So here are my favourite photos from Nuit Blanche. I borrowed an Olympus 45mm f1.8 lens which contributed greatly to how these photos turned out but more than that, it was the energy in the air during a fantastic event.
Jordon and I brought Mark and Oliver down to it without knowing how they would enjoy it. Oliver had to be pried away from the Eden’s Sprout exhibit while Mark had a great time exploring 20th Street. It was a fantastic night to be out on 20th Street with 5,000 of my closest friends (even if some of the city councillors we ran into were a tad defensive).
I only posted my favourites here but there are some more that can be found on Flickr.
Mark as he comes off the field at Tommy Douglas Collegiate after he first scrimmage as a member of the Bedford Road Redhawks. He’s an outside linebacker for the Redhawk’s junior football team. Tuesday the regular season begins.
I took this photo of Mark and Oliver at an old wooden truss bridge at the Atlas Coal Mine in East Coulee, Alberta. As you can see, the bridge is rotting out and it’s a long way down to the Red Deer River. So in addition to a rotten roof deck, there were rattlesnakes all through the bridge. Not my best parenting moment.
Ford Canada was cool enough to let us review a 2014 Ford Escape for a week. Driving it around Saskatoon was cool enough but what better thing to do with a Ford Escape than take a road trip. We decided to go to Drumheller and see the Atlas Coal Mine. Below is the only remaining coal tipple in Canada.
Before taking the tour of the facility, we walked around and found this 80 year old wooden truss bridge near the mine site. As you can see, the bridge is rotting, condemned, dangerous, and actually has rattlesnakes living in it. Of course we wandered across and took some photos. None of us fell through or were bit. There is always next time.
Back in the Atlas Coal Mine, I wandered in on this photo shoot. I snapped a couple of photos myself.
This is called the walk from hell. Each day the miners had to walk up 191 steep stairs in all kinds of weather conditions. It is also where Jordon tore his left quad. This group was able to climb down, our group had to walk up the steps.
This is our guide. Like all of the staff at the Atlas Coal Mine, she was funny, engaging, and knew her stuff.
The photos were taken with my Olympus PEN camera but I had the amazing 45mm f1.8 lens on it. This tiny prime lens was amazing in low light and inside the many buildings that make up the Atlas Coal Mine site. If you are looking for a great travel camera, this is it. Thanks to Don’s Photo in Saskatoon for letting me try out such an amazing lens for a day.
In case you are looking for more Atlas Coal Mine photos, my photoset is here.
Oliver taking a selfie in a photo that Jordon took while we were wanting around Waskesiu.
A photo I took at the 2014 PotashCorp Fringe Theatre Festival last night along Broadway Avenue.
While I was down around the Waskesiu River, this crow started to check me out in a very weird Edgar Alan Poe type fashion. If anything happens to me in the next little while, blame the crow.
Oliver (the kid that hates getting wet) coming out of Lake Waskesiu. He doesn’t look pleased.
A family of elk that I met while in Waskesiu with the family.
We got up early this morning and spent the day tooling around Waskesiu, shopping, exploring the Waskesiu Riffle Weir, and just relaxing. It was a spectacular way to spend a Sunday.