Thursday, 15 November 2018

Alberta Wind Sock

Saw this on a dead end road in remote Vulcan County.  It's pretty accurate.

- Michael Truman

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Random Saskatchewan barn

From a Saskatchewan road trip.

Fath Hill Catholic Cemetery

A lovely small pioneer cemetery near Champion, Alberta.  A main marker lists those known to be buried here.  There are no individual grave markers.

A sign marking the location of the original church associated with this cemetery is just up the road.

- Michael Truman

Monday, 12 November 2018

Abandoned Alberta

Spotted on the way to Hondo, Alberta, November 3, 2018.

Someone built their own elevator

Spotted on a farm north of Spruce Grove, Alberta November 3, 2018. This one does not look like it was moved from somewhere else. It looks like it was built there.

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Field of Honour

The Field of Honour at the Eston Cemetery in Saskatchewan.

Wear a poppy with pride.

- Michael Truman

Lest we forget

Michael Truman took these photos and was kind enough to let me post them.

A reminder of those who served.

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Some favourites

Some random photos that became favourites. This type of post will be an occasional thing where random favourite photos will be posted.

Medicine Hat to the US border via Highway 41. I had not seen another person in many miles. I had to pull over and enjoy the silence and marvel at how big the prairie can be. 

Finding quirky stuff is a highlight for me on a road trip. This was one of the best. 

Prairie scenes can be hard to capture. I really paid attention to trying to get good prairie photos after taking this.

One time of the year for one spot can make a big difference over another time of the year.

Friday, 9 November 2018

Warner, Alberta Grain Elevators

On Remembrance Day 2014, I and the wife took a drive to Warner to photograph the last remaining elevator row (5+ elevators) in the snow. Approaching from the north end of village, driving down from Lethbridge I could see from a distance that something wasn't right. As we got closer we witnessed the demolition of the 1928 Alberta Wheat Pool elevator, although we missed the demolition of the 1913 Alberta Farmers Cooperative elevator. At that time it was the first elevator demolition we witnessed first hand, and it left a bad taste in my mouth . . .

I was surprised by the lack of attention the grain elevator demolition had - I have seen other demolitions online or in the news, and there was usually hundreds of people there watching from a distance the machines clawing at these vanishing sentinels. Perhaps because it was occurring on a statutory holiday that there was hardly anyone there to pay their respects to these wooden grain elevators. Though after sharing a few photos of the demolition online, it sure caused some waves in the grain elevator photography groups I am members with. Always take photographs! A person never knows when an place will change. Photos taken November 2014 and a re-visit in February 2015.

- Jason Paul Sailer

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Minor blog update

Changes. Not for the blog. Personal changes.

Trying to run daily posts until the end of November so hopefully I have enough material to make that happen. There may be a few days where they might not be any posts. I have some personal stuff to get squared away and November is turning out to be an interesting month for me. 

Johnson Memorial Cemetery of Whitlash

A hilltop cemetery situated midway between Gold Butte and Mount Brown in the Sweet Grass Hills of northern Montana. It has been in and out of use since 1901 and as recently as 2010.

Beautifully maintained and locally referred to as Whitlash Cemetery.

- Michael Truman

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Random barns

Various Alberta barns from this year.

From Gravesborough to Milly

An historical monument celebrating the former settlement of Milly.  What a great name for a town!  Located near McCord, Saskatchewan.

The monument reads:

Milly District
With great hopes, settlers came to a district called Milly. This 1910 post office, originally called Gravesborough, was located on six different homestead sites. A settlement was established here with two stores, post office, Roman Catholic Church, barber shop-pool hall, a hall and sports grounds.  In 1929 the railway was built further north.  The community declined during the great depression. St. Joseph's Church was moved to Glentworth in 1931. Milly soon disappeared.

- Michael Truman

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Unknown school

I am sure this is an old one room schoolhouse. This is in Vulcan County, Alberta. I posted it before when I saw it in the winter. I wanted to see it with no snow. There is no sign saying what school it was, it may have been moved here from another location. It sits alone out in a field.

Photos taken October 26, 2018.

Monday, 5 November 2018

Dorothy Grain Elevator

So here, for your approval, shots of the 1920s grain elevator remaining at Dorothy, Alberta which was closed in the late 1950s.  Now roofless, its future hangs in the balance, hopefully it will be rescued and preserved for future generations! Visited in July, 2017.

- Jason Paul Sailer