Friday, 30 June 2017

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Grace Church and Cemetery

Grace Church and Cemetery is located in the Goldstone
area of Hill County, Montana.  The cemetery has had
recent burials but the original church is now gone.
In its place stands a steel framework in the shape
of the historic church but smaller in scale.

This took me by surprise as I was expecting to find
the original church.  But...after walking through the
cemetery for a short time my initial disappointment
soon faded as I adopted the "new" church as the
spirit of the old church.

The Sweet Grass Hills were to the west and this
meadowlike spot simply felt warm and inviting.  All
was well and good at Grace Church and Cemetery.

Photographed on May 21, 2017.

Goldstone, Montana, church, cemetery, pioneer, historical

Goldstone, Montana, church, cemetery, pioneer, historical

Goldstone, Montana, church, cemetery, pioneer, historical

Goldstone, Montana, church, cemetery, pioneer, historical

Goldstone, Montana, church, cemetery, pioneer, historical

Goldstone, Montana, church, cemetery, pioneer, historical

Goldstone, Montana, church, cemetery, pioneer, historical

Goldstone, Montana, church, cemetery, pioneer, historical

Goldstone, Montana, church, cemetery, pioneer, historical

Goldstone, Montana, church, cemetery, pioneer, historical

Goldstone, Montana, church, cemetery, pioneer, historical

Prickly Pear Cacti

Most of the prickly pear cacti finished blooming about
a week ago but I found this late bloomer today.  The
pink edge on the flower means the flower is beginning
to fade.

In a few months the cactus berries will be ready to
eat.  They are lightly sweet and spicy and a nice treat
for animals and birds and humans.

Photographed on June 28, 2017.

flower, Medicine Hat, Alberta, cactus

flower, Medicine Hat, Alberta, cactus

flower, Medicine Hat, Alberta, cactus

flower, Medicine Hat, Alberta, cactus

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Haddington School 1926-1990 sign

A fieldstone and metal sign commemorating Haddington
School in School District Number 3965.  Located near
Patricia, Alberta in the County of Newell No. 4.

Photographed on June 26, 2017.

Patricia, Alberta, school, sign

Patricia, Alberta, school, sign

Patricia, Alberta, school, sign

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Rainy Hills Lutheran Church

The Rainy Hills Lutheran Church sits atop a hill in the
hamlet of Iddesleigh, Alberta, just southeast of
Dinosaur Provincial Park.

The church was established in 1915 and is still active
in the community. The Ladies Aid group offers support
for those needing companionship or in times of crisis
or illness.

There is also a strikingly modern-minimalist space-age
meets old-west Christian-themed (that's a mouthful)
steel sculpture on the church grounds.  It was well
worth the trip just to see it.  My thoughts in one
word: refreshing.

Photographed on June 20, 2017.

Iddesleigh Alberta

Iddesleigh Alberta

Iddesleigh Alberta

Iddesleigh Alberta

Iddesleigh Alberta

Iddesleigh Alberta



Monday, 26 June 2017

Bluebird on a Blue Truck

One day out in the Cypress Hills I noticed that a
bluebird was attracted to the mirrors on my truck.
The windows were rolled down and he would fly
through the truck cab from one mirror to the other,
take a look at himself and then fly off only to
return a little later and repeat his actions.

Photographed on June 18, 2017.

Cypress Hills, Alberta, Saint Margaret's Church

Cypress Hills, Alberta, Saint Margaret's Church

Cypress Hills, Alberta, Saint Margaret's Church

Cypress Hills, Alberta, Saint Margaret's

Cypress Hills, Alberta, Saint Margaret's Church

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Cypress School

Cypress School is located northwest of Elkwater,
Alberta in the Cypress Hills.  It opened in 1900
and closed in 1958; a long run for a country school.
It was in School District Number 542.

In the foreground of the last two photographs, the
concrete water well casing is shown on the left and
what remains of the teacherage foundation is to the
right.

The Baptist Freedom Settlers Cemetery is only a few
miles northeast of the school:
http://www.timeforthepast.com/2017/06/baptist-freedom-settlers-cemetery.html

Photographed on February 13, 2017 (No. 1), March 1,
2017 (Nos. 2-4) and May 11, 2017 (Nos. 5-7).

Elkwater, Alberta, abandoned

Elkwater Alberta, abandoned

Elkwater, Alberta, abandoned

Elkwater, Alberta, abandoned

Elkwater, Alberta, abandoned

Elkwater, Alberta, abandoned

Elkwater, Alberta, abandoned

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Pincushion Cacti

A few pincushion cacti were blooming in the undisturbed
prairie near to where I was working today.  When not in
bloom they are mostly hidden under the taller prairie
grass.

The last two photographs show a couple of iridescent
insects busy pollinating the flower.  The tiny fruits
produced are prized by the wild birds and animals.

Photographed on June 24, 2017.

Medicine Hat Alberta

Medicine Hat Alberta

Medicine Hat Alberta

Medicine Hat Alberta

Bar J Bar Ranch sign

A carved and painted wooden ranch sign east of
Iddesleigh, Alberta.  This year is The Johnson
Family's one hundred and seventh ranch
anniversary.

Photographed on June 20, 2017.

Iddesleigh Alberta

Iddesleigh Alberta

Friday, 23 June 2017

Winnifred Colony sign

Winnifred Colony was established in 1953 but this sign
was established just a year or two ago.  The naïveté of
the animals cut and pasted onto the background of
pasture and dirt trail is, well...rather surreal and
marvelous all at the same time.  It's a showstopper
of a sign for certain.

The sign is constructed like a back-lit sign though I
don't know if it actually lights up.  If I'm ever in
the area after dark...

It is located northeast of Winnifred, Alberta.

Photographed on January 28, 2017.

Hutterite Alberta

Hutterite Alberta

Hutterite Alberta

Hutterite Alberta


Thursday, 22 June 2017

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Saint Anthony's Cemetery

This cemetery is located about six hundred feet behind
Saint Anthony's Church in the Maleb, Alberta area.

There are some unknown burials but most of the graves
are marked by name which is rare in a pioneer cemetery.
The stone cairn displays the original bell from the
church tower.  The grounds are well kept.

There are two marked graves that have been excluded
from the other interments. They are located about five
hundred feet to the south and are now joined to the
main cemetery by a mowed path.

Photographed on November 13, 2016 and
December 3, 2016.

Maleb

Maleb

Maleb

Maleb

Maleb

Maleb

Maleb

Maleb

Maleb

Maleb