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    It was shoving the clouds around and sending patches of sunlight and shadow scudding across the kettled, glacial hillock landscape. The willows and aspens that grew in the damp areas were laid out sideways, their new leaves catching every gust. Cattle grazing in the dry pastures kicked up little dust storms with every step they took.

    I haven’t been in wind like that for months and it was nearly as cold as it was the last time I felt a blow like that back in, I dunno, February, maybe? It wasn’t exactly what you could call a pleasant day.

    But it did have one thing going for it.

    These were the clouds I was hoping for when I hit the mountains a week ago, the dark-bottomed, fluffy-topped banks of white and silver that start rolling in every year at just about this time.

    I’d followed the line of clouds east from Airdrie, out through Beiseker and eventually to the rolling hills where the prairie meets the parkland in the area around Big Valley, Morrin and Rowley. It was pretty all the way, the green shoots pushing up in the cultivated fields, the creek valleys full of fragrant saskatoon and chokecherry blossoms.

    The clouds soared over it all, some wispy and drawn, some piled high, a lot with curtains of rain underneath.

    But the wind made photography — especially video — tough. Not only is it hard to hold steady when you and the truck are being rocked by 80 km/h gusts, it’s hard to find many birds and animals willing to brave the blasts.

    I cruised until the light started to fade and got lucky in a few sheltered spots around Elnora, where the dips in the land buffered the wind and light spilled between cracks in the clouds.

    Next morning I got up early and looked at the sky. Same thing, nice clouds, patches of blue. I had a few errands to do, though. But by early afternoon I was done and, dammit, that sky just looked too good to pass up.

    I went back the same way but cut north before Beiseker and followed gravel and dirt roads among the fields. The wind had cut back to just a light breeze and I was able to spend more time shooting.

    Row upon row of big clouds sailed the southern horizon while rain clouds darkened the sky to the west. Buffalo beans shone bright yellow in the sunny pastures and I crawled on my belly to shoot them against the blue and grey sky.

    I shot fencelines leading off to infinity — well, the horizon, anyway — and roads that tapered off to the vanishing point. A wind pump sat on a low rise positioned as if by a photographer. All of it against those dramatic skies.

    Flocks of blackbirds — Brewers and cowbirds mostly — flew among cattle in the pastures, their hooves firmly in soil left soft by a passing shower. Ducks swam on the mirrored ponds and irrigation canals. Kingbirds — the dark eastern ones and the butter-yellow bellied westerns — chattered and flitted.

    A pair of Swainson’s hawks shared a gopher in a pasture near their nest.

    But it was the sky that really made the day. It was every bit as dramatic as the day before — maybe even more so — and with the warmth of the sun, the scent of new leaves and blossoms opening up in every pasture, it was heavenly.


  • Patio Living Concepts announces that Douglas Orians has been named as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the company. Patio Living Concepts is a domestic designer and manufacturer of outdoor lighting and associated accessories. Orians will be responsible for all aspects of Patio Living Concepts’ global sales and marketing activities through the company’s multiple distribution channels. Orians has over 25 years of experience in senior sales and marketing roles with companies in the outdoor living products category.

    “We are extremely pleased to welcome to our team as accomplished a professional as Douglas,” said Dale Klaus, owner of Patio Living Concepts. “He brings a highly successful 25 year sales management background in the outdoor segment, which will enable Patio Living Concepts to expand current and new distribution channels.”

    Orians’ responsibilities will include coordination of the company’s established representative team, management of the company’s marketing efforts and new product research and development. Marketing and expansion of the company’s new LED lighting lines as well as molded accessories lines will be a priority for Orians and his team in reaching out to current customers as well as exploring new categories and markets.

    Iluminarc has announced the indoor/outdoor lighting solution Ilumiline Inground 12 IP WW, designed for wall grazing and suited for installation in commercial spaces, homes, lobbies, hospitals or in exterior settings such as building facades and entranceways.

    This multipurpose LED linear wash light has 12 warm white 1-watt LEDs that project elegant and simple warm lighting. With an ingress protection of 67, Ilumiline Inground 12 IP WW features 316 marine-grade stainless steel hardware and a 316 steel trim ring to protect against corrosive environments..

    Established in 2001, Patio Living Concepts designs and manufacturers in its Linn, MO facilities weatherproof portable outdoor lamps and accessories. Lamp designs span the full spectrum of design motifs including traditional and contemporary lamp posts, table lamps, floor lamps and woven lamps. The latest in LED lighting options recently have been introduced with string lighting for umbrellas and Garden Glo planter lighting. Remote control multi-color lighting debuted at the 2011 Casual Market. Outdoor accessories including umbrella bases and planters are also included in the company’s lines.


  • EINPresswire/Calgary, AB - ElectroFur INC, an innovative glowing faux-fur clothing and accessory designer, is pleased to announce its recent partnership with Dr. Ihor Lys. A renowned scientist, Lys has received more than 50 patents for his groundbreaking work in advancing LED technology. His efforts have been integral to the widespread cross-market adoption of LEDs as an illumination source. Lys is the new Technical Advisor at ElectroFur.

