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A beautiful little house sitting atop a small knoll. The land around the house is now used for keeping bees.

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I am sure there are other stone granaries but it is not something that I have encountered in Manitoba before.


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The Sleeping Giant. Taken in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, can't you just imagine waking up to this beauty every morning?

The Ojibway story tells us that Nanabijou [link] protected the silver treasure from the white man by laying down upon it and turning to stone. As far as I am aware, no mine has ever been successful.

But there is more to this than a legend. For anyone who know about the native people of Canada, you will know that it is a story of deceit and disgrace. The deceit of our government and in the process the disgracing of a people.

And this disgrace continues with broken and unfulfilled agreements. It continues with a people who continue to live in poverty, in one of the most prosperous nations of the world. It continues because Canada doe snot have the will and fortitude to recognize its historical responsibility. A people who are still Between Worlds.

Now these of course are just my thoughts, my "take" on the history. But the picture speaks to me of these things, of a people, sitting on the edge, waiting for their dawn, waiting to take their rightful place in this world of opportunity.
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Settlement in the Mowbray area started in the late 1870's by Henry Scott who was reported to be the first settler between the Pembina Hills and the US Border.

In 1902 the Canadian Pacific Railway extended its line from Snow Flake down to Mowbray. Soon after that, grain elevators, a railroad station and other business were built. In 1908 the original railway station and a number of other buildings were destroyed by fire. The station was rebuilt in 1909. In is interesting that in this same year, the CPR Railway spent more money than the Canadian Government promoting immigration.

Because Mowbray is situated on the Border between the two countries, it became a cultural and economic mixing ground. Travel during this time was very relaxed between the two countries. In 1919, in part due to prohibition in the North Dakota, the Mowbray Hotels liquor business soared. And it was common to see US citizens park their cars on the US side and walk into Canada, unhindered, for a drink. Doctors frequently crossed the international line as well as families who freely visited friends resulting in marriages between a number of US and Canadian couples. Until close to 1930, children from North Dakota attended school in Mowbray at Boundary School which was built in 1906. Some of them even lived close enough to walk home, over the international boundary, for lunch.

In about 1930, border patrols were established to reduce smuggling, and the free border crossing era began to draw to a close. In 1935 rail service was reduced to Mowbray which further weakened the economy. All of these changes, coupled with the drought and depression of the 30's led to the decline and depopulation of this area and town.

Today, little but the rail station built in 1909, remains of the town.



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What is the timbre that has waited for so long to reveal vast memories of decades past?

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Fairly straight forward


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Harvest is almost finished here, about 2 weeks early. But it has not been so great down south where most of the corn crop has failed. Farmers have always lived by the weather, but it is still difficult so see the hardship.

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For Leona

I rarely make shots at night, this one was special. I like the huge number of stars that are visible and especially the big dipper in the upper right.

Taken with a pocket wizard, 20 second exposure. (Ninette is visible along the shoreline to the right)

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