Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.
The days are getting longer, snow is melting fast, and yes, this is the time of year when walking anywhere is a bit like an obstacle course, dodging slushy snow and puddles, and not walking too close to the street so you don’t get drenched by a passing car. Yet, spring is my favourite time of year!
It’s about -25 today so it’s a great day to share some pics from the Glimpse of the Tropics display at the Regina Floral Conservatory. It’s one of the hidden gems in Regina, and on Sunday afternoon it was full of people escaping another cold January day. I highly encourage a visit if you’re experiencing the winter blahs – you’re welcome to bring in a coffee, take off your coat, sit on a bench, and forget for awhile that you’re on the prairies in January!
I’ve lived in Saskatchewan my whole life (which means I’ve endured a lot of cold winters) and I’ve never heard of rime ice. The pictures below are examples of it and I’m pretty sure most of us thought it was hoar frost (which is way more fun to say than rime ice). Anyway, rime ice results from freezing fog, and hoar frost occurs in the absence of fog…technicalities aside, it was quite pretty.
After about a week of foggy days, it was so nice to see the sun…
I had no idea there were so many pelicans in Wascana Park…
The pictures above were taken a couple of weeks ago, so then I had to go into my photo library and have a look at the other pelican pictures I’ve taken, mostly near the Albert Street Bridge. The last two are my favourite, a happy coincidence of good timing and just the right light.
Posts have been few and far between for a number of different reasons, but quietly in the background, a trip to Paris has been planned! It’s getting very close to lift off, and I hope to have many pictures to share in the weeks to come.
Everyone I’ve talked to about Paris seems to have a strong opinion. It’s beautiful! The food was amazing! Wine is cheap! Paris in the Spring! You’ll love it! People are rude! Dog poop is everywhere! I would never go back! I’ve tried to take those opinions with a grain of salt because travel is very personal, What one person thinks is an amazing destination, is on another person’s “I would never go there!” list. (Jamaica is on that list for me.) My only travel advice is if you want to go somewhere, just go!
I thought it would be fun to pick just one photo from each of the last few trips to capture what I liked the most about each one.
All of these pictures make me realize I’m very lucky to be able to travel and to see and experience many different places.
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!