April 2nd 2016 – Travelling to Hawaii

I’m headed to Kauai, Hawaii for my friend’s wedding! Today was a long travel day. I slept in until 9:30am, which was nice. Woke up and had breakfast with my girlfriend, helped her with burning some CD’s, and had lunch. Took a limo ride to the airport at 1pm where I met up with the bride (Jen), groom (Marc), and their son (Mason). We caught a 3pm flight to Vancouver. In Vancouver we met up with a bunch of other people going to the wedding and boarded a 5:15pm flight to Lihue, Kauai. The flight was quite smooth, and fairly fast. It was also beneficial I paid to get upgraded to WestJet Plus, where you get more leg room, complimentary food, and drinks. On the flight I was sitting next to this interesting woman named Coralee. Coralee is a massage therapist in Edmonton who is a very spiritual and holistic person. She had a lot of neat things to say and a lot of alternative perspectives to the way I think about things. It was good conversation.

After landing I picked up my rental car, a Nissan Versa. I hadn’t driven a Nissan in quite some time and was actually quite surprised at what a decent car the little Versa was. The drive to the condo I’m staying at was about 45 minutes. I stopped along the way at a Safeway to get some groceries and beer. Food is about double the cost of back home when you factor in the exchange rate. Beer is about half the cost!

Here is a picture of the beautiful sunset I saw on the plane, and the condo I’m staying at. I have to figure out what I’m going to do tomorrow during the day (possibly a hike), but in the evening I have a Luau to go to!

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February 13th 2016 – St. George’s Bridge

Yesterday I found out the sad news that next month the City of Calgary is going to demolish one of the cities oldest bridges to make room for a wider, more modern bridge to keep up with the growth and size of this city.

The bridge, named St. Geroge’s Zoo Bridge, was was built in 1908 by the Algoma Steel Bridge Company in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The bridge design is known as the Camelback Truss or Parker Camelback Truss design. It was built for horse and buggy traffic, and later retrofitted for use with vehicles. When the bridge was originally built, there were actually houses on St. George’s Island, which the Zoo now resides on.

Upon hearing this sad news I decided to go out and take a few photo’s of the bridge with my girlfriend to have something to remember it by. Next month I will go back and take more photo’s of the City of Calgary dismantling the bridge.

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February 10th 2016 – Remembering Iceland

Every year I get the wonderful opportunity to travel with my father all over the world. In July 2015 we chose to go to Iceland. My father had been there previously with my brother, and I honestly had never even thought of going there, but my father suggested that we go. I’m very glad that I did!

Iceland is such a unique and beautiful country full of waterfalls, glaciers, volcanoes, and wild horses. We landed in Reykjavik (the capital) early in the morning. We hadn’t had much sleep on the overnight flight from Edmonton so we were fairly tired. We rented our car and drove to the hotel, which wasn’t ready yet, to have breakfast. On the first day we explored around Reykjavik, which has a fair amount of beautiful architecture, and art museums.

After leaving Reykjavik we started our 10 day adventure looping the entire country going around it counter clockwise. The scenery changed quite quickly from rocks, to rolling green hills, to glaciers, to vibrant red and orange sand. We saw hundreds of waterfalls, many glaciers, and many museums (including an aviation museum, which is one of my favorites!). We even had a chance to visit two geothermal power plants (one a cogen plant supplying Reykjavik with hot water). A fascinating thing about Iceland is that over 95% of their electricity comes from renewable energy sources (geothermal and hydroelectric).

Below are just a few examples of the beauty that this country has to offer!

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February 8th 2016 – First Blog!

Welcome!

This is my first post for my new website! Here you can follow me through my photography journey by following my blog, look at photo’s that I’ve taken, or book services with me.

Today I visited a friend and took some photos of his HO scale train set that he is working on. The train set was given to him by his Fiancée’s grandfather. Some of the locomotives are over fifty years old, and still work!

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