Jeanne Kollée

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A hundred years ago in Hillcrest Mines Alberta, Canada, there was a massive explosion in the coal mine. It was the worst mine disaster in Canadian history. There were 189 miners killed that day, only about 46 survived. About 130 widows lost their husbands and about 230 children had no fathers. 

 

This photo I took upon the week  (June 20, 2014) of the 100th anniversary of the disaster is located in the Hillcrest Cementery and is a memorial to the miners who died. This angle is taken from the side with Turtle Mountian in the background, as many people know Turtle Mountain also suffered a massive explosion in the early 1900's which also colapsed a mine. When I took this photo I did not see the clouds reflected on the monument, but only noticed it when I saw the printed version of the photo. Brillant design of the monument, who ever did it, they may have had this in mind, but what a timeless tribute to the 189 miners who gave their life that day, to have this image reflected which of course changes everyday as a forever time in space. For more info these mines and The Crowsnest Pass visted their websites. 

 


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