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Bad Dogs · The dogs are Prairie Dogs, which are in­ter­est­ing lit­tle ro­dents, and “bad” is about the Bad­lands. Two pho­tos of Prairie Dogs in the Bad­lands near Drumheller, Al­ber­ta ...
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Alberta Skies — School at Dorothy · Dorothy is a lit­tle place just out of Drumheller that is head­ing to­ward ghost-town sta­tus. This is a pic­ture of its school un­der a stormy sky ...
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Alberta Skies — Showing Off · We were driv­ing along the edge of the Red Deer Riv­er just out­side Drumheller when we re­alised we had to pull off be­cause the clouds were putting on a show for us and not hold­ing any back, ei­ther ...
 
Alberta Skies — Distant Rain · There’s nowhere in the world with skies like the Cana­di­an West; well, maybe the steppes of Rus­si­a, but I haven’t been there. I kept hav­ing to take pic­tures of the sky; on this oc­ca­sion, the al­ter­na­tion of blue skies, dis­tant squall­s, and in­tense lo­cal storms brought the can­vas con­tin­u­ous­ly alive ...
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Alberta Skies — Incoming! · The best part of our re­cent Western Cana­da va­ca­tion swing — aside from those di­nos, of course — was the storm-watching. Our ride through the moun­tains in Al­ber­ta was pret­ty sun­ny, but as we head­ed north to­ward Drumheller, the clouds got more and more and more threat­en­ing, and then the storm caught us ...
 
DotD: Elegantly Scary · The man­age­ment of The Tyrrell are ob­vi­ous­ly quite tak­en with this di­nosaur since it ap­pears ex­ten­sive­ly in the crowd-pleasing life­size mod­els out­side be­fore which tourists pose in a heart­en­ing­ly cheery way. I can’t re­mem­ber what it’s called, but this fos­sil skele­ton is fea­tured in the main dis­play hall with a com­bi­na­tion of light­ing and po­si­tion­ing ef­fects so ob­vi­ous­ly de­signed to be scary that I had to try to go with the flow. I’m think­ing Sigour­ney Weaver ...
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DotD: Triceratops Mounted · Did I men­tion that Tricer­atops is my fave di­no? Judg­ing from the com­ments to yesterday’s Tricer­atop­s, Stegosaurus may be more pop­u­lar among the read­er­ship here. But this is my blog, so here’s a nicely-presented Tricer­atops skul­l ...
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DotD: Triceratops Reflected · Today’s di­nosaur is in the nicest room at The Tyrrell, a big softly-lit space filled el­e­gant­ly with fos­sils rang­ing from big to huge. I didn’t man­age a good gen­er­al shot of the room, but this gives some­thing of the feel ...
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Dino of the Day — Eyes! · Our friend Sal­ly from Aus­tralia is vis­it­ing, so in ear­ly Ju­ly we took a seven-day drive around nice bits of Western Canada, no­tably in­clud­ing the badlands-and-dinosaur coun­try of South­ern Al­ber­ta. I’ll run some di­nosaur shots over the next few days ...
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Christmas Pictures · Another Christ­mas in the bo­som of the fam­i­ly; we got all of Jean Bray’s chil­dren, their spous­es, and her grand­chil­dren to­geth­er, which we don’t man­age of­ten enough, in Cal­gar­y. Like many oth­er­s, I find with ev­ery year that pass­es that the peo­ple seem more im­por­tan­t, the eat­ing and drink­ing and so on less; but I got an out­stand­ing pre­sen­t ...
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Edmonton vs. Carolina · I was born in Ed­mon­ton and have roots there, thus I’m firm­ly par­ti­san in the cur­rent Stan­ley Cup cham­pi­onship se­ries; any­how the no­tion of a cham­pi­onship hock­ey team from Caroli­na seems all wrong some­how. For con­nais­seurs of hock­ey and of fine writ­ing you can’t beat Col­by Cosh, who bleed­s, uh, what­ev­er colour cor­re­sponds to Ed­mon­ton. His hand-rolled duct-taped blog­ging sys­tem doesn’t ex­tend to twenty-first cen­tu­ry frip­peries such as perma­links, but here are tem­po­rary links to his cov­er­age of the five Edmonton-Anaheim games: 1 2 3 4 5. Cosh’s RSS feed doesn’t ac­tu­al­ly work to the ex­tent of be­ing able to click on the en­tries (in my ag­gre­ga­tor at least) but I sus­pect his write-up on the cur­rent se­ries will be defini­tive. He al­so serves as an ex­is­tence proof that not all right-wing Al­ber­tans are parochial hick­s. The first game just end­ed; the last-minute lapse was ap­palling, but if Hur­ri­canes goalie Cam Ward stays that hot, the Oil­ers are toast any­how.
 
FSS: Baldini Sunset · Fri­day Slide Scan #12 is a pic­ture of a sun­set near Fort Ver­mil­ion, Al­ber­ta, which is way up north. It’s by my Dad, and while it’s pret­ty nice, it’s not his best, not even his best sun­set; but it’s the old­est I’ve scanned so far, dat­ing from 1953 ...
 
Memory · Tues­day evening and Wed­nes­day were in Ed­mon­ton, Al­ber­ta which, odd­ly, is kind of my home­town. I did a cou­ple of lec­tures and took pic­tures and dealt with un­ex­pect­ed sor­row. In this frag­ment we spend some qual­i­ty time with Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, con­sid­er whether elec­tron­ic doc­u­ments will out­live books or vice ver­sa, and con­clude with a co­nun­drum ...
 
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