Flames make it !

9 Apr

Missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs 6 years in a row (longer than a California drought) and after being picked to do the same thing again – the Calgary Flames beat (and eliminated) the Stanley Cup Champions, Los Angeles Kings – to claim one of the last Playoff spots – with only one game left in the their NHL season. Amazing stuff.

Flames make it

Johnny Gaudreau (from Boston College) (above left) will undoubtedly win National Hockey League Rookie of the Year – celebrating with linemate Sean Monahan.

Off to Tucson …

9 Apr
Tucson sign

“Bullet holes Sir? Hell no, thems termites.”?

Been trying to get something on the board before I head down to Tucson on Friday. Going down for a week or so. So I’m not sure I’ll be able to put anything on the blog till then. I’ll try.

Tucson Park

Don’t really know much about the Tucson area except that it’s not far from Tombstone – so we’re definitely going to head over there for a day or two.

Earps OK Corral

Tucson is about the same size as Calgary population-wise: a million people. And I’m sure we’ll find plenty to do.

Old Tucson Studios sign

Naturally going to head over the Old Tuscon Studios – where they made a lot of Westerns. That should be a bit of fun. Too bad I don’t drink anymore cuz I’d sure like to slug back a jigger of rotgut at the saloon. Ah well, this old greenhorn dude has probably stared down his last desperado anyway. But cha never know.

Old Tucson Studios

Any ideas? I’m listnin’.

Old Tucson Studios Train

Tim, I think i found yer train.

Tucson rattler

The Glory of War …

6 Apr

the sword

my dugout

the hole

Fragments of France

Buffalo Soldiers: The Reality?

6 Apr

BUFFALO SOLDIERS 1A

BUFFALO bar

BUFFALO SOLDIERS 1

BUFFALO SOLDIERS 2

BUFFALO SOLDIERS 3

BUFFALO SOLDIERS 4

BUFFALO SOLDIERS 5

BUFFALO SOLDIERS 6

BUFFALO SOLDIERS 7

BUFFALO SOLDIERS 8

Remington … a quick sketch

2 Apr

Frederic Sackrider Remington
(October 4, 1861 – December 26, 1909)

Wikipedia says: “was an American painter, illustrator, sculptor, and writer who specialized in depictions of the Old American West, specifically concentrating on the last quarter of the 19th-century American West and images of cowboys, American Indians, and the U. S. Cavalry.”

Some of My Favorite Remingtons:

The Scout, Friends or Foes

The Scout, Friends or Foes

Mounted Cowboy In Chaps With Race Horse

Mounted Cowboy In Chaps With Race Horse

A dash for the timber

A dash for the timber

The Cowboy - Frederic Remington - www.frederic-remington.org

The Cowboy

Downing the Nigh Leader

Downing the Nigh Leader

The Bronco Buster

The Bronco Buster

Comanche Brave, Fort Reno, Indian Territory

Comanche Brave, Fort Reno, Indian Territory

Fight for the waterhole

Fight for the waterhole

Remington

Coming to the call

Coming to the call

Stampede

Stampede

Shotgun Hospitality, 1908

Shotgun Hospitality, 1908

End of the day

End of the day

Remington Sculpture

The Mountain Man

The Mountain Man

So many, many images I could put here …

Gun Bar

Does this look like a Great Western Artist?:

Frederick Remington

Frederick Sackrider Remington

Frederick Remington 2

Frederick Sackrider Remington

Sackrider??

OK … how about this?:

Frederick Remington 3

(Frederick Remington: Self Portrait on horse.)

Frederick Remington: Self Portrait on horse.

That’s more like it !

Steeds of Renown: The Buffalo Soldier

1 Apr

Buffalo Soldier?

There’s no question where the name “Buffalo Soldier” comes from. During battle a Soldier would often lose his horse, but the Buffalo Soldier had the uncanny ability to mount a nearby buffalo and charge back into the fray. Imagine the terrified Indians as a mounted Buffalo Soldier was bearing down on them!!! Amazing !!

Yeee Haww

Yeee Haww !!!

BUFFALO bar

The bond between a Buffalo Soldier and his steed is legendary.

BUFFALO SOLDIER and Steed

Sgt Miles Toopistal and Daisy

BUFFALO bar

Mounted BUFFALO SOLDIER

Black Cowboy … The Buffalo Soldiers: The Romance: Part 2

31 Mar

Buffalo Soldier

BUFFALO SOLDIER

BUFFALO SOLDIER – Paul Lanquist

READY FOR TEN

READY FOR TEN by Don Stivers

Buffalo Soldier #5 by James Goodridge

Buffalo Soldier #5 by James Goodridge

THE WARNING SHOT by Don Stivers

THE WARNING SHOT by Don Stivers

by Robin Lauersdorf

by Robin Lauersdorf

Riding Point II - Al Brown

Riding Point II – Al Brown

Buffalo Soldier - 9th U.S. Cavalry - by Freeman

Buffalo Soldier – 9th U.S. Cavalry – by Freeman

BUFFALO SOLDIERS OF THE WEST by Mort Kunstler

BUFFALO SOLDIERS OF THE WEST by Mort Kunstler

BUFFALO SOLDIERS - artist unknown to me

BUFFALO SOLDIERS – artist unknown to me

BUFFALO SOLDIER - Les Lefevre

BUFFALO SOLDIER – Les Lefevre

Scout's Out - by Lee Brubaker

Scout’s Out – by Lee Brubaker

Buffalo Soldier by Jim Clements

Buffalo Soldier by Jim Clements

BUFFALO SOLDIER - Stevenson

Buffalo Soldier - by Armand Cabrera

Buffalo Soldier – by Armand Cabrera

Buffalo Soldier by Michael Gnatek

Coming up …

Black Cowboy … The Buffalo Soldiers: The Reality?: 

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