Photo-Art by Neil de Boer

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Alberta Barn

Alberta Barn

Alberta Barn

The barns in Alberta are quite different than here in Ontario. They are generally smaller and the boards run horizontal as opposed to vertically here in Ontario.

We found this abandoned barn east of Edmonton. With the sun shining on it’s face and the windmill in the background I could just imagine a time when a farm family called this property home.


Be Still

Be Still

Well it has been a while since I have posted anything.
A combination of being busy and working on bring some more artistry into my work.

This photo was taken in Alberta on a beautiful August evening.

Be Still and enjoy!

 


The Running Dead- Tractor Cemetery

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The Running Dead

Surrounded by dozens of other scrapped tractors cars and trucks in a forest, this tractor looks like it is trying to power its way out of the grave.

This was taken in August 2016 in Alberta Canada.


Dirty Shorts

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Dirty Shorts – Tofield Alberta Canada

In August of 2016 we stopped to get a few shoots of  the famous “Dirty Shorts” grain elevator in Tofield Alberta Canada. The word Dirty is still visible on the west side of the elevator but sadly the Shorts have faded quite a bit.

This description can be found on the Roadside America.com website:

The elevator was originally called “Shonts,” a one-house location lived in by the elevator agent. One Halloween some local boys changed the name to “shorts.” Several years later some younger boys were more daring and managed to paint the word “dirty” above the word “shorts.”

I have this information from personal experience! The elevator is owned by a local farmer.

[anonymous, 02/14/2008] – See more at: http://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/4092#sthash.dBJfgXup.dpuf

What a fun story to go with great old elevator.


Columbia Icefields Run Off

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Columbia Icefields Run Off

This was taken last August along the Columbia Icefields Parkway in the Canadian Rockies.

One thing that surprised me was how windy it was at this location. The temperature difference between the glacier ice and the surrounding area created a wind that made it hard to keep my hat on!


Spirit Island – Jasper National Park

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Spirit Island, Jasper National Park – Alberta

This past summer I had the pleasure of visiting Spirit Island on Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park – Alberta. Accessible only by boat it is one of the most photographed locations in the Canadian Rockies.

I was lucky enough to be set up for this shot when a deer wandered out to the Island. Click the image to see it bigger.

 


Pyramid Mountain Elk

Pyramid Mountain

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Pyramid Mountain

Pyramid Mountain is just north of Jasper Alberta. We went to explore it early one morning and the elk were walking along the edge of Pyramid Lake.

 


Patricia Lake, Alberta

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Patricia Lake, Alberta

Mirror smooth water, rising mist, mountains in the background, colourful row boats all added up to a magical early morning shot just north of Jasper, Alberta on Patricia Lake.

I’m not an early riser but it’s moments like this that make it all worthwhile.


Moraine Lake, Alberta

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Moraine Lake

Here are a couple of more shots from Alberta. Moraine Lake is stunning in its beauty and grandeur.


Lake Louise Alberta

Lake Louise

Lake Louise

Lake Louise canoes

Lake Louise canoes

We managed to get to Lake Louise before the bus loads of people arrived. There were lot’s of other photographers there all looking for the right light and unique angle. Even though it has be photographed millions of times we all do our best to capture how grand it really is.


Peyto Lake Alberta

Peyto Lake

Peyto Lake

Peyto Lake is another of the beautiful Rocky Mountain locations we visited this summer. Located just north of Lake Louise this lookout is on Bow Summit. We arrived early in the morning and after a fairly steep climb up a paved pathway we were rewarded with this beautiful view!


Majestic Mountains

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Rocky Mountains Panorama – Bow Lake

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Bow Lake

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Bow Lake Paddler

The mountains of Alberta between Banff and Jasper are truly majestic. It is hard to get a sense of that from a picture. I hope that the stand up paddleboarders in these shots give a bit of perspective as to how massive they are.


Cattle Skull Gate

This shot was taken near the entrance to the Saskatoon Berry Farm in Okotoks, Alberta. It’s one of those iconic symbols of the west. I added some texture to change it up.

Cattle Skull Gate

Cattle Skull Gate


Peace and Tranquility

Peace and Tranquility - Vermilion Lakes, Alberta, Canada

Peace and Tranquility – Vermilion Lakes, Alberta, Canada

As I set up my tripod to compose this shot I couldn’t help but be in awe of the sense of Peace and Tranquility I felt here. With the mountains reflecting in the water, the Vermilion Lakes in Banff National Park, Alberta Canada is a place where one can stroll along the shore and forget about the stress of everyday life. It was such a treat to be there and attempt to capture at least a portion of that Peace and Tranquility.


Mountain Dock

Mountain Dock

Mountain Dock

As we drove from Banff to Canmore Alberta the Rockies continued to provide a breathtaking backdrop. We found this spot with some open water beautifully reflecting the mountains. We could not have asked for a more beautiful day with temperatures above freezing and a wonderful mix of sun and clouds in the sky.


Lake Louise Albert

Lake Louise

Lake Louise

Having only seen Lake Louise in pictures, I didn’t know what to expect as we pulled into the parking lot of Lake Louise Alberta. Most of the pictures I recalled seeing were taken in the summer of the aqua green lake at the foot of these majestic mountains. Seeing it in the winter on a beautiful sunny day was stunning. Walking out onto the ice provided a view of the mountains you could only get from a boat in the summer. This shoot is a panorama made up of 4 photos stitched together in Photoshop.


Mountain Cabin

Mountain Cabin

Mountain Cabin

The Canadian Rockies are breath taking! We were making our way over to Lake Louise and out of the corner of my eye I spotted this mountain cabin. We turned around to investigate and parked in an area that cross country skiers use to access this area. We followed their trails to get a closer look. Step off the snow packed trail is something you only do once! A couple of steps to the right or left and you are up to your thigh in snow. The skiers had a good chuckle – I see you are out post holing they teased! True enough. Our off trail tracks looked like post holes. It was all great fun and the view was spectacular.


Black Creek Cattle Co.

Black Creek Cattle Co.

Black Creek Cattle Co.

After stopping at the side of Highway 2 between Calgary and Edmonton Alberta to shoot a couple of old cars, (see previous posts) we hopped back into our rental car and turned down a nearby country side road in search of more rusted treasure. About half a mile down the road, at the end of farm lane, we were rewarded with this old Ford truck. Again we circled around it looking for the best angles. I love the earthy colours of the rust and the nostalgic lines of these old vehicles.


Creative Machining

Creative Machining

Creative Machining

A couple of days ago I posted Flamed Out – the car and trailer we spotted on the side of Hwy 2 between Calgary and Edmonton Alberta. We had fun shooting from all angles and this is the car on the other side of the trailer. According to a sign posted beside this spot, Creative Machining offered “On Site Portable Machining Services”. I can just imagine this guy pulling into some farm with his trailer and spending a few days tending to the machining needs of the farmer. Creative indeed!


Flamed Out!

Flame Out

Flamed Out

As I mentioned in my last post I have been in Alberta this past week. We flew into Calgary and picked up the rental car and headed up Hwy 2 to Edmonton. Just past Red Deer Rick and I both spotted this car in a field at the side of the road. The proverbial question popped into our heads. Do we turn around? That would make a great picture!  Now, this is a four lane Highway so you can’t just turn around on the spot. At the next cut off we just had to go back. Fifteen minutes later we parked as far off the Highway as we could and trudged through the snow to get our shots of this Flamed Out Car!