Edmonton is one of the largest northern urban centers in the world. Located in Canada, Edmonton is the capital city of Alberta. The city has a strong history as a trade center, and it served as the last major stop for the Klondikers during the Gold Rush. This is why we Edmontonions call our city "The Gateway to the North"

Please enjoy my perspective of one of of the fastest growing urban areas this side of China.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

104 Street

104 St is located in the heart of the warehouse district. In the late 90's it was 4 blocks of vacant buildings except for a gay night club at one end and the Cecil hotel at the other. The Cecil was later shut down to health code reasons so that tells you what kind of place it was.
Today the street is full of funky shops and is home to the DT farmers market in the warmer months. Condos have sprung up in the form of lofts and high rises.
This shot looks North up the street along side the Revlon building.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Paul Kane Park - The Story

The story of the park's namesake - Paul Kane was born Sept 3, 1810, in County Cork Ireland and came to Canada with his family when they settled in the village of York. He attended the York District Grammar School and later was apprenticed to a furniture maker. As a young man he became interested in painting and in 1830, enrolled as a mature student in Upper Canada College, where he studied under the drawing master T. Drury. I in time he became a professional portrait painter. From 1836 to 1845 he roamed USA and Europe, earning enough to live on by painting portraits.
After this he returned to Canada to accomplish his dream of “devoting whatever talents an proficiency I possess to the painting of a series of pictures illustrative of the North America Indians and scenery.” The resulting paintings of Canada’s original inhabitants, over 400 of which are in The Royal Ontario Museum, have made him justly famous.

-Although Paul Kane lived in Toronto he spent a large amount of time out West and his name is attached to public spaces across Canada . My favorite just might be Paul Kane Skateboard Park in Sherwood Park ;-) -

Have a great Tuesday.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Little Frozen Apples

The news has reported multiple Coyote sightings. They often live in the river valley system and come up into the neighboring communities to scour for food.
Little did I know, but they will eat the over ripe fruit as it falls from the trees in fall/winter.
All I have in my neighborhood are rabits! I'm fine with that.

Sunday, November 16, 2008


Don't ask me what PAZ stands for or the symbol.
I have no idea

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Look at me being all Ansel Adams.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Paul Kane Park

I very much enjoy how the crisp blue caused by the overcast conditions contrasts with that of the very warm but harsh lighting that is given off by a standard outside the picture boarders.

This picture looked very good in black and white, but the contrast was lost and so I have elected to leave it in colour.


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

First Snow Fall

Ok.. I woke up and a wet sticky snow had fallen.
The Blog has not been a top concern over the last 2 months as I am currently ending the relationship I have been in for the last 7 years.
It's amazing the energy it takes.
ANYWAYS.. I am back and once again committed.
Please enjoy ;-)

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