Aga Khan Park and East Don Trail: Amazing Nature Photos & Videos You Must Not Miss by Malik Merchant

The ponds are flowing at Aga Khan Park, bringing stillness and calmness to our minds. The geese are beating their wings as they bathe in their favourite pond. Then, it is amazing to see them take off on the shortest and safest runway in the world with two majestic buildings — the Ismaili Centre and the Aga Khan Museum — built by Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, in full view! It is a wonderful sight. Intimacy and procreation are nature’s gift — the mallards and frogs are captured in their act, facing confrontations — yes, see the videos! Watch a tiny turtle walk to a pond of water, overcoming obstacles along the way. There are photos too to make the article complete.

I am providing a sample video, below, one of several I have included in Simergphotos where you will get a fuller taste of my extraordinary encounter with nature at Aga Khan Park and the exciting East Don Trail. This is a post you don’t want to miss! Show it to your children; they will love it.

Canadian geese at pond in Aga Khan Park, as they lift off. Click to watch video, and click Simergphotos for full story, more videos as well as photos

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Date posted: June 5, 2021.

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Weeping Cherry flowers at Aga Khan Park

Photo of the Day: Aga Khan Park’s Beautiful Weeping Cherries

Malik Merchant returns to Aga Khan Park after a 3-week absence, and sees visitors excitedly taking photos of masses of pink flowers behind the Aga Khan Museum. A young boy goes from one weeping cherry tree to another to feel the soft petals of the blossoming trees, a dog owner has her beautiful 1 year old dog, Cice, pose in front of a tree, a bird perches on top of one while a robin wanders around pecking on grass around the trees. And as Malik finally leaves the site of the Aga Khan Park via the east side, he captures a stunning shot of the Aga Khan Museum under a lovely blue sky! Click here for story and photos

Aga Khan Park weeping cherry
Cice poses for a photo for her owner Dana McIvor in front of a weeping cherry tree at Toronto’s Aga Khan Park. May 8, 2021. Please click on image for more photos and story.

Date posted: May 10, 2021.

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Nurin Merchant’s Photos of the 2021 Tulip Festival in Ottawa, with the Aga Khan Park’s Perspective on the Venerated Flower

Nurin Merchant gets to Dows Lake on a sunny day to photograph some of the 300,000 tulips that are planted there, making it the biggest tulip festival in Canada. She incorporates into her piece some excellent material prepared by the Aga Khan Park on the origins and significance of the tulip, one of the most venerated flowers in Islamic culture, to make her photo essay truly informative and and educational….PLEASE CLICK HERE OR ON IMAGE BELOW FOR PHOTO ESSAY

Please click on photo for Nurin’s photo essay on tulips.

Date posted: May 6, 2021.

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Magnolia flowers on tree #049 at the Aga Khan Park in Toronto, simergphotos malik merchant

Tree #049 at Aga Khan Park

Malik Merchant feels that trees planted or re-planted at the Aga Khan Park behind the Ismaili Centre were not simply assigned random numbers. There was a reason and meaning behind their placement and numbering. He captures the beautiful setting of tree #049 and the other 2 magnolias on either side of it, and his photos show how well they are blooming. He begins his story, though, by first focusing his attention on the four flags, including the Ismaili Flag, flying majestically at the front of the park…..MORE ON SIMERGPHOTOS.

Magnolia at Aga Khan Park, Tree #049
Tree #049, a Magnolia, at Aga Khan Park, behind the Ismaili Centre building. Photo: Malik Merchant. Please click on photo for more photos and story.

Date posted: April 13, 2021.

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Aga Khan Park Ismaili Flag Birds

Video: The Beautiful Sounds of Birds at the Aga Khan Park and a Quick 360° Tour of Aga Khan Museum and the Ismaili Jamatkhana in Toronto

No creature is there crawling on the earth, no bird flying with its wings, but they are nations like unto yourselves. We have neglected nothing in the Book; then to their Lord they shall be mustered. — Holy Quran, 6:38 (Translation by A.J. Arberry)

The birds, you will recall [in Attar’s great poem, the Conference of the Birds] in huge quantities went in search of the Simurgh, the ideal and perfect king. After many tribulations, thirty of them do reach the end of the journey and come to the gate of the Supreme Majesty. The Chamberlain tests them and then opens the door and they sit on the masnad, the seat of the Majesty and Glory — His Highness the Aga Khan, Lahore, Pakistan October 23, 1980 (read speech)

The sounds of birds chirping at Aga Khan Park thrills and brings joy to Malik Merchant, and he takes the following short video which also takes you around the front section of the Aga Khan Park with views of the Ismaili Jamatkhana and the Aga Khan Museum. After watching the video presentation, please visit Simergphotos for great photo essays.

