Canada 150 – wide open spaces

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.

sunflower against a blue sky

sunflower against a blue sky

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prairie sunrise

sunrise in mid-July

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Saskatchewan Sky 4St. Nicholas Anglican Church 2pretty donkeys

 

 

early spring on the prairies

“Not a breath of air stirred over the free and open prairie; the clouds were like light piles of cotton; and where the blue sky was visible, it wore a hazy and languid aspect.”
-Francis Parkman

 

clouds on the prairies

A quick break from New Orleans pics…this is just south of Regina last week. The last few weeks have been pretty drab here – that in between time when the snow has all melted and everything is boring shades of beige and brown and taupe, but now the trees are starting to bud and little green plants are starting to emerge from the ground. It’s one of my favourite times of the year – when everything is starting to emerge.  But even when things are drab looking here, a prairie sky never disappoints.

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…

  

beauty of open space

The question is not what you look at, but what you see.
– Thoreau

wide open spaces

field near Regina on the first Sunday in May

I don’t understand people who don’t see the beauty of the prairies!

So, if you’re not from here, and you happen to be driving through Saskatchewan on your summer vacation, veer off the TransCanada Highway for a bit on a grid road, stop on the side of that road, get out of your car and breathe in the air. If you’re feeling a bit fanciful, maybe lie down in the grass (hopefully there aren’t many mosquitoes), and watch the clouds roll by for a few minutes.  If you’re feeling a little self-conscious, a little too grown up for that, at least stretch your legs and take a good look around – there’s beauty in just being surrounded by open space.