Drumheller Scenes

Spring comes three or four weeks earlier to Drumheller, Alberta, than it does to my home in Prince Edward Island.  And I can’t grow either of these plants: Pulsatilla (one of my plants lasted one winter) or Anemone. My cousin had them in his garden on May 6, 2016.

One of my rules of photography is: always carry the wrong camera lens when going out for a walk. With a 24-70mm lens, this was all I could get of the skittish deer who who stayed well away from us.

Drumheller, Alberta

Find the two mule deer!

I suspect that the concrete blocks on the decommissioned bridge are partly there to prevent the bridge from floating away in a flood. But they also serve to discourage walkers and prevent cyclists from using the bridge as part of a rail trail.  Something to do with liability – which should really be sorted out to the benefit of residents and tourists. We walked the trail on the east side – which is where we saw the deer.

Drumheller, Alberta

Drumheller, Alberta

Below: another wildlife sighting.  Sitting on an island in the Red Deer River was an osprey (hiding behind the twigs on the right.)  I was actually taking a picture of the recent rock fall on the upper left, which is distinguished by the fresher bands of orange.

Drumheller, Alberta

Drumheller, Alberta

Drumheller, Alberta

An interesting rock!

Drumheller, Alberta

A close up of the interesting rock. Drumheller, Alberta

This is the last of my posts from Drumheller!

Star Mine Suspension Bridge

Drumheller, Alberta

Drumheller, Alberta

This is the view looking west northwest up the Red River, from the middle of the Star Mine suspension bridge.  Calm, and promising a hot, clear day.

One of the few remaining bits of evidence of the existence of the mine is this structure sitting at the top of one of the low hills.

Drumheller, Alberta

Drumheller, Alberta

The photo below tells the short history of the bridge – which was used to transport men and coal from a mine on the other side of the valley to the rail lines on the other.

Drumheller, Alberta

Drumheller, Alberta

The bridge itself was fun to cross.  The photo below is on the mine side; the sign asks you not to swing the bridge and to keep the load below 20 people.

Drumheller, Alberta

Drumheller, Alberta

Drumheller, Alberta

Drumheller, Alberta

Manhattan Monday 31 – Manhattan Bridge

Empire State Building NYC June 2013

Empire State Building NYC June 2013

The bridge in the photo above is the Manhattan Bridge, the middle of three (Brooklyn, Manhattan, Williamsburg: BMW) bridges spanning the East River.

Last week I showed the Brooklyn Bridge, but forgot to mention that it had been completed in 1883;  of course Wikipedia can provide more information if you’re curious.

These three shots of the Manhattan bridge, opened in 1909, were taken from the East River ferry as we approached the bridge and passed under it. In the first, the Brooklyn bridge is in the background.

 

Manhattan Bridge

New York City – Manhattan Bridge

Under the Manhattan Bridge on the East River Ferry

Under the Manhattan Bridge on the East River Ferry

 

Under the bridge on the East River Ferry.

Under the bridge on the East River Ferry. New York City Sony RX100M3

And this final photo was taken in June of 2015:

Manhattan Bridge from the roof of a tour bus.

Manhattan Bridge from the roof of a tour bus.

Manhattan Monday 30 – Brooklyn Bridge

Yes Ma’am, yessir, I do know it is Tuesday. Please cut me some slack.

Brooklyn Bridge is furthest downriver in the smoggy background. From Empire State Building NYC June 2013

Brooklyn Bridge is furthest downriver in the smoggy background. From Empire State Building NYC June 2013

As you will note from the watermarks on these photos, they were shot in different years. We have been into New York City four times since 2010 as short side trips from visits to my son in northeastern Pennsylvania.

As we learned from the “hop on hop off” Brooklyn bus tour guide last year, there are three bridges over the East River.  From south to north they are the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges. If you have trouble remembering: BMW is the key.

The shots today are of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Taken while on the hover Ferry between East 34th street and Pier 11/Wall Street.

Taken while on the hover ferry between East 34th street and Pier 11/Wall Street.

