May flew by just as quickly as the spring blooms came and went! It was a warm and pretty month in Edmonton, more than making up for the long winter that sustained itself well into April. If it weren’t for seasonal allergies, this would probably be my favourite time of year here to photograph (with September’s fall colours, mild weather, and more reasonable sunrise times currently taking the crown). There’s nothing quite like the anticipation of Edmonton’s bustling summer months, with the mercury rising and days lengthening! Take a look back at my May favourites from all around #YEG.
From a low of -18°C all the way up to +27°C, April was one of those capricious transitional months where we got a little bit of everything. Take a look at the photos below, and without context you might start to think that they were taken in four different seasons! But NOPE—that’s just what we endured here in Edmonton over the past 30 days. Here’s your look back at April in #YEG featuring thawing landscapes, a sun pillar, the northern lights, befuddled geese, and an ice-capped beach.
Three months into 2018—can you believe we’re already a quarter through the year? They say that March comes “in like a lion, out like a lamb,” but I can’t say that that expression is reflected in the photos I captured this month. You can still feel that winter chill in the air and see the snow on the ground, despite the days getting longer and the fact that we’ve technically entered spring. Such is life when you live in the northernmost major city in North America, I suppose.
Minor complaints aside, March was still a pretty month to photograph, with the aftermath of fresh snow yielding some of my favourite shots. Here’s your monthly look back at March in #YEG:
We’re two months into 2018 now which means the worst of this season’s winter weather should be behind us, fingers crossed! I had fewer opportunities than usual to shoot photos, but sticking with my goal of posting a monthly #YEG lookbook, I put together some views from the River Valley, the Flying Canoe Volant festival, the Ice District, Whitemud Ravine, and the Ice Castles. Enjoy this month’s look back at February in Edmonton:
January’s blue skies, fresh snow, crisp winter air, and splashes of fog made for some truly exquisite landscapes across the city! Here’s your look back at the first month of 2018 in #YEG, which includes photos from Alberta Avenue’s Deep Freeze Festival, Mill Creek Ravine, MacKinnon Ravine, and Whitemud Ravine.
Between the opening of the Mechanized Access Project (River Valley funicular), the run up to the holidays, some frigidly cold downtown landscapes, and New Year’s celebrations, it was a heavy month for taking photos around the city! Here’s your look back at December in #YEG.
For more December photos, see the Alberta Legislature Lookbook, Holiday Lights Lookbook, and Festival of Trees Lookbook.
Edmonton has a number of areas with residents that decorate their properties with gorgeous holiday lights. Here’s a look at three: Candy Cane Lane, Leduc Country Lights, and Christmas at Bob’s.
Candy Cane Lane
Leduc Country Lights
Christmas at Bob’s
For more festive posts, take a look at the Festival of Trees Lookbook or the Alberta Legislature Lookbook.
It’s the most magical time of the year to visit the Alberta Legislature! The grounds and building are festively decorated during each holiday season, and this year the atmosphere is made complete by the addition of Christmas music playing over the sounds system (which I hadn’t noticed in previous years). Here’s a look at what you’ll see during an evening walk in the area (highly recommended!).
The inside of the Legislature makes for a nice visit as well. Multiple choirs and other musical ensembles have put on noon hour and evening shows for the past 30+ years that are open for free to the public. Keep it on your radar for next year if you want to hear some holiday tunes (the programming this year finished on December 23).
The often overlooked Federal Building on the north side of the Leg Grounds is worth a stop for their gift shop called “Alberta Branded”. It’s stocked with all sorts of art made by Albertans from across the province.
Merry Christmas and thank you to everyone out there who helped support me in my photographic endeavours this year, which included setting up my own Etsy shop!
For some more festive photos, have a look at my Festival of Trees Lookbook here.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Festival of Trees kicks off the holiday season this weekend at the Shaw Conference Centre, getting young and old alike into the festive spirit.
Fun fact: since the festival’s inception in 1985, 1675+ trees have been decorated and 83 750+ Christmas ornaments have been hung!