Here are photos of mine taken from mid-May to mid-July 2022, in Edmonton.
This year spring seemed late, Usually I expect the river valley to explode into green in the first week of may but this year the greening seemed more gradual and it was mid-month before the valley was definitely fully green.
The North Saskatchewan River was rather low in May but abundant rain in June (and into July) had the river flowing high and fast.
On June 5th I captured these photos of the new LRT line near Muttart Conservatory:
By mid-June, I was seeing families of Canada Geese on the North Saskatchewan and wild roses starting to bloom:
June 18, 2022 and those little green worms were hanging from Elder trees in the river valley and the river was high and fast, raising and displacing the Dragon Boat dock:
On the last day of spring (June 20), I visited the lovely Botanic Park in St Albert (a smaller city on the northwest border of Edmonton).
On June 24th I captured one last image of the iconic building in Edmonton’s Riverdale neighborhood., before it was demolished. This was the first (and last) time I saw the historic Robin Hood Flour sign that had been hidden for decades:
On a hike in the river valley on June 25th, I was pleased to see the Edmonton Riverboat back at its dock, and I also captured some iconic views of Edmonton from the valley:
Some views from a river valley hike in early July:
In this photo blog, I share some photos from around 97th Street and the eastern fringe of downtown Edmonton – just as a snapshot of what it looked like on July 27th in 2021. Some of these images appealed to me for their architectural/historical interest, some just for an interesting composition. In any case this is what this part of the city looks like in the middle of summer 2021:
Today I spent my lunchtime in Edmonton’s Churchill Square taking in three of my favorite things: sunshine, art and jazz. As part of The Works (Art and Design Festival) and tying in with the Edmonton International Jazz Festival there are daily jazz concerts from 12:00 to 2:00. Today on stage was the John Sweenie 4Tet.
With some solid original works and good takes on classics, the John Sweenie 4Tet delivered a very enjoyable performance! I look forward to hearing them again someday and hearing other jazz artists over the rest of this festival.
Yesterday Edmonton Northlands revealed the new look for Edmonton’s summer festival K-days. The name was selected by public vote this summer after years of dissatisfaction with the “Capital Ex” moniker that Northlands had arbitrarily laid on the City years ago. Given the public’s name choice, Northlands has developed the “brand” Seeing the new brand I am left wondering “Has Northlands dropped the ball again”?
My first impression on seeing the new promotion was that it had something to do with Special K cereal – perhaps a new logo for the front of their box. It really seemed to be lacking something – nothing that I saw suggested Edmonton, nor our history. It seemed to try to appeal to everyone – I wonder if it will strike a chord with anyone.
The name K-days is a derivative on Edmonton’s long time festival Klondike days which celebrated the historical era when Edmonton was born. That historical theme was something special and although it did get watered down and almost forgotten at the end of the 20th century, it still was an interesting and concrete theme.
I liked the idea that the “new” name “K-days” wasn’t tying us down to the historical “Klondike” theme but rather left the door open to other, supplementary interpretations of “K”. Still, I have to believe that it was the old theme, that was in the back of people’s minds when they voted for the K-days” name. I find it hard to believe that Edmontonians just have some weird fixation on the letter”K”.
Whatever else the “K” might stand for, the “Klondike” theme should not be forgotten and should be the root, the uniquely Edmonton, theme. Unfortunately it seems like the folks at Northlands, seem set on having nothing to do with the historical theme. After appearing to hear Edmontonians last summer, it seems that they are now just pushing through with their old idea for a generic, “nothing-special” fair (kind of like what they tried to do in the Capital Ex era)
If the theme is everything – then the theme is nothing!