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Lilies in the North

by Michael Gravel

Edmonton — These lilies sit in a small maintained garden located just north of the Muttart Conservatory in Edmonton. The garden is set in a nondescript park across the river from downtown, and you are as likely to find the homeless sleeping nearby as you are to stumble upon these beauties. This is the essence of this city that sits on the Alberta prairie, residing somewhere on the spectrum between big city a...

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Evening hike through Whitemud Ravine. The light was swift and lovely.

by Michael Gravel

Edmonton — Whitemud Ravine in July. The long summer evening light seems made for this place. It’s a flat, accessible trail that quickly removes the city from concern. Traffic gives way to birdsong, human voices ...

Epic Views, Epic Views, Back to Nature

Patricia Ravine. I climbed a massive staircase to get this view, but it was well worth it.

by Michael Gravel

Edmonton — I entered Patricia Ravine on Westridge Road, near its northern boundary. It’s accessible from both north and south via a granular trail, a short bridge, and two short-length staircases. A few steps s...

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Meadow near Cameron Heights on a sunny Sunday morning

by Michael Gravel

Edmonton — I began walking at 7:20 am to avoid the projected heat of the day. I was walking a paved multi-use trail - a 10 km jaunt from Cameron Heights to 106 street. After 1.5km or so, the trail dipped into th...

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