I’ve lived in Saskatchewan my whole life (which means I’ve endured a lot of cold winters) and I’ve never heard of rime ice. The pictures below are examples of it and I’m pretty sure most of us thought it was hoar frost (which is way more fun to say than rime ice). Anyway, rime ice results from freezing fog, and hoar frost occurs in the absence of fog…technicalities aside, it was quite pretty.
walking through Victoria Park on a foggy morning
Heading for a little Christmas shopping at the Mackenzie Art Gallery gift shop
in front of the T.C. Douglas Building, Wascana Centre
After about a week of foggy days, it was so nice to see the sun…
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything,
That’s how the light gets in.
Claybank Brick Plant National Historic Site, near Regina, SK
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, 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.
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!).
Lodgepole Pine forest walking trail at Cypress Hills
Sunset at the Lookout Point – Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park
Lookout Point down the road from Bald Butte – further proof that all of Saskatchewan is not flat!
Young Hutterite couple enjoying the view at Bald Butte
View from Bald Butte at Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park – the highest point of land between the Rockies in Alberta and the East Coast of Canada (proof that all of Saskatchewan is not flat!)
Look-out Point at Cypress Hills
Rose in the Legistlative Garden on Labour Day
Vivid colour in Victoria Park, late July
Pretty flower discovered while walking to the bathroom (too much information I’m sure!)
This is probably the third time I’ve posted a picture of this mug. I must drink my coffee from this mug on a camping trip.
View from the top of Bald Butte
Sunset view at the Lookout Point
At the beginning of the month I wrote a post about how I hate November…well, at least this year, I have to take that back. It was a beautiful , unseasonably warm month – with no snow until just this week. Awesome!
Here are some pics from a a mid-November morning walk in Wascana Park with just my iPhone in my pocket…
Saskatchewan sure is golden right now….
near Mankota, Saskatchewan on Saturday morning
If I had to choose my favourite subject to photograph, my answer may change depending on the day you ask me or what I thought were my most recent best photos….flowers, animals, landscapes and sunsets are all tops on the list. So, today, let’s say sunsets are my favourite, because how can anyone get tired of watching a sunset and I keep glancing out the window to see how tonight’s sunset may develop….
Here’s one from earlier this summer at Waskesiu in Prince Albert National Park …