Erratics

Erratics found in Alberta are from the Ice Age that ended about 12,000 years ago. Today’s geologists have their viewpoint and native people have theirs on these rocks. Some are small and some are massive like Big Rock in Rocky Mountain House. I have travelled far to find these rocks or “Asini” in the Cree language and they are a mystery to me. There are stories about the retreat of the glaciers and these rocks being dropped off as it goes but I think there’s more to the story.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Sandstone giant near Caroline AB. Highway 54.
Massive sandstone rocks just outside Caroline, AB, on highway 54.
Home of the rock. Bluffton, AB
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Just outside Bashaw, AB. Possibly sandstone and about 10 feet high. Highway 21.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The rock in the field near Sundre or on highway 22. See the sharp edges?
Erratic on Rainy Creek Road near Sylvan Lake, AB.
West of Ponoka near Nelson Lake by some mailboxes.
The massive rocks near Innisfail, AB. Just west of town near the river. 2021.
The late Lena Helen Small at the big rock in Rocky Mountain House back in 2019.
West of Millet, AB.
Big rock in Rocky Mountain House, AB.
West of Black Diamond, AB. These are huge. Sharp edges too. Treaty 7 territory.
West of Sylvan Lake, AB. Snake lake in Cree.
Sandstone rock.
Highway 814 and 623 east of Leduc. Sandstone rock.
East of Leduc, Alberta.

2021

2021 in camp for traditional ceremony feast for late Lena Helen Small.

Life has been impacted by the Covid 19 pandemic and it’s new omicron variant in Alberta, Canada but it has I have to keep going. I don’t have a choice. Photography, digital media, computers still have a place in my life and I don’t think they will go away soon. I know what I like in life that’s the difference. I keep the Creator in my life as well. I made it through the year and right now it is cold outside, -27C . That’s celcius not farenheit. With the wind chill it’s probably going to get to -40C tonight. That is very cold. I am glad for the Christmas holidays so I don’t go out to much. Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year everyone.

Taken with my Olympus OMD EM 10 camera but using my Lenovo Tablet TB-8504F to take the picture remotely via wifi. The camera and tablet are both wifi. I am holding the tablet taking the picture.
My nephew and cousin.

Whirlpool Point

Whirlpool Point is in Alberta, Canada. The water is turquoise or blue whichever you see. I see turquoise. The nearest town is Nordegg, Alberta. There is plaque with names on it near the river, those were the trailblazers back in those days but the First Nations people already new these routes before them. These pictures were taken with my Lenovo Tablet4 8.

Taken with Lenova Tablet TAB4 8.
Taken with Lenovo Tablet TAB4 8.
The road down to Whirlpool Point.

Photography

The late Lena Helen Small passed away in 2020.
Back to Alberta 2018 from BC.
Pow wow pre covid 19 2015

I’ve been taking pictures with my Olympus OMD EM10 camera in the Rocky Mountains lately. As well, I use my Asus 13 megapixel cell phone for panorama shots. I will add more pictures later so enjoy these ones for now. Most of the pictures were taken with the Asus Zen Phone but now I’ve been using my Motorola Moto E cell phone and I do believe that’s 13 megapixels as well. The Lenovo Tablet TB-8504F is 8 megapixels.

Burmis Tree in southern Alberta. Hundreds of years old. 2021.
2021 July. Panorama by Google Photos.
July 4, 2020. Near Rimbey, Alberta. Tripod with my Olympus OMD EM10. Full Moon.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA July 6, 2020. Grandma Moon top left. Near Abraham Lake.
This was at Jasper National Park recently. That’s smoke from the USA and BC forest fires.
2021 selfie with my Moto E (Motorola) cell phone. 13 megapixels. Near Nordegg, Alberta.

Abraham Lake During Winter

I finally went out to Abraham Lake in Alberta, Canada. It has been a few months due to the cold weather. When I went out January 26, 2020, there were a few people enjoying the weather and taking pictures of the lake bubbles which are produced by methane at the lake’s bottom. I also went out in January of 2019 to take some more pictures with my Asus Zenphone 13 megapixel. Driving out that way is risky so be prepared.

Asus Zenphone 13 megapixel and at least -20C outside. . You can see a person just slightly at the top.
Shot with Olympus OMD EM10 with a 28 mm Vivitar lens. Around 2018. A couple of woman stood right in front of my camera which was on a tripod.
Asus Zenphone 13 megapixel in 2019.
The late Lena Helen Small at Abraham lake around 2017.
Asus Zenphone 13 megapixel
2019 shot with Asus Zen phone 13 megapixels. -15C at least.
2019 shot with Asus Zen phone 13 megapixels.
February 2022. A bit windy. Ripples in the snow.
Wild horses are in the area.

