Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Ice Castles 2020 is not the year of blogging more often. I don't know what it is the year of yet other than the year of not much free time. C'est la vie!

Photos and exploring have not been happening much but we did get away for a night...destination Edmonton, Alberta to see the Ice Castles. Edmonton is only 1.5 hours north of where we live but still it was a nice overnight 'staycation'.

If you go to you'll see there are only 6 of these particular Ice Castle attractions (did they trademark the name?) in North American, and only 1 of those is in Canada. Why they chose Edmonton...who knows, but lucky for us they did. (Being from Calgary, we naturally have a friendly rivalry with Edmonton. Go Flames Go.)

Even though it was crazy busy and I couldn't take any kind of photo that shows the scope of this frozen attraction, I did get a few photos that don't do this place justice but do show how colourful and unique it is.

The lights were always changing making it really fun to watch. There was big tunnels and narrow tunnels where you had to back up to let someone by, there was little kid sized tunnels that I wouldn't go in. I would feel like Steve McQueen in The Great Escape, Arctic version. There was also ice slides, sculptures and entertainment. We watched the fire dancers and there was fireworks every half hour or so too. Outside the ice castles was another event with snow sculptures, skating and music. It was worth the trip!!

The next day we visited the Alberta Aviation Museum and enjoyed that as well. All in all a good trip to Edmonton.

Thanks for reading this far everyone! I am catching up on my blog reading and can't wait to see what I have missed!

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

First Post of 2020!

Is it still acceptable to say Happy New Year on January 7th? I figure since I haven't blogged yet in 2020, I can still say it to everyone here, so Happy New Year and all the best for this year to you all! I am looking forward to lots of exploring and in turn hopefully blogging more often. 

I will start the year off with a recent favourite image. This is around the corner from my house and the sunset light, clouds and heavy snow on this tree was just too pretty to drive by. I guess sometimes I don't need to venture too far from home for a photo op.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Wilberforce School

Throwing it back to the Great Road Trip of September 2019.

One of the schools on my list to find was Wilberforce. It was just where it should have been and easy to shoot from the road. It's in rough shape though, one side is wide open to the elements and it's now full of junk. Seems an undignified end for a once important building. Can't save them all I guess.

Unfortunately, I couldn't find any information or old photos in the places I normally check. The only info I have is from the marker in front that shows the dates the school was in operation, 1913-1955.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Winter Hodge Podge

Hello! I am sitting here watching light fluffy snow falling outside my window and dreaming of warmer weather, and cruising the back roads. Also Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends!

This post is a hot hodge podge of random winter shots I've taken recently. Enjoy and stay safe and warm!

Pretty sunrise and hoar frost. 

Obligatory lighthouse photo.

Sunset on the Lake.

Another pretty sunset!

This fiery sunrise was amazing!

Spooky fog ahead!

I realized these are mostly sunrise and sunset photos but that's when I am going to and from work, I miss long days and sunlight!

Friday, November 8, 2019

Moody Skies

I took the following photos on October 18th, just north of where I live. I wasn't planning on taking any photos, as I was on an errand to a neighbouring town, but the sky and clouds were irresistible so I make a quick detour to spot I knew. The old house out in the field looks like the roof has collapsed even more since last time I was by. I didn't have my zoom lens so I couldn't get a great photo of it this time.

I love the mood of these images. Since then we have has a huge dump of snow and some chilly temperatures. I guess winter is here!

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Happy Halloween!


November and December are the busiest months of the year for me. I work full time and also have a side business that is busy with markets and orders during the Christmas season.  It's busy but I love it (most of the time)! Is 7 or 8 hours of sleep really essential??

I have driven by this truck numerous times but was happy to see it all decked out for Halloween!

What is everyone doing for Halloween? Do you enjoy Halloween?
Also, who's with me on getting Halloween changed to like the last Saturday of October so kids don't have to be out on a school night? I know there is historical origins for the 31st...but still just sayin'.
While we're at it, lets get rid of Daylight Savings Time.

Be safe out there with the ghosts and ghouls!

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The Old Barn

There is an old barn in a small stand of trees, beside a highway and only a couple minutes from my house. The highway is busy and there is not really a good place to stop. I have been admiring this barn, as I speed by, for years!

A couple weeks ago with the threat of snow coming and the fall colours still looking nice, I decided to ask permission to shoot the barn. The owner was very nice and did not mind at all. I took images from almost every side except the back of the barn. The weeds and grass were very tall and wet and I think the 3 sides I did photograph were fantastic. It started to rain as I was leaving so I am glad I stopped by when I did.