January started cold in Calgary this year. For the first two weeks, temperatures were near -20 degrees Celcius. I went down to Bowmont Park once to feed the Black-capped chickadees, but I didn’t hear a peep from a single one. Luckily, temperatures were balmy last weekend (a touch above 0) and the chickadees were singing happily. About ten of them took turns picking sunflower seeds … Continue reading Chickadees
I usually walk to Trout Lake in the afternoon. It is a different place just after sunrise. The golden light seems to have a slight green tinge, unlike the orange hued gold of late afternoon. When I stood by the lake a few days ago, shortly after sunset, the whistling sounds of the American Wigeons danced against my ears. Yesterday morning, I was entertained by … Continue reading Last wisps of morning mist
Trout Lake, Vancouver. Winter’s bare branches turn gold in the day’s ebbing light. If you click on the image for a larger version, you can see lots of little black specks in the tall tree tops and a few in the sky. The crows are taking a little rest, on their way to their rookery in Burnaby. Every day, thousands of crows migrate to and … Continue reading Golden finale
Jericho Beach, Vancouver, Canada. Mid-January. Continue reading Lingering midday fog
In False Creek, near the 6th avenue pedestrian overpass. Vancouver, BC. Continue reading Waxy evergreen and creek
Standing on the north side of the Bow River on a cold, overcast day. The steaming heads of a few downtown Calgary skyscrapers peer over the bare branches of Prince’s Island Park.
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The shallow and slow moving edges of the Bow River are frozen. Here and there, a little hole in the ice gives me a glimpse of water flowing over rounded rocks. Ice can be a bit of a nuisance in the winter but it can also be a delightful sight. Frozen water has so many transmutations. Continue reading When water turns to ice
On the bank of the Bow River, near the standing wave between the 9th and 10th street bridges. Continue reading Leaves and frost
Shrouded view of downtown Calgary from Buckmaster Park in Bankview.
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There in the morning, gone in the afternoon. Continue reading Bird steps on balcony
It was a warm-ish winter morning, somewhere around -5, and the weather report predicted that the sun would eventually burn through the clouds. As I headed south to River Park (at 38 ave and 14 street), the sky was covered with a high, fading cloud layer. I walked across the large snowy field at the entrance of the park toward the main trail which follows the somewhat unsightly utility poles. I seemed to be the only human unaccompanied by a canine, and a cute doberman-cross puppy put its front paws on my belly to say hello. There was a wee hillock on my left, at the top of which was the path along the edge of the bluff. Up I went and there was the sun!
I went for a walk last night around 10 PM. At first I headed toward Scarboro but ended up veering East after a couple blocks. Maybe this was a night for the Earl Grey bluffs? I crossed 14th into Mount Royal and moseyed up Colborne. I ended up on Durham, which I don’t think I’ve walked on before. There are some large properties on this street, with big houses, wrought iron gates and driveways that wind up hillsides.
At some point, I noticed that the hairs along my spine where feeling a little prickly. Maybe I was cold?