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Scarborough Bluffs Over The Years

 Scarborough Bluffs, January 2006

Scarborough Bluffs, January 2006

A couple of years ago Yvonne and I were 'Open House' browsing in the Scarborough Bluffs area of East Toronto.  The views were spectacular but we were shocked at the erosion that seemed to be evident in the back yards.   Our shared thought was that the market price for the properties were steep once you considered that they were slowly falling into Lake Ontario.  A Toronto Star report in April 2013 stated that home owners in a particular area were losing up to 30 centimeters of their property every year!

The good news is that in 2013 the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) dedicated 6.5 million dollars to help fight  the erosion. The bad news is that, as with the majority of environmental projects, there are many competing agendas on the Bluffs erosion issue. The Scarborough Mirror reported in August 2014 that the conservation authority is actually buying a house at the foot of Midland and Fishleigh for 1.4 million dollars! In my limited research I haven't discovered if the 6.5 million covers things like buying up properties, but my feeling is that it doesn't.  I believe these funds are used to build buttresses and other anti-erosion devices.  As with researching most city projects, my head starts to hurt when I try to decipher what exactly is being done.  I should also add that none of this is new.  Work has been continuing to combat erosion over the past decades.

We moved into the Scarborough Bluffs area in January 2005.  The images that I have chosen to present are of a row of trees on the crest of one of the cliffs.  These trees have always captured my attention.  I was sorry when the big one in front fell.  The next tree in line is now getting close to the edge.  It's unbelievable that these changes have been occurring for 12,000 years.

I find it interesting how the Bluffs have changed over the 10 years I have lived in the area. In hind sight I wish that I had taken the images from the same place with the same focal length.  

After looking at my complete collection, my thought is that the Scarborough Bluffs will be here a long, long time, but perhaps all the houses on top won't be!  At the rate of 30 centimeters per year my house will fall into the drink in a few hundred years!

Scarbourough Bluffs: Bluffs stretch for about 15 km along the Lake Ontario shore, from the Eastern Beaches of Toronto in the west, to East Point Park in the east. The Scarborough Bluffs are a significant geological feature resulting from the accumulation of sedimentary deposits over 12,000 years ago. They were formed by the natural processes of wind and water erosion from Lake Ontario.
-from the City of Toronto website 


A Photo In The Life Of is a weekly PHOTO blog on LARRYLEWISPHOTO.COM.   It is an evolution of my original blog A Photo in the life of  that began in 2006.  I hope to give a little context to my photography and maybe make a few new photography friends.