Guitarfest 2019 Battle of the Native Rock Bands

Sweet Misery presents: Guitarfest 2019 Battle of the Native Rock Bands.

Saturday June 1, 2019, in Samson-Maskwacis, Alberta, Canada. Location: the Samson High School Jonas Applegarth Theatre. Contact: Vinnie Saddleback. My band Download played that night. I helped set up that evening and we helped break down the gear after the event which was about 2 AM. Vinny tried to get Guitarfest going in 2021 but the Covid 19 pandemic was in full effect.

Mumbo Jumbo.
Tak from The Skodens.
The Skodens.
Sweet Misery closing for the night at 2 AM.
Winners Mumbo Jumbo.

Mumbo Jumbo is Vocals Troy Quinney, Guitar Cliffton Cross, Guitars/Vocals Shaun Anderson, Bass Felix Quinney, Drums Cody Cross. They are with SOCAN, their on Spotify and Apple ITunes.

Canada Day Job

I set up a PA system in Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada, on July 1st, 2018. I had to be there early and set up before the dancers and singers got there. All went well on set up and testing and then the pow wow started. The dancer is what we call a “Chicken Dancer.” He imitates the prairie chicken if you have ever seen those birds in the wild.

I also took these pictures with my Olympus E-3 10.2 megapixels. I set up the 700 watt PA system with a mixer, XLR and 1/4 inch cords were needed. I transported, set up and tore down the system. I put the speakers up on stands. I also took pictures during the event. It was hard work but worth the experience because my office this day was in the mountains.

Left: Early morning set up.

Cranbrook, BC, Canada

Way back in the 1980s, I can’t remember the year, I took a trip from Skookumchuck (yes that’s the name) to Rocky  Mountain House, Alberta with two people who are no longer with us.  As I started my journey I had to go where I haven’t been in a while. That meant blazing a new trail for myself and going somewhere I haven’t been in a while. The first challenge was leaving Lake Louise in Alberta and making it to the BC border. As usual in mountain traveling it went up very far. Coming down was challenging too. I had to make sure not to gain to much speed because you don’t know how your vehicle is going to handle in these conditions. In BC they have run a way lains for truck drivers who lost control of their vehicles.

Getting to the Radium Hot Springs was not too bad it was coming back that was hard. As I got to Radium the small town reminded me of a Swiss Village. From there I made it to Skookumchuk and talked to a local lady. We knew the same people from that time and she updated me on the people I used to know. So I left Skooks to go Cranbrook. The place I was born. The small city has not changed much and you can still smell the pulp mill in the morning.

Finally I made it back to Alberta. Coming home was more challenging than getting there. You feel good getting home, it’s true whoever said that. It was a great get a way for two days. I packed up, got in my truck and left. I recommend people do that once in a while.

Check  out my Google Local Guide for the picture below, the Welcome to Radium sign: https://www.google.ca/maps/contrib/101337736166790513536/photos/@50.8661599,-117.1596893,7z/data=!4m3!8m2!3m1!1e1?hl=en

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Kootney Park Lodge along the Banf Windermere highway 93.
Memories of 2018. Taken with Asus Zenphone 13 megapixel cell phone.

See the Kootney Park Lodge on Google Maps below, my Google Local Guide:

https://www.google.ca/maps/contrib/101337736166790513536/photos/@51.024858,-115.979586,3a,75y,90t/data=!3m7!1e2!3m5!1sAF1QipOmsksFKePKTK089Ulvi1TyIzVj1f5SVhTdjomo!2e10!6shttps:%2F%2Flh5.googleusercontent.com%2Fp%2FAF1QipOmsksFKePKTK089Ulvi1TyIzVj1f5SVhTdjomo%3Dw462-h260-k-no!7i3264!8i1836!4m3!8m2!3m1!1e1?hl=en&authuser=0

My Trip to Smallboy Camp

Pow wow 2019. Me in the orange shirt.

I visited an old place where I lived when I was a boy. This camp is located along the Rocky Mountains in Alberta, Canada. It is home to the Plains Cree Indians from Maskwacis. I went up there in August 2017 and it is very remote. The road going up to camp is up a mountain. You need good vehicle although I seen a young lady take up a small Chevrolet car up there and I was amazed it made it. The last time I was up here was about 30 years ago. I plan to go up again in October for a ceremony. I will post more pictures from camp when I go. Enjoy!