Canada 150 – Cypress Hills, Saskatchewan

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.

Thorvaldson Building - Uof S Campus

Thorvaldson Building, University of Saskatchewan campus in Saskatoon

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.

Banff Bound

driving to Banff

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!).

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view from Bald Butte

View from the top of Bald Butte

Cypress Hills Sunset 1

Cypress Hills Sunset

Sunset view at the Lookout Point

 

 

 

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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Finlayson Island

October’s weather has been nothing short of spectacular throughout Saskatchewan. The petunias are still blooming on my balcony and my cherry tomato plant is still producing – and the number of days I’ve had to wear socks this month is in the single digits!

I was in Battleford on the weekend and went to Finlayson Island for a walk with my Mom and Dad and Max the poodle on Saturday morning.  I enjoyed the walk, but the pics I took were nothing special so I decided to have a bit of fun adding different filters and effects to try to make them more interesting.

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early October sunset

A few days ago I walked along the edge of the lake and was treated to the crunch and rustle of leaves with each step I made. The acoustics of this season are different and all sounds, no matter how hushed, are as crisp as autumn air. -Eric Sloane

sunset in October

Wascana Lake sunset

sunrise on the prairies

In the last year, I’ve been lucky enough to experience some of the best scenery Western Canada has to offer.  From the Great Bear Rainforest off the west coast of Northern British Columbia, to the beaches of southern Vancouver Island, and Banff National Park (those are probably my top three favourite places right there, although if I had to, I’d choose Tofino and Pacific Rim National Park over southern Vancouver Island), but I’ve been staring at prairie landscapes my whole life.  The prairies are familiar, are ingrained in me.  I’ll keep going back to the mountains and the ocean because they still seem exotic to me, but the prairies are home.

These are a few pics I didn’t post in July after my one and only sunrise shoot this summer just outside Regina.

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