Large, wet snowflakes were falling as I left the movie threatre Wednesday evening, and I was pleasantly amused with the situation. A Flickr friend had wisely suggested "But are you tempting fate to say it's really over?"
regarding my finale to winter by posting "Winter's Shadow's". Yet somehow I was enjoying the surprise. Fate was good and teaching me a wintry lesson.
My mind raced as I fondly recalled a last minute stop while returning from my journey where I captured the image "Determination". A quiet, small, unassuming white country church along Hwy 501 near the Sweet Grass Hills looked lonely and forlorn. A prairie marker of sorts. The light was still and evening falling. Did I remember a glow in the window pane.
I highly recommend a book titled "Country Roads of Alberta" by Liz Bryan for anyone who travels and photographs in Alberta anytime of the year. All fourteen chapters are amazing.
On page 22, she writes " There is also a particularly beautiful view of the Sweet Grass Hills from here. Less than 20 kilometres further on is one of the few signs that this country was once fairly well populated. The old community of Pendant D'Oreille is now marked only by a cemetery and, three kilometres around a bend in the road, by a tidy little church.
The name Pendant D'Oreille, literally "hanging ears" was given by French traders to Natives in the area who wore dangling shell earrings.
I had formally said goodbye to winter, I hadn't realized I can officially now say "Good Night".
*Textures courtesy of Skeletal Mess, Cathairstudios, and DigiDi
**Please view LARGE for best rural detail
Many thanks to all the generous commenters and visitors who have dropped by my stream through winter 2010-11. Your work always has inspired me while toiling in the digital darkroom many a cold Canadian winter's evening.