Brooklyn Bridge from river level in Brooklyn, 2015

Brooklyn Bridge from river level in Brooklyn, 2015

 

We walked the Manhattan half of it – and returned – in 2010; I would recommend it to anyone visiting New York City, but not necessarily on a hot day in August!

I was not hanging out over the vehicular traffic. There are walkways around the pillars that put you above the roadways.

I was not hanging out over the vehicular traffic. There are walkways around the pillars that put you above the roadways.

2010 while walking the Brooklyn Bridge

2010 while walking the Brooklyn Bridge – looking back at Manhattan.

2010 while walking the Brooklyn Bridge

2010 while walking the Brooklyn Bridge

2010 while walking the Brooklyn Bridge

2010 while walking the Brooklyn Bridge. At the time I knew why the flags were at half mast.

2010 while walking the Brooklyn Bridge

2010 while walking the Brooklyn Bridge

If we make another trip, I want to walk the Brooklyn half of the bridge.

Water in Manhattan Monday 17

In my last Manhattan post I mentioned ‘the Lake‘ in Central Park.

The first three photos provide various views of The Lake from its west side. The fourth looks across the reservoir.

Click on any photo to see a larger version or to scroll through all four photos.

Bang Pa-In Thai Palace

While in Thailand in November 2012, we took a tour out of Bangkok to Ayutthaya.  The tour stopped at the Summer Palace – Bang Pa-In – before reaching Ayutthaya.

Bang Pa-In

Bang Pa-In

Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, also known as the Summer Palace, lies beside the Chao Phraya River in Ayutthaya Province. In fact, either the river flows through the palace grounds, or a portion of it has been diverted to form this beautiful waterway.

Chao Praya River

Chao Praya River

You were allowed inside this building, which was like a temple, but more airy.

You were allowed inside this building, which was like a temple, but more airy.

Close up of the roof of the previous building.

Close up of the roof of the previous building.

After falling into disrepair over the previous centuries, most of the present buildings were constructed between 1872 and 1889 by King ChulalongkornWikipedia tells me that Bang Pa-In is used for banquets and special occasions, but rarely by the royal family.

The pavilion in the water was originally build entirely of wood but the base was later changed to concrete.

Thailand November 2012 Thailand November 2012

We were permitted to see the Queen’s sitting room and audience chamber, (no photos) but I had to put on a floor-length skirt in order to be admitted. (I was wearing capri-length pants.)  While donning the skirt in a side room, I saw this light fixture, which I enjoyed as much as the buildings outside.

What vintage? 1920's?

What vintage? 1920’s?

Halifax Public Gardens

One last rose.

One last rose.

Looking west.

Looking west.

In the heart of downtown Halifax are the Public Gardens. Even at the end of October they were lovely; a nice place to sit and relax or enjoy what remained of the flowers and foliage.

Looking east.

Looking east.

A nice place to take your kindergarten kids for a walk even if they are dressed in their Hallowe’en costumes:

Hallowe'en Public Gardens

I waited for several minutes for the seagull to turn around and face me. It didn’t. I’m a very impatient photographer.

Live action on the fountain.

Live action on the fountain.

Time zones do not equal time zones!

Time zones do not equal time zones!

More background on Halifax here.

Hong Kong – Hotel Views

At last I have come to the last destination on my 21 day tour of China. Hong Kong was less smoggy than anywhere else we had been, though there was a haze as the day heated up.

The hotel as seen from a lovely park which we crossed on our way to the subway station.

The hotel as seen from a lovely park which we crossed on our way to the subway station.

We stayed at l’Hotel Nina et Convention Centre in the New Territories, not on Hong Kong Island, nor in Kowloon, which lies between the New Territories and Hong Kong Island. Our fellow tour-ists also stayed there and ate breakfast there, but we were free to tour Hong Kong on our own time and according to our own tastes.

The hotel consisted of two towers, with a bridge at the 51st floor. I think we were either just below or just above that floor.

The hotel consisted of two towers, with a bridge at the 51st floor. I think we were either just below or just above that floor.

