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
Yes, what a difference a day can make – weather wise in Edmonton. The temperature swings in Edmonton can be especially dramatic. Yesterday, Saturday January 9th was cold. Even though the sun came out int he afternoon the -18C temperature and a bit of wind made me want to stay inside. I did venture out for a little while to clear snow off of my sidewalks but within 20 minutes my fingers were frozen, numb and my ski gloves were not helping.
Today however the temperature swung up to near freezing and with the sun out it was very pleasant. It enticed me to go out for a nice photo hike in the river valley. I was out for an hour in a light with jacket with light gloves and was actually too warm and had to take my toque off to moderate my temperature (love when that happens).
Anyway here are a few images of the beautiful North Saskatchewan river valley in central Edmonton:
I was wandering through downtown Edmonton at noon one day this past week, just getting some fresh air and capturing images of a few things that caught my eye:
Another (the third) in my unplanned series of portraits of Edmonton citizens. What I find interesting is that these people all asked me to take their photo. I never went out planning to take portraits of random people on the street, I never asked them if I could take their photo. They asked me and I have had no reason not to.
This gentleman approached me as I was walking home. He said to me, something to the effect, “May I ask you a question?; please don’t judge me” He went on to tell me his story: He has had better days but now finds himself homeless, living in the river valley. Most saddening he says he has lung cancer and only 2 months to live.
Nonetheless, he appeared strong, his voice and spirit, that afternoon. He asked me to take his photo and asked if I would post it online. I said I probably would if that was okay with him. Regrettably I did not write down his name and have forgotten. But we shall not forget his face and spirit.
My other street portraits posts:
Will You Take My Picture?
“Join in, have fun”
This post is a continuation of my 2015 June 23rd post where I shared some images of The Heavyweights Brass Band. This post is the same band, same performance but images that are a bit more fun.
Trumpet vs. Trombone
Blue Plunger (used on St James Infirmary Blues)
Jazz Works Hands
Occasionally the guys put down their horns and add some vocals as in the tune “Float“:
“Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Brass Band”
Adding to the fun at the Edmonton performance was one guy from the audience (in a big cowboy hat), dancing away in front of the stage:
Drummer and Dancer
Louise McKinney Park is situated in Edmonton’s river valley next to downtown. Near the upper east end of the park is a Chinese garden that features in a few of these images I captured on this afternoon in mid-May. Just hinted at in a few of these images are tje flowering trees that are magnificent at this time of year.
Red with Flowering Pink
Pagoda and Pyramids
Red, Green and Gold
One of Edmonton’s iconic pyramids is atop Edmonton City Hall – but not today!
Well no, the pyramid is still there but here are a few photos which feature other aspects of the building (but you can see the pyramid in the first image):
Edmonton City Hall looking southwest
Clock Tower and Flags at Edmonton City Hall
Being late April we are between seasons as shown in the previous picture. The blue at the bottom is neither a skating rink now a fountain/wading pool.
Up The Clock/Bell Tower
Edmonton City Hall – east side