Despite its official arrival almost four weeks ago, signs of spring remain elusive. But for careful observers, there are compelling clues that spring is creeping over the Calgary landscape: fluffy catkins, pale green leaves poking through, patches of open water on Glenmore Reservoir, and prairie crocus blossoms – the most convincing sign of spring!
Part museum, with performance spaces, a broadcast facility, studios and classrooms, Studio Bell is home to approximately 2,000 rare instruments and artifacts, including a fantastical Kimball Theatre Organ and one of Elton John’s pianos. One corner of the ground floor houses the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio. Exhibits on five floors showcase Canada’s musical talent, the history of music in Canada and the role of music in the everyday lives of Canadians. The most regular opportunity to hear how sound travels through the space is during the regularly scheduled Kimball Theatre Organ demonstration. The building itself is music for the eyes. And bring your sense of fun and adventure to take full advantage of the many opportunities to get hands on with exhibits.
Thanks to the many topics I’ve introduced over the years, the very nature of “Out and About with the GeoKs” is confusing. With categories ranging from gardening to book reviews, photography to snowshoeing and Lego to hiking, you could say this blog has an identity crisis! On the other hand, you could argue that variety keeps things interesting. What do you think? Should I keep calm and blog on? Or is it time for a major overhaul?
Mention the word “season” in the month of December and several possibilities come to mind: 1) the start of ski season, 2) the beginning of winter, 3) Christmas and other holidays, and 4) delicious cooking. In 2016, winter solstice occurred at the tail end of an extended cold snap. Maybe that’s why I found the holiday spirit so elusive this year. Even so, my long-standing habit of toting a camera along just about everywhere produced a handful of photos depicting some of my favourite things about the holiday season.
Just as Calgary’s annual smash up of science, engineering and art changes it up every year, so too does the Beakerhead photo crew. For the third year in a row, I put up my hand to serve as a member of the photo crew. Throughout a series of workshops, special events hosted by amazing Beakerhead community partners and 5 days of fantastic (and mostly free) Beakerhead events, I enjoyed working with other members of the talented, supportive, creative and collaborative photo crew as we met the challenge of capturing all that is amazing and inspiring about Beakerhead.
Canada celebrates Thanksgiving in October, but there’s a lot to be thankful for this month, too! Getting out and about to enjoy nature is a sure way to spark appreciation. Also this month, I was grateful to receive a ton of support from friends and family following knee surgery to replace my ACL. It’s a long road to full recovery and your good wishes and messages of support mean a lot!