Monthly Archives: July 2016

Cascade Mountain


Cascade Mountain in Banff National Park was catching some clouds on its peak. The morning was wet and overcast as we left Calgary but as we approached the mountains the sky got brighter and eventually the sun appeared. As the sun warmed up the wet mountains the clouds rose up and evapourated. The last of them cling to the peaks before disappearing.

Water Dog


On the top of Nose Hill Park is an old gravel pit. Most of it is overgrown now but in the middle is a pond. Actually it is more like a very large puddle. When it rains it holds the water when it is hot and dry there is no water.

This is the destination for many dogs on a hot summer’s day. They chase stick or rocks or each other. Our dog is too old to make the trek to the pond but it is still fun watching the other dogs make the most of the water.

Lichen in the light


Walking a valley in the prairie bring me into a different world. The trees grow taller and the shade is cool on a hot day. If you look at the beams on sunlight making their way past the leaves you can see the smallest details of nature. The lichens and mosses that grow where others won’t. the balance of moisture and shad help them to flourish. It’s the small things in nature that catch my attention. (Click on the image to see a larger view)

The long road


A country drive on a long straight road. The view seems to go on forever. I enjoy exploring all the roads around our city. The family jumps in the car and we drive. The most common question is – which way now? The paper map comes out or if there is cell coverage maybe a map app. Eventually we find a small country store in the middle of nowhere for some road food and the adventure continues

Framed Landscape


A framed Landscape is a great idea. The Leighton Art Center has placed a gold frame in the field outside the art centre house. It makes for a great image. The frame seems to float in the air giving a beautiful framed landscape.

Although this image, mostly the frame, looks Photoshopped it is not. At least the frame isn’t. I cleaned up the frame in  Lightroom as there were bird droppings on it (I am sure the birds love sitting on the frame). I did a small perspective correction to make the frame as square as possible. The one thing I did that helps this image the most is I removed the two steel poles holding the frame up to make it look like it is floating above the prairie.

The View


The View is spectacular. The rocky Mountains from the living room window. This was the home of A.C. Leighton who was a painter and his wife Barbara who was a wood block print maker and an artist with fibre and metal. The home is located south of Calgary and has the most spectacular views from the home and from the land. Now it is the Leighton Art Center. A gallery and teaching studio. We enjoy the drive out, the art and a long walk across the land that once was Leightons.



Behind the Chain Link fence sits a row or Herzog rail cars for as far as I could see. These cars are for railway maintenance. As far as I could tell these cars are the one that drop the crushed rock on both sides of the tracks.

I like the framing of the word in the chain link fence diamonds. I thought the black and white conversion would make a better final image. Not much more done to this image than the black and white, conversion, a little crop, a little contrast and a small vignette.

Summer Flower


Warm Summer days are great for neighbourhood walks. It is great to see what is happening close to home. Along these walks are many opportunities to create images. This image is a weed growing along a fence near an alley. I liked the bright yellow and the dark shadow in the background. A few quick edits, a square crop and the image is completed.



This image is from a week or two ago. It is a typical stampede scene of stampede from a Calgarians perspective. There is rain and there are lots of cowboy hats being worn.



Patterns in nature are unpredictable. No one could tell you how the rain would fall and create mud that the sun would dry and cracks would for just like this. That is the great part about nature. It is no predictable or perfect. I think that is why nature is so photogenic.