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
I’ve often heard the phrase “its a dry cold” when people compare an Alberta winter (and our ease of surviving it) compared to the “cold” of the eastern Canada (and by “eastern” Canada one is usually referring to the middle east, the GTA). When Alberta’s winters are compared with the balmy west coast, inevitably one hears a comment to the effect that Edmonton’s winters may be cold but they’re sunny – as opposed to cool, wet, grey and dreary.
Well this past Sunday was truly a “Sun” day and it was a beautiful time to be out enjoying the bright sun and beauty. Following are some photos captured in the Hawrelak and Buena Vista Park areas of Edmonton’s river valley.
Winter – Sit and Enjoy the View (from the southwest corner of Hawrelak)
Snowshoeing on the River’s Edge
Falling Star? (no, just a jet’s trail)
Afternoon Sun (in Buena Vista Park, Edmonton)
Bridge and Shadows
… and enjoying the winter sun:
Walkin the Dogs
It is interesting how with the need for abreviations to keep within Twitter’s 140 character limit, 3-letter airport codes have come to represent the airport’s home city itself. Hence the City of Edmonton is now widely recognized as YEG.
I am mildly amused by the fact that YEG (the airport) is a fair ways from YEG (the City whose netizens appropriated the tag).
Here is a photo I took in early – November 2014 showing the Edmonton International Airport from the air, just after take-off.