This month we got the most enjoyment out of life when spending time outdoors searching for birds to photograph. Between Calgary, Canmore and Banff we spotted at least three new-to-us birds. And we're getting more competent using our new camera gear for bird photography.
Between the return of major league sports, peak hiking/biking season across Canada and medical officers asking all of us to be good sports about wearing a mask, there is a wide range of subject matter for the August 2020 photo blogging challenge.
Staying busy from home during the COVID-19 pandemic has not been difficult. I still can't figure out how so many people are finding big chunks of time to do deep cleaning, sorting and tossing/recycling/donating! 🙂 Between sewing masks, gardening, exercising, cooking/baking, learning and family phone/Zoom calls, our days are rich and full.
Educational, inspirational and always free (admission, guided tours, hands-on workshops, and parking), Esker Foundation is a great starting point when planning a (half) day in Calgary's Inglewood neighbourhood. Through December 20th, there are two exhibitions in the main space: Jeffrey Gibson's "Time Carriers" and Nep Sidhu's "Divine of From, Formed in the Divine (Medicine for a Nightmare)." Ask for a copy of the printed exhibition brochure or download the Esker app to get the most out of a visit to one of Calgary's leading contemporary art galleries.
Three artists are showcased at Esker this summer. Vanessa Brown prompts thought by using steel to embody living, natural things as sculpture. Anna Torma uses a blend of embroidery, drawing, appliqué, and layering to combine familiar and fantastic things in colourful, multi-layered textile art hangings. And over a twelve week stretch ending July 29, Jolie Bird's performance-based installation will transform a blank space into an 8-foot diameter representation of the Fibonacci Sequence.