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, May 20, 2009

Food! Glorious food!

Ok, I LOVE the cupcake shot.. esp because the cupcake is reflected in the glass nob of the cake dome.

The Jam Lay is where I get all my mustards from... mmmm fancy mustard!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Icon II

Because I haven't been posting on a regular basis... I feel like putting up two pics today!
The second tower to the Icon development is well on its way to completion. When finished the second tower will be the tallest condo tower in the city.

Market Day

The First day of the DT City Center Market brings another year of fresh veggies and unique goods. The 104st downtown market was voted one of Canada's best.

I like this photo bacase it's actualy the back of the sign. The City Market portion reads correctly but the other portion of the sign is bakwards and reveresed. It should read Market Day.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Is it Christmas?

Despite the economic slow down Building continues in Edmonton. Planning and rezoning has not stopped. Edmonton metro is estimated to almost double it's population in 30-40 years. This has created a huge push for developement.

This building is wrapped in a tarp because any cement work done during times of lower temps must be kept at a min temp in rder to set right. I eagerly await to see whats under there!

Friday, May 8, 2009

The Wheels on the bus...

OK this is the end of my little transit series. Due to the economic condition of the World, and because the gov't is trowing around money like mad trying to "keep things going" another extension of the LRT has now been funded. You would think that our city would be excited, but like most political issues their are many unhappy people.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

LRT Service Vehicle

This little guy was used to shuffle cargo around an industrial yard somewhere. It sat unused for years with hardly any hours put on it.
Edmonton Transit Purchased it, rebuilt it and now it's the lines service vehicle.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


Ok I am running out of photos, he he, so I am going to strech it a bit.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Edmonton Rapid LRT

Edmonton City has a population of 750,000 but another 250,000 plus live just outside the city limits. To add to that Edmonton is expected to grow by 400,000 people over the next 30 odd years. LRT is becoming a major issue. Edmonton was the first city in Canada with a LRT line. It was started for the Commonwealth Games. Due to recesion in the 80's and then lack of prov gov't intrest funding for expansion in Edmonton stopped. That all changed a few years ago, these pictures are from the opening of the new South Extension. An anouncement was also just made that has provided funding for a North East expansion. our North West Leg is past the planning stage and now just needs Finacial commitment.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

My Future Husband

If anyone knows this man, please
let me eknow ASAP hehe ;-)
It seems somone either
a) Does not approve of my taste in men
b) Does not like the fact that I am gay.
as my entry has been given a one star rating.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Jasper Ave Rejuvination

Text taken from a City of Edmonton report.

The purpose of this project is to develop a vision to re-establish Jasper Avenue as the main street of Edmonton, making it a place all Edmontonians can be proud of as well as a symbol of the vitality of the downtown and Edmonton as a whole.Jasper Avenue is Edmonton’s main street. However over the decades, Jasper Avenue lost much of its vibrancy and role as Edmonton’s premiere shopping street. Developments in the 70s, 80s, and 90s replaced much of the pre-war, historic fabric responsible for the distinctive character and sense of place of the street. The charm of Jasper Avenue as a premiere shopping street also diminished through the development of new shopping complexes within and outside of downtown.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Monday, April 27, 2009

Banff Upper Hot Springs

FROM WIKI-Upper Hot Springs are commercially-developed hot springs located in Banff National Park in Canada, near the Banff townsite. The hot pool is outdoors and while in the pool, visitors can look across the valley to Mount Rundle.
The Upper Hot Springs are one of nine different naturally occurring hot springs in the Banff area. The hot spring water flows naturally through the Sulphur Mountain Thrust Fault, with the source area located at higher elevations on either Sulphur Mountain or Mount Rundle. The flow rates fluctuate seasonally with snow melt, with highest flows in the spring and lowest during winter. Since the early 2000s, flow to the Upper Hot Springs has stopped for several months of the winter. During these times, municipal water is substituted for the recreational pools.[1] Water temperature is kept at approximately 38°C (100°F).

