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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year - Auld Lang Syne


As we usher in the New Year 2016, let us hope for love, not hatred, and pray for Peace throughout the world, for those affected by war and natural disasters; pray for the sick, the bereaved, the injured, the afflicted and the poor.
We remember our folks who are far away from us; consider ourselves lucky to have our friends and family near us, and pray for those folks who are no longer with us today.
I am thankful for having had better life than the less fortunate than myself. I hope to cherish the happy memories I have had with my dear ones, and think of the good times we have shared in the happy times of yesteryear, and hope for a better 2016, with happiness, peace and prosperity for people throughout the world.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Wishes

May this Christmas Season
sparkle and shine,
for all mankind,
May peace and joy prevail
throughout the world,
free from war and crime,
May all of your wishes
and dreams come true,
And may you feel this happiness
all year through.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

The Glorious White Cross

 Pentecostal Church.
This simple magnificent gleaming white Cross seems to rise to the heavens. It can be seen in its serene beauty as one drives on the Queen Elizabeth Way across southern Mississauga in Ontario, Canada.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Fair November

There are dark shadows on the earth,
but its lights are stronger in the contrast. - Charles Dickens

Fair November #signs_of_winter 

See this and other pictures in National Geographic Your Shot.                                                    

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Grist Mill at Ball's Falls, Jordan Ontario, Canada

John and George Ball were awarded this land as soldiers loyal to the British in the American Revolution. They built this five story grist mill at the lower of two waterfalls in 1809. The Niagara Conservation Authority purchased the property in 1962.

Sunday, November 08, 2015

THE MOON - Dwelling in the darkness in order to be seen

The moon will guide you
through the night with her brightness,
but she will always dwell in the darkness,
in order to be seen.” 
― Shannon L. Alder

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Sunset at Caledon

“I like the night.
 Without the dark,
we'd never see the stars.” 
― Stephenie Meyer,

Sunday, November 01, 2015

All Saints Day

All Saints Day

All Saints Day. A closer look: Saints are a revolution - peaceful but mighty. A 'Tonferns' photo of a fresco in the corridor of Saint Anne's Church - Parra, Bardez, GOA.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Autumn Magnificence

Autumn Magnificence
“There ought to be gardens for all months in the year, in which, severally, things of beauty may be then in season.” Sir Francis Bacon

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Poems in the Sky

Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky,
We fell them down and turn them into paper,
That we may record our emptiness. ~ Khalil Gibran

The Weston Quarry Garden at the Don Valley Brick Works, also known as Evergreen Brick Works, is a former quarry and industrial site located in the Don River valley in Toronto, Canada. The Don Valley Brick Works operated for nearly 100 years and provided bricks used to construct many well-known Toronto landmarks, such as Casa Loma, Osgoode Hall, Massey Hall, and the Ontario Legislature.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Autumn Magnificence

“There ought to be gardens for all months in the year, in which, severally, things of beauty may be then in season.” Sir Francis Bacon

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Govind the faithful - not a driver, but a friend.

Govind drove his taxi with a smile. It is rare to meet a person for the first time, and then the one who remains as a faithful friend for the most part of one's lifetime. Govind, for the most part, was a genuine human being and a trusted friend of our family, who never let us down

It is with great sadness that I learnt that he passed away yesterday.

He drove his taxi to make a living, not to get rich. With a broad smile and humility personified, he took his profession seriously - always punctual, reliable, safe and trustworthy. My first meeting and ride with him was in the early 1990's. My first impression about Govind was his broad smile, giving me the feeling as if he had known me for years. He will always be remembered to have come early to our house and sleep in his taxi so that he wouldn't be late to take us to the airport in the morning. He belonged to a set of a brand and breed of another era of taxi-drivers of a Goa of the good old days - calm, cool, composed, humble - and ever willing to help.

After retiring from driving his taxi, ill health took the better of him. I often thought about him. I was looking forward to see him on my next trip to Parra, Bardez, Goa, in the near future. The village of Nagoa, Bardez, has lost a great human being. He leaves behind his wife and 6 children - 4 daughters and 2 sons. 

Rest in peace Govind. Yes, I will miss you dearly on my next trip to Goa. I will miss the daily news you would have to relate, and the expert driving as youe took on one sweeping curve after another through the winding Goan hilly countryside, from and to the Dabolim airport to pick and drop, and taking us to different parts of Goa to see our relatives and friends, picnics and outings.

Monday, September 28, 2015


Last night wasn't an easy night to photograph the rising moon as it seemed to play hide and seek through a sparsely spread array of myriad shaped clouds. Finally after a long wait the moon made its grand appearance, albeit for a short while, rewarded with the onset of an eclipse. However the latter half of the eclipse was a total disappointment.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Friday, September 04, 2015

Lake with a Big Heart

Lake with a Big Heart
so called because
it is shaped
roughly like
a heart.

Nature provides a beautiful backdrop while one discovers a beautiful experience of outdoor fun at Heart Lake Conservation Area in Brampton Ontario. Various activities from fishing and paddling in the lake, to swimming in the pool surrounded in forest.. Heart Lake offers a gamut of fun in the outdoors on the ground and in the sky - including the thrill of streaming above the lake on one of the twin 1000’ zip lines.

