Near my home town, there’s a little ghost town called Dorothy, Alberta. It has two churches and a grain elevator. About fifteen years ago I found this town, and all of these pictures are from that trip. I’ve been back a few times- now the churches have been fixed up and the elevator has lost it’s roof to a wind storm. Back then, however, the church that I took these pictures from was very decrepit, and, might I add, photogenic. Someday, for a different post I’ll show the outside of what I’m talking about, but for “frame“, I had to share these.
Today’s post is prompted by the Daily Prompt: Fifty, but totally inspired by the great Alberta Singer/ Songwriter Ian Tyson. This old song of his titled “Fifty Years Ago” rolls through my mind every once in a while, and the soundtrack played instantly through my mind when I saw the word “fifty”. Maybe I have an old soul, ’cause I sure don’t remember anything from fifty years ago. Heck, I don’t even know if my dad had dreamed of having a boy named Duane fifty years ago yet. But yet, the almost haunting reminiscent tone of this song has caught me since I was not even half of fifty yet. And now, 80% of the way to fifty, it still speaks the same.
Here is the Chorus:
And the sighing of the pines
Up here near the timberline
Makes me wish I’d done things different
Oh, but wishing don’t make it so
Oh the time has passed so quick
The years all run together now
Did I hold Juanita yesterday
Or was it fifty years ago.
And if you’ve ever heard the song, I bet you were singing it in your head just now.
I’ll include a youtube link for anyone who wants to hear this tune:
One of My favorite parts of the world is right close to home- The Porcupine Hills of South Western Alberta. I chose to do this assignment a little different than most I have seen. I am posting this original image from a few years ago, and then a few different crops of this image. I’d love your feedback.
I love how a simple crop totally changes the image, but also how each cropped image misses some of the big picture is kind of a reminder to look at the big picture in life and photography. Because I took the big picture I could crop it down to a small focus.