Category Archives: Calgary

New “Wonderland” sculpture meant to inspire

A few weeks ago, I checked out the new “Wonderland” sculpture in front of Encana’s new Bow building in Calgary. The giant head of a young girl is the latest creation by Barcelona-based designer Jaume Plensa.

Many downtown buildings have sculptures or other artwork at their entrances, though this one is particularly striking. It is also somewhat interactive, allowing visitors to actually go inside the head, which the artist says allows the visitors to “dream about how the head is from the inside”. Continue reading

Calgary’s new West LRT line

On Saturday, I attended events to preview Calgary’s brand new West LRT line which extends new transit service to the southwest quadrant of the city.

The new line will serve 100,000 residents which is larger than any city in Alberta outside of Calgary and Edmonton. It is also larger than any city in Atlantic Canada outside of Halifax and St. John’s, Newfoundland. 35,000 commuters are expected to use the West LRT daily.

The West LRT line has both above ground, underground, and partially underground stations which are a first for Calgary. Pictured above is the new above ground Sunalta station. Continue reading

Inglewood Photo Walk

Last month, I participated in the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk which comprised 1,339 walks around the world. Each walk consisted of 50 people with a volunteer leader who toured a downtown or trendy areas. My walk was a combination of both in historic Inglewood.

Inglewood is situated along the Bow River and is just outside of downtown Calgary. It was once the city’s original downtown and has many historic buildings. We began in a pathway along the river, but our attention quickly turned to some unusual items in this residential alleyway. Continue reading

First look at Calgary in 2012

Winter wasn’t too bad this year, but I’m sure glad it’s gone. In this post, I share a few photos from my first few bike rides and outings this year.

Many bike paths in Calgary are actually plowed in the winter. But some pathways are still covered in ice, so I wait until spring when every pathway is safe enough for my hybrid bike.

A stream of water breaks up the ice in the Glenmore Reservoir.

Heading downtown one day, I found a broken window that provides a unique, albeit temporary, focal point in the Hudson’s Bay Building.

This corner lot is a beautiful piece of architecture in Calgary’s downtown that has stood the test of time in a city where many buildings of this height have been levelled to provide space for larger high rises. In fact, this building is easily recognizable in this tourism video from the 1960’s.

Cranes and trains dominate Calgary’s downtown. The train line itself divides the main part of downtown from the southern area which will inevitable be as dense as downtown someday. In the distant right, you can see the Nuera building. This is the first tower of twin condos. My future home, Alura, will be the second tower.

That’s all for now.

Fall 2010 in Calgary (Part 3 of 3)

In this post, I will focus on a few close up shots taken in Prince’s Island Park.

Leaves have fallen quickly. On this tree, only one remains in this area.

A bright white flower beams against a darker background.

An up-close view of a public art piece. These are actually colourful marbles that form an image when viewed from a normal distance.

I took many shots of this “threshing machine”, though its name plate appealed to me the most!

Another view of the threshing machine. Black and white suits this view best, I think! I didn’t notice it at the time, but a spider web is visible inside the chain!

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Fall 2010 in Calgary (Part 2 of 3)

In this post, I continue my series of fall photos in Calgary.

Two bridges are stacked over the Bow River.

I was actually exploring the Centre Street Bridge for the first time in this shot. This shot is somewhat misleading since the building at the left, The Bow, isn’t nearly finished yet. When it’s done, it will be Canada’s second tallest building.

Before the leaves fell, the pathway in Prince’s Island Park was a tunnel of Autumn colours.

The Calgary skyline looms above a much lower residential area on the north side.

Check back soon for more of my Fall in Calgary photos!

Fall 2010 in Calgary (Part 1 of 3)

Since getting my new camera, I’ve been taking lots of pictures around Calgary. I’m sharing a few photos in this post with more to come soon!

Here is a beautiful shot of Bragg Creek during one of the last weeks for good Autumn colours. Wedding photos are being taken at the left.

Here is a close-up of a flower in Nose Hill Park. I enjoy the texture visible here.

Mountains are visible in this view of northwest Calgary. Canada Olympic Park is visible at the left.

Here’s a slightly unusual view of some sort of radio tower in Nose Hill Park.

A pathway runs parallel to Nose Hill. The leaves are already gone from the trees in this shot.

Check back soon for more Calgary photos!