Prague Trip 2016

Monday, July 24, 2017

Millarville (Alberta) Rodeo 2017

I managed to get out to Millarville to photograph the rodeo again this year.  Sunday this time.  Kinda bright.  Last time I photographed it, was rainy.  Made for great photos but had to be careful with the camera.

Some close ups:

Curios broncos: 

(The idea is to still the bull - you'll never get me near that!)

Who do you think is winning?

"Oh shit!"

This horse is in the wrong sport - should be jumping.

Barrel Racing: 

Some more close ups:

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Tea House at Lake Louise, Alberta

This is a wonderful hike.  The first time I hiked up to the Tea House was within the first year I arrived in Calgary.  It was work.  I had been living at sea level for most of my life and the elevation was a killer.  Yesterday's up from Lake Louise wasn't that difficult at all by comparison.  Depending on the time of year that you do this hike - bring layers.  It was much colder at the top.  It was actually kind of blizzardy for a bit.  We prefer the slightly cooler weather for hiking. When you are doing fairly steep climbs and working your body warms up.  When it is very warm or even sometimes moderately warm you can get to hot very quickly.  Always have plenty of water.  And always prepare for longer hikes in case there are problems.  I know this sounds a bit silly to some but we got caught in a blizzard and it was June 21st - it only lasted 2-30 minutes or so but could easily have lasted 3 hours.

Have fun and be safe.

Troll Falls Video, Kananaskis, Alberta

This from a couple of weeks ago.  Didn't upload last time properly.  There are several falls up behind the first set.  Come back along the stream a bit and find a spot to cross on the logs.  The path up the hill is just back on the right facing the falls.  You can go up on the side you came in on and try and cross at the top but if there is a lot of water(Spring) this will be pretty hard.  Once you are up to the top of the first set of falls just keep following the path on and up.  There are about 10 sets of falls in total. Quite beautiful. Especially, in the Spring when there is lots of water.

To get to the trailhead parking.  Go south on Highway 40 from Highway #1 to the turn off for Kananaskis Village.  Mt Allan Drive.  Cross the bridge and follow the road less that a kilometre you will see Centennial Drive on the left.  JUST past that on your right is an exit to a parking lot.  Go there. Park your car. Just past the parking lot on the left you will see a sign for the trail.  It forks a couple of times - just follow the one for Troll Falls.  Very easy walk. Once you get to the falls you then have to cross the river and climb some steeper stuff.  If you want.

It is beautiful there pretty much every season.  Enjoy

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Troll Falls Hike - more waterfalls

We've been to Troll Falls a few time in winter and summer.  And we've hiked up behind the first set to see the falls behind.  But yesterday with a bit of coaxing from a couple of guys that were repelling down the falls we kept going.  Unbeknownst to us there were several sets - at least 10 depending on how you count - as you hike up.

You have to cross when you get to the first set.  Come back down the river a little and find some logs to get across.  You will find the steep path just back from the falls a bit.  Was a bit tricking coming back down in the rain yesterday.

Once you get to the second set - you can't quite get to that one because of the amount of water coming down right now.  But come back a little again and you can climb up another fairly steep path. Keep going along the trail.  It is marked periodically with ribbons on trees.  That is helpful.  We had hiking sticks/poles.  Not everyone will need but there were definitely useful coming down in the rain.

The last one is the narrow deep gorge - you can see that in the last picture and video.  You can go past that to a bridge - not far from there.  But half the bridge is out right now and because of the amount of water you are not going to find somewhere to cross unless you wanna get wet.

The trail keeps going but unless you have a desire to go several miles into the bush, come on back.

The volume of water right now makes everything perfect.  It is not a long hike at all but you do get a bit of exercise with the climbing.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Baby Horse

Here is a newborn.  These are from last week.  Went for a drive-about looking for some newborns.  I was surprised we didn't see more.  Maybe more today.  Kinda rainy - maybe be good for some more.  Usually lots of colts and fillies this time of year.  Maybe they are just hiding.  These two were off a ways and came for a visit when we stopped to take photos.  They are on Range Rd 54 just off 1A, a little west of Cochrane...

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Comicon Calgary 2017 Sunday

I kinda wanted to get a few Batman together and have them whispering together and the caption would read, "I'm Batman."  Next time.  Not sure how excited some of them would be for this.  Sunday last at Comic Con Calgary was a blast.  I hung around outside for the most part - the weather was good - enough cloud cover to make the photos better.  I honestly don't know a lot of the characters and didn't get contact info for many of the people that I took photos of, so if you know any of them - please point them here - I would love to send them copies of their pics if they so wish.

I would love to spend hours with each one of these characters - taking their photos.