Posts in Category: travel

Alsask Radar Dome

Alsask Radar Dome

The Alsask Radar Dome was a part of what was known as the Pine Tree Line, a Cold War era network of military radar stations jointly operated by the Canadian and American governments to monitor Soviet activity in North American airspace. The golf ball shaped fibreglass dome was designed to shield the radar array inside from inclement weather. It surmounts a two-level tower raised on steel beams: the first floor contained transmitter equipment; the second housed receiver-associated equipment. A computer, control centre, and administration offices were located in a separate building at the radar site. During the early years of operation the site also had two height finder radars located on either side of the search tower.

Photo Friday: Metal

Walt Disney Concert Hall

My submission for Photo Friday: Metal.  The Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California.

Century Coals Ltd

Atlas Mine

The Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site is a former coal mine in Alberta, Canada. Located in East Coulee, it is considered to be Canada’s most complete historic coal mine and is home to the country’s last standing wooden coal tipple. It was designated an Alberta Provincial Historic Resource in 1989 and a National Historic Site of Canada in 2002.

Abandoned homestead near Alsask

Abandoned homestead near Alsask Alberta

The Alleys of Moose Jaw

The Alleys of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

An alley in downtown Moose Jaw.

Jim’s Auto Repair

Jim's Auto Repair

A shot this summer from Drumheller, Alberta of Jim’s Auto Repair, a garage that I can find nowhere online.

The Star Mine Suspension Bridge

Star Line Suspension Bridge

I really think one of these in Saskatoon would be a lot of fun.

The Star Mine Suspension Bridge is a 117 metre long pedestrian suspension bridge which crosses the Red Deer River in Rosedale, just outside of Drumheller, Alberta.

Constructed in 1931, the bridge was built for the coal workers of Star Mine. Although once used by miners, the bridge is now a favourite among locals for fishing and to access great Badlands terrain.

The Hoodoos

The Hoodoos near East Coulee

The Hoodoos in the badlands

Mark and Oliver at The Hoodoos

The Hoodoos

Jordon, Mark, Oliver, and I explored the badlands in and around Drumheller when we came across The Hoodoos

Hoodoos take millions of years to form and stand 5 to 7 metres tall. Each hoodoo is a sandstone pillar resting on a thick base of shale that is capped by a large stone. Hoodoos are very fragile and can erode completely if their capstone is dislodged.

The name “Hoodoo” comes from the word “voodoo” and was given to these geological formations by the Europeans. In the Blackfoot and Cree traditions, however, the Hoodoos are believed to be petrified giants who come alive at night to hurl rocks at intruders.

For the trip I borrowed Olympus’ amazing M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II lens which has a focal length of 150-600 in 35mm equivalency.  The Hoodoos were perfect to photograph with this lens as I tried to keep track of both Mark and Oliver as the explored the canyon walls and ducked in and out of crevices and behind hoodoos.  It’s a great lens and is far smaller than the Sigma 150-500mm or the new Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Taking a Selfie

Oliver Coope taking a selfie

Waskesiu Lake Breakwater

Oliver explores the Waskesiu Lake breakwater as the paddlewheel boat sails by

Oliver walking along the Waskesiu Lake breakwater as a paddle wheeler steams by in the background