Category Archives: Calgary

Bow River and Bowness Park

The weather was actually so-so one day last week after many cold days, so I took the opportunity to go biking and use my camera again.

Autumn is already in full swing in Calgary with leaves changing and starting falling off trees.

Three bridges are visible below the mountains in this shot, including the very long and very high Stoney Trail bridge.

These houses in Bowness are surrounded by trees.

Calgarians are out on the trails, enjoying the day, and taking pictures.

Another photography session by the river, with another young child as the subject.

Geese and ducks are incredibly tame at Bowness Park.

Although packed on a hot summer’s day, not many people were in the park on a cold, cloudy day.

Joggers run through falling leaves next to the Bow River.

Train tracks run through Bowness Park for kiddie rides.

Griffith Woods in Southwest Calgary

Last weekend, I walked through Griffith Woods in Southwest Calgary with my friend Roddy.

These are my first pictures to be posted from my new Canon T2i camera! I am also now using Adobe Lightroom for post-processing of my photos.

Sadly, it’s the end of the summer, but nature still looks great!

Berries like this are everywhere.

The river runs through the woods next to the trail. Roddy actually took this shot, not me.

Old wood lays in the river.

This is me!

There are also white berries everywhere!

This is Roddy.

A moth rests on the long grass.

Keep checking back, as I have more photos to post again soon.

Summer 2010 in Calgary

Although it hasn’t been the best summer in Calgary, here are a few of my favourite photos taken this summer around the city.

A spider appears to be posing in this flower.

Calgary has a great skyline, thanks to many attractive buildings that each have a different design. These two towers, part of the same complex, use a lot of glass!

A small lake can be found at the top of Nose Hill.

Prince’s Island is a beautiful public space with many plants and scenery to provide inspiration.

This is another shot of the river through Prince’s Island park.

Another fast food franchisee closes, due to bad economy?

One thing I noticed about my area of Calgary when I first moved in was how many retail establishments were located nearby. One pizza chain, alone, has 21 locations in Calgary! Alhough I don’t do pizza much myself, the breadth and choice of food places was baffling.

In this time, I’ve also seen many changes with stores closing out, and in some cases, still remaining unoccupied. The latest casuality is the KFC I used to go to near Brentwood Station. Previously, a Dairy Queen in a nearby mall closed. This is a bit stupid since near me, there is McDonald’s, A&W and Subway locations both inside the mall as well as just outside the mall.

This KFC building may have another use later on, but the older iconic Kentucky Fried Chicken signage used here is just trash now.

Exactly why am I taking pictures of this? Because I bought a new camera of course. Yaay.

Fall in Calgary

After a week of sub-zero temperatures, Mother Nature granted Calgary a likely temporary reprieve from the start of winter with warmth in the 10 to 15 degree range.

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Fall is definitely here in this park near my house with most of the leaves on the ground already.

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I also biked through the entire University of Calgary campus taking pictures for the first time since being here. I didn’t get too many good shots at this time of day, but there’s something I like about the windows of the ICT building.

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Lots of artificial colour radiates through the sports fields just south of the university campus.

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Looking towards the sky near City Hall.

Ride the Road Tour

A few weeks ago, I participated in the Ride the Road Tour. Basically this was a bike tour of downtown Calgary organized to raise awareness for the need of bike trails, bike lanes, and other infrastructure for bicycles in the City of Calgary.

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In this photo taken by Kristin Marquardt, you can see all the bikers including me as the tour begins. This event was not a race, but rather a relaxed15km bike tour of the city.

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It was a bit difficult to take these photos, which I did while operating my moving bike with my other hand. In this shot, we’re crossing the Elbow River (I think) as we head further south.

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We’re returning to the downtown core in this shot. The streets were blocked off for the bikers, although not for a long time, only long enough on a temporary basis for all the bikers to make it through. Police on motorcycles basically escorted us through.

Overall, it was a fun event. Hopefully events like this will lead to better bike pathways through the city. It’s not too bad right now if you plan, but it only takes a few rogue car drivers to make it dangerous.

Sunday Evening in Calgary

After a string of horribly cold and rainy days here in Calgary, I finally had the chance to take my bike out again in sunny weather.

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Yet another shot from Prince’s Island Park.

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This street light falls just short of being higher than the tall buildings of downtown Calgary (at least it would appear with my camera angle).

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Olympic Plaza was the venue for the medal ceremonies of the Calgary Olympics. I was tempted to bike through the shallow water, but that would probably end badly with me getting soaked.

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Around City Hall are several expensive statues and structures. However, all I seem to focus on the plant life!

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This lion is quite a hard worker. It seems to be holding up the flag poles with only its nose and guarding the doors to the building 24/7! The old City Hall building is in the background, attached to the much larger expanded part.

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The “Trees” sculture on Stephen Avenue actually serve the functional purpose of reducing wind gusts between the buildings.

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Even the strongest U-Locks are apparently useless on Stephen Avenue downtown. There was nearly a dozen locks perfectly intact on these bike racks.

EDIT: Apparently these locks are actually left by regular commuters to reserve a spot, as Joe tells me in the comments.

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A dramatic sky and construction shot, one of many in downtown.

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While driving by a construction site on my way home, I noticed this sign. Security on-site? So who’s on duty? Let me give you a closer look.

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The tough and mean Canada Geese guard this future something with all their power! Good choice though. These birds are capable of bringing down planes!

It was a nice night tonight. Not much traffic, which makes for a safer ride on city streets.