Friday, January 31, 2020
I spent the better part of a week last winter touring the churches and cemeteries in Lamont County, Alberta.
On my way from one place to another I met this guy. He looks like a cross between a Norwegian Elkhound and a Golden Labrador Retriever. He stopped for a few pats on the head and a sniff or two. Once he was satisfied that I wasn't up to any mischief he gave me a "woof" and went back to the farmhouse and I was on my way to the next church. I like meeting the locals...even if we don't speak the same language.
Photographed near Star, Alberta on January 6, 2019.
Thursday, January 30, 2020
Just a mile south of Dravland Cemetery is Sonnenfeld Cemetery, a Jewish pioneer cemetery.
Looks smart with its white-painted steel fence and sign.
Attached to the fence beside the gate is the history of Sonnenfeld Colony.
I grew up only twenty-five miles from here but didn't even know of its existence until researching the area in the fall of 2017.
The spruce trees planted here have almost covered the graves.
It's unusual to see graves in a cemetery that face both east/west and north/south.
The headstones here are in a Jewish dialect with some English surnames.
Photographed near Oungre, Saskatchewan on October 29, 2017.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
A pioneer cemetery near Oungre, Saskatchewan. I love the name and the design of the sign, both of which are somewhat ominous and add some drama to the otherwise familiar prairie scene.
The cemetery is at the top of a low rise.
The Norwegian names of Hansen, Larsen and Petersen are prevalent here.
The cemetery is still in use and has lots of room for newcomers.
A black metal cross marking an "unknown" grave.
There were a few raindrops that day but for the most part the clouds were just putting on a good show.
Photographed October 29, 2017.
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Siracky Chapel was built by three stone masons in 1940 and became known as "Church of the Weary Traveller" or "Church of the Road." It was commissioned by Peter Siracky, a founding member of the nearby Transfiguration of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church (Spas Moskalyk).
The chapel was built to show the appreciation that he and his fellow Ukrainian settlers had for their new found freedom and love of their church.
As you can see from the photos there was lots of snow all around the chapel...it was a winter wonderland.
Information courtesy of "Lamont County - Church Capital of North America."
Photographed near Mundare, Alberta on January 5, 2019.
Monday, January 27, 2020
The Kerrobert Water Tower has been a local landmark visible for miles around since being built in 1914. The half-moon can be seen in the above photos as well...luck was on my side.
One of four remaining "lighthouse shaped" water towers in Saskatchewan, it continues to supply water to the community and was declared a Municipal Heritage Site in 2005.
The other three standpipe water towers are located in Humboldt, Kamsack and Weyburn. Photos of the latter can be seen here: Weyburn Water Tower
Photographed on November 19, 2019.
Sunday, January 26, 2020
Saturday, January 25, 2020
|June 30, 2017|
Above is the road through Fort Walsh National Historic Site in the Cypress Hills of Saskatchewan. It was a late spring day boasting of greenery and sunshine.
|October 22, 2019|
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|November 24, 2017|
|January 30, 2017|
|December 14, 2018|
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|December 15, 2018|
Somewhere in the vicinity of Souris, North Dakota...a power line, some snow, a gravel road and a great big sky.
|March 27, 2017|
|February 22, 2019|
|July 30, 2019|
|October 14, 2018|
|November 19, 2019|
|January 4, 2020|
It's always a good day out on the open road.
Happy Chinese New Year! Here are a couple of photos of the Chinese Alliance Church in Medicine Hat, Alberta.
I can remember spending Chinese New Year in Vancouver's Chinatown more than a few times. Parades with dragons, firecrackers and lots of delicious food. Good times.
Photographed on March 24, 2018.