All posts by Jeff Haltrecht

Thanks for wanting to know more... I believe in ownership, drive, and mutual support. I like people who are humble, hungry, and smart. Teams perform better than individual supper stars. You have the capability to do the impossible. Photographs tell a story. People love stories.

84 MPH in a Porsche 911 GT3 Around Turn 11 on the Streets of Toronto

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Staying with the Porsche theme from the previous post, we go from one extreme (classic) to the other (a modern racer). This is a Porsche 911 GT3 Carrera Cup car piloted by Parker Thompson from Alberta, Canada. He is doing roughly 84 MPH around turn 11 on the Streets of Toronto course during the first qualifying session back in July.

Porsche 356 Speedster Washed in Morning Sunlight

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I love epic cars and this is one of them – a Porsche 356 Speedster from the late 1950s. It appears to have been re-imagined a little as the rims, paint, some body work and Porsche hood badge all look recent… but really who cares! This is in Wailea, Hawaii at the Marriott on a stunning morning with just the right sunlight washing over the Porsche. You know how well kept the car is when you can see my reflection in the perfectly polished paint of the rear quarter panel. Would you like to join me for a drive?

Surfing Ho’okipa Beach Park, Maui, Hawaii

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Let’s start with the first answer… no, this is not me! I tried surfing once many years ago in Costa Rica and can accurately say its not my sport. For some reason I can hurdle myself down black diamond runs on skis or across the most gnarly mountain bike terrain, however ask me to stand on a surfboard and its instant face plant.

We are here at Ho’okipa Beach Park on the North side of Maui where the good surfers come out for some fun. I say good, as there is another area on the way to Lahaina where the beginners get going, and at the other extreme there is ‘Jaws’ at Peahi further up the road to Hana from Ho’okipa where the world’s most experienced surfers compete. This dude is one of 30 or so surfers out on this day.

Skier lodges at Big White Mountain, tucked in between the Okanagan Highlands and Monashee Mountains, British Columbia

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This is what fresh powder looks like hanging from trees! Sun setting after a ski day at Big White.

Toronto’s CN Tower framed by apartments

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Iconic for Canadians and many people globally, I really like how a community has grown right around Toronto’s CN Tower. Without counting I’d guess 50 to 60 apartment buildings in the area. These two are the closest, framing the tower so perfectly on this cold December evening. The picture is taken from Canoe Field on the West side, a turf soccer pitch easily identifiable by a larger than life red canoe next to it.

are you craving beach time?

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Looking out upon the Sea of Cortes, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

This is getting closer to the top of my bucket list right about now! I usually like adventure vacations however even a day at the beach would be great this week. Warm breeze, hot sand, fresh water. Maybe start the day with an early morning long walk, then some sun after lunch, and perhaps star gazing after sunset. Throw in a margarita or two… Are you with me on this one?

A picture of Buckingham Palace in honor of the late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

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Buckingham Palace, 2016

2 months shy of 100 years of age. Pretty damn sweet! The monarchy is not my personal thing however I recognize the family’s role in the United Kingdom and around the world, and it’s never easy when a prominent and well liked person passes. I read Prince Philip visited Canada 29 times in his life and USA a further 6; that unto itself is quite something for North America. RIP.

Painting the marine harbour, oil on canvas, Dubrovnik, Croatia

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Oil on canvas painting of the Dubrovnik, Croatia harbour, spring 2015

A wet spring day today in Toronto has me indoors flipping pictures from years past. I really appreciate how this artist captured the marina and surrounding buildings of Dubrovnik in vivid color, and is a perfect contrast to what I see outside. This town is amazing – I’ve posted a few pictures from Dubrovnik over the years – due to the history of its people, the imprint of wars gone by, and its great food. One day we’ll be back!

Watching the Ice Melt is a Canadian Pastime of Spring

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A seat in the sun as winter comes to an end.

Who is ready for spring? This was not the harshest of winters to live through however it did feel like the longest due to the pandemic. We are hardy people and have gotten through it – yay! The Oxford English Dictionary says a pastime is “a diversion or recreation which serves to pass the time agreeably; an activity done for pleasure rather than work…”. That kind of sums up the scene here. Grab a hot chocolate, sit in the sun, and watch the ice melt.

Maui’s Pu’u Kukui volcanic mountain summit is your dinner ocean view at sunset

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Maui’s Pu’u Kukui volcanic mountain summit is your dinner ocean view at sunset

Who wouldn’t love a dinner setting like this right about now? Most of us are craving a nice meal out with friends and no masks. Happy to have this photo to remind us of what is not too far off once again. Wish I could say this was our dinner spot back in 2018, but alas, we walked past this wonderful table for 6 as we made our way to another location. No complaining allowed… it was warm, the food good, and we were having fun as a family.