Grant Wilson

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All the Diamonds in This World

he temperature was brutal in Alberta during the last couple of weeks of December, 2017. For me it caused a sort of forced confinement during a holiday period when I’d normally be taking day trips, maybe taking some photos, maybe doing some geocaching.…

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Roman Catholic Church of the Precious Blood

A small church was built on this site in 1907 and then replaced by the current building, built in 1934-35. This makes it the oldest Polish parish in Alberta.

Although the paint and the steeple need some work, it seems to me this building stands tall and proud.…

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St. Demetro Ukrainian Catholic Church

The St. Demetro Ukrainian Catholic Church you see today is the third iteration of the church. In the past, it was nicknamed “The Farm” or alternately “Seniuk” in honour of nearby early homesteaders Peter and Apolonia Seniuk. (Source)

The original church at this site, a small two-room structure, was built in 1903 for $380: $300 for the materials and $80 for the carpenter.…

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Russo-Greek Orthodox Catholic Church of St. James

The local residents of Beaver Lake originally constructed St. Jacob’s Church (now known as St. James) in 1901-02. The church was renovated and placed on a concrete foundation in 1942 and is one of the oldest churches in Lamont County. (Source

 

If this church is one of the oldest in the county, you certainly wouldn’t know that by looking at the church.…

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St. Mary’s Church of Shishkovitzy

St. Mary’s Holy Dormition Russo-Greek Orthodox Catholic Church (Shishkovitzy) is located on Range Road 182, near Township Road 540,  13 km west and 2 km north of Mundare, AB.

“Shishkovitzy” is front and center on the tasteful gate of the church entrance and is “derived from the village of Shyshkivtsi, Bukowina, in Western Ukraine, where some of the founders of this church emigrated from at the end of the 19th century” (source).…

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“Spas Moskalyk”

When I arrived in early August, 2017 at the “Spas Moskalyk” church, a short name for “Transfiguration of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church”, I was greeted with a “No Trespassing” sign and padlocked gates. “Hmm, that’s different for a rural church”, I thought to myself.…

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Tofield Cemetery

The Tofield Cemetery is a large, well-kept enclosure about 1.8 kms north of Tofield on highway 843.

Although the main entrance is marked by a arched gate displaying the cemetery name, the southern entrance may catch your eye first as this is marked by the flags of Canada, Alberta and the Royal Canadian Legion which flank a memorial to fallen soldiers in past wars.…

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Wilhelmina Lutheran Church

When I parked in front of the Wilhelmina Evangelical Lutheran Church near Hay Lakes I was immediately struck by the nicely-built and obviously well-kept church. The place made a strong and positive first impression.

 
I was there primarily to visit the adjoining cemetery to see if I could add to a “cemetery photo” project I’d started up a couple of weeks before.…
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Crooked Trees

Starting in childhood, as we experience the world around us, we are continually forming and reforming mental conceptions of things, what they are, how they act, what they’re for, etc.

If you were to review the category called “Things that grow vertically“, I think it’s safe to say that flowers, plants, and trees would be in that category.…

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Hike up Cardinal Divide Ridge

It was only a week ago I’d even heard about the Cardinal Divide, which is  south and west of Hinton, near Cadomin. It’s a “divide” because on one side of it, water flows north and eventually empties into the Arctic Ocean; on the other side the water flows west and eventually empties into Hudson’s Bay.…

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