09 June 2007

Six Pic Saturday: Calgary on Foot

Picnic table
Originally uploaded by Katherine H.
I finally decided to accept an open invitation from friends to visit Calgary for an extended weekend this month. They were perfect hosts, and delighted in sharing all that their city has to offer. Here is a small glimpse of downtown during a Saturday morning stroll:

Adjacent to the 1988 Olympic Plaza is the old City Hall Building with some sculpturesque picnic tables and a glass and granite memorial to fallen firefighters.


We walked past the Art Gallery of Calgary, which was hosting an exhibit titled, "Pink," and were drawn in by an intricate mosaic of colorful butterflies covering the entrance wall. Upstairs, we found an even more engaging piece that beckoned to the observer:

A walk into...

Calgary has some funky public art, and this grove of urban trees made for great picture taking.


I enjoyed these bright, koi lampposts in a section of the Chinatown area (The Calgary Tower is peeking through in the background):

Koi lamppost

On Saturday evening, my friend was particiapting in a fundraising run called The Underwear Affair which was to benefit cancers "below the waist." The route ran along the Bow River, and participants were encouraged to dress down by wearing underclothing as outerwear. It's a clever idea to bring awareness to a serious health issue.


There were over 900 participants, and $690,000 raised for the Alberta Cancer Board,.

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