Monday, May 27, 2019

Lighting The Way

Just popping in to say hello! Unfortunately when things get busy, my blog suffers. I am still taking pictures whenever possible so I have bits and pieces of potential blogs for the future.  The lighthouse on the lake where is live is decorative only and very photogenic! If I see a nice sunset I can get to this spot in about 1.5 minutes to take photos, which I do often. I have posted many a lighthouse photo. 

I hope the flowers are in bloom and the weather is warm wherever you are! See you soon. 

Friday, April 5, 2019

St. Michael's Catholic Church

It's hard to imagine that just 2 weeks prior to my visit, there was a crowd of about 200 on site to commemorate and acknowledge the history of the Hungarian settlers in the area. More on that here.

Here is a copy of the invitation that went out to local residents:

The reason I came to see the old church, also know as Manfred Hungarian Church, was that I heard that it is to be demolished. No date given but better to get out there sooner rather than later. When I arrived there was actually 2 other people there, in the cemetery. The man I spoke to confirmed that it was going to be torn down but he didn't know when. He said it's safe to go inside the church, so I took that as permission enough and made my way up the little hill to the church. The other visitors left and I was on my own, so if I had fallen through any floorboards, I might still be there.

The church, originally built in 1910, has gone through some changes. The church steeple was damaged in 1935 and was replaced by a wooden cross until 1955. The same year, a major reconstruction and renovation took place, which brought in a modern heating system and electricity.

Courtesy of the Ponoka News c.1910 at the consecration of the church when it opened.

As you will see in the photos below there is nothing left inside. The Ponoka News reports that the last wedding was performed in 1971 and 4 years later the church closed. The doors remained open until the mid 80's but were then locked due to the theft of some valuable items. I have to believe karma will get those who steal, especially from a church.

1955/56 after the renovation. Courtesy of the Ponoka News.

Now that we have seen the inside, minus the basement which I did not check out, let's see the outside!

You may notice it looks quite different than the original construction and quite unusual looking for a pioneer church. Shame that this unique building with an abundance of history will soon be no longer. I am hoping to head out there for some sunset photos as it is in a perfect location for some sunset action. I better not wait.

Thanks to Glen Bowe. Check out his blog post on this church:

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Little Yellow Schoolhouse

I was sure I had posted this school before but looking back it appears that I did not. I went by this school once in the summer and most recently in December 2018. Different seasons, different photos! I do believe this is one of my favourite locations.

The History!
Ennerdale School opened on October 1, 1912 and closed in June 1955. It then became a community centre. In July of 1982 there was a reunion of former teachers, students and their families. It has now not been used in quite some time, however a new marker commemorating its 100th year (2012) is in place. In fact the sign is what you notice first, the school seems to blend into the trees despite being a cheery shade of yellow. I have driven right by even while looking for it. I know I am not the only one to have done this.

The school name was chosen by a local settler named John Gathercole. Upon moving to Alberta, in 1905, he became a Justice of the Peace and was instrumental in petitioning for a school to be opened in the district. He chose to name the school Ennerdale after the last place he lived in England before moving to Canada.

First I will post an old photo I found, it was dated 1908 but that doesn't fit with the 1912 date the school opened. You might notice that the teacherage (addition on the back) wasn't original and the windows were enlarged at some point.

Photo courtesy of the Mountain View Museum

I decided to make some side by side photos and apparently I am a creature of habit and took virtually the same photos on both occasions.

On a personal note:
Again I have been away from the blog more longer than I intended. Besides my full time job, I also have my 'side hustle', which I have been working on in the evenings in preparation to be an Artisan Vendor at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer. I have no idea if I am over or under prepared as I have never done a market like this.

Also my grandpa, who I posted about here, passed away last week at the age of 96. We made a quick trip home to be with my grandma who is 92.

I appreciate everyone who reads and comments and I will visit all the blogs soon! Take care!

Monday, January 21, 2019

Super Blood Wolf Moon Lunar Eclipse!

Have you seen enough moon photos yet today? I have seen them all over social media and I am not even mad about it. I love them!

I missed the early big moon rising over the horizon but I did get some shots before, during and just after the full eclipse. It got cloudy as the eclipse was finishing, but I am just happy I could see it at all since the forecast called for clouds.

Where you able to see the eclipse? Did you watch it or was it no big deal to you?

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Moon Madness

I have always been fascinated with  the incomprehensible vastness of space. Not only is my head often in the clouds, it sometimes feels even farther.

There are a variety of celestial events this year including the SUPER BLOOD WOLF MOON ECLIPSE! Happening this Sunday. There is a lot going on at once....learn more about it here.

At Christmas, I received a crazy telephoto lens that I am looking forward to testing on this special moon. In preparation I took a couple shots a few days ago and am most impressed. It better not be cloudy, is all I keep thinking.

So here is a regular photo taken on my phone....awww look at that cute little moon:

Here is the moon with my good lens:

Needless to say I am looking forward to some SUPER BLOOD WOLF MOON ECLIPSE pictures. Stay tuned!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

New Year, New Barns!

Just barns! Barns that I have come across in the last couple of months and all of them not too far from home.

Normally barns with 'new' metal roofs don't interest me as much as an original barn but the contrast of the green roof and red barn is too pretty to ignore!

This old barn must have been part of an old homestead at some point but it now right on the outskirts of a town.

Slowly sagging.

Another green roof and red barn!

My fave kind of barn...the gothic arch roof!

Green or black roof?

Swoooon! What a beaut!

Is this even a barn?

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Hoar Frost and More Frost

noun: hoar frost; noun: hoar-frost
  1. a grayish-white crystalline deposit of frozen water vapor formed in clear still weather on vegetation, fences, etc.

noun: rime ice
  1. frost formed on cold objects by the rapid freezing of water vapor in cloud or fog.

I have mentioned hoar frost before and have had people not know that that particular kind of frost had it's own name, so there you go. It could also be rime ice which is similar to hoar frost, except for how it forms...and since I am not in the habit of watching frost form, I call it all hoar frost.

I love taking photos on these frosty days.There have been a few really good days of frost at the end of 2018 and again this last you know I had to go get a few photos. You have to get while the gettin's good.

The differences in both days was interesting, one was sunny with blue skies, the other was grey and almost monochromatic. It's hard to tell in the photos, but the frost was different on both days, maybe one was hoar frost, one was rime ice? I think I prefer the monochromatic landscape with the spikier frost.