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The first time I photographed this house there was an owl looking down at me from the back window. I took a few shots before I realized there was an owl in the window. Once we saw him my photography buddy Nolan and I must have looked like cartoon characters scrambling to re-set our camera settings to get the owl…..thus its name “The Owl House”.

On this day we drove up the long lane to the house, got out and immediately walked to the back of the house in anticipation of seeing the owl. Just as we were along side the house we heard a loud noise that sounded like a HUGE OWL. Our surprise came when we turned around and saw an RCMP Officer exiting his car to ask us a few questions on why were on this property.

It occurred to me that plan B included getting a shot of Nolan in hand-cuffs! It was not meant to be because the Officer was a wonderful fellow. He explained that many of these old farms get robbed of anything left in them which we are already aware of.

Our purpose in photographing these old farms is to preserve them. So many of these farms are being destroyed by fire, bulldozer, wind and rains. For this reason I started up a Flickr Group called The Alberta Heritage Project so that other Flickr members can post images such as these in a place that others can enjoy for years to come. Some of the structures that I have photographed are no longer standing. As time marches on I hope that others will take up this cause to preserve our Heritage too….


  • Leslie van de Ligt
    Leslie van de ...over 1 year ago

    A wonderful capture and a great write Patrick. You have started something good and I wish you great success with your project. A Fave :>)) Leslie

  • Leslie van de Ligt
    Leslie van de ...over 1 year ago

    May 15, 2013

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