A Bad Day With A Camera

Latter Days

It’s fair to say that I have some history with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I am told that I am still notorious in the Central Alberta region for the manner in which I left my stake and provoked my ex-communication (it’s a long story).

Signage, LDS Church, Strathmore, AB, 2024-04-08 (B&W)

I am also certain that no matter what the sign on the outside of their church says; I am not welcome inside of it. I am honestly surprised I didn’t catch fire while standing on church property. I cautiously poked a foot into their parking lot and waited for any sign of smoke or flames before taking today’s photos.

Picture imperfect, LDS Church, Strathmore, AB, 2024-04-08 (B&W)
Dirty great root, LDS Church, Strathmore,
AB, 2024-04-08 (B&W)
Shadows, LDS Church, Strathmore,
AB, 2024-04-08 (B&W)

There was no combustion, so I proceeded to try to find some photos around the LDS chapel. Honestly, it was slim pickings. The building has nice enough lines, but the careless placement of furnace exhausts, vent pipes, vents themselves, etc., spoils them. Mormons value utility over pretty any day of the week.

I got the sign out front and worked the spire, of course, but a large tree root in the front lawn and shadows in the park next to the chapel proved more interesting than the mundane building itself.

Not polite to point, LDS Church, Strathmore, AB, 2024-04-08 (B&W)

I captured one almost clean image of the spire, but a furnace vent at the far right cluttered it. I used Photoshop’s Content Aware Fill to remove it. Cheating, I know.

Circooter Rapter Pro eScooter, Strath Paths,
Strathmore, AB, 2024-04-08
Not quite spring yet, Strath Paths, Strathmore,
AB, 2024-04-08

It was warm enough today that I pulled my eScooter out for the first time this year. The snow is almost gone and all the paths are clear, so why not? The LDS chapel is far enough away from my home that, while I could have made it there and back on foot during my lunch break, I would have had only a couple of minutes to take photos. The scooter got me there in mere minutes. At 12C it was warm enough, except that it wasn’t. The breeze was about 10kph and add in another 20kph from the scooter moving… 30kph wind chill is noticeable at 12C, let me tell you.

I took advantage of the extra time granted to me from using the scooter to do a quick loop around town to look for other opportunities. No joy with that today. I did get to make a bunch of preteen kids jealous when I buzzed past Ecole Brentwood (grades one to six). That’s always fun.

I had a camera out and a scooter out as well this afternoon, so that was great. The best part of the day for me, though, was not catching on fire in the church parking lot. I had been a mite concerned about that.

Today’s camera was a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50, which hangs around the neck nicely while riding a scooter.

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