The Cowboy Trail

The Cowboy Trail

Just as you pass the town of Granum on Hwy. 2, going north toward Calgary, you come upon an unexpected configuration. On the outside of the hedge that runs along the border of the Granum Cemetery, you see a single grave.

It seems that Mary was denied a proper Christian burial.

There’s a lot of speculation about why that is. And if anyone knows, he’s not saying. There are a number of theories, though. But that’s all we have at this point. Theories.

Yet, there’s an ongoing interest in Mary. People sometimes set things on her headstone, for example, or leave small gifts such as the chips and bars you see in the photo above.

But what if her grave is not outside the cemetery? Just outside the hedge? What if? What if? What if? one might ask.

And the more you think about it, the curiouser and curiouser it gets, as Alice would likely say, with wonder.

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I recently went to The Camera Store in Calgary and came home via the Cowboy Trail, Hwy. 22.

There was an 80 km/h wind most of the day, and it was just at the freezing mark. I’m not sure how successfully my heavy tripod and even my lens with three to four stops of VR handled that wind.

So if any of these photos aren’t tack sharp, let’s blame the weather. Agreed?

I hope you enjoy the slideshow.

I’ve become quite curious about Mary over the last couple years, and as time goes by, I hope I’ll have more to say about her.

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Note

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To see one of those group shots at full size, click on it, then scroll down to its bottom right where it says, View full size. You can click on it a second time, if you wish, to zoom in for details.

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Fog Shots

More Fog

Just down the road a bit from the shots below. Lots of tumbleweeds and barbed wire.

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I was on Alberta’s Hwy. 533 between Nanton and the Cowboy Trail, which is Hwy. 22. The fog was so bad I finally pulled off on a side road to wait it out. But it persisted. So after two hours I headed home.

Slowly.

Occasionally the fog cleared enough to give me these photos. And since there was no wind, I was able to use slow shutter speeds for maximum depth of field.

I hope you enjoy the slideshow.

Below is a 21 March 2018 update:

A bit of trivia: I recently sold the Nikon 105 mm f/2.8 macro that I used to take these four photos. I also sold all my other Nikon lenses, including my Nikon AF-S 70-200 mm f/2.8 FL VR, which I absolutely loved and really miss.

I’m trying to do everything now with a Zeiss 55 mm lens, mostly at f/1.4. And I no longer stop down beyond f/6.3. I’ve been fixated on micro contrast for the last while.

The featured photo at the top was taken with a Nikon 50 mm, so maybe the switch to the 55 mm won’t be that onerous. Although, without my 70-200 it’s going to be a major, major adjustment.

I’ll have to train my brain to start seeing at 55 mm instead of 70-200.

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Note

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To see one of those group shots at full size, click on it, then scroll down to its bottom right where it says, View full size. You can click on it a second time, if you wish, to zoom in for details.

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