a bridge to watch the sunset

The pedestrian bridge over the North Saskatchewan River between Battleford and North Battleford has become one of my favourite places to photograph.  If you’re ever in the area make sure to take in the sunset from the bridge. I’ve been visiting this area of Saskatchewan since birth, really, but it’s only in the last few years that I’ve appreciated how scenic it is (and it definitely correlates to when I began pursuing my photography hobby).

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…more than just books on the shelves…

One Sunday morning when I walked in to work and had the library to myself, I noticed there was nice light in the stacks and got out my phone and took a couple of pictures. One of the perks of being in the library before it opens, is walking through the stacks undisturbed!

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Fast forward to a few years later, and because of the recent provincial budget cuts, much will be changing in libraries in Saskatchewan.  The best part of what we had, was that no matter where you lived in the province, you had access to many of the same resources (books, music, dvds) as those that live in the bigger cities and towns. AND, you could put those items on hold and they would be delivered to your local library no matter where it was in the province. Saskatchewan’s a big place so that’s pretty amazing!

Just a few weeks ago, not only didn’t I think it was in jeopardy, but that the libraries would be forced to stop that service in just a few short months. It’s a huge step backwards.

Because the Minister of Education said a few weeks ago that bricks and mortar libraries aren’t relevant anymore, here’s one of my favourite quotes about libraries.

“Congratulations on the new library, because it isn’t just a library. It is a space ship that will take you to the farthest reaches of the Universe, a time machine that will take you to the far past and the far future, a teacher that knows more than any human being, a friend that will amuse you and console you — and most of all, a gateway, to a better and happier and more useful life.

[Letters of Note; Troy (MI, USA) Public Library, 1971]”
Isaac Asimov

No matter where you are reading this in the world, particularly if you haven’t been to a library lately,  check out your local library’s website to see all the different programs and services that are offered.  I bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised.  Libraries are more than just books on the shelves.

 

Happy New Year!

And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.

                                                                                        -Rainer Maria Rilke
After a really nice, cozy Christmas, it’s now it’s back to the real world!  I actually don’t mind January, especially those cold days when the sun is shining, the sky is a brilliant blue, and the snow sparkles.  But I’m over winter by  February!
Here are a few pics I took over the holiday season with my phone….who doesn’t love a good Christmas lights display?
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The best lights display in Battleford – Sparkle Tour on Christmas Eve

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Saskatoon Sparkle Tour on December 27

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Another great lights display in Saskatoon

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Wascana Park on December 30, the Legislative Building from across the lake…

The Western Development Museum in North Battleford has a nice gift shop….along with an elaborate Christmas Village display…including a winery!

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Lady Grey Tea, a shortbread cookie, and my favourite tea cup…it was a cozy Christmas….

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And Mom’s homemade donuts on Boxing Day….

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Happy New Year to you! Here’s hoping 2017 includes some interesting photo-taking opportunities!!!

 

leap of faith

Going for it! This squirrel is on a mission….

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I may have to take back my last post about not liking November, or qualify it with “I usually don’t like November” because the last few days have been unusually warm here.  This squirrel entertained me this afternoon while I was sitting outside drinking coffee…here’s the run up to the leap…

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And the reason for the leap….just a friendly “hello”. But, at this point my friendly squirrel was about a foot away and may have elicited a shriek from me, as it appeared ready to leap again…on me!!

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After some busy weeks at work, it was nice to just outside and be entertained (and to take some pictures). I haven’t had a camera out much lately and missed the whole taking pretty pictures of fall leaves opportunity.  This weekend made up for it as there was a beautiful sunset on Friday night that I photographed from my balcony – I’ll post pictures later in the week.

 

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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Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
                                                                              -Albert Camus

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