Full Moon After A Spectacular Summer Day

Between 9am and midnight on Saturday, I spent a total of about an hour inside.  That is a perfect summer day in my books.  We are in the midst of a heatwave here (a thunderstorm with a good soaking rain would be most welcome). It’s the kind of heat that soaks into your bones, and forces you to move at a slower pace.

And find shade….

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Or just bask in the sun for awhile..

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In the evening, the Saskatchewan Roughriders played their second game in brand new Mosaic Stadium.  Night games are my favourite (this pic is actually from last Saturday’s Canada Day game).  A win, too!

new Mosaic Stadium on Canada Day

Everyone left the stadium under a spectacular full moon.  I was anxious to get home and try to get some pics. Since I’ve been so busy at work, I haven’t really picked up a camera as much as I’d like to.  It was eerily quiet and peaceful at midnight considering it was a Saturday night and I wandered down the street trying to find a good vantage point. It’s been awhile since I had that feeling of it’s just me and my camera and the subject I’m trying to photograph.

It was a good day.

There is something haunting in the light of the moon – Joseph Conrad

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What caught my eye this week

I took my camera out of my purse quite often this week…here’s a smattering of what caught my eye…

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Sunday night from the Albert Street Bridge – I love clouds!

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clouds on Tuesday night were amazing – missed the orange sky because I was still at work, but these colours weren’t too shabby!

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these pelicans were so hard to photograph because the one on the left wouldn’t stay still…

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Football players have the nicest arms, 2016 edition.  It was a fun night at Mosaic Stadium on Friday night with the Roughriders first win of the season on a 53 yard field goal with about a minute left.  One of those magical moments when everyone was brought to their feet and didn’t stop cheering until the end of the game.

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slugs – I’d never seen one before this weekend, now I’ve seen hundreds! GROSS!

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This is a bit of a silly post, but it’s summer, it’s hot outside, and I’ve been busy at work, so a little fun is in order.  The Roughriders may be 0 and 3 to start the season and the crowd at tomorrow night’s game (night games are my favourite) could get even more rowdy than usual if the team doesn’t get off to a winning start, but I’ll be happily in my seat taking pictures of the players’ arms!  These are pics from the last home game against the Argonauts and prove my point that football players really do have the nicest arms…

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Labour Day Classic

Here are some pictures from my seat in Section 9 at Mosaic Stadium for the Labour Day Classic against the Blue Bombers – as usual for this game, it was a great atmosphere!

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A sold out Mosaic Stadium, under a beautiful summer sky!

Dressler!

The crowd went nuts when Weston Dressler, fresh from his tryout in the NFL, was introduced!

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Football players come in all sizes

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Win!

And, of course, the Riders won!

Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field on a Saturday Night

8 o’clock start time meant there was nice light at the beginning of the game…

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Turned out to be a nice night to watch football and the ‘Riders won which is even better! I’ll miss Taylor Field when the new stadium is done in 2017. I have mixed feelings about the cost of a new stadium when there are so many other things in Regina that need fixing, but at the same time at some point the city would need to build a new stadium. So, politics aside, I’m just happy it will be roof-less as I think football is meant to be played under a prairie sky.

Grey Cup 101

I had high hopes prior to last week that I would get some spectacular photos during Grey Cup Festival events and at the game itself.  Alas, I have excuses why I didn’t accomplish that goal!

  1. It was cold outside. Really cold.  (Although, perhaps that’s not really a good excuse because I did take pictures at the Grey Cup Parade on Saturday morning when it was -22 out!)
  2. I was busy enjoying all the Grey Cup festival events.  I was out four nights in a row (can’t remember the last time I did that!) and I just wanted to enjoy the events.
  3. My camera stopped working at halftime at the game so I was unable to capture the end of the game and the Grey Cup presentation. 😦

Anyway, these are not some of the best pictures I’ve ever taken, but they capture some of the events during Grey Cup week. (And since I know there are some people who check out my blog who may not know what the Grey Cup is, I suppose you could call it Canada’s Superbowl, although that may not be quite accurate.  It’s the championship game for the Canadian Football League and the Grey Cup Festival is a celebration for the fans.  This year, the 101st Grey Cup game was in Regina, and the hometown team, the Saskatchewan Roughriders were in it against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.  And we won!  And it was amazing!

The Grey Cup came to the Library for photo ops...

The Grey Cup came to the Library for photo ops…

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Green was definitely the colour all week...

Green was definitely the colour all week…

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Saturday morning was a very cold day for a parade. But people still went because that's what we do in Saskatchewan.

Saturday morning was a very cold day for a parade. But people still went because that’s what we do in Saskatchewan.

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Very bad picture taken at Riderville (one of the party venues).  It was a bit too much for me, I enjoyed some of the other team's party venues more.

Riderville (the biggest of the team party venues).  I like smaller venues, so this wasn’t my favourite stop of the night but still definitely something to experience!

Finally, game day!  After three very chilly days, it was actually a pretty nice day for a game!  Four layers of clothing was still required, though!

Finally, game day! After three very chilly days, it was actually a pretty nice day for a game! Four layers of clothing did the trick!

Typical Riders fan. :)

Typical Riders fan. 🙂

Sheepdogs perform during the pre-game

Sheepdogs perform during the pre-game

Durant warming up...

Durant warming up…

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The offensive starters were supposed to be introduced individually, but after the first player was introduced the whole team ran onto the field. (and apparently the team will be fined for breaking protocol). Oh well!

The offensive starters were supposed to be introduced individually, but after the first player was introduced the whole team ran onto the field. (and apparently the team will be fined for breaking protocol). Oh well!

Snowbirds flyby after O Canada (wish I'd gotten a better pic of this!)

Snowbirds flyby after O Canada (wish I’d gotten a better pic of this!)

....and they're off...

….and they’re off…

And, since my camera stopped working, I’ll skip right to a bad iPhone pic walking home down the Green Mile while fireworks were shot off the top of City Hall!

fireworks on top of City Hall from the Green Mile

And now, after a fabulous Grey Cup Week, life is starting to get back to normal!

“Open Your Eyes and Look!”

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru

Photography is a wonderful hobby because you start looking at everything you see in a whole new way. It makes you become more aware of your surroundings, of how the right light can change a fairly mundane scene into something beautiful or dramatic, and it connects you to the world in a different way.  I’m a quiet person, more content to observe a scene rather than be in the scene, and photography is a great tool to share how I see the world.  I’ve developed a penchant for traveling, but all these pics were taken fairly close to home in the last few weeks.

And…as my mom would say when I was a kid and couldn’t find something I was looking for, “just open your eyes and look!”

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Junior football game in Regina - practicing my action shots

Junior football game in Regina – practicing my action shots

Last glimpse of the setting sun at the Lookout Point at Cypress Hills. My dad and I were out getting wood for our campfire, noticed there was some great colour in the sky and headed for the Lookout Point.

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Conglomerate Cliffs at Cypress Hills – I thought this looked like a buffalo’s head.

a young Saskatchewan Roughrider fan

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