It was a warm, wintery day in Calgary today.  I decided to get the camera out and drive to the Calgary Zoo.

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Red Panda in Larch

I have gone to the zoo in the spring and summer.  The Red Pandas were not as active as they were today.  I have never seen them climb the trees in their habitat.  But the little guy pictured above pretty much went to the top.

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Penguin Walk

The Calgary Zoo also allowed the King Penguins to come out for fresh air today as well.  The lighting outside was perfect to capture their colours. 

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Looking into the Bow Valley from Yamnuska

One afternoon when the weather couldn’t decide if it was going to be nice or stormy I decided to get in the car and take a drive towards Bannf National Park. Outside the town of Canmore there is a hiking/rock climbing spot called Yamnuska.

Poplar stand on the side of Yamnuska
Poplar stand on the side of Yamnuska

I decided to scramble to the first part of the all day hike. The view was pretty nice and the abundance of cloud added some drama for pictures.

Two wild flowers fighting over the same space.
Two wild flowers fighting over the same space.
Yellow Cone Flower in the Bow Valley
Yellow Cone Flower in the Bow Valley

Mountain Bell

Most impressive though was all the wild flowers growing in the meadows and forest floor.

This will be a place I will be revisiting for sure.

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Image captured at Calgary Zoo's Butterfly House
Image captured at Calgary Zoo’s Butterfly House

This image was captured at the Calgary Zoo. The Butterfly Garden House is a must see when visiting the zoo. Beautiful botanical garden with the added feature of floating butterflies. If you are lucky you might even get some to land on you.

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Merry Christmas to all! And to all a good night.

Photo shot with iPhone 4. Processed in iPhone 4 with Google’s Snapseed program.

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I took this picture of a “big sky” at Bower Park, Red Deer tonight with my iPhone 4. I edited the image with Snapseed for iPhone.

I used selective adjust on the clouds, blue sky, dark trees, and grass. Adjusting the brightness, saturation and contrast on each adjustment selection.

The last step was adding the frame and saving it to Photo Library.

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The 2013 Calgary Stampede Parade was held on Friday, July 5th. The sun shined down on the opening day of the Calgary Stampede.

Chris Hadfield

Canadian Astronaut, Chris Hadfield, was the Parade Marshal. He even brought along some friends he met in outer space.

Town of Vulcan Parade Float

Vulcans came to share the day with Chris Hadfield and Calgarians.

 

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