Saturday, 30 September 2017

Bow Bridge School sign

A sign northeast of Bow City, Alberta
that marks the former location of
Bow Bridge School.

Photographed on September 22, 2017.

Bow City, Alberta, school, sign, historic

Bow City, Alberta, school, sign, historic

Friday, 29 September 2017

The Old Dairy

The building where I live was originally built
as a dairy over one hundred years ago.  After
sitting vacant and neglected for a number of
years it was renovated with the addition of a
third floor in 1999 and a fourth floor being
added in 2010.

During construction of the top floor I would
stop by occasionally to see how things were
coming along with the project.  I was also
very interested to see if the builders could
maintain the integrity of the original brick
structure.  I  have to admit I think they did
a fine job; the best part being is it's a great
place to live.

I live on the top corner with the
"dog jumping" metal cutout.  The vines
growing up the side of the building are now
reaching the roof at over forty feet high.

Photographed on September 27, 2017.

Medicine Hat, Alberta, dairy, historical

Medicine Hat, Alberta, dairy, historical

Medicine Hat, Alberta, dairy, historical

Medicine Hat, Alberta, dairy, historical

Medicine Hat, Alberta, dairy, historical

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Over Seven Million Miles

My all-time favourite train design; the sleek
lines just seem to propel these locomotives
into the jet age that was the 1950s.

They are a permanent fixture of Riverside
Park in the downtown area of Medicine Hat,
Alberta.

Photographed on September 27, 2017.

trains, Medicine Hat, Alberta, historic, park

trains, Medicine Hat, Alberta, historic, park

trains, Medicine Hat, Alberta, historic, park

trains, Medicine Hat, Alberta, historic, park

trains, Medicine Hat, Alberta, historic, park

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

A Whale of a Time

Jenn at West of the 5th posted this yesterday:
Marshall and Forest Bank

Included in that post were a few shots of
days-gone-by playground equipment.
Seeing this reminded me of a one-of-a-kind
piece of playground equipment here in
Medicine Hat, Alberta that has been a part
of many children's lives.

It sits in the playground of the over one
hundred year old Central Park.  This Slide
Whale, installed circa 1957-1958, is made
of formed concrete and has had several
different colour schemes, the original and
my personal favourite being black and
white like an orca.  I was informed today
that it should get a new coat of paint
next year.  That's a good thing.

The park itself is a full city block in size
and always looks inviting with its mature
trees and large expanse of lawn.  An older
Ohio Buckeye Tree, fifty years plus and
just changing to its fall colours, is also a
resident of the park.  In the winter it's a
great place to make snow angels.

Thanks for the reminder, Jenn.

Photographed on September 26, 2017.

Medicine Hat, Alberta, park, whale slide, historic

Medicine Hat, Alberta, park, whale slide, historic

Medicine Hat, Alberta, park, whale slide, historic

Medicine Hat, Alberta, park, whale slide, historic

Monday, 25 September 2017

Ohio Buckeye

A young Ohio Buckeye Tree showing
some fall colour in Medicine Hat's
Hillside Cemetery.

They look quite exotic with their
palmate leaves but are very hardy
here in southeastern Alberta.  The
fruits are spiny capsules containing a
large seed or seeds as seen in the last
photo.  The fruits are also known as
horse chestnuts and are very poisonous.

Photographed on September 25, 2017.

Medicine Hat, Alberta, plants, Ohio, buckeye, tree, cemetery

Medicine Hat, Alberta, plants, Ohio, buckeye, tree, cemetery

Medicine Hat, Alberta, plants, Ohio, buckeye, tree, cemetery

Medicine Hat, Alberta, plants, Ohio, buckeye, tree, cemetery

Medicine Hat, Alberta, plants, Ohio, buckeye, tree, cemetery

Medicine Hat, Alberta, plants, Ohio, buckeye, tree, cemetery

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Taylor Cemetery

A few depressions in the ground and
some weathered wood are all that
remain of Taylor Cemetery.

Vulcan County raised a cairn with a
memorial plaque on the site in 2013.
Kudos to the author of this apt and
heartfelt testimonial.

