Saturday, July 31, 2021

Road Trip Day Four - Holy Trinity

Early evening light on Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Canora, Saskatchewan.

Churches of Byzantine design are rare in this part of the world.

Three of the trapezoidal-shaped windows on one side of the church.

Note the single scroll detail on the porch eaves.

The domes are almost a cross between a dome and a spire.  Each one is topped by a decorative wrought iron Orthodox cross.

The gold-colored bell sits at the north corner of the church.

The church was built in 1928 and still seems to be every bit as beautiful now as it was then. 

Photographed on July 27, 2021.

Friday, July 30, 2021

Road Trip Day Three - Wheatwyn

Wheatwyn Lutheran Church is located near Markinch, Saskatchewan and was built of local fieldstone over the years 1906-1907.

I tried to see it last winter but the trail leading to the church was buried in about a foot of snow.  

An unusual feature of the church is the balcony which runs along both the back wall and north side of the building.  The staircase is narrow and steep.

Up here the seating consists of very simple bench seats.

As seen in this photo, one side of the nave is wooden chairs while the other side offers pews.

A large black metal cross stands tall at the entrance to the cemetery. 

A view of the church through the cemetery gate.

Photographed on July 26, 2021.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Road Trip Day Two - Saint Matthew's

Saint Matthew's Anglican Church was built in 1906.

Unusual roof line on the porch, and above, the tall spire adds a little touch of grandeur.

This stained glass triptych is above the altar...

...the interior is otherwise spartan.

There are graves on both sides of the church with most of the taller headstones on the north side of the church.

Each vertical wire on the old-fashioned fence surrounding the grounds is topped by a small cast iron maple leaf...sometimes it's the little things.

Photographed near Foxleigh, Saskatchewan  on July 25, 2021.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Road Trip Day One - Pella

Day One of a week long road trip in Saskatchewan.  This is the long abandoned Pella Mennonite Church near Neville, Saskatchewan.

Lots of windows but why there are two windows above the porch is a mystery as there is no second story or balcony.

A look inside.

I stopped here a couple of years ago but didn't go inside.  This time I stepped in and saw the remains of what must have been quite a lovely stamped tin ceiling. 

There is a tiny cemetery a few hundred feet up the slope with only two headstones.

The church sits hidden from view in a small valley.  Nice location.  Nice view.

Photographed on July 24, 2021.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

A Few Years Ago

A few years ago...a beautiful crop near Eastend, Saskatchewan.  I love the prairies.

Photographed on July 11, 2019.

Monday, July 26, 2021

Let's Get High

People enjoying a balloon ride over Medicine Hat, Alberta.

Photographed on July 12, 2021.

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Українська греко-православна церква святої Марії

Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church of Saint Mary.

Blues crosses in glass and a turquoise archway...the handmade wrought iron fence really "sets the scene."

Not sure if the church is still in regular use...

...but it's well maintained.  I'm sure there is an occasional wedding, funeral or baptism performed here.

This triptych of windows under the alcove would be just above the altar.  Imagine the morning light streaming through the blue coloured glass.    

Beside the church is a gray marble sign in both Ukrainian and English.  A relatively new building...1956 wasn't all that long ago.

Looking up at the beautifully designed dome and cupolas.  

Photographed in Nipawin, Saskatchewan on November 27, 2020.

Saturday, July 24, 2021

July 24 Part 2 - William and Mary


...and sunrise. 

William and Mary Trischuk were my maternal grandparents.  They were both born in Ukraine and immigrated individually to Canada in the early 1900's.

Didn't really get a chance to know them in any meaningful loss.  

Though I've been told I look much like a "Truman," I feel much more like a "Trischuk."  Each of mom's family members had elusive and captivating personalities...impossible to pin down and always left one wondering.  Family was an art.

Headstones photographed at Woodlawn Cemetery in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on October 12 and 13, 2020.  Thank you to the unknown photographer of "William and Mary."

July 24 Part 1 - Frank and Hilma

The headstones of my paternal grandparents in the Halbrite Cemetery.

Frank Oskar was actually born in 1874 (not in 1876 as shown on the marker). 

Both he and Hilma Louise were born in Sweden and immigrated to Canada via Illinois, U.S.A.  Both were gone long before I was born.  

This looks like a wedding day photo to me...the young and hopeful Frank and Hilma Truman.

Didn't really connect with members of the Truman family...simply didn't feel part of the clan.  Not sure what to make of that.  

Headstones photographed near Halbrite, Saskatchewan on October 17, 2017.  Thank you to the unknown photographer of "Frank and Hilma."

Friday, July 23, 2021

Friday Morning with Daisy

Went to Daisy's house to do some weeding and ended up playing fetch half the time.  Rather a nice way to spend a Friday morning if I do say so myself.

Photographed in Medicine Hat, Alberta on July 23, 2021.

Maple Green S.D. No. 28

A brick school in the R.M. of Abernathy, Saskatchewan.

The building is completely surrounded by trees.

Just left of centre is the front door.

A side view.

My favorite shot...bright spring light at work on the freshly unfurled leaves.

Photographed on May 18, 2021.