A group of Christians carried a cross and some signs over the bridge. They also had a booth setup at the event. The group actively tried to gain converts throughout the time, going up to people who probably weren't their to be told the "truth". Of course, it is their right to do so. Most just ignored them. To be fair, they weren't the only religious group. A Blackfoot Elder and spiritual leader was part of the formal ceromony, blessing the bridge.
A few groups performed on a stage as part of the opening ceremonies.
A few groups played on stage, as part of the ceremonies. This lady was one of several dancing for the first act.
A few groups played on stage, as part of the ceremonies. This couple was with some others who were dancing to the first band, which was well received.
This on Prince's Island, at the point nearest the bridge.
A Blackfoot Elder, spiritual leader, and veteran spoke to the crowd. He blessed the new bridge. I have mixed feelings about injecting religion in an official ceremony. If a Catholic priest blessed the bridge, after speaking about his faith, I and others would probably object to mixing religion into an official government function this way. Regardless, it was appropriate to invite him to be part of the official opening as a representative of his people and as a veteran.
Nenshi sorta looked nervous to me in this. Although, I have no serious reason to think he really was. I just like the phrase.
This is a bridge connecting Eau Claire and downtown (camera left), and Prince's Island (camera right). Though not meeting the proper definition, its referred to as the Prince's Island Lagoon.
This was from my photo shoot at Prairie Winds Park, with Diane, who was great fun to work with, and obviously very beautiful.
This is the beautiful Anastasia (MM# 1742238) on a bridge at Confederation Park, in Calgary, Alberta on July 6, 2010.
Taken on a very nice weather day in March.
Today was a wanderfully warm day. Great to take pictures in, although I didn't find much to take pictures of. So, I opted to get literal with street photography, and just shoot the street. This is the Fourth Street Underpass going under the CP lines.. This illustrates the benefits of spot metering, since the sky was extremely bright.
This is the bottom side of a pedestrian bridge over Memorial Drive, which leads to the LRT pedestrian underpass that crosses the bow. I would have preferred it, if I had a tripod, to do a long exposure.
This is the Louise Bridge (10 Street NW) in Calgary. Instead of "fixing" the white balance, I made it more out of balance, for the effect.
I was out late taking photos in Capital Hill, mainly with my flash. I thought I'd go to Confederation Park, since there'd be less likelyhood of bugging somebody with my flash at night. Unfortunately, almost all Calgary parks are closed 11pm-5am, although often it's not marked clearly.
I took this picture in Reader Rock Garden. It's located on the North side of 25 Avenue SE and West side of Macleod Trail, near Erlton LRT station.