Archive | July 2015

Through My Lens: Cheakamus Lake

Cheakamus Lake

Today’s photo is of another lake, but this one is much closer to home. I hiked out to Cheakamus Lake just this afternoon. It’s located in Garibaldi Provincial Park, just outside of Whistler.

What a view.

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Through My Lens: Lake Louise

Lake Louise

I would hazard a guess that Lake Louise is the most visited ― and most photographed ― lake in all of Canada. Because it’s so popular, the crowds can be, well, a bit overwhelming.

Crowds or no crowds, this view always takes my breath away.

Dry Island Buffalo Jump

Dry Island 1

Speaking of cruising the Alberta countryside, there is one drive that my dad and I took a couple of summers ago that I enjoyed immensely. We drove about 100 kilometres southeast from Red Deer to Dry Island Buffalo Jump.

Dry Island 3

Dry Island is a small badlands area straddling the Red Deer River.

Dry Island 6

The small plateau in the centre of the badlands is Dry Island.

Dry Island 2

Buffalo jumps are natural cliff formations that First Nations hunters used to help them kill buffalo. The hunters up above would drive the animals over the cliff to the hunters waiting below.

Dry Island 4

The other neat-to-know fact about Dry Island is that it was the site of an important paleontological discovery: that of part of the Eotriceratops xerinsularis. (And if you memorize the spelling of the names of all the dinosaurs discovered in Alberta, you are a long ways to winning your next spelling bee.)

Dry Island 5

Through My Lens: Granaries

Granaries

I was catching up with my cousin’s wife the other day by email, and she told me that she and her husband (my cousin) are enjoying their topless Friday evenings.

Nope ― it’s not what it sounds like.

They’re cruising the Alberta countryside in their red convertible.

I was jealous. But not of the red convertible.

I was jealous because there is nothing quite as beautiful as the Alberta countryside in the summertime.

Team USA

There are an awful lot of Americans wandering around town this weekend.

How do I know they’re Americans?

Well, they are wearing a lot of Stars and Stripes. On their T-shirts. On their caps. Even on their footwear. That American flag is everywhere. And if they aren’t sporting a flag on their clothing, they’re dressed in red, white, and blue.

Why so many more American tourists in town than is usual for a July 4 holiday weekend?

It likely had to do with a certain soccer match that Vancouver hosted today at BC Place.

Yup, it’s a World Cup summer once again. Congratulations, USA!

To commemorate the victory of Team USA, here’s a photo of the biggest American flag I have ever seen. I photographed this one hanging on the building that houses the New York Stock Exchange on my last visit to New York.

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