I’ve found another weather vane in Regina, enabling me to take part in the Weather Vane Wednesday photo challenge for a second time. A bison stands atop this weather vane located in the front garden of a home in a nearby neighbourhood.
Huge herds of bison roamed the prairies a couple of hundred years ago, and were almost hunted to extinction. Thankfully, the bison population has increased significantly enough to be taken off the endangered species list. The prairie province of Manitoba features a bison on its provincial coat of arms.
The Photo Challenge: Each Wednesday, Timeless Lady at Minding My P’s With Q posts a photograph of a Weather Vane with a short description of where it can be found, and any history connected to it. Anyone is welcome to to join in.
When you think of the prairies, do you think of uninteresting, flat, monotonous landscapes like the photos above? Think again. The prairies also contain scenes of beauty.
The rich greens of summer, the bright yellow canola crops, and the blue of the flax flowers create a palette of calm. The ponds and streams are home to all kinds of water birds. The sky can turn from azure blue and cloudless, to dark and threatening in an hour.
The rich fall colours of crops ready for harvest, and trees of every description dot the landscape in autumn. The valleys’ leafy displays are awe inspiring.
There are no earthquakes here to mar the scene, no volcanoes to destroy age old structures, no hurricanes with surging floods. (the odd tornado passes by, mostly only affecting open fields)
Winter, it could be said, is not so picturesque, but sundogs, northern lights, and hoar frost are sights I’d miss if I lived elsewhere.
A boxwood pup stands alone between the shrubs in this front yard. He’s been pruned to look alert and proud. What breed do you think he most resembles?
I’m glad nature doesn’t seem to hold to segregation of the species, at least not in this place. Here, we see geese, ducks, pigeons, and sparrows, all content to forage together. I’m sure there were gulls nearby too. If only humans had such tolerance.
I’m certain, though, if their offspring were under threat by another form of wildlife, these birds would become very protective, but that’s the God placed instinct of the animal world, and humankind alike.