Category: Canada

Art in the Alley

Art in the Alley

I’m not sure if anyone noticed my absence from the WordPress world lately, but a brief lull in my otherwise hectic personal obligations has allowed me to scribble out a few posts.

Venturing through the downtown area of my home city is not on my usual list of places to walk. I prefer calm and peaceful routes with plenty of natural beauty. But being alerted to some new art projects in the city centre presented a lure I couldn’t resist. I’ll be featuring some of these discoveries in upcoming posts.

Take a look at this mural which remembers the effects of the 1912 tornado that ripped through the city. Its 3D elements makes it especially notable, don’t you think?

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A Park Discovered

A Park Discovered

I was happy to discover another beautiful park within my city’s limits. A.E. Wilson Park has it all: trails, a playground, bridges, a water park, wildlife, and meandering through it, a creek. Come explore with me.

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Some areas here are quite rustic and natural, others have expansive, scrupulously maintained grassy areas. Along the trails are many benches for those who want to rest and breathe in the fresh air while enjoying the scenery.

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Birds are by far, the most prevalent type of wildlife. I saw several Goose families as I walked one of the winding trails.

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Some kayaks drifted lazily around the little islets within the park.

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Because of Covid-19, the playground was eerily quiet. The date had not been set for the reopening of play parks as of May 28, when I last visited here.

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All around were blooming shrubs and trees. Their scents filled the air.
I will come walk here again. There are more trails to walk, and sights to discover.

Searching for Sculptures

Searching for Sculptures

I find it very interesting to see what type of sculptures can be found around towns and cities. The giant wheat sheaves above are along the highway near the town of Weyburn, Saskatchewan. Since wheat is a very important crop here on the prairies, it seems appropriate that it would be well represented here.

painted treeThis, and others like it, are situated around Candy Cane Park. To me, they look like something from the world of Dr. Seuss.

conexus sculptureHere’s one that resides in the local Arts Centre. My husband and I had tickets for the Regina Symphony tribute to Pink Floyd in May, but it was cancelled due to the Covid-19 ban on large gatherings. I think the Arts Centre is a fitting place for this modern sculpture.

tornado sculptureThis sculpture commemorates the 1912 tornado that ripped through Regina. You can read about it here. It remains the deadliest tornado in Canadian history, and along with the riots of the dirty thirties, was a traumatic event in Regina’s history. The Wikipedia link also relates the story of Boris Karloff’s connection to the tornado. He was left stranded and broke in the city, when the theatre troupe he traveled with disbanded.

And finally, cemeteries contain many beautiful sculptures, but unfortunately, some have not stood the test of time. I’ve posted photos of many impressive memorials at our city’s oldest cemetery, but haven’t previously posted these.

More Trans-Canada Trail

More Trans-Canada Trail

Part of the Trans-Canada, or Great Trail, as it’s now called, runs through a the Migratory Bird Sanctuary within the city of Regina, Saskatchewan, where I live. On a cool, windy early April day, I went walking there. These ducks were happily swimming around in a puddle, rather than taking advantage of the lake on the other side of the hill.
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The Goose Island Overlook gave me a good view of the city’s university campus.
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Another view from the Overlook was Goose Island, and in the background is the city centre.
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If you look closely at this picture, you can see the flock of geese to the right, and to the left, of this little strip of land.

playgroundNear the Sanctuary is a playground, deserted during the Covid-19 ban on public parks.

playground gooseAnd in keeping with the Goose Island theme, is this triple slide. Looks like fun!