Sunday, 20 May 2018

St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church

This impressive church is the St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic church, located in Kenora, Ontario. It is located at the top of a hill overlooking the town, and features the signature bell tower that most if not all Ukrainian churches have.

The sign under the steps has the two dates "1955 1958" on it.

I wish I had more time to look inside the church - maybe next time.

Steve Boyko

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Journey Through the Past

I recently made a trip to Hazlet, Saskatchewan, a small but vibrant community of eighty-seven people.  They have a restaurant, a gas station/store and an R.M. office.  That's a lot for a little town and best of all, everyone there was pleasant and helpful and courteous.  I'm looking forward to another visit this summer. 

And of course I took some photos along the way.  I wanted to try something decidedly different so I shot only black and white photos that day with hopes of creating a present day journey through the past.  Black and white photos always seem to evoke a sense of history and times gone by. 

Much of the trip was on roads I hadn't travelled before so most of what I saw that day was new to me.  That said, I wanted to start off with something familiar, something to set the mood for the day.  That familiar thing happened to be the photo above, Zion Lutheran Church near Horsham, which I have visited on many occasions.  I always keep my fingers crossed that it's is still standing. 

Completely by chance I happened across the Grand Time School sign, the site of a former one room school.

The United Church in Golden Prairie, now an historical site.  It's open to visitors and has a guest book.

In the ghost town of Nadeauville I was pleasantly surprised to find this one room school. 

Bethany Lutheran Cemetery, one of three cemeteries I saw that day; all of which were well kept and in good condition.

Not far from Hazlet was this concrete and brass monument for the Idaho School District.  This style of school marker is rare.

A diversion into the present time: what a huge and stately horse! 

Located southeast of town on a graded trail was the Hazlet Mission Cemetery. 

Leah at the R.M. office told me about this one, the Unionville School District sign.  I've seen several signs of this style in the Swift Current area.

Right next to the Unionville School sign was this little house with a huge lilac bush that was just about to bloom.

South of town in a small coulee is the Hazlet Cemetery, partially hidden by trees and bushes.

On my way home I saw a magnificent display of "Jacob's Ladder" near Sidewood.  This never gets old.

All of the above photos were taken in southwestern Saskatchewan.  I hope you enjoyed this journey through the past as much as I did.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Abandoned cemetery, April 29, 2018

About twenty-two kilometres northwest of Walsh, Alberta. It is fenced off. There is a small sign saying it is Zion Cemetery of Many Island. The space is overgrown, the markers are showing their age, some graves have no markers. The graves and markers, what ones there are, are hidden in the grass. Unless you kept an eye out you would not notice this forgotten final resting place.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Now that summer weather is upon us

May you all a fantastic summer.

I kicked off my start to summer with sangria in Waterton, Alberta last Saturday.