Wednesday, April 05, 2023

 My home town of Rosthern, SK still has two elevators standing. Again, I don't believe I have any snowy photos of these familiar elevators. Taken on March 25, 2023.

 I was able to get to the Langham elevator at sunrise on March 26, 2023. It was a first for me as it was in winter and at sunrise.

 I hadn't been back to Saskatchewan for quite a while, so while there in March 2023 I took advantage of my time there to get some photos of grain elevators. Although I've posted photos of these elevators before, they weren't taken while there was snow around. This one is the Hepburn elevator which has been preserved as a Wheat Museum.

Sunday, April 24, 2022

 In January of this year, 2022, I was approached by the Watrous Manitou Beach Heritage Centre and asked if they could get a print of a Watrous grain elevator to post in their building. I agreed to do so.  This was the result. It's an elevator on an elevator. Very clever, I think.

I was also asked if they could archive and store my Saskatchewan grain elevator negatives and digital photos that I've collected. I agree to do so. 

I'm grateful that the Watrous Heritage Centre, Watrous, Saskatchewan, was and is willing to take care of these negatives and photos. 

If you're travelling in Saskatchewan and it's not too far out of the way, I'd encourage you to stop in at their centre and have a look.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Elevator Slideshow Update

I've updated the slideshow of Saskatchewan grain elevators that I posted on YouTube a few years back. Watch it on YouTube. It's been "cleaned up" and I've added a few extra photos. Enjoy.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

My List of Saskatchewan Grain Elevators Photos

I've just updated the list as of February, 2022.

I decided to update the list of Saskatchewan grain elevator locations that I have photos from over the past 20 years or so. Some places have or had more than one location for elevators like Biggar, Saskatoon, Yorkton, just to name a few. I have photos of all of these elevators in this blog. (If you happen to note that I'm missing any, please let me know.)
It's been an interesting project taking these photos. Even now, whenever we revisit Saskatchewan and I see an elevator coming up in the distance I want to stop and take its photo. It's my way of commemorating Saskatchewan's rural past. The cement monstrosities that are replacing them are not nearly as attractive and will never solicit the same memories, I'm sure. Different times, different memories. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Sandhill Cranes at Pense, SK

We were driving by Pense on our recent trip to Saskatchewan when I decided to stop and retake a photo of the grain elevator. As I was composing my shot, I heard a familiar sound--the distinct song of Sandhill Cranes. As a kid on the farm, hearing these rare birds was always a special treat. I couldn't believe our luck. I took a few photos of the elevator. The one I'm posting here only includes the top of the elevator so that I can show the flock a little closer up. I'm adding one of just the flock, as well, as it passed by high overhead. And, as we were taking photos of the cranes, another flock of birds was passing by--pelicans--a larger flock than I'd ever seen before. If you look at the photo closely you'll see that the pelicans are overlapping the departing cranes. What a sight!

Kyle, Saskatchewan

We just returned from Saskatchewan. While we were there, part of our trip included driving from Swift Current to Rosetown and on to Saskatoon. For some reason, we did not have a photo of Kyle, which is located on Highway 4, about 70 kms north of Swift Current. I was taking a photo of the elevator when I glanced to the harvested field to my left and couldn't believe my eyes! A herd of Pronghorn Antelope were mostly lying in the stubble field and chewing their cud. (If you squint your eyes you can see them to the left in the elevator.) I counted about 20 of them. It's the first time we'd seen that many together in our lives. The elevator was a great find, but the antelope were special. If my count is correct, Kyle is the 121st photo I've taken of of their grain elevator in a village, town, or city in Saskatchewan.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Weldon B Grain Elevator

A repost of the Weldon B grain elevator that I took a few years ago.


I'm reposting the photos of the Dinsmore grain elevators I took a number of years ago.


I posted photos of Fiske earlier but deleted the old pages due to a faulty link. Here is the original plus an extra. Does anyone know if this elevator is still standing?

Cudworth is back

I'm reposting the photo of Cudworth I took quite a few years back (around 2001). The bird on the railway track was bonus.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Langham Elevator ten years later

I posted a photo of the Langham elevator just about 10 years ago on this blog. On September 12, 2016 I drove out to Langham from Saskatoon to take a new photo. Not much has changed. Sometimes that's good. Sometimes it's not. In this case it's good to see this icon still standing.