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· Most places know four seasons, but for the most intense experience of spring you really come Up North. I’m in Saskatchewan visiting my Mom, went for a short walk in the park behind her house, and came back with pictures of the experience ... [1 comment]
· This is one of Hafford’s big tourist attractions. Since Hafford is a small place, it’s actually a very small tourist attraction, a clump of trees on someone’s farm down a country road off a country road. But they’re weird trees: Aspens, just like the other clump across the parking lot, only different ... [1 comment]
· I spent a couple of days visiting family in Hafford, Saskatchewan. These Western towns aren’t like anywhere else, and my Dad came from one; I like visiting and photographing them. Here’s the water tower through the trees, incredibly lush this time of year up into the edge of the parklands ... [5 comments]
Those Skies Again
· This past August, as we do most years, we visited relatives in Saskatchewan and spent some time out in the country. As always, I took pictures; here are ten of them ... [1 comment]
2008/12/23, Four PM
· We spent time near Christmas at a family farm near Esterhazy in Saskatchewan. Regular readers will know that I enjoy photographing this part of the world. On December 23rd, as the clock marched toward four in the afternoon and the December sun (at 50°39'12"N) neared the distant flat horizon, I resolved on a photo-walk. It was around -30°C with a mild but painful breeze in the fast-changing light; one of the most intense experiences in my 2008. Herewith eight pictures, mostly of snow ... [7 comments]
· Being two photographs of cow hair. Live and on the cow I mean. Really ... [9 comments]
· Being a photo of the sun approaching the horizon with no clouds to serve as a canvas for its setting rays. But there’s a little tree ... [3 comments]
· Being a photograph of a Saskatchewan hayfield and a cloudy sky ... [2 comments]
· I’ve always had a weakness for cowboy fashion, and when we visit Saskatchewan, we always drop by the big Cowtown store in Regina to do our bit for the Prairie economy, not that it needs it what with grains and potash and petroleum all booming ... [3 comments]
· I mean birch trees not Adriatic dancers. Although some times they are nearly spotless and others more statuesque than sylph-like. Whatever; I love ’em ...
· We’re also visiting Lauren’s mom and her husband on their farm near Stockholm, Saskatchewan. People talk about doing “photo-walks” in glamorous urban locations; you’d have just as much fun touring around a nice piece of prairie ... [5 comments]
· We’re visiting my Mother in Saskatchewan. Here are some of her flowers ... [2 comments]
· I’m on the prairies for the week; we do this every summer. I’d been looking forward to showing the kids to the grandmothers, enjoying the landscape, and getting some hours of uninterrupted work in away from the phones. What I wasn’t looking forward to was my MacBook acting sick, crashing three times this morning, rebooting when I close the lid. Sigh. And there’s email from people having trouble with both mod_atom and the Ape. Double sigh. [1 comment]
· What happened was, I was strolling in the pasture trying to get a camera angle on a hill across the road and I just about stepped on this cow that was sleeping in the long grass with her calf. We were both surprised ...
· In mid-August Saskatchewan, the first crop of hay bales is out in the fields ...
· A photograph of a boy flying a kite, in Saskatchewan ...
Snow, Death, Verticals
· This trip is supposed to be for Spring Break, but in Saskatchewan, Spring hasn’t arrived yet. It’s been hitting -20°C at night, with the wind brisk; that’s a nasty combination. Well, you don’t come here for the weather, but the photo opps have been scarce too; the March light, until Friday, was alternately hazy and harsh. Herewith four pictures of snow ...
· Here are three shots of the oldest Swedish Lutheran church in Canada, which you’ll find down a side road off a side road that doesn’t go anywhere else ...
· It’s Spring Break, so we’re in Saskatchewan with the kid visiting his grandmothers. I’ll be out at Lauren’s Mom’s farm for the next three days with lousy Internet access. This is partly by design; I am seriously behind on my Java One deliverables and a day or two hiding upstairs at the farm, away from the Net, while Lauren hangs out with her mother and the kid with the animals, may help get me caught up. In the interim, here are three very Saskatchewan photos ...
FSS: Cypress Hills Again
· Friday Slide Scan #24 is a shot that should have appeared in FSS #6: Cypress Hills; it caught my eye when I was going through the files and it is, if you like the Prairies, just too pretty to skip. As a bonus, there’s a Prairie story of jailbreak and highway terror ...
· When we were out on the Prairies last week, we took the kid to the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, which is generally very good, especially Megamunch. Much to my surprise, there was an exhibit on Internet Explorer, up through release 6, and I got a picture ...
· While everyone else was off at those foobar camps, we spent the weekend (and will spend the week) in Saskatchewan, hanging out at the kid’s grandmothers’ places and mostly still working, but in in a different kind of topography. Saskatchewan is a good place for taking pictures ...
· When we were in Saskatchewan earlier this month, I didn’t (unlike last year) get many interesting Prairie snapshots; a pity, because it’s always a feast for the eyes. But I got two ...
Lovely, but Tough
· In this part of Saskatchewan, which everyone knows is flat, the ground rolls a bit, in a way that’s gentle on the eye. But the license plates have it right, the real scenery’s up there over your head. Herewith some pretty prairie pictures, a few words on grasshoppers, and an argument that it really is like Manhattan, if you look close enough ...
Land of the Living Skies
· That’s what it says on the license plates here in Saskatchewan, where we’re visiting family for a week. I’m on a farm now, dial-up access, working intermittently on an essay on how the landscape is weirdly reminiscent of Manhattan. But don’t expect much email responsiveness or attention to the burning issues of this Internet minute. Take good care of things.
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