a bridge to watch the sunset

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).

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Brrrrrrr………

Currently in Regina, SK

Clear

Clear

-33°C

Feels like -44

Let’s go to the beach instead…

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Kaanapali Beach, March 2015

rainbow in paradise

another Kaanapali Beach pic – rainbows every morning

Kaanapali Beach sunset March 2015

the view from Maui Kaanapali Villas

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China Beach, Vancouver Island

Los Muertos Beach

Los Muertos Beach, Puerto Vallarta

this was November in Saskatchewan

At the beginning of the month I wrote a post about how I hate November…well, at least this year, I have to take that back.  It was a beautiful , unseasonably warm month – with no snow until just this week. Awesome!

Here are some pics from a a mid-November morning walk in Wascana Park with just my iPhone in my pocket…

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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…

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Into the storm…near Gull Lake, Saskatchewan

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Wascana Lake in November

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crescent moon from my balcony

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Grasslands National Park in southern Saskatchewan

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clouds over old Mosaic Stadium

 

 

you…a book…and the warm, fall sun

Imagine yourself here…one of the most perfect reading spots anywhere in the world…

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Wascana Park

a golden morning on the prairies

Saskatchewan sure is golden right now….

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near Mankota, Saskatchewan on Saturday morning

Island Lake Lodge

I enjoy planning trips – I like doing the research just as much as actually going on the trip.  Usually the trips are planned well in advance, but this one was planned with about two weeks notice – a look at work schedules and a desire to get out of the city for a few days on the August long weekend were the catalysts.  Oh, and I’ve been to “the mountains” every year since about 2000 and I didn’t want to break the record. So, the trip had to be in the mountains. Banff was tops on the list – but because of the long weekend and the late planning pretty much everything was booked, then checked out Waterton Lakes National Park (ran into the same problem), and then I started checking out places around Fernie, British Columbia.

And lucked out, and found Island Lake Lodge, and they weren’t fully booked. Success! The place was amazing – the view, the accommodations, the food, the walks in the woods while rarely seeing another soul, waking up and seeing all the stars in the middle of the night with the silhouette of the mountains as a backdrop.  Super nice place.  Here are some pics of this super nice place…

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Island Lake, a very short walk from the Lodge to this classically Canadian view…most of the time there weren’t many other people taking in this view….crazy!

late morning view

view from the Tamarack Lodge

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the morning view – the Lizard Range

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first pic I took upon arrival with my phone- couldn’t have been happier with the view

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a walk in the woods  on the Rail Trail- found E.T. and an owl

And after a nice long walk in the woods….

Lunch with a view on the Bear Lodge Patio….sandwich was a smoked beet reuben – really, really good.  And the Stella was drunk after a hike on the second day….

 

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Island Lake after supper, such a beautiful spot

Can’t say enough good things about this place. As much as I love Banff, this place was uncrowded, peaceful, and so pretty. If you’re into camping, looks like there is a nice campground at the base of the mountain. (Island Lake Lodge is a 12km drive up the mountain with towering cedars on either side of the road).

I just wish the mountains were closer to Saskatchewan! And the ocean, too!  (but the prairies are pretty nice, too!)