Long time readers of this blog know how much I love Flickr and over the years I have uploaded about 12,000 photos to the site. Photography is one of those things that I am not that good at but I really enjoy and it is one of the things that Wendy, Mark, and I all enjoy doing together. Every once in a while I get a call from a media outlet, a band, or a book who would like to use a photo that I had taken to use in their publication. Since I release under a Creative Commons license, even for a business or commercial use, I generally say yes. Last week I was contacted by someone at the Canadian Tourism Commission and asked if they could use a picture I had taken of the Bessborough Hotel in Saskatoon for a story they were doing. I said sure and they posted the story today.
A friendly old fellow in a gray fedora roams the banquet level of the Delta Bessborough, a majestic riverside castle in Saskatoon, SK, that this year celebrates its 75th anniversary. The ghost smiles graciously at those he meetsâ€”usually after dark. He seems so real that guests donâ€™t always realize heâ€™s an apparition unless they mention him to staff, who will nod wisely and share their own tales of encounters. One theory is that heâ€™s a former employee who died by falling seven stories into the lobby; thereâ€™s a crack in the marble floor where he allegedly landed. Ouch.
Not only is it fun to see my photo used, itâ€™s even cooler (or is that spookier?) to find out that the Bessborough is haunted. Despite being at a lot of banquets over the years down there, I donâ€™t think we have metâ€¦ yet.