“Today’s forecast: just a few flurries. Chains a must.”
Back to Bankhead!
This defunct mining village was, in its heyday, the centre of an industry that was critical to the national power supply. Coal was the main source of energy for almost everyone in the country, and in the Rocky Mountains there seemed to be an awful lot of it.
Every mining operation had its slag heaps – hills of refuse – the less usable product that would most likely be abandoned, and Bankhead was no different. Of course, ninety years later Mother Nature has done a pretty good job of reclaiming those hills, and they’re a little harder to see, but they’re still there.
Here’s one, close-in, with an old, rusty cable still protruding. The contrast between the black coal and the green growth around it absorb me for it is the contrast between man’s irreverent and wanton destruction of the land, and nature’s recognition that while she might have to wait a while she will eventually win the argument. I wonder, who was the last person to touch that cable? What was he thinking about at the time? Where did he wind up when the townsite closed?
Bankhead is a fascinating place to visit. Click here for more information.
Rhubarb!? How can I publish a blog about rhubarb?
Well, this isn’t just any ol’ rhubarb, but it is certainly old, for this healthy rhubarb patch thrives on the site of the Alberta ghost town, Bankhead, just a few miles from the Banff townsite.
Nobody’s lived in Bankhead since it was abandoned – in 1922. This rhubarb has survived ninety years in the Alberta mountain wilderness without any help whatsoever from the humans who first planted it.
I love to stop in at Bankhead every once in a while. Over the next few days I’ll post a few more images of this fascinating Alberta ghost town. Next time you’re in the Banff area, check it out.
If you’d like to learn more about Bankhead, click here.
The new Bow Building, in Calgary, Alberta has been a work in progress since June 2007. It is just being completed, and as of now the people are moving in. I took this photograph in June, through the sunroof of my car – no, I was not driving at the time.
Here are a few more details of the newest skyscraper in Calgary. Thanks Wikipedia!
– Height: 236 m (774 ft)
– 58 stories
– 2 retail floors – 200,000 sq ft (19,000 m2)
– 3 floors – sky gardens, spaced approximately every 18 floors (sky lobbies), served by express elevators
– 53 office floors – 1,700,000 sq ft (158,000 m2)
– 4 mechanical floors
– In total over 84,000 square metres (900,000 sq ft) of glass
– Footprint: 190,000 ft2 (17,700 m2)
– Parking: 1,400 parking stalls (6 level parkade, spanning two blocks on both sides of 6th Avenue)
– +15 skywalk connections to neighbouring buildings (Telus building, Suncor Energy Centre, Hyatt Regency Calgary)
I should be saving this kind of picture for the middle of January. It’s when the weather is cold and harsh that I like to pull this kind of thing out and immerse myself in it. The warmth comes through in the flowers, and in the still of the lake, and because it was an overcast day it was sultry – almost to the point of being humid – and most humid days in Alberta are not all that hard to take.
This wonderful day in the mountains wasn’t hard to take at all.
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