You can call it “little church on the prairie” or “church in the middle of nowhere”, but Union Point United Church has a very interesting past. It’s the last remnant of the small town of Union Point, Manitoba. Situated in the middle of divided Hwy 75 just south of Ste. Agathe. The original church was built in 1887, burned down in 1939, and was rebuilt in 1940. The town vanished in the 1950’s, steamboats, stagecoaches, and steam engines stopped here in the late 1800’s. The town of Union Point was an important stopover point for many settlers heading west.
These guys wandered into my landscape shot while I photographed the trestle bridge at Stewart Canyon, near Lake Minnewanka, Banff. Now it doesn’t look like they are very close, but I was using a 16-35mm lens on my full frame camera, so they are very close. One of those rare lucky moments took a pretty mundane image and made it much more memorable. A group of tourists along with my wife and two dogs retreated from the bridge allowing them to cross without much stress.
We returned the next day, hoping to get them front on as they crossed, but after a couple hours of patiently waiting had to move one due to time constraints and impatient dogs, I did manage a few other images on the return including the rocky island in Lake Minnewanka, below.
A few images from the Viking Village at the annual Icelandic Festival of Manitoba. Last year I shot more of the Viking battle scenes, this year I made an effort to shoot the village. Because I arrived a bit late I choose my favourite camera lens combination, the Canon 5D Mark III and the 70-200 f/2.8L IS II and shot handheld.
After the Prairie Dog Central vintage steam train leaves the station it’s worth checking out the old luggage cart at Inkster Junction, Winnipeg, Canada.
Vintage steam train No.3 of the Prairie Dog Central Railway, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. While out picking Saskatoon berries and hiking with the dogs, we stopped by on the way home, mainly to scout out the location to photograph the train at a future time.
While stopping for coffee on the Trans-Canada highway in Northwestern Ontario, a giant pumpkin on a porch.
The Sea Lion, on Lake Superior, located in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada. This is a 20 second exposure using a 10 stop neutral density filter to soften the water. Two images focus stacked to get the necessary depth of field in the foreground and background.
Once in awhile the photography gods are kind. While travelling on the Trans-Canada highway west of Regina, this crop duster was spraying right next to the highway, on a nice bright sunny day over the bright green crop. I even had the camera ready with polarizer mounted in the front seat, resting on my wife’s lap. This shot was at only 200mm on full frame, ISO 640, f/4.0 1/1250 so the aircraft was pretty close.
View of the glacier fed waters of Peyto Lake, Banff National Park. Probably everyone visiting Banff has taken the same image, this is my 4th time at the lookout, but it is still a stunning view, and easy hike.
Another shot of the Gardiner Dam turbines on Lake Diefenbaker, Saskatchewan, enroute to the Canadian Rockies. A good example of a man-made landscape.