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 Cypress 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

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Saint Anthony's Church

It was hot here in Medicine Hat today so here's
Saint Anthony's with a light covering of snow.

Saint Anthony's Church is located northeast of
Maleb (Conquerville), Alberta in the County
of Forty Mile No. 8.  It was in service
from 1912 to 1991.

Photographs of the cemetery situated behind
the church will follow in the next post.

Photographed on February 4, 2017.

Maleb

Maleb

Maleb

Maleb

Maleb

Maleb

Maleb



Monday, 19 June 2017

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Pink Field

A pink field north of Bullshead Reservoir in
southeastern Alberta.  I believe this crop is
a species of vetch.

Photographed on June 17, 2017.

Eagle Butte

Eagle Butte

Eagle Butte



Saturday, 17 June 2017

Gardening

Something different...

I'm a private gardener during the milder months here
in southeastern Alberta.  I've been at it for many years
and my job is to keep everything looking good.  It's lots
of work, mostly done by hand, and there is always
something to do.  There really is no end to it and
that's a good thing.  The best part is that I still enjoy it.
 I like getting down and dirty with the plants.

No one's job comes without its share of tediousness
but I try to keep my focus on the final outcome
because that really is what's important in my work.
Patience is a virtue and the desired result
takes time.  I think the outdoor space should be
comfortable and pleasant; a "feel good" place
to spend some time with family and friends.

The following photographs were taken the morning
after a thunderstorm.  The storm caused no damage
but I noticed that everything was growing like a
weed.  It was time to do some pruning.

The house is over one hundred years old and, except
for the mature trees, the property was completely
re-landscaped about a dozen years ago.  It's my
favourite workplace in an urban setting.

Photographed on June 9, 2017.

Medicine Hat

Medicine Hat

Medicine Hat

Medicine Hat

Medicine Hat

Medicine Hat

Medicine Hat

Medicine Hat

Medicine Hat

Medicine Hat

Medicine Hat

Medicine Hat