2017 Lego Holiday Bonus Set

The 2017 limited edition Lego holiday bonus set is a traditional nutcracker. And while I have no faith that it would actually crack a hard-shelled nut, it’s moving parts replicate a functional nutcracker. This is a compact sets that blends well in any fireplace mantel or table top Christmas arrangement.


Beakerhead 2017

“Be alert, be astonished, share your astonishment.” I can’t remember where I first came across this advice from fine art and travel photographer Trey Ratcliff. But I do remember it sparked an immediate response. It’s like he articulated the mission statement for the Beakerhead photo crew!

2017 was my fourth year volunteering with the Beakerhead photo crew. By sharing highlights and lessons learned, I’ll have something besides fading memories to refer to before heading out to photograph Beakerhead 2018.


Hiking Yoho National Park – Iceline Trail in Autumn

Cooler autumn temperatures and a bit of precipitation finally put out most of the forest fires in BC and Alberta. As the skies cleared and the summer crowds thinned out, we closed out the 2017 conventional hiking season with an up and back hike to the high point along the Iceline Trail in Yoho National Park. The majority of the trail is across barren landscape that was covered by glaciers just a hundred years ago. Pioneering alpine shrubs added touches of warm, fall colour to the rocky terrain – a beautiful contrast to the icy pools of turquoise glacier melt.


Photo Blogging Challenge – Blue (November 2017)

This month’s photo blogging challenge features blue – the most common colour in my world thanks to the broad prairie sky overhead, its reflection in rivers, ponds and lakes, and the extensive use of blue-tinted glass in Calgary’s newest office towers.

The one constraint I imposed was to take all photos in downtown Calgary, since last month’s PBC post featured photos from Canmore. Please click through to enjoy urban variations on blue…


Review: Banff, Yoho & Kootenay National Parks Recreation Map and Visitor Guide from Clark Geomatics

This is a big map, packed with tons of content: charts, timelines, planning and wildlife viewing tips, 80 sights and attractions and more than 100 hikes. The main attraction is the beautiful, shaded relief map of Banff, Yoho & Kootenay National Parks, along with Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park and a few bits of Kananaskis Country, all at a scale of 1:250,000. There are at least three reasons to buy this map: It’s a great resource if you’re planning a trip to the Canadian Rockies. It makes a great souvenir. It offers ideas to foster your exploration and appreciation of the Canadian Rockies.