Saturday, 3 December 2016

Ranch Sign

Ranch signs used to look worn out and beat up. These days I see more and more creative and well done signs that are not weathered. This is near Wateron National Park in Alberta that I managed to spot on November 27, 216.

Rural Art

Spotted south of Pincher Creek, Alberta November 27, 2016. I saw a great weather vane months ago and now I am always on the lookout for them. I think it is one of those neat throwback items that I like to find.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Open road

The road calls however I do have obligations. I also have very unpleasant back pain. Hopefully the therapist I have book has mad skills.

Highway 22 south of Longview, Alberta November 27, 2016 for your information.

Lundbreck Falls November 27, 2016

This is near just off Highway 3 just a bit west of Lundbreck, Alberta. It is a not a big falls. This is one of my favourite spots and I make a point to stop here. I keep trying with photos in the hope that someday I might get it right. I may have succeeded this time.


There is no snow on the ground in very late November and no snow in the immediate forecast. The rocks at the base of the falls had a micro-thin coating of ice making them slick to walk on. It would have been less hazardous later in the day instead of coming here at ten in the morning. Some things are just worth the risk. 



I tried the "art" shot of the bridge which is a stone's throw down from the falls.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

An adventure of a different sort

A little bit of greatly condensed personal history.

In March of 2014 after twenty years of marriage I was served with divorce proceedings. The details are nothing that I am going to discuss on this blog as it is a personal matter. One of these days the whole matter will be settled and she and I will be legally free of each other. With luck she will find what she is looking for. When things are finalized I will bear the other party no ill will and she will not hear from me again. There is a reason why I mention this.

Since then life has been a bit of an adjustment. Right after I moved and started a job in a different town. New place, new people, new connections. Distance brings perspective. Someone once commented on this site that this blog might be construed as a way of finding myself. Depending on the day I think he may, or may not, be right. Road trips and exploration are a form of therapy. I could discuss my life with a therapist or I could take some trips, snap a few photos, and blog about it. I think I gain more doing the latter. I also learn a few things in the process.

Dating is a strange experience. There are a lot of people out there looking for a certain something. I hope they find it. Some never will. My grandmother used to say there is a lid for every pot and I would like to think she is right. The reality for most of us is that life is better as two. 

I met someone recently. This is the first time I made reference to her on this blog. She is fun to be with. She has a lot of the same interests I do and I enjoy her company. Life just seems better with her in the picture. She also thinks I am a great guy. Hopefully she never overcomes that delusion. The fun thing is that she loves to take photos as well as explore and I get to introduce her to my favourite spots and the two of us can check out some places that are new to both of us. 

This blog had an anniversary yesterday. I wanted to maintain an original post a day for two years and I managed to do it. Some posts were likely better than others. After two years I may relax the pace a bit. The fun thing about doing this is I have got to "meet" some interesting people and have a few email exchanges with them. As for the blog we will see what happens.

December 1, 2016 snowfall

The first snowfall always seems to have a bit of magic to it. Big lazy flakes are still drifting down. The view from my window shows about two inches accumulating. In the next couple of days temperatures will be above freezing and it will turn to a slushy mess. For now I like the look of a light blanket of snow on the landscape.

Woke up to this

Nothing on the ground last night and nothing was in the forecast. About two inches of fluffy snow fell.

Oddities

Piapot, Saskatchewan July 30, 2016. You can run across some odd stuff just by driving around.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Whitepool Grain Elevator November 12, 2016

Some days I get a obsessive desire to drive out to visit some places. This has been posted about on other blogs and when reading about it I wanted to see it. For some reason I like to see old grain elevators on the prairie.

This is in Saskatchewan, a little west of Dodsland and north of Highway 31. There is no road to it. It is abandoned and out in a field with a "No Trespassing" sign posted by the road. There was no town called Whitepool, it was just the place name for this elevator. There is a rail line running past it.





Tuesday, 29 November 2016

If you are a fan of Chickenmom

Go over to her page at coopfeathers.blogspot.com and wish her well. She is one of my favourite bloggers.

