Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece-The World’s Largest Teepee

B & W World's Largest Teepee

B & W World’s Largest Teepee

Masterpiece. No matter where you are (and where you’ve been), I’m certain you’ve stumbled upon something extraordinary: a place that blows your mind; a work of art or object that speaks to you; or even a location or scene that’s special, unusual, or even magical in some way. This week’s theme fits well into the photos I shot earlier in the week and posted. Hope you enjoy them. Visit other entries here.

Dreams of Bison

Dreams of Bison

World's Largest Teepee Colour

World’s Largest Teepee Colour

Teepee at sunset

Teepee at sunset

Teepee top-first view

Teepee top-first view

Teepee top-second view

Teepee top-second view

Metis life display board

Metis life display board

Last night, during “the Golden Hour,” i.e. the last hour of sunlight, we visited the world’s largest teepee here in Medicine Hat, and took these photos. The Saamis Tepee was originally built for the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. The colours of the structure are symbolic, white for purity, red for the rising and setting sun and blue for the flowing river. There are ten story-boards built into the tepee depicting native culture and history. It is the World’s Tallest Teepee standing over 20 stories high, weighing 200 tonnes and capable of withstanding 150 mph winds. [Information courtesy of the http://www.stayinmedicinehat.com website].

The following photos below were taken with my Asus tablet.

Cranes in background horizon

Cranes in background horizon

Peacepipe hopes & dreams

Peacepipe hopes & dreams

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Canada Day July 1, 2013

Happy one-hundred-and-forty-sixth Birthday Canada! Here are some pictures I took at our Medicine Hat, Alberta Canada Day celebration in Kin Coulee Park.

Gene and Chelsea

Gene and Chelsea

 

We started off our day with an Ecumenical Worship Service at the Kin Coulee Park Bandshell. Our musicians were the Rev. Canon Gene Packwood on guitar and vocals, and Chelsea McCann on keyboard and vocals. The Rev. Canon Packwood also organised and led the Service—thanks Gene!

Virgil

Virgil

 

The Rev. Dr. Virgil Covel, president of our Medicine Hat Ministerial Association welcomes everyone to the Service.

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Kin Coulee Park Bandshell and puppet stage decorated with Canadian flags and windmills.

Amanda (left), Julianna (right)

Amanda (left), Julianna (right)

 

The Rev. Julianna Wehrfritz-Hanson and Amanda Roseveare puppeteers. Pastor Julianna also wrote the puppet show.

Children watching puppet show

Children watching puppet show

 

The puppets, Max the Moose and Leo the Lion perform for the audience. The puppet show consisted of Max the Moose conversing with Leo the Lion who had just recently arrived in Canada. As the two converse, Max describes our nation.

 

Max (left), Leo (right)

Max (left), Leo (right)

Close-up shot of Max the Moose and Leo the Lion.

Break Dancer

Break Dancer

Break Dancer

Break Dancer

Break Dancer

Break Dancer

Break Dancer

Break Dancer

Next, as you can see from the above pictures,  the GX Canada Dance group of Aaron and Kendra Melanson and Friends performed some cool break dancing.

 

Jose

Jose

 

Pastor Jose Gurdian, an immigrant from Costa Rica, preached the Canada Day Sermon. 

After the Service, we walked around Kin Coulee Park and I shot a few more photos.

Umbrellaflag hats

Umbrellaflag hats

There were folks like this wearing their patriotic Canada flags in the form of umbrella hats. Today however it was not to keep their heads dry from the rain; rather it was to enjoy a bit of shade on this 30 plus degree C day.

Habitat for Humanity Canopy

Habitat for Humanity Canopy

Astronomy Club Display

Astronomy Club Display

Canadian Armed Forces Display

Canadian Armed Forces Display

Children's Play Area

Children’s Play Area

Portable Toilets

Portable Toilets

Piper

Piper

Scottish Cuisine

Scottish Cuisine

Patriotic Bicycle

Patriotic Bicycle

The Bike Tree

The Bike Tree

Once again, Happy Canada Day to all of my readers!

Medicine Hat Jazz Festival 2010

I’m not a jazz music enthusiast. However, after living in this fair city for nearly nine years now, my wife and I thought we’d check out at least one gig in our Medicine Hat Jazz Festival. Of course, it also motivated us to go when a best friend of ours and her husband had purchased tickets for last night’s concert at the Esplanade and she offered them to us free of charge! 🙂

   At any rate, we were not disappointed. We definitely got our money’s worth! It was a double bill concert featuring: Outer Bridge Ensemble, a New York based quintet, playing mostly original music, with a guest trumpeter, New Yorker James Zollar; and veteran Montreal jazz vocalist, Ranee Lee and her band.

   I especially appreciated the well-balanced performance of Outer Bridge Ensemble—each band member shared one of their original compositions with the audience. This is a very creative band, I’m sure the jazz world can expect more inspired creativity from them.

   While Ranee Lee does not seem to favour her own works; she did fabulous renditions of Summertime and the living is easy and ended the concert, after a standing ovation with Joni Mitchell’s Both sides now. O yes, her band were a talented lot too. Her guitarist Richard Ring, I would guess, is of retirement age and still grooving to the beat.  

   Like I said at the beginning I don’t listen to jazz on the radio or buy any CDs; however, last night neither my wife nor I were disappointed. Hat’s off to Hatter and jazz aficionado Lyle Rebbeck, producer of the JazzFest, along with members of the Medicine Hat Jazz Society and their merry crew of volunteers for their hard work and planning. The JazzFest is one more good reason to live in Medicine Hat!

   For more information on the Medicine Hat JazzFest, check out their website here.

Our picnic at Echo Dale Park

Our picnic at Echo Dale Park 

Today we went out to Echo Dale Park for a picnic. Echo Dale is located along the South Saskatchewan River, close to Redcliff and Medicine Hat, Alberta. It was a sizzling-hot summer’s day—in the thirties Celsius—so finding refuge under the trees was a necessity. Unfortunately, our digital camera is not a high-end model, so we couldn’t take pictures of the many species of birds that we saw on our walk along the river—we even saw an eagle in flight, gliding gracefully above the cliffs. The food we ate was barbecued chicken, potato salad, carrot salad, and cucumber salad. For dessert we had fruit melange—a perfect menu for a picnic. Yummy! Enough said, here’s a few pictures.

 

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My wife Julianna enjoying our picnic dinner.

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DimLamp enjoying the meal.

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Echo Dale pond.

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Orange-red cliffs across the South Saskatchewan River.

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Echo Dale antique farm machinery.

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Echo Dale farm horses.

 

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