Narrative – From a Distance

La Crete Mennonite Heritage Village - La Crete, Alberta 1
La Crete Mennonite Heritage Village – La Crete, Alberta 1
La Crete Mennonite Heritage Village - La Crete, Alberta 2
La Crete Mennonite Heritage Village – La Crete, Alberta 2
La Crete Mennonite Heritage Village - La Crete, Alberta 3
La Crete Mennonite Heritage Village – La Crete, Alberta 3
La Crete Mennonite Heritage Village - La Crete, Alberta 4
La Crete Mennonite Heritage Village – La Crete, Alberta 4
La Crete Mennonite Heritage Village - La Crete, Alberta 5
La Crete Mennonite Heritage Village – La Crete, Alberta 5
La Crete Mennonite Heritage Village - La Crete, Alberta 6
La Crete Mennonite Heritage Village – La Crete, Alberta 6
La Crete Mennonite Heritage Village - La Crete, Alberta 7
La Crete Mennonite Heritage Village – La Crete, Alberta 7
La Crete Mennonite Heritage Village - La Crete, Alberta 8
La Crete Mennonite Heritage Village – La Crete, Alberta 8
La Crete Mennonite Heritage Village - La Crete, Alberta 9
La Crete Mennonite Heritage Village – La Crete, Alberta 9
La Crete Mennonite Heritage Village - La Crete, Alberta 10
La Crete Mennonite Heritage Village – La Crete, Alberta 10
La Crete Mennonite Heritage Village - La Crete, Alberta 11
La Crete Mennonite Heritage Village – La Crete, Alberta 11

A cold, winter Sunday in February last year found me on a drive and taking these photos. The afternoon saw me drive a circuit through a large swath of Alberta’s Mackenzie county. From High Level, I traveled south and then east. I crossed the Peace River at the Tompkin’s landing ice bridge near Blue Hills. From Blue Hills I drove east and around the Buffalo Head Prairie corner up to La Crete. Next, I rounded the seven-mile corner moving northward past Blumenort and Fort Vermilion. Finally I would drive west past Rocky Lane and return to High Level.

On a range road south and west from La Crete I found my way to the La Crete Mennonite Heritage Village. At 2:30 p.m., winter sun had begun its arc toward the horizon. In the space of an hour I was able to look, see and find these photos. Each piece of machinery was well taken care of. Each house and farm building remains solid – each might still be used, if needed. 1950 seems a date records show Mennonite membership in the La Crete area – 130 people in the area, then. Now, after seventy years, these buildings and this equipment hold many family narratives – the how, the who, the where, the what … the tough times and the good. Each photograph is from a distance – from the range road outside the La Crete Heritage Village site. I have used a tripod with a zoom lens for each image.

Quote to Consider / Inspire – “I usually have an immediate recognition of the potential image, and I have found that too much concern about matters such as conventional composition may take the edge off the first inclusive reaction (Ansel Adams).”

Listening to CKUA – East Pointers’ ‘Ken the Hen,’ Garnet Rogers’ ‘Threshold,’ Paul Brady’s ‘Help Me to Believe,’ Andy Irvine’s ‘My Hearts Tonight in Ireland,’ The Casts’ ‘Lullaby for a Very New Baby’ and Jackie Leven’s ‘The Garden.’

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