The Calgary Stampede Western Art Show 2

Ken Hoehn

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The Ken Hoehn Gallery

Bridge Creek School (circa 1961) — The Ken Hoehn Gallery

Great work guided by a great philosophy.

Micheal Sydoryk

“Wild.Form” Michael calls it.
A specialty in powerful images of Wildlife.

Reach by Michael Sydoryk - Masterpiece Online

Truth by Michael Sydoryk - The Avens Gallery

Michael Sydoryk (@wildform_art) / Twitter

Wild Form Art - Fine Art by Michael Sydoryk


Terri Heinrichs

HEINRICHS, Terri - Okanagan Artists of Canada

A Day in the Life" with Calgary Artist Terri Heinrichs

Some of Terri’s work reminds me of the
great Canadian Artist 
Tom Thomson

Terri Heinrichs - Canadian artist - Vivid Impression Series - TERRI HEINRICHS - FINE ART

And that’s not bad at all.

The Calgary Stampede Western Art Show

Every year Rose and I go down to the Calgary Stampede grounds for
one particular reason:

The Calgary Stampede Western Art Show

Here we always find an array of exceptional Artwork
which I like to profile.

Paul van Ginkel

Paul is a regular exhibiter here and his work is truly exceptional:

Artist Paul Van Ginkel

_Sticking Together_ 36X60_ oil painting by Paul Van Ginkel - McLarry Fine Art

Great stuff Paul.

Serge Demetrius Dube

Serge method seems unusual … but awesome.

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The Lloyd Gallery - Serge Demetrius Dube

Very nice. Powerful.

Lorretta Kyle

These amazing works speak for themselves.

Life Force

Taken Back

Coincidentally?  … Pelicans.
Like my recent photos.

Mating Season

But you can see how gorgeous her work is.

More coming .. 


Birds of Alberta 1

Falling in and out of Love with You  / Pure Prairie League / 1972

Red Winged Blackbird and Yellow Headed Blackbird

These two birds share the same habitat,
but are not friendly to each other as I’ve often see them fighting.

Our first shot of the Great Blue Heron as it flew across the pond.

Used to see these a lot out the farm. Redwings too.

Redwing. Female?

The American White Pelican

bring it on home to me  / by Playing for Change / 2017

The American White Pelican

There are about 7 kinds of pelicans on this planet.
(there’s 19 on Pluto) (joke)
4 are overseas and the rest are in the Americas.
The Pelicans see here in Alberta are the
American White Pelican.

Carseland Provincial Park. Alberta

The first time I saw these Pelicans up here
was in Montana many years ago.
I figured this was an anomaly or they were
on their way to Tibet (joke)?

Fact is, they seem to have nesting colony’s here in Canada
and Winter in Mexico. (Smart birds!)

Wikipedia says they don’t nest here in Alberta.
I’m no expert, but they sure look like they’re nesting here?

That knob develops on their bill before the breeding season.

But maybe they’re just passing through?

These Cormorants (above) – also normally considered and Sea Bird –
are hanging out here too.
OK … that’s it for the Pelicans.
Hope you enjoyed.

Mexico … Day 3?

Guantanamera / The Sandpipers / 1967

                                                                          The lobby … palatial

Signs … 
Easy to get lost on the Resort.

Everywhere you go – beautiful flowers.

And there are pools everywhere.
Some crowded – some quiet.
We prefer quiet.

                                                                        Rose in her Mayan outfit.

A walk on the beach.

Think that feels good?

You bet!

Along the strand …

Time for a libation?

The Resort next door seemed to be deserted?



A turtle!…we don’t get them in Alberta.

I just liked the artwork on this bus.

That’s what’s great about travelling – everything is a novelty.


Rumors of Pelicans …

closer to the bone / Kris

YUP, we get pelicans in Alberta.
Though I’d normally think of pelicans as being Sea Birds
they’ve been around here for a long time.
Pelicans go anywhere there’s fish.
And we’ve got fish.

So when Rose and I  heard about some Pelicans hanging out at a dam
in Wyndham Carseland Provincial Park, East of Calgary
we headed out … cameras in hand.

It’s about a hour’s drive South East of Calgary to the Park.
In this beautiful valley:

One of many beautiful river valleys carved out by the Bow River.

Plenty to do here:

Yet like many of Alberta Provincial Parks it seems
little used and almost unknown?

This is the Dam / Weir where the pelicans like to fish.

Weir: Definition: a dam in a stream or river
to raise the water level or divert its flow.
In this case the diversion is for irrigation canals.

