Astotin Lake Sunset

“Peace is always beautiful…” Walt Whitman

at the end of the day

Astotin Lake, Elk Island National Park

 

sunset is my favourite time of day

Three for three!  This is the third year I’ve been to Elk Island National Park in the last five years on my annual camping trip with my parents. The sunsets here are beautiful. We stayed two nights this year – the first night it rained, and the second night, well, this was the view….

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This was the sunset in 2015…

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And in 2012…

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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

letting the light in

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything,
That’s how the light gets in.
~Leonard Cohen

playing with light (1)brick dome 1brick domeClaybank Brick Plant National Historic Site, near Regina, SK

Full Moon After A Spectacular Summer Day

Between 9am and midnight on Saturday, I spent a total of about an hour inside.  That is a perfect summer day in my books.  We are in the midst of a heatwave here (a thunderstorm with a good soaking rain would be most welcome). It’s the kind of heat that soaks into your bones, and forces you to move at a slower pace.

And find shade….

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Or just bask in the sun for awhile..

bask in the sun

In the evening, the Saskatchewan Roughriders played their second game in brand new Mosaic Stadium.  Night games are my favourite (this pic is actually from last Saturday’s Canada Day game).  A win, too!

new Mosaic Stadium on Canada Day

Everyone left the stadium under a spectacular full moon.  I was anxious to get home and try to get some pics. Since I’ve been so busy at work, I haven’t really picked up a camera as much as I’d like to.  It was eerily quiet and peaceful at midnight considering it was a Saturday night and I wandered down the street trying to find a good vantage point. It’s been awhile since I had that feeling of it’s just me and my camera and the subject I’m trying to photograph.

It was a good day.

There is something haunting in the light of the moon – Joseph Conrad

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Canada 150 – wide open spaces

I grew up in a house with a field just beyond our backyard, in a town that was seemingly plunked down in the middle of nowhere. It was surrounded by fields, and in one direction, beyond the fields were the Great Sandhills.  I can tolerate crowds, I’ve lived in a city since I finished high school, and I’m not sure I could live in a small town again, but I still am attracted to wide open spaces.  All of these pictures were taken near Regina, SK.

sunflower against a blue sky

sunflower against a blue sky

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prairie sunrise

sunrise in mid-July

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at the right momentcastle butteprairie sunset

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Saskatchewan Sky 4St. Nicholas Anglican Church 2pretty donkeys