Friday, October 5, 2018

Brace Yourself....Leftovers are Coming.

Happy Thanksgiving long weekend Canada!! 
I will be celebrating with family and friends and enjoying good food and drink.
See you all next week.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

A Foggy Day in Sylvan Town

Morning Fog 
I took these photos on September 22nd (except the top photo). Hard to believe this was the First Day of Fall. Welcome to Alberta.

Not much else to say here, the fog and mist over the lake caught my eye so I stopped for some photos. The water level has gone down considerably at the lake, so I was able to walk/run along the sand bars as I tried to stir up the seagulls for what I was picturing in my mind as a REALLY COOL PHOTO. Instead the lazy gulls just flapped over to a new spot without gaining much height. I also probably looked like a crazy person. Maybe I needed an umbrella...

Not Iceland.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Update on the Stone Castle of Sylvan Lake

Well, September has ended. October has started with another full day of snow. Maybe Fall really isn't coming to Alberta!

Anyway! One of my early blog posts was about the few remaining historical buildings in Sylvan Lake, AB. The town I now call home. Of note was my favourite building, referred to as the Stone Castle or just The Castle. Read my previous post here.

I am sad to report that last week fire gutted the inside of the castle. It has been vacant and boarded up for years, but it seemed to be common knowledge that people had found a way in and were hanging out inside. I think I can safely say that a person was responsible for the fire whether accidental or not. I have read that the owner, who does not live here, has not been cooperative or interested in talking about starting the process to have the building declared historic. It also does not seem to me to be a priority for the town.

On the night of the fire, I was driving home when I saw the smoke, I drove towards it and saw  several cars pulled over and people watching the fire from the back of the property, the volunteer fire department was already on the scene in the front. People seemed shocked to see that it was the Castle. I stood and watched and chatted with strangers about the castle. It was a somber atmosphere, punctuated by the sirens and sparks from a power line that went down as we watched the castle smolder.

No one knows what will happen to that castle now, the stone structure is still standing but the insides and roof are charred and beyond repair. Sadly, I never saw the inside.

Some more photos here:

Here are a couple that I took:

Sept 26th - Side of the castle, hard to tell but there is more back in the trees

Sept 27 - Front of the Castle the day after the fire

I will catch up with everyone's blogs over the next few days!! I have missed being able to read them daily.

Here is a photo from today in Central Alberta....hope things are nicer where you are!

Happy First Day of October!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Wake Me Up When September Ends

September has been busy busy busy around here...never enough time. I am slowly catching up on all your wonderful blogs and will be posting shortly (hopefully)! 

Enjoy a couple recent photos, currently we have snow on the ground which I refuse to acknowledge further or post a photo of.  How's the weather where you live? Take care and see everyone soon.

Monday, August 27, 2018


I have driven by this old property several times as it is just south of where I live. In the summer with the trees you are likely to miss it. On a recent drive by,  I noticed a new metal gate across the overgrown driveway. I tracked down the owner and asked permission to take some photos. He seemed unconcerned and told me to go ahead. He said he put up the gate as people were illegally dumping stuff. Some people...

I came back a couple days later, properly dressed in long pants and covered in bug spray. I do not like the idea of walking through overgrown bushes and thistles in shorts. Also there could be ticks and crawly things. I remember it being hot and muggy that day. The only sounds were the insects and the birds and the occasional vehicle heading by on the gravel, oblivious to me poking around. Probably better that way.

There was the usual homestead finds. A house, barn, granary, shed, outhouse and a bunch of unidentified metal machinery hidden in the undergrowth. All surrounded by a trees, except beside the barn which opened up to a farmers field.

I didn't get any history on the place, the owner was friendly enough but not chatty so I did not want to push my luck.

The Barn

Inside the barn


Granary and shed

The House

Back of  the house

It used to be red....or pink.

Inviting foyer
Thing 1

Thing 2

Photos taken June 18, 2018.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Insert Inspirational Quote Here!

Why does summer time seem to move so fast? How can it be August 22nd already?

A few things have happened recently (that I do not need to get into here) but they had left me feeling discouraged and dispirited. So on my way home from a nearby town the other night, I decided to take a different route and get a change of scenery from the same old boring highway I have traveled so many times. It was the right choice, I took random turns but ended up where I was supposed to be.  The evening light was sensational and soft and I felt like I wanted to dance in the middle of the gravel road. I was having a moment. I was feeling inspired! It was just what I needed. It was also nice to see some blue sky after all the forest fire smoke.

I am pretty happy with some of the pictures I took and can't wait to get back out on there! All these images were taken within a few minutes of home.

I mentioned the forest fire smoke, it is blowing in from the west, where the Province of British Columbia is battling hundreds of forest fires. The sad statistic is that many of these are caused by humans.

August 15th, 2018
I am catching up with all my favourite blogs and will see you all soon!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Scenes of Sylvan

I got accepted to be part of a small photography exhibition at our local library called 'Scenes of Sylvan'. Sylvan being Sylvan Lake, Alberta. The town I now call home.

I am by no means a professional photographer....I'm not unprofessional, maybe an amateur or hobby photographer at best. But I enjoy it and I think that's what matters.

Most of my photos seem to be of the lake, as it is always different and beautiful. I have put together a few of my favourite images. Some of these may be on display. The only thing I do differently is I transfer my photos onto wood. You can see them here or on Instagram @ingrained_images.

In no particular order, some scenes in and around Sylvan Lake.

An example of the previous photo on wood!

If you find yourself in Sylvan Lake on August 18-19th, please stop by the photography show and from there it's only a couple blocks to the real lake!