Hanging Out In Kowloon, Hong Kong
There is a lot going on in Hong Kong. For the photographer trying to capture something, there is so much of everything, that focus can be compromised.
For a change from the skyline views that follow you everywhere, finding a novel peek of the skyline is not challenging, try an interior perspective from any of the public architectural marvels about town. Kowloon, in central Hong Kong, is a commercial conglomerate, the glue that sticks everything together, consumerism, is pervasive. One finds even the tiniest side street layered up to the sky in signs begging for trade. For a break from the hustle bustle follow the signs to Kowloon Park, easily walkable from anywhere in Tsim Sha Shui. Leave the flashing neon signs, the hawkers (oh, yes, they actually left central HK years ago with upscale market cleansing), the nonstop parade of storefronts on every street, and the shopping crowds (including full regalia wedding parties weaving up Nathan Road on weekends). In Kowloon Park you can find respite from the hysteria, take in a few candids of people enjoying the escape as much as you do, and possibly escape credit card overload. Here locals will be meditating, hanging out, people watching, playing with Dad and doing the same things people do in parks around the world. Relaxing.
Calgary Stampede Goes Big
There is big and then there is really big. That is the way things are done when the Calgary Rotary are in charge of feeding the thousands. Loaves and fishes, no way!
This is big beef time at the Calgary Stampede and there is nothing lean about this local machine, just slightly younger than the 101 year old fete that the Rotary big spectacular has become so much a part of. Fifty year old recipes wear sauces and fingerprints from the years of testing and perfecting, a peck of this and a handful of that; there is no place for pinch and smidgen when thousands are craving the time tested western chow. Succulent loins, patiently braised to goodness that even false teeth could gnaw with ease, marbled butchery slathered down with brew, all in an outdoor atmosphere that even the floods of the century couldn’t quench.
From the massive ovens, to the colossal twenty-two pound roasts requiring a football team to hoist to the rows of meat slicers, giant sized salad bowls, voluminous vats for dish washing, and, well, there are always large scale lineups for delicious Stampede fare. Those who know relish the lines as a time to commune with fellow western-decked carousers. You can meet the nicest people waiting for festival food or access to a pink potty. It is a time to park the flood memories for the moment and enjoy the time tested camaraderie of western life. Decorum is out; Yeehaw is in, if only for a few days.
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Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park – Green Season
Sometimes you have to get out and see what all the fuss is about when green season hits the Canadian foothills. Late evening spring light is best viewed and experienced from outside of the car window so find a park and get walking.
In the case of Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park in late spring, taking a short walk west from the parking lot can make all of the difference in the world, at least in the prairie and foothills world. After a week of big rain the thirsty land dresses up green almost overnight. Combine the big prairie sky and fading warm light and you have colours sleeping together in harmony; greens and yellows and blues melting into one another. In the colour wheel world a palette of analogous colours are a good thing. So get out of your box, whatever that may be, and look for some colours cozying up at a park nearest you.
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