Jul 8, 2013

Ewart-Duggan House Garden

A lot can change in the course of a year. I photographed the Ewart-Duggan House last spring in 2012 before the new landscaping and fence were completed. I decided to return to photograph the location again in the summer heat, and now it's obvious just how much this historic home has been improved upon. The fence and garden are meant to reflect the original look of the property, and in combination with the neighbouring Esplanade, the house now feels integrated with the surroundings and further echoes the historic prominence of this downtown Medicine Hat street.

Brickwork graffiti by one of the sons from June 24, 1928.

Jul 5, 2013

Darwin Gets a New Ride

Visiting with Wendy and Darwin in Regina last month, I decided it would be fun to bring Darwin a little present - his first set of wheels. This miniature Kawasaki ATV looked like it would be entertaining, and getting to see Darwin figure it out was just that.

He'd push the buttons to rev the engine. He'd awkwardly climb on it, not quite sure of how to get his leg over to the other side. He'd go backwards a lot, and he'd try and walk with it stuck under him. This was nothing compared to him trying to get off of it, which consisted of him putting his arms up and whimpering for help or trying to climb off and getting his butt hung up on the handlebar. What a kid.

In the end it was totally worth it, and I look forward to playing with him again come August. In shooting this latest home video, I was amazed at how much bigger he was since the video I shot last summer. Considering my distance, I'd say we're starting to get a nice collection of memories.