Southern Alberta 2007
Always be kind to animals,
Morning, noon, and night:
For animals have feelings too,
And furthermore, they bite."

-John Gardner

One warm weekend, Sara & I drove down to Calgary to visit friends. We wound up taking in the zoo, which is a large undertaking, in Calgary.

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his little piggie (Peccary to be precise)  wasn't putting on a show at all, just taking a siesta in apparent contentment. I want to nap just looking at it.

I have mixed feelings about this frame. On the one hand, I don't like how the beaks dissappear into the background.  On the other hand, I kinda like that effect.

If I could get my succulents to flower like this, I'd likely take a lot fewer pictures.

The tiger area was large and more configured for a tiger's needs than a spectator's. They gotta live there, I guess. This shot works for me, though don't ask for a print, it's heavily cropped.

The Snowy Owls, on the other hand, couldn't give a lemming's posterior about privacy. They happily posed in full view.

The tropical house was very dim, which is relevant I guess, but limited my chances for interesting pictures. This one worked well, though.

The giraffe (+ostrich +zebra) enclosure seemed to satisfy the needs of a whole family of camelopards. Here's the junior member of the clan, somewhat miffed at being weaned.

Looking at the pictures I post here you might think I have great talent at taking pictures through glass. You'd be wrong, but sometimes I get lucky. 90% of luck is noticing you've just had it, and then acting on it. Oh, yeah, this is a Kookaburra, which may or may not be perched in an old gum tree.

There were signs telling me what this tropical bird is, but I forgot the name. Anyone know?

No idea what this gaudy bloom is named, although I imagine there are some rude ones.

That luck thing again. The light was just perfect as I walked past this Prickly Pear Cactus. So I shot. If you watch carefully for luck, you'll be astounded how often you find it.

The butterfly enclosure is captivating, but somewhat frustrating if you try to take butterfly pictures. They're a tough subject. The flowers were easy.



This Bald Eagle shared a pen with what I recall was a Cassowary. Mr Eagle didn't quite know how to cope with any bird so large that it didn't pay any attention to him at all.

This is a Dall Sheep ram. As you can guess, it's  close relative of the Bighorn.


After that long hot afternoon of trudging we had a fine dinner and a night's rest. The next day we were up early to head to Drumheller.

The Horseshoe Canyon viewpoint is easily missed, but magnificent.

Challenge for beginning photographers: find a well-known, well-signed point of interest beside a highway. Visit on a beautiful day. Take a picture with no tourists in. Be patient.

The prominent hoodoos above are backed by a range of 'proto-hoodoos'. Or, if you prefer native legend, 'giants that were turned to stone'.

I had nearly no success taking pictures in the Royal Tyrell Museum. I really hate using flash in a museum, no tripods were allowed, artificial light is always fussy, and frankly, there wasn't much colour to begin with. This frame worked well enough though.

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