One of my favourite things about summer is the floral bounty found everywhere. Here are some samples for you to enjoy.
The city plants pots and beds overflowing with colour and scent.
Of course many homeowners make their neighbourhoods more beautiful with their plantings.
Even some plants, considered weeds, can be quite pretty.
Too soon, the flowers will disappear and be replaced by the beauty of autumn.
This post features a few things that caught my eye but don’t fit into a category. I hope you find them as interesting as I did.
The bike racks above, outside the main library, that look like old fashioned bicycles are much more appealing than the usual utilitarian bike racks.
This colourful sculpture of a pig was on display in a window. I was unable to get a better photo due to the glare and reflections caused by the sunniness of the day.
This meticulously detailed ship model was placed at the foot of a tombstone. One of the stacks has broken off, and the paint is starting to peel in many places. I wondered about the model’s significance. Was this the grave of a ship captain? Was this ship built by the person laid to rest here? It seemed to me, a strange tribute.
Here’s a happy fellow. He was caught dancing and cavorting with the children at a community event in southern Saskatchewan last year. Of course, Covid-19 has caused the cancellation of all such gatherings this year. Maybe 2021….?
I spent some time in the park during July. There was a lot of activity to grab my attention. The picture above shows a goose with, count them, twelve goslings! The family parade was making its way up from the lake.
Some park employees were busy arranging the venue for the Dragon Boat Festival and Races. The race lanes, for the 48 foot long boats, were marked with white buoys. This event has been part of Regina’s summer activities for 28 years, attracting 200 teams, consisting of over 2000 racers, and 20,000 spectators.
Much of the bird population was cooling off in the water. These twin ducks paddled happily along the shore. A lone pelican was too far away to get a good shot as it swam in circles mid-lake.
Apparently the “love locks” tradition is alive and well in this park. You can read about what love locks are, here. Every so often the park maintenance crew removes the locks, but eventually the fence is visited by more couples, and more locks are displayed there.