I woke before the sun
When the earth was still damp
from morning dew.
The sky was still dark,
And the air was cool and crisp.
I walked slowly,
Engraving every sound and every detail
into my mind.
I inhaled the fresh breeze
As it caressed my skin,
Forming goosebumps all over my arms.
I walked a little faster,
Letting the dew sprinkle my feet,
Sending shivers up my spine.
I looked around me,
Grazing the world with my hungry eyes.
The trees stood tall,
Looking strong and majestic.
The flowers swayed gently,
From one side to the other
And the grass glistened,
With morning dew
….Margaretha P. Wiebe

The Belt Line is a long trail lined with trees, that meanders through several very scenic central Toronto neighbourhoods including mine, past the high rises and family homes…
It was a disused railway line which now leads to a park, passing several other parks along the way…
In 1999, Toronto City Council renamed the park “The Kay Gardner Beltline Park” in honour of Kay Gardner a local politician who became involved in a campaign to save the former railway right of way called the Belt Line from development.
It is now an active pedestrian and bicycling trail…
At any time of year the Belt Line is beautiful, but in spring, it’s really stunning with all the young leaves opening together, turning it into a riot of lacy greens…perfect for an early morning walk
….Canadiana Series..

Townsend Pastels on Handmade Paper..

I paint in many different styles and feature a myriad of subject matter, which I show as individual collections….
I am inspired by the world interpreting it in brilliant colours, often influenced by the writings of famous authors and poets..
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  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackover 1 year ago

    I woke before the sun
    When the earth was still damp
    from morning dew
    …to learn more about this painting, click description above…

  • Grazing the world with my hungry eyes.
    The trees stood tall,
    Looking strong and majestic

    – © Janis Zroback

    JUSTARTover 1 year ago

    great work, beautiful colours

  • Thanks so much Syl…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...over 1 year ago

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 1 year ago

    Beautiful light, glad they preserved the line of trees.

  • It was the railway that used to cross the city so there was forest on either side the tracks are buried so you can walk along and you feel as if you’re in the middle of a forest…you can walk for miles and never know there is a big city around you…it’s great….thanks so much Cindy..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...over 1 year ago

    This is really beautiful….full of warmth ….

  • Thanks so much KJ…it’s spring at last…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkerover 1 year ago

    Nice work my friend ! Hugs

  • Thank you so much Tom…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreover 1 year ago

    Very striking light. :)

  • Thank you so much Frannie…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanover 1 year ago

    lovely work Janis..the light is beautiful…

  • Thank you so much Linda…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Lynn Gedeon
    Lynn Gedeonover 1 year ago

    Lovely tree pattern!

  • Thank you so much Lynn..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 1 year ago

    A fine & evocative rendering, Janis. When I saw the title, I immediately thought of railroads (our Buffalo belt line is still in use but would make an interesting rails-to-trails if they ever decided to shut it down) & was intrigued by your description. Brava on all counts.

  • Thank you so much…we still have railways actively crossing the city taking freight to other towns and cities, as well as passenger lines that cross the country…it is so good to see that inactive ones are preserved and not built on even though the land is incredibly valuable…

    – © Janis Zroback

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