Posts Tagged "Saskatoon"

Nature photography with smartphones

Posted by on 1. May 2017 in Blog / Journal, News & Events | 1 comment

Nature photography with smartphones

Mark your calendars – I will lead a nature photography walk to Donna L. Birkmaier Park during the 2017 NatureCity Festival in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Learn how to use your smartphone to capture beautiful nature and landscape images you will be proud to share with your friends and family. Date: Friday, May 26, 2017 Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m. NatureCity Festival is a week-long festival featuring more than fifty nature-inspired events to help you discover, explore and experience nature in Saskatoon. We want to show you the wild side of our city; exercise your creative side and strengthen your understanding and appreciation for urban nature. People in the know claim that the best camera is one you carry with you all the time. With ubiquity of smartphones with cameras of ever-increasing quality, everyone has a potential to create artistic masterpieces. Nevertheless, rules of photography still apply. We will review images that you take along the trail and I will suggest possible improvements. Of course, if any improvements need to be made. What to bring: any type of a cell phone with a built-in camera, a snack, drinking water, insect repellent and a wind-proof jacket. We will be walking on rough terrain; please bring shoes with adequate ankle support, and you do not mind if they get slightly muddy (the best pictures are found off the beaten path). Event will be cancelled in case of heavy rain. There is no cost to participate. Location: Donna L. Birkmaier Park in Saskatoon. This is a naturalized park with ponds and wetlands rich in native species of trees, shrubs, flowers and all kinds of wildlife. More information about interesting thinks to see in the park, check out the publication by Saskatoon Nature Society “Nature viewing sites in and around Saskatoon” We will meet at the parking lot west of the ponds, near the intersection of Taylor Street East and Slimmon Road. How to get there? Drive east on Taylor Street East. After crossing the intersection with Boychuk Drive and Herold / Briarwale Road, take the next left (opposite Slimmon Road) and park in designated area. The closest public transit bus stop is on Pawlychenko Lane, near the intersection with Slimmon Road. From there, walk 200 m north of Slimmon Road and cross Taylor Street East to the trail entrance. Location coordinates: 52° 06′ 10.6″ N, 106° 33′ 26.0″ W Full event schedule for the 2017 NatureCity Festival is listed at www.wildaboutsaskatoon.org/festival-calendar...

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Jane Jacobs – a 100 years of progressive urban thought

Posted by on 4. May 2016 in Blog / Journal, News & Events | Comments Off on Jane Jacobs – a 100 years of progressive urban thought

Jane Jacobs – a 100 years of progressive urban thought

Jane Jacobs (May 4, 1916 – April 25, 2006) an American born journalist and activist, best known for her work on improving the quality of life in urban communities, was born on this day 100 years ago. Jacobs saw cities as ecosystems that had their own structure and dynamic that would change over time according to how they were used. She promoted city planning with higher population density (and criticized car-centric culture of suburban sprawl), advocated for support of local economies, and for mixed use of smaller, more nimble city blocks. In her influential and most cited book, The Death and Life of American Cities, Jacobs argued that urban development and renewal did not respect the rights and needs of most city inhabitants.     Jacobs carried her fight for community-based urban planning to Canada in mid 1960s. After moving to Toronto in 1968, she published six more books about city planning, economics, ethics governance and culture. Jacobs is credited, together with sociologist and historian Lewis Mumford, with inspiring the New Urbanist movement. I can personally relate to her ideas how people can build a solid foundation for their communities (see Jane Jacobs – Ten Big Ideas) especially by: Strengthening social capital – everyday activities and interactions among people that occur in neighbourhoods slowly build up a network of intertwined links between neighbours. This eventually provides a foundation for mutual trust, cooperation and resilience to stress in difficult times, Promoting citizen science – the people best equipped to understand the complexity of urban life (and its connection with the natural elements within city limits) are “ordinary, interested citizens”. With open eyes, and not limited by assumptions imposed by professional training and code of practice, city residents can more freely learn from what they see and encounter in their daily lives.     A strong believer that local residents should have input on how their neighbourhoods develop, Jacobs encouraged people to become familiar with the places they live in. I am proud to have participated in last three Jane’s Walks, citizen-led walking tours towards community-based city building inspired by the ideas and work of Ms. Jacobs. This year I will lead a nature photo walk to a beautiful prairie landscape on the northeast edge of Saskatoon (more info after the link). Hope you will be able to join us and continue Jane Jacobs’ legacy....

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Jane’s Walk 2016 – nature photography at Northeast Swale

Posted by on 25. March 2016 in Blog / Journal, Workshops | Comments Off on Jane’s Walk 2016 – nature photography at Northeast Swale

