Thanksgiving Monday was a beautiful day in Regina. My camera has not been out as much as I would have liked this summer, but the holiday was the perfect opportunity to go for a wander, camera in hand.
It was a hot, dry, summer in Western Canada, and as a result there were a lot of forest fires. Prior to our camping trip to Banff in August, it had been so smoky that the highway between Banff, and Radium, British Columbia had been closed. We camped for four days and had spectacular weather for three of those days.
It was very smoky on on our last full day in Banff. Mount Rundle on a clear day…
And on a smoky day….
Made for an interesting sunset…
“Peace is always beautiful…” Walt Whitman
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.
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
Quebec City, 2010 (wow, seven years ago already!)
Banff (these pictures are from 2014)
Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, June, 2013
Bishop Bay Hot Springs in the Great Bear Rainforest
Near Gull Lake, Saskatchewan, July 2016
Prince Albert National Park, June 2016
Near Mankota, Saskatchewan, September 2016
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.
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.
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!).
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).