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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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.

side of the road

Some lyrics from one of my favourite songs, “Side of the Road” by one of my favourite bands, Blue Rodeo…and because the pictures remind me of my summer job in university spent walking through farmers’ fields doing a corrosion survey of a pipeline. I remember one particular moment very clearly. I was done walking my mile, but my radio had died so I couldn’t let the driver know I was ready to be picked up, so I just decided to lie down by the side of the road (it was a dirt road in the middle of nowhere so no worries about traffic!!) and just look up at the sky while I waited.  I might have been there for five minutes or maybe it was an hour, I just remember being both relieved and slightly disappointed when the van finally appeared.

I walked across this farmer’s field
And I looked up into the blue-white sky
I started singing this song in my head
Just because the sun, the sun was high

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Near Eastend, Saskatchewan