Weirs can be dangerous.
Be aware.

We spotted the pelicans at the canal spillway on the far side.

With no telephoto lens we decide to head over to the other side.

On the other side we see more warning signs.
People have obviously died here.

But we’re going to get our pelicans shots
even if it kills us.

And there they were … completely heedless of the warning signs 
about swimming in the weir.

Never thought we’d get this  close.

They didn’t seem to mind.

These are not award winning shots. We know that.

It’s just fun.

We moved to different angle.

Whew! that’s more than enough for now …




Stuff coming … I assure you …

You’re Nobody ’till Somebody Loves You  / Dean Martin / 1964

Like I said, I get ‘stuck’ at times.

Bet there’s no toilet paper either.

Some posts just won’t come together.
And rather that just throw something on the board
I keep working on it until it’s right.

SO …..
Right now I’m working on a post about Pelicans.
We got Pelicans here in Alberta and we heard about
some hanging out at a nearby park.
I’m calling that Rumors of Pelicans.
We got some good shots.

The second post I’m working on is another post
about our Mexico trip.
It’s not coming together swiftly either.

BUT … I do work on them just about
every day.

See ’em soon …  I hope.

Smelling the Roses …

the rose / midler

We went out of town to take some pics.
Found a nice patch of Wild Roses – 
Alberta’s Provincial Flower.

It’s been pretty rainy this year so maybe the Roses like that.

Was nice to see a couple of Bees doing their Bee thing.

Hope their making a comeback.

Because we need them.

Have a nice Summer!

Mexico Trip … rambling around

The Essence of Now / by It’s a Beautiful Day / 1970
After a while the days start to run together.
As they should.

But who wants to worry about Time when you’re on Holiday?

Coati in a tree …

Not me. 

I just want to smell the … Roses?

And look at the birds …

Enjoy the ocean …

How sweet it is !

“You said something?”

There were about 5 cenote pools on the resort.
You could tell that people were once allowed to swim in them, but this had mostly been stopped except for one central lagoon. 

Too bad, because on a hot day that water is awesome. 

Now … if I could just figure my camera out … 

Coming up …
Visiting ancient Mayan ruins …

herons in the mist …

White Bird / by It’s a Beautiful Day / 1968

“White bird must fly …”

I’m officially old.
I take pictures of birds.

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                                                                       A white Great Blue Heron / Net Photo.

Years back I saw a pure white Heron in a marsh outside of town.
Pure white. It was beautiful!
I knew this was rare because in all my years in Alberta
I had never seen one before – or since.
But what was that bird???
I thought it might be an Egret, but Egrets don’t range up this far.
Upon much investigation I think I’ve finally solved the mystery.
Wikipedia says this:
The Great Blue Heron is found throughout most of North America …”
And it is known that Great Blue Herons can sometimes be white!!!

That’s right. Pure white.
The above images are of a white Great Blue Heron I found on the internet
and a Great Blue Heron that I photographed in Calgary last week.
I stitched the two photos together so show that it is indeed the same bird.

Here’s the other pics we shot at the pond.
Rose first spotted the Heron flying across the pond
and I snapped a quick shot.

We watched where he landed and …

… were able to get a couple of decent shots.

He agreeably posed for us.

Great Blue Heron and friends.
                                                                    Great Blue Heron and friends.

Then he headed off.

There’s a big unresolved debate as to whether the white Great Blue Herons are a “morph” or an entirely different species.

I can only show and tell my own experience.
They look identical except for their color.
That’s all I know …
Except that they are beautiful to see.

For me, a decent day of amateur bird photography.

Mexico Trip Day 2 … Still exploring …

Yellow Bird / The Brothers Four / 1966

Rose and I took over 2000 pics on our trip here.

                                                       Fuzzy Bananas … just outside our door.

In the days of camera film that would cost a small fortune,
but with todays wonder of digital photography you can just fire away
and you’re bound to hit something occasionally.

                                                         Don’t see this everyday in Calgary …

We end up throwing a ton of pics away – (some were
plainly awful) – and hope to end up with something of interest?

                            “ECO” – plants and animals – was the big thing at the Resort
                                                                 Spider Monkey lounging in a tree
                                                 Peacock Hen … not all the animals here are native
                                                                            Unusual looking ducks
                                Not sure why there were so many statues of Buddha around?
                                                                          Chickens and Doves

There’s a little bit of everything here …

Down at the ocean.

                                                       Japanese Restaurant at the Resort

… and lots more … 


Spring Hail Storm

Get a few of these every year.