Jane’s Walk 2016 – nature photography at Northeast Swale

I will lead a nature photography walk to Meewasin’s Northeast Swale. This guided photo walk is part of the 2016 Jane’s Walk festival taking place in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. We will focus out lenses on wild critters and details in nature found on a beautiful prairie landscape along the northeast edge of town. Date: Saturday, May 7, 2016 Time: 7 – 8 p.m. Jane’s Walk is a global movement of neighbour-led walking tours inspired by urbanist Jane Jacobs. The idea behind Jane’s Walk is quite simple: encourage people to walk, talk to their neighbours and build a community based on diversity. The Saskatoon festival will start on Friday May 6th and end on Sunday, May 8, 2016.     The nature photography field trip will take place immediately after the guided nature hike with Renny Grilz and Louise Jones (6 – 7 p.m. at the same location). Renny is a Resource Management Officer with the Meewasin. He is an ecologist with over 20 years of managing conservation areas for biodiversity across the Prairie provinces and specialized in native plants. Louise Jones is Chair of the Northeast Swale Watchers, a group of concerned citizens who came together in 2011 to monitor plans for development in and around the NE Swale. Come early and learn about things you will be photographing later during the golden evening light. What to bring: your camera, a macro lens (or a zoom lens that can focus close enough to photograph lichens on rocks), snacks, drinking water, insect repellent and a wind-proof jacket. Optional but recommended: a tripod that can be lowered close to the ground. We will be walking on rough terrain; please bring shoes with adequate ankle support. Event will be cancelled in case of a heavy rain. There is no cost to participate.     Location (updated directions): Meet at the Meewasin Northeast Swale on Lowe Road (Range Road 3050). Drive north on Central Ave (north of Attridge, intersection next to Dutch Growers) to Agra Road  where Central turns to gravel. Pass Fedoruk and turn right on Agra Road and drive to the intersection of Lowe Road, Agra Road and Fedoruk Road. Turn left onto Lowe Road. Look for an orange portapotie and parked vehicles. Northeast Swale is next to the slough on the east side of road before reaching the Sas­katchewan Wildlife Federation building (Range Road 3050 Saskatoon S7S 1N1). Location coordinates: 52°10’36.9″N 106°34’29.7″W (view on the Google Map) Alternate route: if Central Avenue is under construction: Drive north on Central Ave, turn right on Somers Road, turn left on Konohoski Road until the intersection with Fedoryk Drive.  Turn right on Fedoryk Drive and turn left onto Lowe Road; Northeast Swale is next to the slough on the east side of road before reaching the Sas­katchewan Wildlife Federation building (Range Road 3050 Saskatoon S7S 1N1).  ...

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Images on display to mark the World Photography Day

Posted by on 19. August 2015 in Blog / Journal, News & Events | Comments Off on Images on display to mark the World Photography Day

Images on display to mark the World Photography Day

Did you know that the World Photography Day is observed around the world on August 19th? It is a day to celebrate the art of photography, whether you are a casual or a full-time professional photographer. Photography has changed the way we see the world around us. It has allowed us to connect and learn about lives and interests of fellow human beings. It allowed us to share our stories, places we have explored and memories of loved ones. In the era of digital photography, this ability to share became ubiquitous – millions of images are posted on “sharing” sites at speeds not possible just a short time ago. Don’t be shy. Grab the camera, snap a few pictures and share the beauty. The World Photography Day was first celebrated in 2009. August 19th was chosen to mark the day in distant 1839, when the French government announced the invention a rather practical gift to the world: the Daguerreotype photographic processes, developed by Joseph Nicephore Niepce and Louis Daguerre. The French government purchased the patent and announced the invention as a gift “free to the world”.     Select London Drugs stores throughout Western Canada will mark the World Photo Day with photography workshops and display of work by local artists. Good folks at the LD photo lab invited me to prepare several images to be printed and displayed at the 8th Street location in Saskatoon. I am honoured that they picked my work to mark this festive occasion. If you have time (and you live in or near Saskatoon), drop by the London Drugs store located at 2323 8th Street East. Walk around and look for 24 x 36 inch prints hanging from the ceiling. You can also enjoy viewing a small selection of landscape images from around Saskatchewan on a massive 75-inch TV screen. The display will be active until Saturday, August 22nd. And while you are at the store, check out the manager’s special – last time I visited they had (my favourite) Lindt chocolates on sale.  ...

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Jane’s Walk – photo walk in downtown Saskatoon

Posted by on 1. May 2015 in Blog / Journal, News & Events | Comments Off on Jane’s Walk – photo walk in downtown Saskatoon

Jane’s Walk – photo walk in downtown Saskatoon

I have been invited to lead a photography walk in downtown Saskatoon as part of the 2015 Jane’s Walk festival. The Saskatoon festival will start on Friday May 1st in the evening and end on Sunday, May 3rd. There will be 16 guided walks this year. The photo walk that I led last year was a great success. On a rather cold and windy morning, a group of brave souls joined me for a walk along the Meewasin Trail. This year I will lead a group to explore the familiar downtown scene with fresh eyes, snap a few pictures and exercise our creative side. The idea is to slow down, look beyond the obvious and make a more personal connection with our city. We will look for reflections, patterns and shapes in facades of downtown buildings and aim our lenses at overlooked architectural details. There are many photography gems hidden in back alleys, waiting to be discovered. Time: Sunday, May 3, 2015 (3:00 to 4:00 p.m.) Place: we will meet at the bandstand (gazebo) at Kiwanis Memorial Park south of Delta Bessborough hotel     I will lead the group along the river past the Friendship Park and spend some time photographing in the River Landing area. After that, we will head north along the 2nd Avenue S, turn east on 21st Street E and return to the starting point via Delta Bessborough hotel. Although we will be walking on a paved surface, please bring shoes with adequate ankle support and non-slip soles. And remember to watch both ways before we walk across busy roads. Bring a camera with a (preferably telephoto) zoom lens. Free parking on Sunday is available along Spadina Crescent E and 20th Street E. Our meeting point is only a few blocks from the main public bus terminal. City of Saskatoon bus route and schedule information is available at www.transit.saskatoon.ca     Jane’s Walk is a global movement of neighbour-led walking tours inspired by urbanist Jane Jacobs. The idea behind Jane’s Walk is quite simple: encourage people to walk, talk to their neighbours and build a community based on diversity. Full schedule for 2015 Jane’s Walk in Saskatoon is listed at www.janeswalk.org/canada/saskatoon (direct link to the photo walk) You can read more about the festival program in this Star Phoenix article by Paul Hanley Yes, there is even an app for Jane’s Walk. You can get a direct access to event details on your phone by downloading a free app Eventbase and search for “Jane’s Walk Saskatoon”...

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