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Historic Amherstburg

Historic Amherstburg & Surrounding Areas - Ontario - Canada

Amherstburg is a historic Canadian town near the mouth of the Detroit River in Essex County, Ontario. It is approximately 27 kilometres south of the Canadian city of Windsor and the U.S. city of Detroit, Michigan. The town was permanently established as a British military fort in 1796. Fort Malden was occupied as a garrison. Many of the houses are built in the French style of a century ago giving the town a very old fashioned appearance. Amherstburg is home to several tourist attractions, including Fort Malden, Ontario's heritage. Visitors can witness the thrill of a live musket demonstration or a cannon firing, savoury cookhouse demonstrations and hands-on activities for children. The 'Art by the River' Arts and Craft Festival, which was was first held in 1967, is Essex County's original Arts & Crafts Show held at Fort Malden National Historic Site of Canada. It has grown into an end of summer tradition in Amherstburg, attracting 150 artists and artisans from across Ontario. Edna's Pickles was a proud participant as of the artisans for the 2nd consecutive year.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

'Bridge to Salvation'

'Bridge to Salvation by the River Canard'
9399 Townline Road, River Canard, Windsor,
Ontario N9J 2W6 

St. Joseph Parish
is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese
of London located in Ontario.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

ALL Jokes Aside

The Wandering Art Connoisseur
at an Arts & Crafts Show
in Ontario

Wanderer:  Beautiful art.

Me:            Thank you.

Wanderer:  I used to paint long ago. I just gave up!

Me:            So, then what happened?

Wanderer:  By the way, where are you from?

Me:            Mississauga, Ontario.

Wanderer:  No, that's not what I mean. I mean where are you originally from?

Me:            Why does it matter? Ah! now I know why you gave up. You
                 were more interested in knowing where the buyers were originally                    from. You were a wanderer.

Sunday, August 09, 2015

'Viva Goa' Celebrating World Goa Day 2015

'Viva Goa 2015' - a fun-filled day celebrating World Goa Day with pride in Mississauga. Goans from the Greater Toronto Area and beyond came together, met and conversed with old friends. An all-day long celebration full of excitement, games, music, cultural activities, Goan food specialites and delicacies. Special guests appearances by Indian Consular General Mr. Akhilesh Mishra, Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie and well-known Goan fado singer Sonia Shirsat

Monday, August 03, 2015

Saturday, August 01, 2015



According to modern folklore, a Blue Moon is the second full moon in a calendar month. Usually every month we have only one full moon, but occasionally a second one gets in. This July has already had one full moon on July 2nd which I had an opportunity to photograph from an evening cruise in Kingston, Ontario. As we all know full moons are separated by 29 days, while most months are 30 or 31 days long; so it is possible at times to fit two full moons in a single month. This happens every two and a half years or so. I took these photographs last night in Caledon, Ontario, at 8.38 pm. But the moon, once in a blue moon, isn't always blue. This time it was yellowish-orange, but I made it blue using a blue filter. This feast to my eyes, however, was short-lived as the clouds soon rolled in and took over the skies! I'll see you Yellow Moon, once in a blue moon!

Monday, July 20, 2015

A Spire to the Heavens

Photo by Tony Fernandes
St. Peter's Basilica, London, Ontario, Canada

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Famed Pen now a Museum - Framed.

Famed Pen now a Museum - Framed.

Shot through the framework of the Newlands Pavilion, Kingston Penitentiary (known locally as KP and Kingston Pen) is a former maximum security prison located in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. It is now a museum.

Monday, July 06, 2015

Frontenac County Court House

Frontenac County Court House Rules

Frontenac County Court House is a National Historic Site of Canada. It is a large, limestone court house, built in the mid-19th century in the Neoclassical style featuring many of the traditional exterior elements of large-scale mid-19th century court houses. Its imposing columned portico and dome overlook a wide expanse of park to the shoreline of Lake Ontario. It is located in a downtown residential area of 19th-century homes, adjacent to Queen’s University, in the city of Kingston. The formal recognition consists of the building on its legal property at the time of designation.

features many of the traditional exterior elements of large-scale mid-19th century court houses.

Designed by architect Edward Horsey, the building’s elaborate and imposing façade with a central portico, flanking wings and domed cupola, and the elaborate mix of Italianate and classical detailing, are typical of mid-19th century Ontario judicial buildings. The court house was rebuilt by architect John Power and contractor George Newlands in 1874 following a fire. The only significant exterior change was the central dome, which was given added height and emphasis.
Source: Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, Minutes, March 1980.

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Celestial Convention


Photo by Tony Fernandes

A brilliant celestial convention over the evening skies at Beaver Lake in Tamworth, Ontario. ~ The crescent moon, planets Venus, Jupiter and super star Regulus in the constellation of Leo. © Tony Fernandes ~ Lower over the horizon is the crescent moon, directly above it is luminous Venus, to the left and above is Jupiter, and Regulus in a conjunctive alignment display - an overall a spectacular show.

19 June 2015 - 9.11 pm