There were many large expensive memorials in the 140 acre Cementerio de Cristobal Colón. The link to a six-year-old story in the Toronto Star provides interesting background.
Just a few minutes south of Mistaya Falls on the Icefields Parkway in Banff National Park is Bow Lake, which is fed by Bow Glacier. Bow Glacier, like all glaciers, is receding as the world warms. On this day in May there was still ice on the lake.
A few tourist buses had pulled up and a few people were taking photos, but it was cold, and most tourists seemed to be anxious to get back on the bus!
And finally, a rarity for me, a selfie, with an entirely out-of-place baseball cap.
All photos shot with an iPhone 6 and only slightly edited in Lightroom.
On the Thursday edition of this blog we are still in Cuba and once again visiting Cemeterio de Cristobal Colón.
There were a few blooming shrubs on the grounds, but not many bouquets such as we often see in graveyards in my part of Canada.
It was hard to tell whether a maintenance person had forgotten to pick up this once-impressive arrangement of flowers, or whether it belonged to the stone behind it.
At last, some recent floral tributes.
Our hosts told us to visit Mistaya Canyon on our way to Banff and a hiker coming back out of the canyon as we arrived, confirmed that it was well worth the steep downhill path and the (equally steep!) trek back up.
We had also been told to visit Peyto lake, which is an amazing colour of azure, and the source of the Mistaya River. The road into Peyto Lake was not marked, so it was probably not yet open for the season.
The Dining Room by A.R. Gurney, is directed by Terry Pratt and stage-managed by Sharon MacDonald. In the first photo, the director stands in for an ailing actress at a dress rehearsal in one of our five “chamber” venues. The stage show is at Le Carrefour Theatre February 17 & 18 with tickets at TicketWizard.ca.
Last week’s post about The Dining Room can be found here.
On our third day in Havana, we took a taxi to the Christopher Columbus Cemetery, were given a short tour of the major mausoleums, and turned loose for the morning. Not getting lost was a major challenge.
The predominant colour in Cementerio de Cristobal Colón is white. But doors on crypts, gates and details are made of iron, and that iron has rusted.
This detail, seen on a lot of the newer gravesites, has not rusted but I couldn’t figure out what it was made of.
After three days based at the fantastic Aurum Lodge near Nordegg, Alberta, we headed for Banff National Park and the continuation of our drive west. It was snowing when we got up but, hey, it’s only May, in Canada, and we’re hardy.
These photos are all from the western end of the David Thompson Highway and were taken with my iPhone through the car window while Mr. IDWE was driving.
The forest fire here had burned several years before but we were all very aware of the tremendous damage that had befallen Fort McMurray, Alberta, earlier in the month.
The snow continued until noon but the day remained gray and overcast.