Jasper Avenue that is – Edmonton’s historical main street.
Last Saturday afternoon (2016 March 26) I took my camera (with wide angle lens) and focused on some of the buildings. How many times have I been up and down that street without slowing down to look. Here is some of what I saw between 109th and 96th Streets:
North-side, east of 109 Street
MacLean Block on the northwest corner of Jasper and 107th
Corona Station Entrance (Jasper and 107th, southeast corner)
Energy Square (Jasper and 106, northeast)
Old CKUA Building (northside of Jasper Avenue between 106 and 107th Streets)
Enbridge Edge (southwest corner of Jasper and 102nd St.)
Canadian Imperial Bank of Canada building (northwest corner of Jasper and 101st St.)
ATB Place and Telus Tower (southside of Jasper Avenue, west of 100 Street)
Goodridge Building (northeast corner of Jasper and 97th Street)
Gibson Block (northwest corner of Jasper and 96th Street)
A chance encounter last Saturday afternoon, while walking through downtown Edmonton brought a smile to my face.
I was walking around for a couple of hours with my camera, getting some exercise and taking some pictures – mostly landscape, architectural or just interesting stuff or angles. As I walked down Jasper Avenue east of the Convention Centre I passed a group of guys hanging out. This is an area where transient and homeless people often spend their days, so I generally avoid eye contact and keep to myself.
As I passed these guys, I had my earbuds in (listening to some jazz tunes). I thought I heard one of them make a comment and ask if I would take their picture. Not sure exactly what I had heard and not wanting to be rude I pulled out my earbud and asked if they wanted me to take their picture and said sure if they wanted. The four of them quickly got organized into a close group, put on good genuine smiles and I took this photo:
Edmonton’s Least Wanted
After taking the photo and starting to leave one of them suggested that I post it on the nearby bus shelter, and title it “Edmonton’s Most Wanted”. Then someone said “No, call it Edmonton’s LEAST Wanted”. I smiled farewell and continued on my way.
This is not the first time (in fact I think it is the fourth) that I’ve been asked by strangers in the downtown area to take their photos. None of these people would ever have thought that they would see the photos but nonetheless they wanted their image captured. I don’t know why but that makes me happy. I am happy to be able to do this little thing for them and I am happy for the genuine smile that each one of them presented to me, to the camera.
The winter was mild and all indications were that Edmonton would be experiencing an early spring.
Surprise! Two days after the equinox and the snow is falling again.
It’s nothing too serious – a bit chilly but kind of pretty. Here are a few images from downtown around midday.
As disappointing as this little spring snowfall was, I won’t complain after remembering the snow from 3 years earlier on this date:
Sometimes I like to just walk in my city and see what I can see (and with my camera in-hand, to capture and share images of what is to be seen). So it was on Saturday afternoon (2016 February 27). I walked Jasper Avenue from 96 Street to 116 Street, but in this blog post I will focus on a short section of that trek.
It was on the few blocks east of 109 Street that my eye was particularly active, seeing things of interest in some of the buildings old and new:
Sidewalk tunnel on the south side of Jasper Avenue, east of 109 Street
and peeking into the ground floor of the construction site to the south of this tunnel (left in the above photo):
Peering through the Corona LRT Entrance on Jasper Avenue
The decorative brickwork on the MacLean Block (above Audrey’s Books)
Energy Square at the northeast corner of Jasper Avenue and 106 Street