Monday, 24 October 2016

Not native to Alberta

Took a drive on the back roads southeast of Calgary October 23, 2016. You see fads in agriculture like any other business. Years ago I remember people thought they were going to make a mint raising ostrich and saw some high prices being paid for them. Llamas and alpacas were all the rage at one point as well. I kind of wondered about ostrich when it encountered winter in Alberta. They did prove to be pretty tough. Years ago I would drive by some guys place north of Morinville, Alberta in the middle of winter and you would see three ostriches running around in a fenced area. That was different. Llamas are better equipped to deal with winter here. It does cause you to take a second look when you are in a very rural area and you see some of these in a field instead of cattle.

Stranraer, Saskatchewan October 9, 2016

Practically a ghost town. The church has a sign on the side stating it is a municipal heritage site. and that it was a United Church. Reality is there are so few people in the area I cannot envision anything other than the church just slipping away over time. No inside look, it was locked.

I really need to be a little smarter running out to places like this. The weather was not good. The church is on a bit of a muddy hill. Even though I had new tires I was driving a car and very rural Saskatchewan is not a place to get stuck. This place can be viewed via Google Street View. I would have taken more and better photos. It was raining and I had to keep wiping raindrops off my lens.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Rural humour

There is an old phone booth at Dorothy, Alberta. Someone keeps changing the mannequin there. The last time I drove by and posted a photo it was a female mannequin in a cowboy hat. I admire the dedication to this running gag. Spotted October 8, 2016.

Cold and horse

Or more accurately, horses. I kind of feel for them when they are out in the cold. This was near Sedalia, Alberta October 8, 2016.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

New Brigden water tower

New Brigden, Alberta October 8, 2016. I have posted this before from a prior visit. The last time I was here the tower was damaged by a severe windstorm the very next day. It has been mainly fixed, there is some more work to do. These are kind of rare. This is an old water tank/tower for train engines. These would store water and fill steam train engines. I believe there are only two in Alberta that are on their original site. This one and the one in Heinsburg, Alberta. Foundations remain where they once stood beside rail lines. The rail companies did a great job of tearing things down when they abandoned rail lines. There is one of these is Glaslyn, Saskatchewan that I have to see one day.

The door was open so this is a look inside. The heavy supports are to support the water tank. There are supplies on the floor for more repairs and restoration. Tried to get more photos. I had to keep wiping snow off of the camera so I eventually gave up. 

Friday, 21 October 2016

Open road . . . ?

Likely not. There are other things that need my attention. Although there is this abandoned grain elevator in Saskatchewan . . .

Abandoned rail line at Herschel, SK October 9, 2016

Butze Elevator

Near Chauvin, Alberta October 10, 2016. You can see this on Google Street View. Northbound on Highway 17, just south of Highway 610 looking west just before the railway tracks. No surprise that it was a wet windy day at this time of year. I really need to get some money for a truck instead of driving my car into places like this.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Netherhill School October 9, 2016

Abandoned school located in Netherhill, Saskatchewan. It had recently snowed and was very foggy. The ground was very wet and my runners were soaked in minutes (I am Canadian, I usually wear running shoes year round). A lot of old schools in rural Saskatchewan are like this. Now it is a home for birds.

A building like this has character and looks well built. I have seen one converted into a house. I am curious as to what the inside is like.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Eagle eye

Sometimes you get really lucky. October 15, 2016 on Highway 855 north of Mundare, Alberta I was with a few friends and this was spotted. This is the first time I got photos of a eagle. In Alberta I frequently see hawks on fenceposts and signposts and have yet to manage a photo. This is better. I managed to quickly snap a number of photos before the eagle got bored with our presence and flew off.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Quick take: Spaca Moskalyk Church

Near Mundare, Alberta October 15, 2016. I have been here before in the summer and previously posted it. Winter gives it a different look.

United Church, Dorothy, Alberta August 13, 2016

The church was in service from 1932 to 1961. Dorothy itself is basically a ghost town. The church was restored years ago. 

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Barn hunting in Saskatchewan

Highway 31 just east of Dodsland looking south on October 9, 2016. The good thing is barns are always in season. Spotted this from the highway and drove off the road up a little hill to get a better look. Driving off the highway was almost a mistake. The ground was so saturated with moisture from a recent snowfall I had serious misgivings that I might get stuck. The weather was chilly, wet, and windy. Shot photos until my fingers started to go numb. Still worth it.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

World's Largest Bunnock

Spotted in Macklin, Saskatchewan on October 9, 2016. What is Bunnock you may ask? Sometimes you just have to look it up.

Spotted in Airdrie, Alberta October 6, 2016

Dropped off my car to get new tires and noticed this in an industrial yard nearby.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Open road

Likely. Need to get a task completed on the weekend which will involve a bit of travel.

Near Esther, Alberta October 8, 2016

Sometimes you come to a . . .

. . . dead end. Spotted near Hanna, Alberta September 24, 2016.