Friday, 18 August 2017

Cecil Ferry, Saskatchewan July 15, 2017

The Cecil Ferry is east of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, gravel roads on either side, and crosses the North Saskatchewan River.

What makes road trips interesting is the unexpected. I got to share the ferry with farm equipment. Not a lot of room left over my car on a small ferry.

You can see my car just in front.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

The prairie air could be better

There are numerous forest fires in the province of British Columbia west of where I live. With winds and air currents the smoke from those fires has drifted into Alberta. Some days there is quite the haze in the air. I woke up sometime after three this morning coughing and choking due to the smoke in the air. I got a headache from the coughing and do not feel the greatest. I definitely have empathy for anyone that suffers from asthma, it must be hellish.

Obviously the people who are directly affected by the fires have it far worse. I think it will be a relief when the first snowfall hits. A good steady rain for a few days over British Columbia would help immensely.

Someone out there might like this as well

Stumbled across this site and thought others might find it interesting.

August 17th already?

Where is my summer going?

I have either crammed too much into my summer or not enough.

Black and white abandoned Saskatchewan

Parkbeg, Saskatchewan August 11, 2017.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

There are times when you encounter something truly amazing

This was a stop during a road trip on August 12, 2017. I will say that this is southwest of Unity, Saskatchewan in a very rural area. There is nothing near this church. There is a population challenged small town a few miles up the road. Other than that there is nothing nearby. It is a Roman Catholic Church built from 1918 to 1920 and is still in use.

After going inside I was immediately struck by the interior. It is an amazing sight.

Looking back from in front of the altar to the balcony.

I spent a fair amount of time admiring the artwork. The artwork was done by a famous artist, Count Berthold von Imhoff. He did the artwork for a number of rural churches. This is the first time I had encountered his work. I am somewhat religious. I am not Catholic. I could not help but feel a deep sense of reverence in this place. I enjoyed the beautiful silence of this church. I could have spent hours here.

The view from the upper level at the back.

From the inside looking out.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017


East of Neidpath, Saskatchewan August 11, 2017. For some reason I like old barns.

When farm machinery goes bad

Spotted on the way to Wilkie, Saskatchewan August 12, 2017.

Tramping Lake, Saskatchewan August 12, 2017

Privately owned grain elevator on an long abandoned rail line. Lettering on the front says "Kohlman Farm".

Monday, 14 August 2017

Prairie landscape

South of Tompkins, Saskatchewan August 10, 2017.

South of Fenton, Saskatchewan July 15, 2017

Saron Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church built in 1907. The first Norwegian Lutheran Church built in Saskatchewan. The original is in the foreground. Beautiful spot and no town close by.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Friday, 11 August 2017

Everybody should take a rural ferry

Especially in a place like this. I cannot state just how beautiful this spot was. Wonderful view as I descended down the road to wait for the ferry. I just wish I could have captured the scenery here a bit better. The Weldon Ferry crosses the South Saskatchewan River. It took a bit of driving down rural gravels to get here. Of course when I did cross over the side turned out to be paved. 

There is not a lot anchoring a ferry.

Gorgeous spot. I loved it except for the bugs. Saskatchewan has lots of nasty plus size insects. While talking to the ferry operator I was bitten by horseflies. After my trip my car was plastered with insect remains.

Cable tower.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

My moose photo for 2017

Spotted July 25, 2017. It is damn tough to get a photo of a moose in the wild.

For the chicken fans

I saw this on Springbank Road west of Calgary, Alberta on July 26, 2017.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Anthony Hill School July 30, 2017

This is just outside Usona, Alberta. The last time I was here and I posted it the temperature was -30C. Summer, warm weather, and lots of foliage make a huge difference. This building is a little more substantial than your typical one room schoolhouse. I have only seen a couple of schools like this one. The inside has experienced some vandalism and I did not feel like taking photos of it.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Hanging out in Yoho and Banff National Parks

This last weekend was a long weekend here in Alberta. I spent August 6, 2017 running around Yoho National Park and Banff National Park.

Return to the Natural Bridge by Field, British Columbia that I have posted before.

A quick revisit to Takkakaw Falls, not far from Field, British Columbia.

The road to Takkakaw Falls. The air was very hazy and smoke was hanging in the air from forest fires in British Columbia.

Back in Alberta in Banff National Park. This is by Num-Ti-Jah Lodge north of Lake Louise, Alberta. 

Bow Lake in Banff National Park.

There was a small herd by the highway. Due to the traffic I managed to get a photo of one.