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.
A collection of scenes and things that captured my interest in the month of July…
flock of pelicans over Wascana Park
at Claybank Brick Plant, lots of cool things to photograph here…
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.
a roof in a field?
summer night in the city, watching the sky
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.
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.
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!).
Lodgepole Pine forest walking trail at Cypress Hills
Sunset at the Lookout Point – Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park
Lookout Point down the road from Bald Butte – further proof that all of Saskatchewan is not flat!
Young Hutterite couple enjoying the view at Bald Butte
View from Bald Butte at Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park – the highest point of land between the Rockies in Alberta and the East Coast of Canada (proof that all of Saskatchewan is not flat!)
Look-out Point at Cypress Hills
Rose in the Legistlative Garden on Labour Day
Vivid colour in Victoria Park, late July
Pretty flower discovered while walking to the bathroom (too much information I’m sure!)
This is probably the third time I’ve posted a picture of this mug. I must drink my coffee from this mug on a camping trip.
View from the top of Bald Butte
Sunset view at the Lookout Point
One of my favourite Spring flowers…
“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 –
– 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….
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…