Top 10 Photos of 2014: #1 – Atlas Coal Mine Wooden Truss Bridge

Atlas Coal Mine Wooden Truss Bridge

This is the photo that Flickr thought was my most interesting photo of 2014.  

The wooden C.P.R. ”Howe Truss” bridge over the Red Deer River at East Coulee was built in 1936 and destroyed by heavy flooding and ice flows in April 1948. It was rebuilt soon thereafter. It was already an old-fashioned design when it was built, as wooden Howe Truss bridges were primarily used in the 19th century.

By 2014 it had several rotten beams and locals had placed down timber and plywood to help one get across.  If that wasn’t scary enough, there are rattlesnakes that are living in the soft timber and dirt on the bridge.  Of course I walked across it and about half way across the Red Deer River, I realized how stupid of decision it was.

That being said, I love that the Alberta government has left it up.  What a great reminder of the regions past and a great addition to the Atlas Coal Mine site.

Top 10 Photos of 2014: #2 – The Alleys of Moose Jaw

The Alley's of Moose Jaw

These alleys in Moose Jaw are considered by Flickr to be my second most interesting photo of 2014.

It was one of the first photos I took with my K-30 and 35mm on a bitterly cold day in Moose Jaw.   We had decided to escape Saskatoon for a day and take in the Tunnels of Moose Jaw.  This was one of the many great architectural scenes we noticed while driving around.

I had planned to return to Moose Jaw for a day of wandering around and photography this summer but it never happened.  It is on my to-do list for 2015.