Walking Along the Seine

One of my favourite parts of Paris was being near the Seine River. After a long, cold winter, the real purpose of the trip was not to visit the museums, eat the food, and drink the wine (okay that was part of it, too!!),  but to be outside and explore the city on foot.

Every day, and night, included a walk along the river.

spring afternoon by the seineNotre Dame at night

 

 

Regina Floral Conservatory

The best antidote for a cold winter’s day is a visit to the Regina Floral Conservatory.  Granted, Saturday was the first time I’ve ever been there, but for an hour it was easy to forget that it was the beginning of February and minus 20 outside! The air was warm and moist (great for prairie winter parched skin), and the bright colours are a feast for the eyes!

The Conservatory is maintained by volunteers, and there are different themes throughout the year.  The theme right now is A Glimpse of the Tropics.  It’s open every afternoon and there are lots of benches and seating areas to soak it all in.  Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

I have a new phone so wanted to try out the camera, what a perfect place to take photos in the winter!

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RFC 17

 

 

summer snaps

A collection of scenes and things that captured my interest in the month of July…

bubbly hot day

flock of pelicans

flock of pelicans over Wascana Park

Claybank bricks

at Claybank Brick Plant, lots of cool things to photograph here…

 

antelope

I was a safe distance away….it didn’t want to move. It was also 35 degrees celsius that day and there was no shade in sight. Its family was laying in the grass on the other side of the road.

roof amongst canola

a roof in a field?

watching the clouds change colour

summer night in the city, watching the sky

Canada 150 – Cypress Hills, Saskatchewan

When I was a kid, there were three places we’d drive to that I would look forward to with much anticipation.  One was driving through Saskatoon on our way to my grandparents’ house.  We’d drive by the beautiful University of Saskatchewan campus, and I’d imagine going to university there. I loved every second of my four years there.

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Thorvaldson Building, University of Saskatchewan campus in Saskatoon

Driving to Banff, and getting that first glimpse of the mountains was (and still is) a thrill!  For at least the last 10 years, maybe more if I really thought about it, I’ve been to mountains somewhere in Western Canada or Montana.

Banff Bound

driving to Banff

But, Cypress Hills in Southwest Saskatchewan is most likely the place I’ve been to the most.  It was about a two hour drive from the town I grew up in and it’s the first place I remember going where I felt like I was going somewhere!  I’d watch for that first glimpse of the hills, just a silhouette far off in the distance, and as we passed through Maple Creek, I could finally see the hills close up!   I’ve camped here a lot with my family, gone to Brownies and Girl Guide camp at Camp Shagabec, and I’ve been several times as an adult, but most of my memories of it are as a kid (including one Victoria Day long weekend when it snowed – I think I was 5 or so.  I think that was also the last time I rode a horse!).

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view from Bald Butte

View from the top of Bald Butte

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Cypress Hills Sunset

Sunset view at the Lookout Point

 

 

 

November!

“No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member –
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds –
November!”
–   Thomas Hood, No!

I’m sure there is something good to be said about November, but in the meantime, here are some colourful fall shots….

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I suppose it’s the time of year where it’s nice to get cozy with a good cup of coffee, and a good book…here’s what I’m reading at the moment…

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