Downtown Calgary can appear a very glossy, glassy affair.
Calgary Tower looking east along 9th Ave.
On the bright sunny days, reflections bounce around...
and the sky rebounds back to you in high-rise images.
A few older, more traditional buildings still exist from the early 1900's - and have held their ground as the diggers and cranes created glass towers around them
The old fire hall - now still in use as office space.
The true downtown area is fairly small - only a few blocks squared.
By early evening and especially at weekends, the business core of this oil and gas city can appear deserted.
One thing I do love here is the many sculptures, art and statues positioned around what can sometimes be a sterile environment.
A collection of funky wind veins.
A strong naked man - in broad daylight no less.
CP Rail history along 9th Ave.
There are little surprises of super modern architecture
and pockets of culture and fun dotted around.
The casual and light-hearted ambience of this city in the summer, versus the frigid, gritty greys of winter
is dramatically different.
I'm kinda lovin' it right now
Come visit My World in Calgary in July or August!