Note: See correction notes at bottom of this page.

A short presentation of the lovely sounds of birds at the Aga Khan Park with a quick 360° tour of the surrounding projects of His Highness the Aga Khan. Video: © Malik Merchant/Simergphotos.

Corrections:

(1) At the end of the video, I have referred to the Ismaili Jamatkhana dome as the dome of the Ismaili Centre. The Headquarters Ismaili Jamatkhana is an extension of the Ismaili Centre Toronto but also part of it. The Jamatkhana is a unique building in its own right. My commentary should have therefore referred to the dome as that of the Ismaili Jamatkhana, as it did in the earlier part of the video.

(2). The Green and Red flag used by Ismailis for decades was once upon a time referred to as “MY FLAG.” This is no longer in usage, officially at least. I have however mistakenly referred to it as the “Flag of the Ismaili Imamat” in the video report as well as in many other articles and photos on this and other sister websites. The flag without the monogram or crest (taj) of the Ismaili Imamat should simply be referred to as “The Ismaili Flag” as mentioned in the Ismaili Constitution. The flag inscribed with the monogram is only used during Mawlana Hazar Imam’s visits, at official signing agreements where he is present, on his planes, and at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat Building in Ottawa. The Ismaili Flag on Wynford Drive does not include the crest but is replaced with a flag bearing the crest whenever Mawlana Hazar Imam visits the site; it is then referred to as the Ismaili Imamat Flag.

Date posted: March 31, 2021.

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Photo of the Day: Plastic and Garbage on the Grounds of Aga Khan Park

Many parks are littered with objects such as styrofoam containers, cigarette butts, plastic bags and other material that spoil the enjoyment of visiting the natural habitat. Malik Merchant visits the Aga Khan Park on Wynford Drive in Toronto, and reports on similar objects left behind by visitors that are not worthy of the beautiful park built by His Highness the Aga Khan. He has chosen the photos in the report as Photo of the Day to bring attention to visitors who are indifferent to the notion that a park with its gardens offers rejuvenation to its visitors. Please read Malik’s ARTICLE.

Aga Khan Park plastics
Iron fence where objects left behind by visitors including Pizza boxes, plastic bottles and bags from Aga Khan Park end up on a windy day. Please click on image for more photos and story. Photo: Malik Merchant/Simerg.

Date posted: March 30, 2021.

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Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, Made Navroz March 21, 2021, the Most Joyous Navroz in My Life, and I Will Tell You Why

By MALIK MERCHANT
Publisher/Editor  SimergphotosBarakah and Simerg

Along with photos captured on Navroz, March 21, 2021, the founding editor and publisher of this website and two sister websites simergphotos and barakah, shares his feelings about the second consecutive Navroz celebrated in isolation, and provides his perspective and feelings on why he felt the 2021 Navroz became the most joyous Navroz in his life. Please click MORE or on photo below for his reflective piece and beautiful photos published in Simergphotos.

Birds fly past the Ismaili Jamatkhana on Navroz, March 21, 2021. Please click on photo for reflective article and more photos.

Please read ARTICLE.

Date posted: March 22, 2021.

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Aga Khan Museum, Ismaili Jamatkhana, spectacular spring beauty Simergphotos Malik Merchant

Photos: Spring Energy at Aga Khan Park, Ismaili Centre and Aga Khan Museum

Please click HERE or on image below for spectacular photos of the sky and the Aga Khan Park grounds as captured by Malik Merchant during his recent walk through his favourite space in Toronto

Aga Khan Park sunset sky Simerg Malik Merchant
All ablaze as the sinking sun lights up the horizon and the sky west of Aga Khan Park and Ismaili Centre. Click on image for more photos. Photo: Malik Merchant/Simerg. Camera: Olympus E-M10, 14-42mm.

Date posted: March 15, 2021.

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Daytime Moon Photos at His Highness the Aga Khan’s Unique Projects in Toronto

Malik Merchant sights the daytime moon as he drives along the Don Valley Parkway, and immediately heads to the Aga Khan Park, the Ismaili Centre and the Aga Khan Museum to enjoy nature at its best. Please read article in Simergphotos.

Daytime Moon, Ismaili Centre, Aga Khan Park
Please click on image for story and photos.

Date posted: March 4, 2021.

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