Friday, January 22, 2016

A day of snow, frost and sunshine in Saskatchewan

Frost and snow - a Prairie winter. © SB
There's something magical about winter in the Prairies, when ice, frost and snow dominate a landscape of blue skies reflecting blue upon the land.

We drove in a loop, north of Regina to the Qu'Appelle Valley, then west and south, then home again.

And along the way, we stopped at a small rural cemetery where every twig on every branch and even every blade of grass was covered with ice crystals.

(There's so little snow on the fields right now that stalks of grass and twigs poke through above the snow cover, and are coated in white.)

How long will this last? We had several cold — and foggy — days that helped to build these layers of hoar frost. Today is cloudy, and we're into a warming, windy trend, so the blue is gone and the crystals will soon melt or crack and fall away.

I'm not a fan of winter's cold — but I can appreciate its beauty! (Especially when I have a warm car in which to travel through it...)

Cottonwood Cemetery, near Regina, SK   © SB

Look way up to the deepest blue.   © SB

What is this? Snow, frost and ice, on a clear blue day.   
Location: West of Regina, Saskatchewan
Photo dates: January 21, 2016. 



  1. Your photos bring me such joy! As a resident of Saskatchewan of only 2 months, you are really showing me the beauty of my new province. We can't wait until spring to get out more and explore.I found your website within a few days of moving here while trying to identify magpies in our Regina back yard. Thank you for putting your art out there for all to see.

    1. Thanks so much for letting me know! I moved here close to 20 years ago, and photography has really helped me to enjoy this land and to understand the need to look more closely than I would, for example, in the mountains where the scenery is so big. If you are exploring in spring and are interested in wildflowers, perhaps you might check my blog. (And watch for ticks... and wear repellant...)


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