Wascana Waterfowl Park

I hate to admit that even though I’ve lived in Regina for a long time I’ve never been to the Wascana Waterfowl Park – sure I’ve seen geese and ducks and pelicans around Wascana Lake, but the Waterfowl Park is a nice little area I’ve always known about, but just never checked it.  Next time bread is required though, as sometimes I wondered if I should get so close without having something to offer the geese and ducks!

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I’ve never seen this kind of duck before…

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I’d say this pelican never worries where its next meal is coming from…

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“You do know that people usually bring bags full of bread crumbs, right?” I think my new friend was a little disappointed with me.

Wascana Park Geese

Of the 75 or so pictures I took of the geese in Wascana Park this afternoon, these are the only ones that somewhat turned out (and all of them are cropped to differing extents).  It was cold and holding the camera steady while reminding myself not to shiver, proved very challenging.  My index finger is still red from the cold! Besides the cold, though, it’s always nice to be outside taking pictures.  Unfortunately, without a warm weather holiday, it hasn’t happened a lot so far because of the coldest winter on record! (This may not be a factual statement, and if it’s not, it has to be pretty darn close!!)

I'm hungry and it's all mine...

I’m hungry and it’s all mine…

Maybe if I curl myself up, I'll stay warm.

Maybe if I curl myself up, I’ll stay warm

Gliding over a still mostly frozen Wascana Lake

Gliding over a still mostly frozen Wascana Lake

Sunday Morning Miscellany

A lazy Sunday morning seems like a good time to post a few miscellaneous pictures. I’ll likely do another “Photography Lessons – Things I’ve Learned” post soon as I feel like I’ve learned a lot this summer, but this morning I just feel like posting a variety of pics I’ve taken in the last few weeks.

The half-time show at the Labour Day Classic between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers was parachutists from 15 Wing Moose Jaw competing to see who could land on target at mid-field.  I thought they looked liked little miniature army men falling from the sky

The half-time show at the Labour Day Classic between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers featured parachutists from 15 Wing Moose Jaw competing to see who could land on a target at mid-field. I thought they looked liked miniature army men toys falling from the sky.

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So far, this is the best "sunset geese" picture I've taken, I'm hoping t get more in the new few weeks.

So far, this is the best “sunset geese” picture I’ve taken, I’m hoping to get more in the next few weeks.

I've spotted a pelican a few times in Wascana Creek, but it remains elusive when I have my camera in my hands.  But, I'll settle for this nice golden duck hanging out underneath the Albert Street Bridge.

I’ve spotted a pelican a few times in Wascana Creek, but it remains elusive when I have my camera in my hands. But, I’ll settle for this nice golden duck hanging out underneath the Albert Street Bridge.

When in doubt of what to take a picture of, I will always find a flower!

When in doubt of what to take a picture of, I will always find a flower!

confused geese

The geese have returned to Wascana Park in droves as they do at this time of year, every year.  Every June there are so many geese in the park, that a good number of them are rounded up and transported elsewhere. But they must be wondering what the heck right now. Snow! Cold!  Only small pockets of open water on the lake! What?

I took these pictures on Good Friday, and unfortunately, not much snow has melted since then. In fact, snowflakes are lightly falling as I type.  This has to be the longest winter ever.  My birthday is later this week and I can’t remember the last time there was snow on my birthday – three years ago, it was a beautiful +24 degrees celsius!  This year, I’ll be lucky if reaches +5.  I suppose, a slow melt is better than a fast melt because of flooding worries, but I’m tired of wearing socks, and long for sandals and bare feet.  And the geese must be tired of being cold.

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