Through the Glass(less)

Looking through the glass(less) windows.

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.




via Photo Challenge: Frame


As Old as it Looks

Photo101- Architecture and Monochrome

For this project, I raided an old archive of photos from a trip to San Antonio.  The old missions in San Antonio have been turned into a fantastic National Historic Park.  This one is not the oldest, but still nearly 300 years old, and monochrome totally suits this walkway, and ironwork.

San Antonio Walkway
Arched Walkway at Mission San Jose
San Antonio detail
Ironwork at Mission San Jose


Which one?

Photo101- day 15- Landscapes and Cropping

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.

Porcupine Hills (original image)
edit 1
Porcupine Hills- high right
Porcupine Hills- top left
Porcupine Hills- hilltop

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.

A little late…

Photo101- day 11- Popping Colours

As I was sitting here, impatiently waiting for today’s assignment to come in, hoping I’d still have daylight left, there it was!  The email!  I read it, looked around, and the first colour that caught my eye was green.  I know, I know, St Patrick’s day was last week, and you’re all sick of green, but I had fun.

I hope you enjoy the fruits of my fun as much as I enjoyed my time shooting!

I love the first greenery of Spring!

I had to start in my flower bed.

Still life in the Garage #1

I then moved to my garage for the next few.  First, two studies on the same subject(s).  Which works better for you?

Still life in the Garage #2

Last, but not least, my watering can, just impatiently waiting for plants to water…

Watering Can by a Pallet

I hope you’re having as much fun with this as I am!


Photo101- day 9- warmth and light

My first attempt at doing a post from my phone instead of the laptop. Definitely not warm light outside today, it’s gonna be a good day to have to work inside at a trade show, so I stole a few older images off my phone and a couple scanned slides from many years ago that I had saved on my phone.


 One of two abandoned churches in Dorothy, Alberta. Shot on slide in 2003. These churches have since been fixed up to be preserved.

One beautiful morning, this view was hindering my progress at work. The view from my office window is often good and occasionally exceptional!
  There’s a beautiful retreat center at Caroline, Alberta, where I’ve done a lot of personal healing and sometimes go to share in others’ journeys. One beautiful evening last fall, this was what the sky treated us with.

Second of two abandoned churches in Dorothy, Alberta. Shot on slide film in 2003.

Standing Tall

Photo101, Day 7- BIG

This topic really connects (get it?) back to day six.

On day six I said a little bit about this bridge.  It’s really awesome, and a great place to play with a camera.  The land around the base is public parkland, so very free access.  This is the largest railway structure in Canada, and the largest bridge of it’s type in the world.

Riveted tower on the High Level.
Lethbridge CPR Viaduct (High Level Bridge)

Holding Fast

PHOTO101- day six- Connect

Holding fast, won’t let go

This is my job, don’t you know

The trains that pass me by

Above me, way up high

They count on me, so I hold fast.

This is a part of the base of the High Level Bridge (Lethbridge CPR Viaduct) which was built in 1907-1909.  It is over one mile (1600m) long, and rises 314 feet (95m) above the river bed.  I’m sure this bridge will show up again in the course of this photo course.


Bolt on the base of the High Level bridge