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

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prairie sunrise
sunrise in mid-July

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a Tuesday sunset

When the temperature is -40 degrees celsius are there nice sunsets?

I realized during the last couple of weeks when it’s been so cold I haven’t paid attention to what it looked like outside. Like everyone else, I’ve  just been scurrying from Point A to Point B as fast as possible (without slipping on icy streets and sidewalks) to avoid frostbite on my nose and cheeks.

Finally, though, we are out of the deep freeze. It was above freezing today – I think the high was +3 and we were rewarded with a beautiful sunset!  I bet many people were outside with their cameras pointed at the sky tonight.


land of living skies

You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather

-Pema Chodron

Just a collection of Saskatchewan sky photos I’ve taken over the last couple of months…

Into the storm…near Gull Lake, Saskatchewan
Wascana Lake in November
crescent moon from my balcony
Grasslands National Park in southern Saskatchewan
clouds over old Mosaic Stadium



Going, going, gone…

Watching the sunset over the North Saskatchewan River from the Battleford Bridge, late June.  Just might have become one of my favourite spots in Saskatchewan to watch the setting sun. Lucky for me, I know some people who live close by!

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early spring on the prairies

“Not a breath of air stirred over the free and open prairie; the clouds were like light piles of cotton; and where the blue sky was visible, it wore a hazy and languid aspect.”
-Francis Parkman


clouds on the prairies

A quick break from New Orleans pics…this is just south of Regina last week. The last few weeks have been pretty drab here – that in between time when the snow has all melted and everything is boring shades of beige and brown and taupe, but now the trees are starting to bud and little green plants are starting to emerge from the ground. It’s one of my favourite times of the year – when everything is starting to emerge.  But even when things are drab looking here, a prairie sky never disappoints.

clouds on the prairies

I declare this world is so beautiful that I can hardly believe it exists. –
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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early in the evening, somewhere between Saskatoon and Regina, August 2015

There is much to be sad, troubled, and outraged about what goes on in the world, but there is also much to celebrate, to admire and to find peace and happiness in.  The trick is not to forget that.  That’s why I like photography – it makes me look at my surroundings in a different way and appreciate things like a sunset, clouds, or just nice light.