Pictured above is the coal tipple at the Atlas Coal Mine in Drumheller, Alberta. The coal used to ride a conveyor belt down from the hills to the right and then up another conveyor tunnel to the main building. The main structure is the tipple where the coal was sorted and loaded into train cars.
Coal was booming business back in the 1900s in Alberta. Between 1912 and 1966 the coal mines in the Drumheller area produced nearly 57,000,000 tons of coal. When oil was discovered nearby in 1948, demand for coal suffered a steep decline. Coal mining towns shrunk dramatically. Some were completely abandoned. By 1979, the coal years in Drumheller were all over.
One thing that is so striking about Israel is the richness of its history. I was raised Roman Catholic and took religious studies classes throughout school. I have a pretty decent understanding of the Bible though I can’t claim to have read it cover to cover. So, for me, visiting Israel was this constant stream of Christian history that I’d learned growing up. It’s hard to believe that I saw so much in such a short time. In just a few days, I:
– stood by the Sea of Galilee
– visited Capernaum where Jesus is believed to have walked on water
– saw the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes where it is believed that Jesus fed 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish
– went to the Church of the Mount of Beatitudes (the Sermon on the Mount)
– visited Caesarea, home of Herrod from 22BC
– toured the town of Akko (Acre of the Crusaders) which reportedly hosted visitors including Marco Polo, St. Francis of Assisi and even Hercules
– entered the Dome of the Rock which Islamic tradition identifies as the centre of the world and encloses the sacred rock upon which Abraham prepared to sacrifice his son.
Okay, so you get the point. There’s a bit of history there. And I haven’t even mentioned swimming in the Dead Sea, cruising past wild camels in the Judean Desert or having coffee in a Bedouin camp. It’s hard to believe we were there for such a short time.
As for the image above, that is a scene from a street in Jerusalem known as the Via Dolorosa or the Way of Sorrows. It is believed to be part of the route that Jesus took as he carried his cross to his crucifixion.
Back at the Revelstoke Railway Museum today and featuring one of the hulking locomotives you can get up inside.
As you may have noticed (unless you’re reading this in an RSS Reader), I’ve given the blog a facelift. I got a little tired of the old theme and how unpredictable the whole colour scheme was. Occasionally it really worked, but more often than not, the random colours were a little jarring. I also wasn’t a big fan of how all the links were buried at the bottom of the page. This new layout lets me bring my links right up to the top.
I also get to highlight some of my favourite photographers and favourite bloggers in a way that is much more obvious.
If you’re ever passing through Revelstoke, British Columbia, you should absolutely investigate the mountains and all that nature has to offer around this beautiful little town, but don’t skip the Revelstoke Railway Museum. Not only can you learn all about the old rolling stock, but you can actually get up inside a fair bit of it to have a look around. Climb up inside the big locomotive and you’re even likely to find one of the retired engineers who used to drive them. They’re all ready with stories of life on the rail and prepared to answer all your questions.
The Plymouth Valiant debuted in 1959 (model year 1960) with the tagline “Nobody’s kid brother, this one stands on its own four tires”. The one above is a first generation Valiant (1960-62). The valiant tag in the middle of the grille was removed for the ’62 model so this one must be a ’60 or a ’61. Based on the emblem, I’m pretty sure this is a ’61. For a car that’s 50 years old, I reckon it’s in pretty good shape whether it runs or not.
The Morleyville Church, east of Banff, was built in 1875 by John McDougall and family. John’s father, Reverend George McDougall worked with the local indian tribe, the Stoney people, introducing them to Christianity. The church was built as part of his commitment to the Stoney people to provide them with access to Christianity. The church stopped being using in 1921 when a newer one was built nearby. In 1952, the church was restored and is now used for special occasions and services.
Processing notes: I cropped out the boring bits of sky, then cranked up the tonal contrast in the ground, fence and church using Color Efex Pro. I used Viveza to darken the sky and Silver Efex Pro to convert to B&W (with a red filter) and to then partially restore colour to the image.
This is one of the cell blocks in Fremantle Prison located south of Perth in Western Australia. As a convicted offender, you did not want to find yourself in Fremantle prison. It was built in the 1850s by convicts and, in some ways, it didn’t get a lot of updating since then. It’s dark. The cells are very small – about 2m x 2m. The toilets in the cells were simple buckets. And that was when it was closed in 1991.
You can find a few more pictures of the prison on my Flickr photostream.
Processing notes: I just converted it to B&W in Silver Efex Pro tweaking the lighting in a few places. I then enhanced the texture in the floor, walls and ceiling to bring out a little more of the details. Lastly, I darkened the edges to draw attention into the photo.