Half way up the rise to our room, we had to change elevators – somewhere around the 44th floor. The elevator lobby at that height looked westward and southwest towards sea lanes and shipping. Most of the following photos were taken out of windows so you will see reflections in some of the corners.

Looking west towards Lantau Island and HK airport.

Looking west towards Lantau Island and HK airport.

The land to the right of the bridge is called Tsing Yi

The land to the right of the bridge is called Tsing Yi

Looking southwest past Gin Drinkers' Bay and towards Rambler Channel. (Don't you believe everything on Google Maps?)

Looking southwest past Gin Drinkers’ Bay and towards Rambler Channel. (Don’t you believe everything on Google Maps?)

This photo was taken at ground level while walking to the subway and it shows another section of the highway which appears in the lower left of the two previous photos.

This photo was taken at ground level while walking to the subway and it shows another section of the highway which appears in the lower left of the two previous photos.

From the same elevator lobby you could also see south towards a densely populated city where building was going on everywhere.

The building on the left is the same one as on the right of  the second photo

The building on the left is the same one as on the right of the second photo

From our room we could see south and eastwards towards the mountains of the New Territories.

The New Territories.

The New Territories.

The New Territories.

The New Territories.

Looking down, you could see the hotel’s amenities, but we never went!

Expensive real estate for a pool and tennis courts.

Expensive real estate for a pool and tennis courts.

This dining table seats at least 25. We breakfast buffet clients didn’t get to sit there!

Longer than my house is wide!

Longer than my house is wide!

Next Hong Kong post: Victoria Peak

Streetside Zhongshan

Zhongshan 2013

Zhongshan, a block or two from the river in the previous post.

Scooters, the transport of choice, unless you happen to have a tricycle:

Efficient transportation and parking.

Efficient transportation and parking.

Oven mitt hand-protectors!

Oven mitt hand-protectors!

A working tricycle: recycling

A working tricycle: recycling

Back on the hotel side of the bridge – street vendors.

In colour and cropped.

In colour and cropped.

In Black and White and not cropped.

In Black and White and not cropped.

In the background, the pedestrian bridge we crossed.

In the background, the pedestrian bridge we crossed.

Zhongshan 2013

South China

Disclosure: the photo quality in this post is awful..

Pose for the Canadian tourists.

Pose for the Canadian tourists.

During our morning visit to the Chen Family Ancestral Temple, two lovely Chinese ladies desperately wanted their photo taken with our oldest tour member, a cheerful 82 year old man. (This happened frequently!) They also wanted him to have the pictures, so I took the photos with their camera, they emailed them to me (good reason for carrying business cards), and I then forwarded them to him. In the process, I took a portrait of them.

We had lunch in Guangzhou (Canton). The menu looks like neither a Cantonese restaurant in Canada nor what we were served as part of a bus-tour group. Both of the latter probably dumbed down for a western palate.

Menu items in Guangzhou (Canton)

Menu items in Guangzhou (Canton)

Leaving the restaurant and returning to the buses we passed a line of police motorcycles parked in the lane usually used by scooters and motorcycles in larger cities. I doubt that any rider was about to protest that they couldn’t use the lane.

Tour buses, two narrow sidewalks and police motorcycles.

Tour buses, two narrow sidewalks and police motorcycles.

After boarding the bus we drove from Guangzhou to Zhongshan to spend the night.

I snapped a few shots from the bus window as this was our first glimpse of south China’s intensive food growing. The last photo is pretty fuzzy but appears to be fish ponds inhabited by ducks. Two protein crops in one pond. I could be wrong and would love to be corrected.

Another impressive bridge.

Another impressive bridge.

Acres and acres of roadside aquaculture.

Acres and acres of roadside aquaculture.

Intensive protein farming

Intensive protein farming

Zhongshan proved to be a jumping off point for Macau but otherwise, as the next couple of Chinese posts will show, it was a quiet riverside location with unremarkable architecture but with some great opportunities for street photography. (We weren’t shown any must-see tourist attractions!)

Next Chinese post: Riverside Zhongshan.