Plethora of Pelicans

I had no idea there were so many pelicans in Wascana Park…

plethora of pelicans

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The pictures above were taken a couple of weeks ago, so then I had to go into my photo library and have a look at the other pelican pictures I’ve taken, mostly near the Albert Street Bridge. The last two are my favourite, a happy coincidence of good timing and just the right light.

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simple things

I always have a camera in my bag (well, two if you count my phone)…but these are the results of actually taking a camera out of my bag!  Work has been a little stressful, and as an antidote to that stress, I’ve been taking more pictures, and thinking about why I started my blog so I can come up with a tag line/slogan. There are two reasons… the possibility of a strike was looming at work and I wanted something to do when I wouldn’t be walking the picket line (our contract ended up being settled before that happened).

The second reason, and the one that still guides me, is that we are inundated with so much negativity in all forms of media everyday, and I wanted to put something out into the world the opposite of that.  A negative free zone, if you will.  My goal continues to be to showcase the simple things in life…a pretty flower, a  funny animal, cool things I see in my travels, and just the beauty and wonder around us if you take the time to look.  Photography has become a way to share how I see the world, a stress reliever, a great motivator to get out and see things, and allows me to exercise my creative side.

In that spirit, these are pictures I’ve taken over the last few days during everyday events – on my lunch break at work, taking the long way to walk to a neighbourhood store, and just stopping to look up at the sky…

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watching cotton candy clouds roll by on a Friday night

 

Christmas in June

3D tree

These two pictures are for the couple yesterday who got off the bus while I was standing with my camera pointed up a tree, and stopped, looked at the tree, and walked away shaking their heads!

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the song “Pink Houses” was in my head for the rest of the day

 

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guessed on the right camera to take on my walk this morning

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Walks. The body advances, while the mind flutters around it like a bird. ~Jules Renard

I’ve shared this quote before from George Santayana, but it’s one of my favourites, and goes with the theme of this post:

“The world is not respectable; it is mortal, tormented, confused, deluded forever; but it is shot through with beauty, with love, with glints of courage and laughter; and in these, the spirit blooms timidly, and struggles to the light amid the thorns.”

You don’t always get to choose the things that happen in your life, but you always get to decide how you handle things. (I wrote that mostly as a reminder to myself!!!)


The Honouring Tree

The Honouring Tree was installed in Wascana Centre on August 31, 2011, and I have to admit for all the many, many times I’ve walked around the lake since then, this fall was the first time I noticed it. It was a project initiated by the Saskatchewan African Canadian Heritage Museum Board, and is meant to honour life, legacy, and diversity…

  

art in the park

Outdoor art installations – such a nice idea!  A project between the Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina Downtown and the City of Regina… I’m not sure how long they will be up, but I took these pictures in late September and they are still up now.

The Fire Ranger's Canoe, Agawa River, Algoma 1926 - Mary E. Wrinch

The Fire Ranger’s Canoe, Agawa River, Algoma 1926 – Mary E. Wrinch

Francois Musin - Marine Scene

Marine Scene, Francois Musin

Allan Sapp

The Pow-wow, Allen Sapp

art outside - Wanda Koop

Sightlines Panel Three, Wanda Koop

Winter Landsacpe, Roy Kiyooka

Winter Landsacpe, Roy Kiyooka

false alarm

Happy to report that there is no snow on the ground!  Maybe, just maybe, and I don’t want to jinx it, so I’ll knock on wood as I type this, it will be a nice, mild winter.

the edge of winter

walking in Wascana Park