and going to Toronto Islands for tranquility and nature.


  10. photobyjohnbo August 29, 2021 / 9:01 pm

    Great images for the “On the Water” challenge. Thanks for including them in the Cellpic Sunday challenge!


    • Natalie August 29, 2021 / 9:29 pm

      Thank you, John. Am glad to share my photos with Cellpic Sunday.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie August 29, 2021 / 9:59 pm

      Thank you, Bernie, for sharing your thoughts on Staying afloat and photos. Have a great week!


      • BernieLynne August 30, 2021 / 6:57 pm

        Your photos were certainly on the mark and so diverse. Obviously you are very comfortable on the water ways and are finding safe ways to be out and about. Thanks for hosting. Bernie


        • Natalie August 30, 2021 / 7:06 pm

          Thank you, Bernie, for your comment about my photos. I have great respect for water ways, especially large bodies of water like Lake Ontario. I always check weather conditions, wear my life jacket and follow water safety rules when I’m out on the water.


          • BernieLynne August 30, 2021 / 9:01 pm

            It’s definitely better to be safe than sorry. I saw a CBC report that drownings are up this year significantly.


            • Natalie August 30, 2021 / 9:12 pm

              It’s unfortunate that drownings are up this year. Many cases are preventable if people practice water safety.


              • BernieLynne August 30, 2021 / 9:21 pm

                So true which makes it like the recent Covid deaths – preventable.


  11. Terri Webster Schrandt August 30, 2021 / 6:38 pm

    Hi Natalie! I have some downtime this week so I thought I should visit my favorite bloggers! Not only is this a great theme, and perfect for end of summer, but your pics are perfect for examples. I’m all about interesting and that peacemaker’s canoe is stunning and reminds me of a disco ball, LOL! I’m sure you saw Marsha’s post where we took a few pics of folks afloat together. At the wedding festivities in Sedona, we met the in-laws who I discovered live near Toronto! Small world! Thank you again for hosting SS and for one more week. This coming weekend looks busy with family and friends visiting!


    • Natalie August 30, 2021 / 6:52 pm

      Hi Terri, The Peacemaker’s canoe does sparkle like a disco ball when the sunlight hits it. It’s been a hot August here so anything to do with water looks good to me 🙂

      I read Marsha’s post and saw your pictures. It’s fantastic that you two met up. I always think when friends who live in different cities meet up, it’s truly special because something like schedules, family commitments, priorities, and ahem…covid-19, always gets in the way unless the friends make an extra effort to meet.

      It’s a small world that your in-laws live near Toronto. I have a tiny hope that when you and Hans visit the in-laws, we can arrange a meet-up. Have a wonderful weekend and take lots of photos or better yet, assign a designated photographer 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • Terri Webster Schrandt August 30, 2021 / 6:59 pm

        You will be on my list of Canadians to visit when we get to the Toronto area, Natalie! I’m actually thinking about my upcoming post for 9/12, and I will PM you soon about it. Thanks again!


    • Natalie August 31, 2021 / 8:54 am

      Thank you, Sarah, for joining me. The Afloat theme worked out well for me because Toronto is right by Lake Ontario and August has been hot here so anything to do with water looks good to me 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

        • Natalie September 1, 2021 / 8:45 am

          Sarah, I’m glad you couldn’t resist. Your ferry rides and visit to the dentist in a foreign country are what make interesting travel stories and memories. I haven’t been to Gambia or Senegal and love to read your story and see your beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing your second post with Sunday Stills.


  12. Retirement Reflections August 31, 2021 / 12:06 pm

    Thank you for hosting #Sunday Stills for us again, Natalie. You and Terri are both awesome hosts. I greatly enjoyed your ‘afloat’ photos — especially The Peacemaker’s Canoe — how cool is that?!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie August 31, 2021 / 1:37 pm

      Thank you, Donna, for your encouragement. Hosting SS is fun as I get to see lots of beautiful photos. I’m glad you enjoyed mine. The Peacemaker’s Canoe is cool and reflective.

      Liked by 1 person

  13. csuhpat1 September 1, 2021 / 5:42 pm

    Such a beautiful place. So very nice. Thanks for sharing


    • Natalie September 1, 2021 / 6:08 pm

      Thank you, Patrick, for your comment and for your contribution to #SundayStills.


  14. Dr Sock September 4, 2021 / 1:53 am

    There is something special about being out on the water, afloat. I’m grateful to live close to the ocean, and to be able to go out kayaking. One of my favourite memories is when Rob and I took an eight-day tour on a 75 foot sailboat along the coast of Haida Gwaii a number of years ago.



    • Natalie September 4, 2021 / 9:02 am

      Jude, Sailing along the coast of Haida Gwaii sounds like an amazing trip. I’d love to do that. Do you remember the tour operator name? Living close to the ocean is definitely special, especially Canada’s stunning West Coast. I’m grateful to live close to Lake Ontario. Paddling within Toronto Islands is one of my summer favourites.


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