You may have noticed things look a little different around Forgotten Alberta these days. After five years, I decided to switch to a more mobile friendly version of WordPress, which also allows me to add images from my various excursions through the southeastern Alberta outback to the banner of the site.
So short story long, I’m going to talk about the images featured in my banner over the next few weeks, starting with an extreme close-up from South Railway Avenue in Irvine.
It was an unseasonably warm “Take your girlfriend to Saskatchewan day” back on February 25, 2005. My soon-to-be wife and I were returning from an incredibly uneventful trip to Maple Creek when we stopped in Irvine to snap some pictures and grab a Coke. I shot the picture below of the hotel and what was then the Town office, and some other photos of “downtown” which was pretty quiet at the time:
After several manipulations and much experimentation in Adobe Photoshop, I produced the “watercolour” below:
I returned last summer to the hamlet of Irvine, and stayed in the room at the far right, an experience I chronicled here. As you can see from the Instagram below, the hotel is looking sharp these days with a fresh coat of paint:
However, the old town office was looking a little worse for wear. The weeds needed a trim and the brick facade was starting to crack, as evidenced by the image below:
Next: Nemiskam or Nemiscam? That is the question!
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