Most don’t do much damage, but on occasion
can destroy crops, houses, cars … you name it.
This one damaged the garden out back,
but only because it lasted about half an hour.
Otherwise the hail was small – pea size we call this.
Can be golf ball size or larger …

Kevin Costner / Calgary Stampede Marshal 2022 !!!


Love Shine / Kevin Costner and Modern West

Greetings from 2022 Calgary Stampede Parade Marshal Kevin Costner

Kevin can do this Cowboy thing:

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And my favorite Movie:

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Michael Nesmith …

Joanne / Michael Nesmith / 1970

Michael Nesmith
December 30, 1942 – December 10, 2021

I swear I just heard this on the news a couple of days ago?
Have I been in a Time Warp or something?
And I’m certain a few dozen people more notable to History and Arts have passed in the time being, but I always liked this guy.
He was a legitimate Artist, Musician, and Songwriter.

Michael Nesmith & The First National Band - The Audiophile Man
Michael Nesmith

Silver Moon / Michael Nesmith / 1970

Of course, Mike had once been a member of the Monkees –
who I despised in those times as a commercial Group
that was fabricated to fleece Teenyboppers.
There’s some truth in that, but it prevented me from appreciating
anything they did. The years have fortunately softened me in MANY, MANY ways however,  (thank GOD) and I can now go back and amend

some of  the prejudices of my youth.
One of those prejudices is that I can now appreciate
some of the songs they did.


I wanna be Free

Daydream Believer 

I’m a Believer

Take the Last Train to Clarkesville


OK … moving along now …
just not quite so fast.




Cancun 2022 … Still Looking around …

Peaceful World / The Rascals / 1971

Backtracking a bit … 
…. at last … 15 hour trip … from dawn to dusk before we reached our digs. 

About 9:00 o’clock


Excuse the fuzzy pics … but we were feeling a bit fuzzy ourselves
at the time.

All we wanted to see right now was our room.

On the way … 

Buddha outside the Resort Japanese Restaurant …

Flash Buddha.

Buddha in Resort Spa.

At last …


Mexico Trip Day 2 … Looking around …

Mayan Ocarina Improvisation

Before I got distracted by those Mayans and Aztecs I was intending to post about our Mexico trip. Those past civs have a deeper pull on me than I knew. And I’m not finished yet.
Day 2:
We continue exploring the Sandos Caracol Eco Resort.

This place is big.

It can take a day or two to look around at everything.

Boo Hoo … Life is so Hard

But mostly I was interested in two things:
The beach and the Food.
I was disappointed on both counts.
The beach was rocky with LOT of rocks in that water.
It was treacherous to go in there without some kind of footwear.

This was a major disappointment for me because swimming in the ocean is a huge deal for us landlocked prairie boys –
and definitely a main reason that I come here.

See !? Rocks. Lots of ’em. 

The food also proved not as good as previous Resorts we’d been to.
At first we thought this might be another affect of Covid – that has influenced so many things. But when we later went to
another Resort nearby the food was excellent.
I hate to complain about this because we are SO spoiled in Canada.

Pretty good really.

                                                                              What!? No caviar?

Other people in this world would consider this to be the feast of a lifetime.
It was just not as good as what we had experienced before.

All in all, still a great time. 

I’ve decided that in future I will take a lot more Videos instead of Still pics.
I’m not very good at videos yet, but it still think it gives a better
idea of things than Still images.


Aztecs … Mexico Trip 2022 …

The Sun rises.
But it also sets.

Wikipedia says: “The Aztec Sun Stone is a late post-classic Mexica sculpture housed in the National Anthropology Museum in Mexico City,
and is perhaps the most famous work of Mexica sculpture.”
It measures 11.75 ft across …  and weighs (54,210 lb).
It is sometimes also sometimes called the Mayan Calendar, but since it was found under Mexico City – which was built on top the ancient
Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan it’s an Aztec artifact.
However Mayan and Aztec cosmology were almost identical .

But despite their great achievements in Art, Architecture, Astrology, etc.
the Aztecs were undoubtedly among the most barbaric civilizations that ever existed. At times it’s known they were practicing human sacrifice on a mass scale -ritual murder many thousands of people a year.

That finally caught up to them, and they were slaughtered by an equally barbaric culture: the Spanish Conquistadores.
That’s Karma.
Bad Karma.

But do you really think you could murder thousands and thousands of people for years and there would not be some eventual reckoning?

I think not.

Tip: (And if you’re going to utterly destroy an empire,
be sure you build your stuff on top of it.)

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