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

morning sunrise on the prairiesprairie sunrise 2

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

 

 

Canada 150 – My Beautiful Country

Summer in Canada to me means going somewhere and seeing some of my beautiful country.  Canada is such a wonderfully diverse country and I appreciate it all…prairies, mountains, ocean, and our cities, too. I’ve only been as far east as Quebec City, and would love to see the east coast of Canada someday.

Summer Solstice, English Bay, Vancouver 2013

Summer Solstice 2013 2

Quebec City, 2010 (wow, seven years ago already!)

 

Banff (these pictures are from 2014)

Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, June, 2013

Seaplane Perspective

Prince Rupert to Hartley Bay in a seaplane

Bishop Bay Hot Springs in the Great Bear Rainforest

Bishop Bay Hot Springs Sparkle 3

Near Gull Lake, Saskatchewan, July 2016

summer storm

into-the-storm

Prince Albert National Park, June 2016

Prince Albert National Park sunset - June 2016-2

Near Mankota, Saskatchewan, September 2016

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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.

Thorvaldson Building - Uof S Campus

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

Cypress Hills Sunset 1

Cypress Hills Sunset

Sunset view at the Lookout Point