Instagram this week; Feb 6 to 10 2017

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I have continued walking to work, photograph Calgary and the sights as I see them. It really does make the walk to work much more enjoyable to walk with a camera. When I walk with a camera I am much more aware of the view and the beauty around me. I would love to hear from you, are you enjoying the morning commute series, do you have a favourite spots to view Calgary from?

I have started to include some views of Calgary from the +15 walkways it has been so cold I have utilized the interior walkways to get to work! If you are not familiar with Calgary, a lot of the downtown buildings are connected to each other through a system of walkways 15 feet above ground, which means I can walk around downtown without going outside! Every new building built in the area must connect to the other around it. I read recently there are currently 59 bridges totalling 16 kilometres, each new building downtown will add to that! I love the mix of lights from the interior and exterior, with the reflections in the windows, and I am enjoying the street view from above, so don’t bee too surprised to see more of Calgary from inside looking out!

I hope you have had a good week, what do you do to keep the morning commute, if you have one, from being a repetitive journey that is easily forgotten?



On the Wings of Freedom by Aether & Hemera; Amsterdam light festival

on the wings of freedom; Aethther & Hemera; Amsterdam light festival; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015
on the wings of freedom; Aether & Hemera; Amsterdam light festival; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

We left Amsterdam almost three weeks ago, where does the time go!

While we were there we spent a couple of evening wandering around the Amsterdam has a light festival. This year the light festival celebrates life in the city.  The “Bright City”  has been on since every night since November 27, 2014 and will shine brightly until January 18, 2015, bringing light during the darkest days of the year.

The featured display, “On the Wings of Freedom” by Aether & Hemera is a cloud of butterflies, hundreds hover above the ground, the colour of the lights ever-changing, and the paper wings fluttering in the evening breeze the display was quite magical.

Imperial Sand Dunes at Sunrise

Imperial Sand Dunes at Sunrise
Imperial Sand Dunes at Sunrise 

We woke early Friday morning to drive approximately 40 miles northwest of Yuma Arizona, to the north end of the Imperial Sand Dunes. The Imperial Sand Dunes located in the southwest corner of California, and bordering Arizona the largest mass of inland sand dunes, and is a mecca for ATV’s and off-road enthusiasts

This photo was taken from the Osborn Overlook off highway 78, looking east towards the sunrise we can see the vehicle traffic on highway 78 heading west. Osborn Overlook at the north end of the recreation area, just down the road camping, and ATV rentals. Sunrise is the quietest time to be in the area!

shooting star christmas tree

It is that time of the year again, the Holiday Season means holiday light displays. In Calgary it has been too cold to go out and see them. Last week Zoolights was cancelled because of the cold. I think the weather is going to improve so we can get out there and enjoy the different light displays around the city.

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Planning and decorating for the holidays have been on my mind this weekend, rather than actually doing anything to get ready for Christmas I decided to procrastinate and go through some previously taken holiday photos.  This photo of a large outdoor Christmas tree actually looked more like a shooting star, especially when photographed close up and from an angle. It is one of my favorite holiday pictures.  Are you getting ready for the holidays, or are you, like me, still in the planning stage?



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Stampede Midway, after dark – Reblog

stampede midway after dark
stampede midway after dark

I wanted to reblog this image for a couple of reasons, the Calgary Stampede is less that three weeks away, it is always great fun with lots of photo opportunities. I also wanted to share with you some news; I have learned this week, that this image has been licensed for publication through Alamy. Unfortunately I never find out who purchased the rights to use the image, I do know that it is a large business who will use for marketing material.

The original post from Stampede 2013: I was down at the Stampede Grounds yesterday, after volunteering at the Western Photo Gallery for a shift, Bill and I headed over watch the chuck wagon races.  We indulged in the usually beer and hot dog, not bad, then tried the mini donuts,which we had to throw away because they were undercooked. The inside was still raw and runny!

Walking about I took a few pictures of the the midway with my fish-eye lens. The sky over Calgary just starting to change colour to a dark blue after the sun has set. Catching all the rides moving at the same time was a stroke of luck!

I hope you enjoy the Calgary Stampede.

Paris France, the City of Light

Paris France, City of Light
Paris France, City of Light; the Louve and The Arc de Triomphe

Paris was nicknamed the “City of Light” (not City of Lights) originally because it was a vast center of education and ideas during the Age of Enlightenment. In 1828, Paris began lighting the Champs-Elysées with gas lamps. It was the first city in Europe to do so, and so earned the nickname “La VilleLumière” or The City of Light.

One of my favourite things to do in Paris is take a river cruise down the Seine River just before sunset, the city lights start to come on and it is the most beautiful romantic time of day. For more  stories photos of Paris from this blog.

Just about ready for Santa!

Just about read for Santa!
Just about read for Santa!

I have a collection of Santa ornaments, some that hang on the tree, some that sit on the stairs, some hold candles, some even greet you at the door as you arrive! You get the picture this time of the year they are everywhere and it is fun. It really doesn’t start to feel like Christmas at our house until they are all out.  Well they are all out, and I am just about ready for Christmas!

How about you, what is your favourite Christmas ornament?  Are you ready for Christmas?

Calgary Center Street Bridge at Sunrise

I love to see the sunrise, I just hate getting out of my warm bed to do it, but when I do, it really seems to pay off….

Here the sun is just coming over the Center Street bridge, and all was quite this morning! The trees are turning color, lots of the trees have lost their leaves, it was beautiful.  The hard part about photographing the sunrise here is Calgary you either have to get up really early,or you are freezing.   When I say early I mean early, like 4:30 as sunrise happens around 5:30 am. This time of the year the sunrise is about 8:13 am, which is a very reasonable hour. The temperature this morning was about 5 celsius, which is also quite reasonable.  As the fall turns to winter and the rise is later in the day, the temperatures can and will get much colder.

It doesn’t matter either I have to wake up early, or I have to be cold, most times I am rewarded with a great sunrise and glad I made the effort, seeing the sunrise is a great way to start the day.

Rio San Barnaba, Venice Italy

The travel guides suggest that the Rio San Barnaba is one of the prettiest canals in the area, it is home to the floating barge crammed with fruit and vegetables that was featured earlier in the blog. Quiet at night the canal reflects the lights of the shops and restaurants that line it giving it a friendly and peaceful feeling.

6 am Venice Italy, in the rain, and Sunrise at St. Mark’s Square

It was 6 am and we were on our way to St. Mark’s Square to see the sunrise – the question of why did cross our minds, as it was raining it was quite possible there would not be much of a sunrise.  We were already awake, out the door and  wet stop!    Here is Bill standing on the bridge waiting for me as I get some pictures off the Accedemia Bridge.

sumitted to See it Sunday a weekend collections, this week’s theme “wet”  I invite you to go and check out the other great photos

we were rewarded with a great view, but not much of a sunrise……………