My Fall 2017 album project ended up a fiasco thanks largely to uncooperative weather. I had a loose plan to add pictures throughout the months, as opportunities arose. I got a few early Fall images, and and I was looking forward for the colours to change. Instead, storms came and blew down the leaves, and then snow came early turning the Fall into early Winter. So you might think that I would know better than try something like that again. I am looking at this more cautiously this time, but I have a couple of images, and I have a specific picture planned. If I get this one picture, I will consider the project a success. Actually, if I get some other good images I might still consider it a success. The picture I want is ice covered tree branches. There have been a few days already on which I might have gotten this picture, but I have been too busy to be taking pictures. But there are still a few weeks that might give me the opportunity. I'll just have to wait and see. . . . Meanwhile, I have my "cover" image: "P1010051e-rsz1640-C1.jpg" [The previous cover picture "P1000791 -1d-rsz-1640-C2" has been removed.] This is the back of "Irving Tissue Factory" [1551 Weston Rd.]. It was originally "Facelle", and the product line is still named "Royale". Any paper product manufacturing uses a lot of water. During most of the year, the water vapour leaves the factory invisibly. For those of you who are concerned, there is no pollution in the water. It is pure water vapour, most likely cleaner than the water in the natural clouds. But in the Winter, the cold air condenses the water vapour into plumes of steam which vary in size and shape according to temperature and winds. Weather Forecast (Toronto Star): 14:00 -6 deg. C, wind N 12-25, 19:00 -8 deg. C, wind NW 12-25. Verified temperature at end -5 deg. C. I have recorded video on days with confirmed temperatures of -6 deg. C and -10 deg C. before, so I have some idea what it can look like. Minus 10 deg. C and below can be spectacular. If the wind is right, I have seen the clouds drift around 200 meters, passing over the Jane Street rail overpass bridge and imagined shapes of oriental dragons. But that is not this image. Maybe next time. . . . Technical Notes: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3, Lens H-FS12032 Partial EXIF Feb 7, 2018, 17:05:58 Exposure Program Normal Scene type Direct capture Scene capture type Standard Exposure mode Auto exposure Exposure bias 0.00 ev Exposure time 1/400 sec. F number f/8.0 Max aperture f/3.9 Focal length 16.0 mm Focal length in 35mm 32 mm ISO speed 160 Metering mode Pattern Gain control Low gain up Processing: Corel PaintShop Pro X9 on Gateway dx4375, AMD A6-5200, Windows 8.1 What makes this a difficult project is, of course, the weather conditions. The first "cover picture" had a large cloud in the lower sky that detracted from the rest of the image. I was hoping to get a similar picture but with a better sky. I knew that it was not going to happen, but I kept trying, freezing my hands and building up a collection of files. This new file is different, and the story it tells is also a bit different. On the one side of the tracks is the clean, white Irving factory, while in the foreground is the "backyard" or an older looking warehouse. This is the city. . . .