Over the years, I’ve photographed many of the drilling rigs working in southeast Saskatchewan. It’s time for the 12 Rigs of Christmas! Over the next 12 days, you’ll see rigs of companies still here, and others that have come and gone. Some have changed names and colours. People have come and gone. But you know what? Our industry is still keeping our trucks fueled and our people warm. Please share these posts – you might be in them, or recognize others who are.

Red Dog Drilling Rig 3 was shot in July, 2013. It was just a gorgeous day, and a spectacular sunset. You might recognize some of these pictures, as this photo shoot seems to be the one people have stolen from the most. I’ve seen several of these shots used as backgrounds for one of those companies who have a log in screen in the company man’s shack. Somehow, they forgot to pay for them, or even ask for them. Another was made into a meme by a popular drilling Facebook page who had the nerve to put this text on it: “Nobody owns you a damn thing. Get off your ass and earn it.” Funny, he never did pay me for the photo. I’m still waiting for the cheque in the mail. Guess he didn’t earn it.

No matter. The guys in this photo shoot definitely did earn it. I ran into one of them this year. He’s now a company man, a wellsite supervisor.

 

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The 12 rigs of Christmas:

On the first day of Christmas, my missus gave to me, Stampede Drilling Rig 1

On the second day of Christmas, my missus gave to me, Vortex Drilling Rig 1.

On the third day of Christmas, my missus gave to me, Red Dog Drilling Rig 3

On the fourth day of Christmas, my missus gave to me, Betts Drilling Rig 1

On the fifth day of Christmas, my missus gave to me, Horizon Drilling Rig 34