A friend of mine is blogging again

Somehow I neglected to mention this blog. The blogger is a good friend of mine. Go visit his page when you have a moment at:

Respect the sign

It is faded and in rough shape. The sign says "PRIVATE PROPERTY NO TRESPASSING". I take photos and stop to check out what interests me which could be anything on any given day. There are times when I will notice something off in a field and will stop for a look. I look to see if there are any signs posted. There are instances where you have to take a hard look to see if they are there.

There is a lot of stuff where I cannot get a closer look as it is behind a fence and signs are posted. I ran across an old cemetery recently and was about to investigate when a sign said it was on private land and there was no access to the site. On occasion it can be a bit confusing as Crown Land, or land owned by the government, is sometimes fenced. Zooming in with a camera only does so much when trying to get a closer look. If I run across the owner I will ask if I can get access. It is rare when that happens. I have innocently trespassed a few times because I could not see a sign anywhere or any indication I was on private land. I never take anything from any spot I visit. Collecting stuff does not interest me and I have no place for putting anything if it did.

Rural crime is definitely an issue. I try to have some business cards on me so that if someone asks what I am doing I explain I am taking photos and hand them a card to say who I am. I doubt criminals do this. I do my reasonable best to respect other's property. 

Twin Butte General Store

I have been here before and posted about it before. I am posting about it again simply because this place is that damn good. Twin Butte is between Pincher Creek, Alberta and Waterton National Park, Alberta. There is a store, post office, and the restaurant that specializes in Mexican food. After a quick trip to Waterton on November 27, 2016 I made a point to be here when I was getting hungry. Timing is key.

This place is an absolute gem. There is nothing in Twin Butte except for a couple of houses and a community hall. There used to be more many years ago. The store does not sell much. The decor is unique. 



On weekends this place has live music. I really need to be here sometime when I can catch an act.



I do not know how I managed to get a kitchen shot with no one in it. Usually there are two people in the kitchen and you can watch everything being made. I live over two hours away from here however I have driven here just for the food. This time I opted for the pulled pork chimichanga. I am not really a fan of Mexican food but it is so good here that I order it anyway. Anyone looking to open a place serving could take lessons from these people.


This place was busy when I was there on a Sunday. I got luck getting some photos with no one in them. Check them out online sometime.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Christmas lights

I thought this was fun. Near Pincher Creek, Alberta November 27, 2016.

Krassna Church and Cemetery

Highway 21 just a little south of junction where it meets Highway 321 in Saskatchewan on November 12, 2016. I spotted the cemetery off in a farmer's field from the highway. It is on the west side of the highway. By the time I got stopped I noticed this sign just off the highway. Being the sort of person that I am I had to visit. I know that this area of Saskatchewan had German settlers from Eastern Europe. 


The walk from the road to the cemetery. I did not see any "No Trespassing" signs while crossing the field.


A couple of plain markers. The church ceased to exist in 1944.


The arch has a list and key of all of the grave sites. Most of them are in the 1930's and earlier. One is from 1991. The site is very neat and ordered.




This is the only one I saw in need of restoration. This place is well kept.


I love running across unique crosses.



Very few cemeteries do not have a reminder of the war years. People from all over Canada served. I doubt there is an area of the country that was not affected.





Graves of children affect me as well as the very simple markers. To me the very simple markers say that those left behind did not have much and did their best to mark the site. Not that long ago people had some very tough times to live through.



Sunday, 27 November 2016

Rural Art

Spotted in Delburne, Alberta November 20, 2016. Finding stuff like this is always fun.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Near Eastend, Saskatchewan

Just a drive in the middle of nowhere once again on November 11, 2016. The gravel road I was on followed a railway. I spotted an abandoned property on the other side of the tracks.


The problem with this time of year is the green has gone and everything is so dry and dusty. You would almost think you were in a desert area.



The truck almost looks like you could start it and drive away.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Hatton, Saskatchewan November 12, 2016

A cemetery on a hill is all that remains of Hatton, Saskatchewan. 


Apparently this was quite a community at one point. You can drive past this on Highway 635 north of Highway 1. 


You can still see the graves. A few are very overgrown.





You can barely see it but off in the distance is a train on the rail line that runs past where Hatton once existed.