Photographed on September 22, 2017.

cemetery, Lomond, Alberta, Vulcan County

cemetery, Lomond, Alberta, Vulcan County

cemetery, Lomond, Alberta, Vulcan County

cemetery, Lomond, Alberta, Vulcan County

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Young Buck

At the same time I was taking photos of Yun Shan,
the Dragon Spruce Heritage Tree in McCharles
Park, this young buck was foraging on someone's
lawn just across the street.

The deer aren't at all shy here in town.  I was
about ten feet away from him and he was content
to pose as long as I didn't disrupt his lunch.

Photographed on September 16, 2017.

wildlife, animals, Medicine Hat, Alberta

wildlife, animals, Medicine Hat, Alberta

wildlife, animals, Medicine Hat, Alberta

wildlife, animals, Medicine Hat, Alberta

Friday, 22 September 2017

Saint Joe's

Saint Joseph's Home, lovingly referred to as
St. Joe's by us locals, offers an assisted living
program for the aged and provides compassionate
end-of-life care for those in need.

It was established by the Carmelite Sisters of the
Divine Heart of Jesus in 1951 in the Riverside
area of Medicine Hat, Alberta.  I lived only a few
blocks away in the early-mid 1980's when
extensive renovations were taking place and can
remember walking by the home often and always
being greeted with a smile and "hello" from the
nuns in their black and white habits.  I do miss
them.

Those were different times but the chapel is
still beautiful and retains the interior
decorations dating back to 1955.  I mentioned
to a very good friend of mine, a Very Reverend
with the Anglican Church, that I still enjoyed
visiting churches and chapels very much while
also expressing that I really did not know why.
He suggested that, quote, "...apart from the
beauty is the peacefulness which reaches out
to your own inner spirit..."  Maybe he's right.

All this aside, you'd never expect this lovely
chapel to be hidden behind this understated
mid-fifties exterior.  I guess it's best not to
judge a book the cover.  All the stained glass
windows face north so the light is always
"just right" and as an added bonus, there are
three Heritage Trees within a block of the
home.

Photographed on September 17, 2017.

Medicine Hat, Alberta, chapel
Medicine Hat, Alberta, chapel

Medicine Hat, Alberta, chapel

Medicine Hat, Alberta, chapel

Medicine Hat, Alberta, chapel

Medicine Hat, Alberta, chapel

Medicine Hat, Alberta, chapel

Medicine Hat, Alberta, chapel

Medicine Hat, Alberta, chapel

Medicine Hat, Alberta, chapel

Medicine Hat, Alberta, chapel

Welcome

A farm sign in the Lomond, Alberta area.
Some real live action in the background
as well.  The small yellow sign states:
"Caution Grandchildren at Play."

Photographed on the Autumn Equinox, 2017.

Lomond, Alberta, farm, sign

Lomond, Alberta, farm, sign

Lomond, Alberta, farm, sign

Lomond, Alberta, farm, sign







Lomond, Alberta, farm, sign


Thursday, 21 September 2017

Tree Swallow Nest

A tree swallow nest under a deck.  Quite
fantastic...the placement of the feathers
suggests a bison head.  An A+ in
applied architectural design.

Photographed on September 9, 2017.

Cypress Hills, Alberta, wildlife, birds, Eagle Butte

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Red Rock Coulee Today

I had the good fortune to visit Red Rock Coulee
today...it's always something new and wondrous.
This is an up close and personal view of those
big red rocks as summer comes to a close.

Photographed on September 20, 2017.

Alberta, natural area, Red Rock Coulee, park

Alberta, natural area, Red Rock Coulee, park

Alberta, natural area, Red Rock Coulee, park

Alberta, natural area, Red Rock Coulee, park

Alberta, natural area, Red Rock Coulee, park

Alberta, natural area, Red Rock Coulee, park

Alberta, natural area, Red Rock Coulee, park

Alberta, natural area, Red Rock Coulee, park


Alberta, natural area, Red Rock Coulee, park

Alberta, natural area, Red Rock Coulee, park

Alberta, natural area, Red Rock Coulee, park