After stops at Horseshoe Canyon and the Royal Tyrell Museum yesterday morning, I stopped for breakfast at the A&W in Drumheller, and then headed southeast on Highway 10 along the Red Deer River. I stopped at the Atlas Coal Mine National Historic site near East Coulee, which was not yet open for the season, and took some photos of Canada's last remaining wooden coal tipple.
|Wooden Tipple, Atlas Coal Mine|
(Canon 5D Mark III, 24mm f3.5L II TS-E)
The Canon 24mm f3.5L II TS-E perspective-control lens proved to be perfect for an image like this; the entire structure of the coal tipple is rendered in crisp detail, and by keeping the camera level and shifting the lens upwards I was able to avoid making the tipple look like it was about to topple.
In the early part of the last century, the Drumheller valley was one of the major coal producing regions of Canada, but the Leduc oil strike in 1948 spelled the beginning of the end for the region's sub-butuminous coal as a home heating fuel, and the Atlas mine closed in 1979.