Notes Is Home

ÖÖÖFresh off the plane, barely a foot in my door, and trying to decompress enough to put my week on the prairies into words. It isn’t an easy task; I feel like someone who’s surfaced from a deep rabbit hole – a little dazed, still adjusting to the bright light of day. Don’t get me wrong – everything I’ve ever written about the prairies holds true. The prairies haven’t lost their magic, despite skies too cloudy for auroras and nary a blizzard to assault my rain forest sensibilities; Saskatchewan never disappoints.

My family thinks I’m completely out of my mind; from the moment I stepped out of the terminal in Saskatoon, a silly grin invaded my face. It was -17, snowing, with a 60 Km/hour wind wreaking all manner of havoc – wind chill measured at -27. “No” I replied, “I’m not cold, this is outstanding, I couldn’t be happier”. Every snow drift, grain elevator, freight train or dip in the road, worthy of a photo.

ÖÖI’ve travelled many places yet never get over the gob smacking starkness of our great plains. A starkness possessing an inexplicable quality – perhaps simply a place where the seasons make sense, where frivolity has no place.  Around every corner light skips between anything sturdy enough to brave the elements. Prairie sun  predictable as winter’s road closing tantrums; glorious sunshine transforming vistas into landscapes that rival any I’ve witnessed.

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ÖIt would be fair to say, I’m smitten with the Canadian Prairies. That silly grin lasted all week – tomorrow I’ll ponder what I did with my week.

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21 thoughts on “Notes Is Home

  1. Welcome Back!

    LOL — well, you can be as drop-jawed as you want, and as gob smacked too. As someone who, after 64 years of Midwestern winters that aren’t even as bracing as those in Saskatchewan, fled the cold: YOU CAN HAVE IT.

    Yes, I see the romance of it all, the starkness, the down-to-earthness. I’m just happy to be living between 55 and 40 degrees, with all the rain and fog and what-not. WE miss our family; we miss our friends — but for the time being — not enough to return there in any big hurry. 🙂

    Cheers,
    Peter
    A retired photographer looks at life from behind an RV steering wheel.
    Life Unscripted

    • Believe me when I tell you – moss growing on each and every exposed surface gets old very fast.We’re practically Pacific Northwest neighbours – fog is awesome – but ice fog blows my mind. Likewise “snow rollers” (snow balls formed as wind howls across the open prairie – wind pushes them along, growing larger and larger, until THUNK they hit the side of your house) Ultimately, it’s the sunshine and infinite blue skies that astound my moss covered, foggy Gray soul.There’s a reason SAD (seasonal affective disorder) mucks with the heads of rain socked people. We forget what sunshine is like for 2 or 3 months of the year. Give me a blizzard followed by blazing sunlight any old day. My mother used to say the prairies have only 3 seasons – snow, mud, and dust. 🙂

      • I wonder how much difference between Sask. and WI there is as regards sunshine?

        SAD is not unique to the NW. I know enough Wisconsinites who suffer the same because of continuous overcast days. It’s never really bothered me, but I have to say I am enjoying being stuck between 65 and 39. Sue, in time I may weary of it all. And of the fog which I still find fascinating as a photographer who loves the interplay between light and dark, between what you can see and what you cannot. I may tire of that too.

        But not yet. 🙂

        We had blizzards that took me three days to dig out from (I’ll never again buy a house with a 13 car parking lot) — and had we gone from that to blazing sunlight I would have been less in a hurry to move. And having had a really bad case of frostbite I cannot take those cold days.

        I’m glad for those who want them.
        I encourage anyone who does — to move there — leave more room here for us. :-p
        But for me, for the time being, I’m content to be an Oregon Transplant.

        😀

      • I hear you 🙂 When my daffodils are blooming in early March while my mom and sister dig out of a spring blizzard – life is pretty good.
        You hit the nail on the head with your “photographers eye” comment – my husband is the photographer in the family and seeks out foggy nights – I’ll send you a link to some of his photos.

        Me – I grin anytime mother nature struts her stuff. The prairies are beautiful – plus you get to watch the Northern Lights!

      • I expected to see the Auroras in N. Wisconsin this past summer, but our view to the sky was so restricted by trees that we didn’t get much.

        Here — once again — we’re kind of in a tree circle. A much BIGGER one, mind you, but still a circle. And we have never been huge night-time people.

        Like yourself — I pretty much love almost every kind of Momma Nature tantrums. This is SUCH an amazing world to live in!

      • Some nice shots there! I see what you mean. LIke the mushroom one.

        I’m having better luck with my broadband issues now, but downlink times are still pretty slow. Has had me way behind on blog reading, and all sorts of things.

        He likes darker compositions, doesn’t he….

        🙂 P

      • Oh — by the way — we’ve been ‘learning’ about how important it is to keep the RV well ventilated. Peg got her first real dose of interior mildew over the past couple days — so we aren’t living ‘immune’ to the dangers of the damp…. But it’s easier to wipe down the walls and windows than snow blow!!!!!!!!

      • A mild bleach solution is really the only thing that kills mold and mildew 🙂
        Just wait until your first dump of pacific northwest snow – I’m having a private chuckle already. Flakes the size of quarters, piling up faster than you thought possible – quickly turning to icy cement that defies a snow shovel Hugs

      • Slightly Different Topic: Have you ever tried using Hydrogen Peroxide as a cleaning solution? I recently came across this as a suggestion which supposedly physicians cleaning staffs use instead of bleach — have you ever smelled a dr.’s office that reaked of bleach? I haven’t.

        LOL — the snow I’m not afraid of. When I was still driving semi I had PLENTY of NW snow. Duck soup.

        The ONLY thing that scares me is ICE. Like Montana/N. Dakota black ice. But any ice is never a good thing.

        I’m indefatigable!

        hugs back.

        P

      • There simply isn’t any defence when it comes to ice. Freezing rain is a particularly nasty happening.

        Peroxide makes sense, at least more sense in a hospital setting. You’re right, hospitals never smell like bleach. I suspect hospitals rely on commercial “sanitizers”, much like we use in commercial kitchens. At home I use a mild bleach solution because it gets the job done 🙂

  2. Fantastic shots, and it looks to be an oasis of great photos and just sitting back and enjoying Mother Nature at work. Great to hear you had a “successful” trip.

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