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Atlantic Tour Tidbits – Part VIII: On the Way to…

Atlantic Tour Tidbits – Part VIII: On the Way to…

We experienced varied weather conditions on our recent trip to Atlantic Canada. From day to day, we didn’t know if there would be rain, fog, cloudy skies, or sunshine.
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This day was bright and sunny. The trees on either side of the highway displayed many colours of green and yellow.

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The sky was heavy with cloud this day, and intermittent rains.
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And on this day, it rained continuously, throughout the whole drive.

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When the rain stopped, and the sun came out, we felt a little like this happy, sunny guy!

curious deer
A deer made a brief appearance, eyed us curiously, then disappeared into the bush.

dandelions
On the prairies, dandelions are a bane to lawn growers everywhere, but in the maritimes, it seems as though the residents let the dandelions take over.

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Another common sight were the windmills generating electric energy.

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The foliage was sometimes sparse, and sometimes thick.

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Crossing the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge to Halifax after we took a wrong turn, and ended up in Dartmouth by mistake.

wayside farm
Sights like these, made our drives interesting, no matter the weather.

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Prairie Windmills

Prairie Windmills

Many windmills dot the prairie landscape. Most were used to pump water, but some were also used to generate electricity.
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The Persians used windmills as far back as 500 AD, and the Chinese in the 1200s. Early mills ground grain.
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Many of the prairie farm windmills have fallen into disuse, but I’m sure, with the abundance of wind, many are still put into service. The huge, power generating windmills are now a common sight in open fields.
Untitled 16                      This photo courtesy the Regina Leader Post.

Forgotten – Part II

Forgotten – Part II

The prairies are dotted with forgotten structures that once held families, livestock, teachers, and school children. I would love to investigate the interiors, but they are not safe to explore. What little tidbits of history are hidden within these tattered wooden walls? Is there still a wood burning stove in a once busy kitchen? Could a glass door knob yet be found on a bedroom door? Would we find intricately carved wooden cornices, or were these artifacts scavenged in days gone by? One thing is for sure, someone in the market for reclaimed wood could find enough on the prairies to keep them supplied for many years. Always fascinated by these dwellings, I watch for them from the passenger seat while travelling to and fro. Some of the buildings I was lucky enough to capture at highway speed follow:

 

Houses, made uninhabitable by time and weather.

 

Barns nearly ready to collapse. Some were leaning very precariously.

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Dilapidated one room school houses. The signs outside are now unreadable.

 

Various neglected out buildings.
This trip the landscape was coloured with an eerie haze from the smoke of many fires burning north of the prairies. Sometimes it would clear for a few kilometers, then the smoke would burn our eyes again as we traveled. The distant features blurred, and were sometimes obliterated in the smoky atmosphere.

 

Forgotten – Part I can be found here.