The Foreign Service Journal, December 2023

102 DECEMBER 2023 | THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL LOCAL LENS BY MARTIN CLAESSENS n TORONTO, CANADA This photo taken in January 2023 shows four “Muskoka” chairs, Canada’s name for Adirondack chairs, at the edge of Lake Ontario in Toronto after a heavy snow. Throughout the pandemic, wintry runs were one way many Torontonians tried try to stay healthy while living in small apartments downtown. This spot is a particular favorite because it is full of wildlife throughout the year, with loons and even snowy owls living peacefully during winter. n Martin Claessens is a commercial officer who finished his assignment in Toronto in the summer of 2023. He has served in Mumbai, Bogotá, Kyiv, and Toronto, and is moving to Santiago in 2024. He enjoyed jogging and cycling on the many lakefront and riverside trails in the Toronto region. This photo was taken with a Google Pixel 6a. Please submit your favorite, recent photograph to be considered for Local Lens. Images must be high resolution (at least 300 dpi at 8” x 10”, or 1 MB or larger) and must not be in print elsewhere. Include a short description of the scene/ event, as well as your name, brief biodata, and the type of camera used. Send to