    Dr. Lys was selected as one of the world’s 100 Top Young Innovators by Technology Review, MIT’s Magazine of Innovation in 2002 and in 2008 he was named National Inventor of the Year by the Intellectual Property Owners (IPO) Education Foundation. “I’ve been working in the lighting industry for a long time now,” says Lys, “and when it comes to consumer products, I believe the combination fun fur with light is a perfect pairing. I’ve seen a lot of things lit up, and this is really cool.”

    “Having Ihor on our team enables us to make significant improvements to the technology component of our designs,” says David Lee, founder and CEO of ElectroFur and fellow Burning Man participant. “He’s already been working on a circuit that will increase light output by 400 per cent. Our customers can expect more efficient and effective creations- and the new effects are amazing!”

    Lys and Lee agree that glowing clothing is going to become a regular sighting. “I believe that glowing fun fur is the most exciting development in this ready-to-explode segment of the clothing market,” acknowledged Lys. “It’s irresistible,” says David, “when you see glowing fur, it is mesmerizing when you wear it, you’re a star. ElectroFur is ready to go big, and our future is definitely brighter with Lys here!”

    The pocket-sized PLED-W200 offers ultimate mobility. Measuring 130 x 126 x 32 mm and weighing only 420 g, the PLED-W200 is ultra-thin and can be easily carried in a briefcase for convenient transportation between meetings and on business trips. Its LED light source with 250 ANSI lumens lasts more than 20,000 hours while producing brilliant colour. With a built-in SD card reader, Microsoft Office/PDF viewer and dual integrated 2W speakers, this projector can display Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF and other msultimedia files without the need for a PC. The PLED-W200 also features 1.16:1 short throw ratio that can project a 40″ screen from a 1m distance with high native WXGA resolution.

    The PLED-W200 uses an energy-efficient LED light source with more than 20,000 hours lifespan - a green solution that saves you money and helps save the planet. 0-second power-on and power-off lets you start presenting immediately and then unplug the projector without waiting for it to cool down. The PLED-W200 provides 250 lumens of brightness, proving it to be superior to others in the pocket projector category.


  • This summer, CNET visited with the three teams–including the pairing of Portland design firm Ziba with Portland bike builder Signal Cycles, and the tandem of San Francisco design consultancy Fuseproject with Santa Rosa SyCip Designs– as they began their work. On Saturday, the teams, along with another 34 bike builders battling in a separate competition, put their final creations through a rigorous field test, riding 51 miles over pavement and gravel roads, climbing 3,371 feet over the course on bikes that weighed 35 pounds or more. Along the way, cyclists had to stop at checkpoints to pick up cargo and test their lighting systems.

    The Ideo-Rock Lobster bike no doubt had the most conventional look of the three bikes in the design collaboration category. But the bike may also have been the most daring. That’s because it included a motor to help power the pedals when riders need a bit of help climbing hills.

    To many cycling purists, electric bikes, which have been around for years, approach heresy. Cycling is supposed to be a human-powered endeavor. And worse, most e-bikes are hideous moped-like contraptions with unsightly brick-sized motors that ruin any aesthetic. Initially, Rock Lobster’s Paul Sadoff wasn’t keen to build the electric bike that Ideo’s designers wanted.

    “Paul was less enthusiastic than we were,” Ideo’s Adam Vollmer admitted.

    But there’s something dramatically different about this e-bike. First, it looks a lot like a classic upright bike. It features some charming design touches, such as steam-bent wood fenders and a classic leather saddle, that make it elegant. But perhaps most important, the pedal-assist doesn’t overwhelm. It’s not so powerful that riders can simply stop pedaling and go for cruise. That might be just enough to get non-cyclists in the saddle.

    The bike, which cost about $5,000 in parts to make, features a 24-volt, 250-watt motor. Cyclists need to keep pedaling for the motor to work, but can nudge a thumb-controlled toggle on the left-handlebar grip to turn on the pedal-assist and throttle up for steeper climbs. Perhaps most clever are the twin top tubes on the bike that house the lithium-ion batteries, which also power a pair of staggeringly bright lights that use ambient light sensing to switch on as dusk settles in.

    The Ideo team named the bike The Faraday, something Vollmer called a “super nerdy homage” to 19th century scientist Michael Faraday, whose inventions are the foundation of electric motors. In a clever graphic design flourish, the tail of the letter “y” in Faraday circles back up along one of the top tubes an ends in an electrical plug jack.

    Ideo thought that using the twin top tubes to house the electronics was novel enough that the firm has filed a patent on the design. It’s also filed patents on the controller that detects cadence, the throttle mechanism and the algorithm that translates that information into pedal boost. And it’s also filed a patent on the Faraday’s clever modular rack system, which lets cyclists interchange a cargo box for a child’s bike seat or any other accessory they think up.

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