Jan
31

Saskatchewonderland

Posted by: Arlyss

Winter in Saskatchewan is a wonderland.

Winter in Saskatchewan

These are trees in Estevan, Saskatchewan. After the recent ice storm, central and eastern Canada now knows how this feels. Toronto lost 20% of its canopy. The trees in Saskatchewan are used to it.
 

 yard in Estevan

Here’s a view of a yard in Estevan. No, that is not the house. Or a barn. Silly you.
 

Gazebo

To the right of the storage shed you see a gazebo. Those are not real deer in the distance. Real deer probably walked by five seconds before this photo was taken—they could be behind the trees.
 

gazebo at night

Here is the gazebo at night. We don’t recommend sitting there in the winter. You’ll notice footprints walking right past the Adirondack chairs covered in snow. No sitting there in winter either. You would have to be chiseled loose in the  spring.
 

gazebo at night during a blizzard

Same view, during a blizzard. You are right. Real deer do not light up like that.
 

 driving through the middle of the great city of Estevan

We are now driving through the middle of the great city of Estevan, which has a population of 11,000. And they all drive a truck. No, not just that truck.

 the western edge of the city

Driving along King Street, we have reached the western edge of the city.
 

another spectacular view of the prairie

If we pan slightly to the right, we see another spectacular view of the prairie, if only all that foliage weren’t in the way. One day the fire hydrant will find a home.
 

driving out of Estevan toward Regina

We are now driving out of Estevan toward Regina. The highway is straight, except for the occasional, rare, thrilling curve in the road.
 

 amazing huge moon hanging low in the night sky

I took a picture of the amazing huge moon hanging low in the night sky. Can you see it? (Hint: It’s one of many unidentifiable images mixed in with the blurry streetlights.)
 

 the massive full moon looks on film like only a dot

With the city lights of Weyburn behind us, the view ahead is clearer. But in the breadth and expanse and height and scope of Saskatchewan’s night sky, the massive full moon looks on film like only a dot.  Or an Esso sign. Or another turn sign. Or an alien orb. It looked breathtakingly lunar in person, really.
 

 the sun rises in a cold winter sky next to a barn and outbuildings huddled on the open prairie

Here the sun rises in a cold winter sky next to a barn and outbuildings huddled on the open prairie, while telephone lines march away on wooden poles in the distance. Quintessential Saskatchewan.
 

we see the last of the barn

Two days later, driving 60 miles per hour, we see the last of the barn. Just kidding.


the straight highway to Regina

And now the straight highway to Regina. Ah, Saskatchewan: miles and miles of nothing but miles and miles.
 

the off ramp from the highway to the Ring Road

We are taking the off ramp from the highway to the Ring Road. Years ago City Councillors held many long and heated discussions to choose a name appropriate for the highway that encircles Regina.
 

 the Snowflake Tree in Berczy Park, Toronto

And before we know it, I have flown back to Toronto. Here we are looking at the Snowflake Tree in Berczy Park. We should introduce the tree to the deer . . .

Happy Winter Wonderland to all!

Arlyss

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Feb 5, 2014 | Arlyss

I'm glad you enjoyed it! This weather makes me want to buy a beautiful hand-knitted one-of-a-kind winter scarf . . .

Feb 5, 2014 | Lannie

Loved your post! Excellent photos. Saskatchewan in winter looks like the ideal place to stay warm and cozy inside. Although the landscape is so exquisite in the untouched areas that I would chance a walk outside. Oh boy, here we are in another blizzard in Toronto. Global warming, Hah! At least the days are getting longer!

Feb 2, 2014 | Arlyss

Thank you! Now that I'm back in Toronto I thought I'd warm up but we just had another blizzard . . .

Feb 1, 2014 | Red Rock Designs

Great photos! Love your post.


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