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Deserted Deertrail Resort – Part 4

Devil’s Potholes is one of the earliest references regarding the fascinating rock formations beyond the falls of the upper Sooke River. This location led to one man’s dream of a destination resort. When Albert Yuen acquired the property he saw the potential of the spectacular […]

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Couvent Jésus Marie Library

Couvent Jésus-Marie is believed to be the largest and most architecturally ambitious convent school erected in the Franco-Catholic colonies; few of these schools in Western Canada, if any, approach its scale and character. Excerpt taken from: Ecclesiastical Buildings in Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan The most renowned area […]

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Melting Barn 2016

The old barn is completely resting on its left side this year. However, it is still managing to avoid crumbling into a jumbled heap. I will have to wait to see what another winter does to this old resilient barn. Click on the following links […]

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Hidden in the Woods

My son and I stopped at this old farm site this summer because out in the the open area I spotted something I wanted to investigate further. It was only as I was walking around that I saw this old clapboard house looming in the […]

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Beauty in Decay

Last Saturday was a beautiful, bright, sunny day, perfect for exploring the countryside. I spotted a few old, abandoned buildings in my travels, but I was only able to get to this gem via a pathway. This house rests precariously on a crumbling concrete foundation. […]

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Night Sky

This is my first attempt at photographing the night sky. Now that I am back beneath the beautiful Saskatchewan skies permanently, I will be going out to experiment some more. My night-time excursion was unfortunately cut short by a roving skunk. I was standing near […]

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Gravelbourg Elementary School Main Entrance

The former Couvent Jésus Marie was designed by a prominent French Canadian architect, J.E. Fortin. The school’s exterior and interior illustrate Classical Revival influences exemplified in its symmetry and immense proportions. However, the front entrance’s architectural details are influenced by the dramatic style of the […]

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Deserted Deertrail Resort – Part 3

I am surprised to realize so much time has elapsed since the last time I photographed this unfinished lodge (three years). These ruins have received much attention, in the form of graffiti, since my last visit. The deserted stone work was to be the foundation […]

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Louisville School – Aging and Forgotten

Every summer I return to this aging, abandoned one-room school to try to photograph the sense of loneliness this building conveys. Since the school’s closure, the building has been used for grain storage and for a number of years now it has been completely forgotten.  […]

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Melting Barn 2015

Not much has changed from summer 2014 to summer 2015. The old barn is still resisting the ravages of time with dignity and grace. Click on the following links to take you to 2014 Melting Barn and 2013 Melting Barn.

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Inside the Old Caboose

The inside of this old caboose is fabulous, but somewhat sketchy with the ceiling falling in and rotten floor boards. This did not deter me as I set up my camera upon the sturdy metal frame at the rear and front of the caboose to […]

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Scott’s Old Place

I saw this house hidden behind a stand of trees of an abandoned farm-yard, this past summer, and of course had to check it out. I actually had my husband back up on the road to get a better look at it before getting out […]

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