Things I do to distract myself while doing the dishes

I don’t like doing dishes.  Tonight, while I was standing in the kitchen doing dishes, I happened to turn around and saw a pretty nice sunset developing outside my living room window.  So, I dried my hands, grabbed my cameras (I’m trying out a new one), opened my balcony door (it was about -16 at the time) and started snapping pictures.  Once my feet got too cold, I closed the door and noticed there was nice light and cool shadows on my bookshelf, so I took a few more pictures.  I went back to doing the dishes, but the light was changing quickly, so I dried my hands again, opened the door, and snapped a few more.  I repeated this ritual a couple of more times, until finally the sun set, my sock-less feet were turning blue and the water in the sink was cold.

Soon it will be warm enough to stand on my balcony in bare feet, right? (Update on Friday….with the windchill, it is going to feel like -50 later this evening.  Bare feet will have to wait!)

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Sunset Walk

I’ve been experimenting in Photoshop lately, and these photos are the ones I’m willing to share…so far!  These are from a walk around Wascana Park in early October where the reward at the end of the walk was a beautiful sky at sunset.

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Moon shots from my balcony

I wish I could say that these are recent shots because then it would mean it was actually warm enough to hang out on my balcony!  These are from last May when I set up my tripod and spent about an hour watching the sun go down, revealing a crescent moon.  I’ve said it before, but I love my balcony! pink cloudscrescent moon from balconymoon from my balcony

a walk around Wascana Lake

For a flat prairie city, plunked in the middle of nowhere, Regina is actually a very pretty city. When I moved here many years ago I certainly didn’t think it was, and didn’t plan to stay very long, but this is my home now. Wascana Park is one of my favourite places in Regina.  I took most of these towards the end of a walk around the lake (I was walking for exercise, too, not just picture taking opportunities, so I had to keep the momentum going!)…well and the sun was setting, too, so the walk was timed perfectly…

These were all taken in about a half hour time span. I love how the colours changed in that short period of time (they are posted in the order that I took them).

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Somewhere on the Douglas Channel

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Back in Prince Rupert tonight and then on to Vancouver in the morning for a few more days of vacation. This was taken on the way back to Hartley Bay to catch the seaplane to Prince Rupert. It was a spectacular week – can’t wait to share the pictures!

Land of Living Skies

It was really hot here today and the weather is supposed to be unsettled for the next day or so.  There is even the possibility of tornadoes around the province.  The timing is uncanny. June 30 is the 100th anniversary of the Regina Cyclone that devastated the city.

This is some information about it, I copied it here: http://esask.uregina.ca/entry/regina_cyclone.html

“Known as the Regina Cyclone, an enormous tornado hit Regina at approximately 5:00 p.m. on June 30, 1912, with a velocity of 800 km per hour. The tornado formed 18 km south of the city and was roughly 400 metres wide by the time it reached Regina. In just twenty minutes it completely levelled a number of houses, and caused other houses to explode as the pressure inside the structures rose when the tornado passed overhead. The storm damaged the Metropolitan Methodist Church, the library, the YWCA, and numerous other downtown buildings; in the warehouse district, it destroyed many of the storage buildings. The CPR Roundhouse was stripped to the rafters, and boxcars were pulled from the tracks and hurtled into the air. Future film star Boris Karloff, who had been travelling in the area during the tornado, later organized a benefit concert that helped raise some of the funds needed for the reparation of the damage. The cyclone claimed twenty-eight lives and was the worst in Canadian history in terms of deaths. It also rendered 2,500 persons temporarily homeless, and caused over $1,200,000 in property damage. It took the city two years to repair the damage and ten years to pay off its storm debt.” Dagmar Skamlová

The CBC Saskatchewan website has a great photo album chronicling the damage:

http://www.cbc.ca/sask/features/1912/photos.html#igImgId_42383

I’ve spent a lot of time looking at the sky whenever I’ve been outside today, wondering about the possibility of another tornado.  The slogan on Saskatchewan license plates is “Land of Living Skies” so here are some pictures I’ve taken of our famous sky.

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Sunset over the North Saskatchewan River near the Battlefords, August 2011

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Sunset at Emma Lake, August 2011

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Kiwanis Park sunset, late September 2011

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Looking at the sunset from my balcony on Friday night while trying to get over my headache.

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November sunset from my balcony

Hopefully we’ll just have a wicked thunderstorm or two (love thunder and lightning) and the tornadoes will stay away!