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

 

 

 

Let’s Go For A Walk in the Woods Today

A collection of a few of my favourite pics taken while walking in the woods…

Rainforest Trail, Pacific Rim National Park, Vancouver Island
Rainforest Trail, Pacific Rim National Park, Vancouver Island
Maui Garden of Eden walk on the road to Hana
Maui Garden of Eden walk on the road to Hana
Great Bear Rainforest walk
Great Bear Rainforest walk
Cypress Hills
Cypress Hills
Algonquin Park sunset in Ontario
Algonquin Park sunset in Ontario

flowers for a Monday in January

Just some flower pictures for a wintery Monday…

Vivid colour in Victoria Park, late July
Vivid colour in Victoria Park, late July
Rose in the Legistlative Garden on Labour Day
Rose in the Legistlative Garden on Labour Day
Look-out Point at Cypress Hills
Look-out Point at Cypress Hills
Geraniums on my balcony
Geraniums on my balcony
Taking pictures of flowers in Vancouver...
Taking pictures of flowers in Vancouver…

a good book

A good book is a good book, wherever you are reading it, but a good book enjoyed while sitting outside is one of my favourite things.  These are pics taken during a trip to Cypress Hills this past summer when I was taking a break from reading at our campsite. The book I was reading was “The Rosie Project” by Graeme Simsion.

reading a book @ Cypress Hills
The view while reading at the campsite
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.
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.
Pretty flower discovered while walking to the bathroom (too much information I'm sure!)
Pretty flower discovered while walking to the bathroom… 🙂

“A story is not like a road to follow … it’s more like a house. You go inside and stay there for a while, wandering back and forth and settling where you like and discovering how the room and corridors relate to each other, how the world outside is altered by being viewed from these windows. And you, the visitor, the reader, are altered as well by being in this enclosed space, whether it is ample and easy or full of crooked turns, or sparsely or opulently furnished. You can go back again and again, and the house, the story, always contains more than you saw the last time.”
Alice Munro

The Road Not Taken

I realized as I was going through my photo library today that I like to take pictures of roads. One of my favourite poems is The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost. So, today’s post is a combination of two of my favourite things (and yes, the last picture is not of a road, but it was quite the journey to get to that view).

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Field near Lumsden, Saskatchewan, August 2013
Field near Lumsden, Saskatchewan, August 2013
Road to Hana, Maui, March 2011
Road to Hana, Maui, March 2011
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
Castle Butte, Southern Saskatchewan, August 2013
Castle Butte, Southern Saskatchewan, August 2013
Gravel road near Eastend, Saskatchewan, July 2013
Gravel road near Eastend, Saskatchewan, July 2013
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
View from Bald Butte, Cypress Hills, July 2013
View from Bald Butte, Cypress Hills, July 2013
Roada to Mount Edith Cavell, Jasper, Alberta, July 2012
Road to Mount Edith Cavell, Jasper, Alberta, July 2012
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
On a zodiac, somewhere off the coast of British Columbia, June 2013
On a zodiac, somewhere off the coast of British Columbia, June 2013

“Open Your Eyes and Look!”

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru

Photography is a wonderful hobby because you start looking at everything you see in a whole new way. It makes you become more aware of your surroundings, of how the right light can change a fairly mundane scene into something beautiful or dramatic, and it connects you to the world in a different way.  I’m a quiet person, more content to observe a scene rather than be in the scene, and photography is a great tool to share how I see the world.  I’ve developed a penchant for traveling, but all these pics were taken fairly close to home in the last few weeks.

And…as my mom would say when I was a kid and couldn’t find something I was looking for, “just open your eyes and look!”

young hawk near Lumsden
Junior football game in Regina - practicing my action shots
Junior football game in Regina – practicing my action shots
Last glimpse of the setting sun at the Lookout Point at Cypress Hills. My dad and I were out getting wood for our campfire, noticed there was some great colour in the sky and headed for the Lookout Point.
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Conglomerate Cliffs at Cypress Hills – I thought this looked like a buffalo’s head.
a young Saskatchewan Roughrider fan

golden

My Saskatchewan

Today is Saskatchewan Day (which means it’s a long weekend here) so I thought I’d share a few pictures I’ve taken in the last few weeks, including some of my favourite places in Saskatchewan.

Flax field near Richardson, SK
Flax field near Richardson, SK
Exploring the backroads near Eastend, SK
Exploring the backroads near Eastend, SK
Young moose on the loose near Eastend, SK
Young moose on the loose near Eastend, SK
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!)
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!)
Young Hutterite couple enjoying the view at Bald Butte
Young Hutterite couple enjoying the view at Bald Butte
Lookout Point down the road from Bald Butte - further proof that all of Saskatchewan is not flat!
Lookout Point down the road from Bald Butte – further proof that all of Saskatchewan is not flat!
Sunset at the Lookout Point - Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park
Sunset at the Lookout Point – Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park
Lodgepole Pine forest  walking trail at Cypress Hills
Lodgepole Pine forest walking trail at Cypress Hills
Convocation Hall, University of Saskatchewan campus in Saskatoon.
Convocation Hall, University of Saskatchewan campus in Saskatoon.
Thorvaldson Building, University of Saskatchewan campus in Saskatoon
Thorvaldson Building, University of Saskatchewan campus in Saskatoon
Hotel Sask sign in Regina
Hotel Sask sign in Regina
Hotel Saskatchewan in Regina
Hotel Saskatchewan in Regina