Oil and gas development in Southern Alberta

This morning I saw an interesting tweet from the Southern Alberta Technology Council: Apparently the City of Lethbridge has been approached by an oil and gas company that wants to drill three wells in West Lethbridge, to frack an oil-bearing geologic formation in the region. Yes, the same West Lethbridge that’s seeing phenomenal (unsustainable?) housing…

Cottonwoods Make Me Crazy

A few weeks ago I saw an article titled “Don’t Plant These Trees in Your Urban Yard“. Before I’d even read it, I guessed one tree that would be on the list: the cottonwood (Populus sp.). We have two cottonwoods in the backyard, and every year – spring in particular – I wonder what possessed…

Colouring the Landscape

I was reading a post at The Last Word on Nothing which included a quote that really resonated with me: The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes but in having new eyes  –Marcel Proust Lately I’ve been photographing the local landscape. It’s fascinating – and difficult – because there aren’t any…

Dynamic Coulee Landscape

The coulee environment is more fragile than you might expect, despite it’s ‘timeless’ look. We had a skiff of snow a week ago (a far cry from the blizzard we had two days ago!), which was perfect for illuminating the topography of the coulee slopes. Particularly this slope failure, which I’ve been watching for a…