I photograph on the prairies as many weekends as possible year round, with my window of opportunity I have one or two days to capitalize on conditions the weather person tosses my direction. I'm very fortunate to have the time to enjoy these amazing adventures.
On route South towards the small community of Etzikom in Southern Alberta you'll drive past St. Anthony's Parish country church/cemetary built in 1912-1916 by local voluntary parishioners. The windows are boarded, the door pad locked, and paint chipped and weathered. It makes a great subject for a short 45 km drive from Medicine Hat, AB.
With Autumn in full decor, I walked to the South side where the wind was removing leaves methodically "one by one", and turned my attention to a small school house turned social center in the background just beside the church. Any events held in the prairie church could spill over to this small building and I imagined the social conversations, laughter, celebrations, friendships..... AND importantly food served.
In any event the light was glowing mid day, and the winds were playing the all familiar prairie song. It's an amazing melody in Autumn.
"In 1947 the Bar Voo school house was purchased and moved into the church yard. It served as a social center and catechism classroom....J. Schile"
*Texture courtesy of Skeletal Mess
*Please view LARGE for best rural detail.