Friday, July 12, 2013

It's Yahoo!, Not Yee Haw!

Calgary Stampede 1

Greetings from Calgary, Alberta, where it's still Friday. Our first few days here at the Calgary Stampede have been fascinating and exhausting. I hit a personal best or worst on Thursday, taking 2,123 photos, although many were repeated shots of the same subject, trying to get exposure and composition just right.

There were so many exciting things to see that I can only touch the surface in this post. That's me and Mrs. C in the top pic, doing the hi, kids, pose. Below, several shots from the ceremonies of the Canadian indigenous peoples. Farther down, two young women promoting a local radio station snack on the famous Canadian delicacy, chocolate covered bacon on a stick.

By the way, at least half of the people around here are wearing cowboy hats. It's no more unusual than baseball fans wearing a Cardinals hat at Busch Stadium. And we were instructed that the proper etiquette is to cheer someone on by shouting yahoo! The expression yee haw is for those, um, Texans.

So much more to come.               

Calgary Stampede 4

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Calgary Stampede 2


Ann said...

I am glad they are faring well - didn't they just have a major flood?

Jack said...

Calgary Stampede? Never attended. One more thing to add to the bucket list. Where is your cowboy hat? I love them, but it is hard to find occasions to wear them in Connecticut.

2,123? Even I think that is excessive.

William Kendall said...

Spectacular shots, Bob!

I've been in Calgary before, but not during the Stampede. And yes, the hats are pretty much part of the experience.

By the way, if by chance you come across a food vendor marked Beavertails, trust me, stop in and buy them. They're beyond delicious.

William Kendall said...

And yes, Ann, Calgary (and Alberta) has recently had a flood. They've managed to get the Stampede up and running, though there was some improvising and last minute changes. said...

2,000+ photos in a day? Thank heavens for digital.

Norma Beishir said...

Chocolate covered bacon on the stick? I wondered which country was guilty of starting that one!

I would like to try the beavertails...and, of course, poutine!

A big Happy Birthday to Mrs. C!

Stefan Jansson said...

That is a lot of photos. Nice start here.