Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Jonathan Livingston Seagull was a book about a young seagull's efforts to rise above the ordinary. In a flock where individuality is frowned upon, Jonathan finds himself a loner and an outcast.
After performing feats of tremendous courage and skill, Jonathan is expelled from the flock. This gives him the freedom to develop.

Is that the same with photography. I need to learn, but I would rather be with others.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Blue Wood

Since when did they start making the ends of all the wood blue?
As warm as it is today we don't have a blue sky, but who's complaining!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Griesbach Parade

In memory of Major General William Antrobus Griesbach CB CMG DSO (3 January 1878 - 21 January 1945) was a Canadian politician, decorated soldier, mayor of Edmonton, and member of the Canadian House of Commons and Senate of Canada.

In 1906, Griesbach was commissioned as a lieutenant in the 19th Alberta Dragoons. He was promoted to Captain in 1907

When World War I broke out, the Dragoons volunteered as a unit. In December of that year, Griesbach was promoted to Major assigned to command the 49th Battalion. He was able to recruit one thousand men in eight days in January, 1915. The unit served in various engagements, including the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the Battle of Arras, the Battle of Passchendaele, and the liberation of Mons. In 1917, Griesbach was promoted to Brigadier-General and assigned command of the 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade of the 1st Canadian Division.

He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order twice and the Victorian Decoration for long service. He was also made a companion of the Order of Bath and a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George. After the war, he was made Inspector General of the Canadian Army for Western Canada, and was promoted to Major-General.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Winters Last Punch

Edmonton woke up to a left over winter storm yesterday. A wet white blanket covered the city but a day later the sun was back and winter is hopefully gone.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

LRT Drag Race

The Bay station has a futuristic chromed decor and 3 bright colorful seats. It looks like these two trains are on a drag race out of the station. Also notice the train on the left is made up of the old Siemens-Düwag U2 cars and the train on the right is the new Siemens SD-160 train.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The Mammoth Metal Monster

Scheduled to open in early 2010, the new AGA will be an 85,000 square foot innovative gallery that will allow us to present national and international exhibitions. It will be a premier presentation venue for international, Canadian and Aboriginal art, education and scholarship. The gallery in itself will be a work of art that will complement and complete the cultural precinct surrounding Churchill Square. The AGA was designed by Randall Stout Architects, Inc.

Monday, April 6, 2009

LRT Clareview

Edmonton was the first city in North America with a population of less than one million to build a modern light rail system. The route first started construction in 1974, and opened its first segment on April 22, 1978, in time for the 1978 Commonwealth Games. The 12.9-kilometre route starts in Edmonton's northeast suburbs and currently ends near the University of Alberta Hospital on the south side. Construction on the southern extension is under way. This is one of the older Siemens-Duewag U2 cars.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Taiga or Amba???

Yesterday was a great day for a spring stroll through the Valley Zoo. All the animals were out enjoying the sun, especially the Siberian Tigers. Well at least one of the twin cubs the zoo obtained last December. Not sure if this is Taiga or Amba but it sure enjoyed being outside playing with its toy.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Spring Excitement at the Zoo

It was a beautiful sunny day (just before another snow storm moved in) and all the animals were out getting some rays. It was even the first time I saw the Snow Leopards out (both!!) Here is the first of a few nice pictures I got today. A Peregrine Falcon shaken some sleepy winter blahs out of his wings. Great color on these beautiful birds.