Feb 162018
 
Roam at Night

Low light photography is a skill we struggle with. Oh, we understand the principals and all, but still have a hard time of it. To combat this we’ve been getting out, in town, and practising. We’re not worried about the composition so much, nor the subject matter, but getting the technical aspects down pat and […]

Feb 122018
 
Card Whiz

Apologies dear friends and loyal readers, we’ve been away for a spell. The society suffered a major computer failure a week ago and spent pretty much the entire time since recovering and cleaning up the resultant mess. It was ugly! Reinstall this, reinstall that, pull from archives, configure, setup and tweak. Then rinse and repeat. […]

Jan 292018
 
Blackfoot Trailer Park

Trailer parks have a bad reputation. If we believe the stereotypes they’re home to hardened criminals with extensive rap sheets, drugged out slackers with bizarre haircuts, boozers and other undesirables. lumped together with the working poor and old folks on limited incomes. It’s one ugly, unfriendly place best given a wide berth. Ask the pizza […]

Jan 252018
 
Calgary’s Best Walks #12

Inspiration for this fine inner-city hike comes from the book Calgary’s Best Walks by Lori Beattie. Here we’ll be following Route #12, roughly, taking in a series of parks and hitting the pavement in number of older established neighbourhoods. The going is super easy. You don’t have to follow our route to the letter either, […]

Jan 222018
 
Nagway Inn

Each and every day it’s within view of tens of thousands of passing motorists but I bet a lot of them pay it no mind. There, along side road set back a bit from the #1A, but easily seen from it, and a mere stone’s thrown from Calgary’s City Limits stands a flat-roofed almost house […]

Jan 032018
 
Penguin Car Wash

At the extreme western edge of Inglewood, backing on the Elbow River, beside the tracks, and in the shadow of downtown, stands the old Penguin Car Wash. The building has been empty for a good half dozen years, give or take, a shell of a place open to the elements the only things left behind, […]

Dec 122017
 
Big Yellow Beasts

We’re easily distracted. We’re out on a road trip going where ever (we put a lot of miles behind us as you know), see something we like and have to stop and take a few snaps. It happens all the time, trust me, and is simply the way we function. Pad the schedule cause we […]

Nov 232017
 
Holy Ground

This here is a scared place folks. The building seen in back of Connie, home to a furniture store, was long ago a factory where Boler Trailers were produced. Yes, in this very building, just off 16th Avenue Northeast Calgary (visible from the “Trans-Canada”), they pumped out those little egg-shaped trailers for a time in […]

Oct 302017
 
Neonex Boler

Here, in some random back alley, in some random Calgary neighbourhood, March of 2016, we find a Boler. A thirteen foot model, looking a little weathered and ragged. And sitting in front a dirty old toilet. Nothing more photogenic than that!. Bolers were made in a number of factories all over Canada depending on the […]

Oct 202017
 
Bob's Bigger Better...

If one were to drive around Calgary back in the 1970s and 1980s there was a good chance you’d pass by a Bob’s Burgers outlet. There used to be a dozen or more of them across the city (we used old phone directories to come to that number), making them a Calgary institution of the […]

Sep 062017
 
Camper Obscura

Everyone knows we’re obsessed with tiny fibreglass camping trailers, those from the Boler company and of any other make. It’s an addiction, all consuming, the desire to search out these “wheeled-eggs” completely overpowering…and we make zero attempt to end it. We’re under a spell, broken and damaged by it all and totally unapologetic…we embrace it […]

Aug 032017
 
Golden Arrow

In the 1970s pinball was king. You couldn’t swing a dead cat, to use that always chuckle-worthy adage, and not hit one. They were everywhere…your local arcade, back when there was arcades, the corner store, the mall, the neighbourhood watering hole, pool hall, anywhere one could be plopped down. And the people played…oh they played. […]

Jul 262017
 
Scott Ranch

It’s convincing! Standing here in this town right out of the American Old West, this 1800s road house along a dusty cowboy trail or this stately ranch from the distant past…it just feels right. Look around, there’s no signs of today, no highways, no skyscrapers, nada, nothing. All about it’s grassy hills, scant signs of […]

Jul 172017
 
Calgary Boler

This Boler could use a good wash. A common problem with these fibreglass trailers, Bolers and those made similarly of the same material, is the build up of mould, mildew and dirt in general as the gel-topcoat ages. For old trailers, the exterior seemingly becomes a magnet for grime and gunk, the stuff accumulating quickly […]

Jun 232017
 
Teenie-Weenie Ventura

There were countless manufacturers of small fibreglass trailers in the 1970s and 1980s, the golden age for these types of campers. Of course we all know about Bolers, one of the most common of the era, and Trilliums, which are still made today. But there were a huge number of lesser makes. Case in point […]

Jun 232017
 
A Vicious Cycle...

A Vicious Cycle (or Circle): A situation in which the apparent solution of one problem in a chain of circumstances creates a new problem and increases the difficulty of solving the original problem (thanks a million thefreedictionary.com). That’s what we got here. In this case we’re talking about after dark photography. Simply, we don’t shoot […]

Jun 152017
 
Calgary Boler

Seems we haven’t been feeding our Boler obsession as we should. Sure, we’re still out there capturing photos of them, but we’ve been super lax in posting. For example the image used in this article…it’s from late 2015! Well, we have been crazy-crazy busy and these seem to fall by the wayside. Perhaps this needs […]

May 192017
 
Inglewood Boler

Just randomly walking about town it’s almost guaranteed one will happen upon a Boler or two. The alleys, back yards and driveways of Calgary seem chock full of them (it makes sense since some were made here). In particular, they’re a strangely common in certain neighbourhoods, usually older ones, for reasons unknown. In some places […]

May 152017
 
Argosy 28

It looks like an Airstream. In fact the old motorhome that’s the topic today was made by a sister company, this line and the other both sharing a strong family resemblance. Introducing the Argosy. Considered a “budget” camper by the firm, not that they were really all that inexpensive…just less so than the true Airstreams […]