Friday, February 28, 2020

Top Ten

May 21, 2017
I've been uploading photos to Google Maps for a little over two years now.  I check in every couple of weeks... it's always interesting to see what does (and what doesn't) get a lot of views.  These are the "Top Ten" according to the number of views each one has received up until today.

10.  Milk River Valley Church of the Brethren
A beautiful abandoned church north of Kremlin, Montana.  The roads in this area are mostly just graded trails.

August 7, 2017
9.  Cypress Hills
Early morning light on a grain crop near Eagle Butte, Alberta.  Yes, it really is blue!  Lots of fresh bales between the crop and the hills.

June 17, 2017
8.  Cypress Hills
A type of pink-blooming vetch north of Eagle Butte, Alberta.  I look forward to seeing this each and every year.

October 19, 2017
7.  Weyburn Provincial Court - Circuit Point
A stylish brick building in Weyburn, Saskatchewan.  The turquoise-coloured shutters make this one a standout.

December 10, 2017
6.  Holy Rosary Parish
A spectacular old wooden-framed church near Reward, Saskatchewan.  This is the first photo I ever uploaded to Google Maps.

October 20, 2017
5.  Helicopter Weathervane
Anyone who's traveled east of Swift Current, Saskatchewan on the Trans Canada Highway has seen this first-hand.

August 7, 2017
4.  Cypress Hills
The summer residents across from Saint Margaret's Church near Eagle Butte, Alberta.  I think they have a pretty good life out in the hills.

November 24, 2017
3.  Our Lady of the Rockies
A ninety foot statue of Mary (Mother of Jesus) on top of the Continental Divide just east of Butte, Montana.

September 25, 2017
2.  (New) Hillside Cemetery
A young Ohio Buckeye tree displaying it's fall colours on the outskirts of Medicine Hat, Alberta.

March 11, 2018
1.  Medicine Hat Court House
A uniquely designed brick and Tyndall Stone® building in Medicine Hat, Alberta.

Thursday, February 27, 2020


A fine looking domesticated bull elk I saw near Boian, Alberta.  Looks like he has lots to eat.

He posed nicely turning right and then left.  He looks a little sleepy in this last photo. 

Photographed on February 23, 2020.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020


The headstone of a married couple in the Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Cemetery of Saint Mary in the district of Szpenitz.  Pioneers were ever so resilient.

Photographed near Hairy Hill, Alberta on February 23, 2020.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Blue Jay

Merriment at the cemetery...

A blue jay whirligig at Nativity of Saint Mary Ukrainian Orthodox Church Cemetery.

Photographed near Gronlid, Saskatchewan on October 26, 2019.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Boian Marea

A big and beautiful stone school built in 1937.

It's now used as a community hall.

Photographed near Willingdon, Alberta on February 23, 2020.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Saint Saviour's Anglican Church

Saint Saviour's Anglican Church was the first church built in Foremost, Alberta.  It opened in 1914 and closed in 1968, four years after its centennial.

It was eventually moved to a farm near Bow Island and some years later it was donated to the Etzikom Museum and Historical Windmill Center where it is now on permanent display.

It's a lovely little church with a warm presence and lots of historical charm.  Stop in for a look.

Etzikom is on the Red Coat Trail, east of Foremost and west of Manyberries.

Etzikom is on the Red Coat Trail, east of Foremost and west of Manyberries.

Photographed on November 13, 2016.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Flaxcombe Grain Elevator

The elevator in Flaxcombe, Saskatchewan.  That's a big chunky annex on the right hand side.

It had been raining off and on all day making for some "slip and slide" side roads.  It's better to walk in to a location that to get stuck.

Photographed on November 17, 2019.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Saint John the Evangelist Part 2

I'd seen a few things in Fort Qu'Appelle and it was time for lunch.  I stopped at a cafe downtown and since I was starving I ordered a clubhouse sandwich with soup and was winter and I needed to keep up my strength (or so I told myself)!

My waitress was friendly so I asked if she might know someone who had a key to the "little stone church." She soon came back with the soup and a sticky note with a phone number.

After a great lunch I was back to the car.  I phoned the number and he said "be right there."

I met a man at the church a few minutes later.  As it turned out he'd been the organist at the church for seventy years...seventy years!  Wow!  I really can't imagine that to tell the truth.  He's ninety years old.

We had quite a nice chat while I shot some photos inside the church.  As mentioned in the previous post, all of the stained glass windows were donated by members of the church in 1985 on its centennial.  They really are beautiful.  Enjoy!

Above: looking towards the back of the church from the altar.

 These are the windows along the north and south sides of the church.

This is the largest of the eight windows and is the focal point of the back wall.

Looking towards the altar.

Photographed on December 16, 2019.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Saint John the Evangelist Part 1

On my last road trip of 2019 I passed through Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan on a very overcast Monday morning.  I hadn't been through here in about forty years and since my memory really isn't very good, it was pretty well all new to me.  Saint John the Evangelist Anglican Church immediately caught my eye.

The stone building with brick accents is mostly original to 1885 and is in beautiful condition.

I love the big square bell tower at the front corner.  And yes, there is still a bell in the tower.

The stone cairn on the street corner was erected on the one hundredth anniversary.

Also on the one hundredth anniversary...members of the church donated beautiful new stained glass windows to grace their historical stone church.  More about that next time.

Photographed on December 16, 2019.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020


A pronghorn meets a doe and her fawns.

Photographed near Conquerville, Alberta on August 5, 2017.