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Banff Springs Hotel

The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is a former railway hotel constructed in Scottish Baronial style, located in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. The hotel, designed by architect Bruce Price,[1] was built between spring of 1887 and 1888 by the Canadian Pacific Railway, at the instigation of its President, William Cornelius Van Horne. The hotel was publicly opened on June 1, 1888[2] and rebuilt in the 1920s after a fire.
Under the stewardship of its current owner, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, the hotel has recently had an extensive renovation which, however, has not changed its original grandeur. A significant feature of the change has been the addition of a world class spa. An original construction flaw, the siting of the entrance and lobby on the river side, has also been corrected in this renovation. (The architect is said to have declared "you built my hotel backwards!")
The hotel is within a spectacular setting in the Rocky Mountains, just above the Bow Falls, close to thermal springs. It is within walking distance of the resort community of Banff. The main view from the hotel is across the valley and towards Mount Rundle, frequently cited in geology books for its exposed and tilted ancient seabeds.
The original wooden hotel burnt down in 1926, and was rebuilt larger and in its current form in 1928. In 1968, the hotel was winterized and has been open year-round since.[3] Some have compared its past operating schedule to the fictional Overlook Hotel from Stephen King's book The Shining in that, like the Overlook Hotel, it was quite large and grand, located in a remote wilderness area prone to impressive snowfall every winter, and only open in spring through autumn months.
The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is one of the premier resort hotels of the world. The golf course in the river valley is also noted worldwide.
Halfway up the internal staircase closest to the Bow Falls may be found a noted painting of William Davidson felling trees on the Miramichi River in colonial times. Davidson was the first European settler in that area, and grew up in Moray, close to Banff, Scotland

Friday, April 24, 2009

Chateau Lake Louise

From Wiki (including last picture)- The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is a Fairmont Hotel on the eastern shore of Lake Louise, near Banff, Alberta. The original Chateau was gradually built up at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century by the Canadian Pacific Railway and was thus "kin" to its predecessors, the Banff Springs Hotel, and the Château Frontenac. The hotel's wooden Rattenbury Wing burned down on July 3, 1924, and was replaced by the current Barrot Wing one year later. The Painter Wing, built in 1913, is the oldest portion of the hotel still standing. The Mount Temple Wing, opened in 2004, is the newest wing of the hotel and features modern meeting facilities, including the Mount Temple Ballroom.
The hotel was first conceived by the railway at the end of the 19th century, as a vacation destination to lure moneyed travellers into taking trains and heading West. By the time airplanes and automobiles had displaced the trains, it had gained sufficient renown to have a life of its own. The Canadian Pacific Railway long ago sold it to other interests.
From the start, the goal was to exploit the stunning natural beauty of the emerald-green lake and of Victoria glacier which rose above it. There were many hiking and canoeing itineraries for nature lovers. Eventually, all the natural areas around the hotel were incorporated into the Banff National Park. This park has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Originally built to function only in summer, the hotel was winterized in 1982 and now offers all of the regular ski resort fare during the winter months. In addition to the usual skiing, ice skating and snowboarding, there are sleigh rides, ice sculpture contests and snowshoe excursions.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Sleigh Ride

A real Cowboy.. maybe!

Okay, so its actually a horse drawn snow plow.. but who's counting?

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

mountain filler shot

These banff shots were my first attempts at shooting black and white.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Lake Louise

Please forgive me.. as I am building up a library or current work I am going to back and post some "I always wanted to post, but never did shots" These were taken in February (of last year).
Lake Louise, or Lac Louise as it really is a french name, is picturesque to say the least. The lake is glacier fed and lies at the feet of two mountains. This particular day was very over cast and the clouds were low, but for a brief moment the clouds parted, sun shown in and I got this one shot of the lake.

Monday, April 20, 2009


Link is the other addition to my life.

I love the light that comes in from my round south facing window. In a perfect world my umbrella and sandals woulds not be in the shot, but i find they add something.

Link is grey and white. The pictures looked HORRID in colour, but they look fantastic in black and white.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Spring Cleanup

Meet Angus. after the divorce i decided to rent out me spare bedroom. I also became a defacto dog owner.

Cute little bugger isn't he!

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