In April, 2017 the spring melt began. For those of you that don’t recall, we had crazy amounts of snow that year and a record 7 or 8 snow/storm days. On my daily commute to work I pass by this old bridge that is no longer used but at one point in time must have been a very busy passing for farmers to the small nearby town of Margaret. Given the amount of water flowing through what is usually the dry valley that runs under the bridge, I had to walk down there and see it for myself and take some photos.

When I got down there I discovered the monument which identified the bridge and it’s age. 100 years old in just a couple of weeks. To hear and see the water moving under that bridge for yourself was surreal and to think that this bridge could withhold that!

The bridge is still used as a foot bridge by the residents of a nearby colony but you can clearly see that time is slowly taking over. Large sections of the rail are gone and it is hard to navigate the top of the bridge as the majority of the bridge is overgrown with grass which makes it hard to see the drain holes.

Regardless, 2 years later, this bridge is still visited by many.


When I took this photo I likely thought, wow. Today when I look at it, I can think of a couple of things I would have done things differently.

This one is well. While I love the middle of the sky, I don’t like the top.

Maybe I’m not as much of an amateur as I think, lol 😂


A tad bit bored, so I thought I’d have a look through my old saved iPhone photos, since there about 3,000 of them and there was a time when my camera never left the closet.

I found this one of the now 100 plus year old bridge in Margaret, MB. Two winters ago this bridge withstood a spring thaw that was so powerful I’m not sure how it wasn’t damaged. I’m hoping I’ll come across them on my journey through my photo past.


On this particular day out adventuring, there were a lot of animals, animal smells and animal sounds.

It started with two very curious horses watching our every move around the property across the road from them. They were nosey horses! And vocal too! On our venture closer, I could hear coyotes as well. I’m sure they ar active right now being calving season is surely upon us. My question is, are they this vocal during the day? And of course, the pungent smell of a spring skunk who was also exploring on this glorious warm, sunny day.

The highlight though were the oodles of deer, perched up on a ridge watching us while more gathered. They were coming from all sides. It’s nice to see them out and about after the terribly cold we had. Forty seven days is what I heard. I don’t dislike the deer that some feel over run our town.

Hopefully this Spring I’ll find a fawn and get some good shots.


With all the traveling we do with hockey and fishing, we come along a lot of abandoned homesteads. Most of the time if it’s not far from home I take note of the location, contact the land owner and if permission is granted I go back and take photos.

Other times when I know I won’t be back in the area again, I take what I can get from the side of the road. I hate these sorts of shots because 1, the more zoom, the less clarity and 2, it limits the different views/images/angles you can get.

Well today I took some anyways. First off, withdrawal and secondly, the sky.

I’m not happy with the clarity of this photo but, I’ll be back to this one, I hope.


I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t like the cold.

I’ll also admit that I have very little me time during the hockey season.

This year Colton’s team has been very busy. Most weekends, practice twice a week and of course, travel tournaments. Sometimes I’d get that urge to play with the camera and try to take action shots. For good photos, this will require some more practice AND the purchase of a new lens.

Regardless, a great season was had as you can see from the hardware.

Well done boys. Well done my boy.

Big thank you to our coaches who devoted all of their time to these kids.


My daughter and I found this one by accident as the weather turned cold. I head back there a week or so ago and I can tell you, I can not wait to go back and find out more.


I have driven by this beautiful old home many times over the years but have never had my camera with me.   Today I thought I’d better do this as there have been many rumors around the abandoned talk groups that this home is coming down.

I won’t try to mask this location as just about everyone knows what home this is.  While there were no signs posted around the property stating “No Tresspassing”, I did not enter past any gate, service road, etc. My understanding is that the structure of the home is very unsafe.

What fascinates most of us is the details of this structure.  The brick walls, magestic staircase and huge structure for it’s time.  I have only ever seen photos of the inside and if you haven’t, google it.  I can only imagine its grandeur in it’s day.


The original owner, Robert Fern Lyons was born in Leeds County, Ontario in July, 1856.  He moved to Manitoba in 1879 where he established a general store on the plains.  When Mr. Lyon’s came to Manitoba, the town of Carberry had been platted.  At that time, Mr. Lyon’s and a partner purchased the first two lots sold in the business district and built a department store.

On the 20th of April 1888, Robert married Janet Josephine Hume of Winnipeg.  They had four children.  In 1888 Mr. Lyons sold his interest in the department store.

Mr. Lyon’s built this home around 1896 on a part of his 2700 acres of land he owned around the Carberry area.  On 1600 acres he grew grain and raised high grade stock.  This two-storey, red-brick veneer residence was occupied by the Lyon’s family until 1919.

He was also said to be a stockholder in the Lone Pine Gold Mining and Milling Company Limited and was Vice-President of the corporation. He also owned a grain elevator at Carberry.  A Conservative, he was elected to the Manitoba Legislature as member for Norfolk in 1892, 1899, 1903, 1907 and 1910.


Farmer Thomas Switzer purchased the home in 1919 and lived there until 1927.  Mr. Switzer’s son and daughter-in-law stayed there until 1952. The home was then owned by Stanley Paluch and Madeline Sokryka Krawec who lived there until 1964 when they moved to McCreary.  At that time the home was sold to Harold Shirtliff.