Friday, February 29, 2008

Little Church

Here is a picture of a tiny church on the corner of 11th and Winnipeg. I believe it is Ukrainian Orthodox. It has always caught my eye.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

At the Races

Racing mural on the side of the Battery Depot.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Prairie Sunset

The prairie sunset on the way home from work the other evening. We have some beautiful sunsets and sunrises in Saskatchewan and we are known as the Land of Living Skies.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Old Firehouse No. 1

Old Firehouse No. 1, which is now a centre for community based programs and business.

Monday, February 25, 2008

A Touch of Frost

Another photo that my mom took on Sunday morning. Great frosty picture.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Frosty Morning at the Co-op Refinery

My mom was out this morning and captured this frosty picture of the Co-op Refinery on the North-East outskirts of Regina.

Tid-bit: Current crude processing rates are typically 100,000 barrels per day.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Give me a home, where the Buffalo roam

A iron made statue of a Buffalo on Scarth Street. Here is a brief history of the settlement area before it was known as Regina:

In the days when huge herds of buffalo roamed the northern plains, a place in what was to become Saskatchewan had gained fame among the First Nations hunters. The place was ideally suited for construction of a buffalo "pound" - a large corral into which buffalo were herded to be killed. The site also had an abundance of water and level ground for drying the buffalo meat.

The Cree Indians, who came to this place to hunt buffalo, believed that buffalo would not leave the bones of other dead buffalo. As long as there were bones there, buffalo would be plentiful and the hunting good. Therefore, the Cree piled buffalo bones in a huge pile, six feet high and 40 feet in diameter.

The site and the surrounding area became famous for these bones. The Cree Indians called it Oskana ka-asateki "the bones that are piled together." The first settlement at the site was called "Pile O' Bones," though other names for the area, such as Bone Creek and Manybones, were also used. In 1857 the explorer Captain James Palliser heard the Cree word for the region and named the creek "Wascana," as it is still known.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Tilt Your Head Back

Outside of old city hall looking up.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Figure Skating

There was a figure skating demonstration at the skating rink in Victoria Park this past weekend.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Eclispe of the Moon

Partial eclipse of the moon.

Getting closer to the total eclispe.

On the bottom picture, the "star" to the lefthand side of the moon is actually Saturn. I tried to get more pictures of the total elcipse, but my camera is kind of plain and it is -20 degrees Celsius outside tonight which makes for quick trips outside to try and get a good shot. Hope you all got a chance to go outside and see the eclispe as well. The next one will be December 21, 2010.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Advice From a Tree

Here is a wise, old tree that grows in Victoria Park.

Click here to read a poem called Advice from a Tree by Ilan Shamir. It is a wonderful poem filled with valuable advice. Enjoy.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Family Day

Today is Family Day in Saskatchewan, this is the newest stat holiday which was introduced last year. It is nice to have a day off in February to break up the time between New Years and Easter. Happy Family Day!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Mirrored Images

The twin towers downtown on Scarth Street. I love how the building has the refection of its twin as well as it own reflection. It wasn't until after I took the picture that I realized the triple image. I love finding surprises in photos like that.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Fire & Ice Carnival

Ice scuplture.

One of the ice sculptures at the festival.

Kids playhouse and slide.

Butterfly and cocoon.

Snail that has crawled out of its shell.

It was really busy at the park with tons of kids crawling all over the place. Most of the snow art became huge play structures for the kids. It seems that everyone had fun. There was a bonfire, music, ice skating demonstrations, and local mascots to entertain everybody. Could not have asked for better weather as well.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

SaskPower Building

Following the curve of the SaskPower building.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church on Victoria Ave.

Construction started on April 10th, 1911. On April 14th, 1912, the new pipe organ was heard for the first time.

June 30th, 1912, was a very historic but tragic date. It was a very hot Sunday and about 4:30 in the afternoon, a black cloud appeared in the south. At ten minutes to five, a terrific cyclone swept through the city, killing over forty people. The cyclone lifted the dome of The First Baptist church and in its fury, threw it one block away. This is just one of the many buildings affected by the cyclone of 1912. There is a walking tour that is offered by the city that highlights the stories and the path of the cyclone of 1912.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Snow Sculptures - Stage 2

The wooden boxes have been removed and now the snow blocks are free-standing and waiting to be sculpted. Can you feel the anticipation?

Monday, February 11, 2008

Warhol at The MacKenzie

The MacKenzie Art Gallery is hosting an exhibit of Andy Warhol's work.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Prairie Dog

The Prairie Dog magazine is a Regina based paper that is nationally recoginzed for its wide range of news, opinion and lifestyle features, including restaurant reviews, health, travel and city life columns which is published every second thursday. It is free to the public.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Snow Sculptures - Stage 1

Here are some wooden boxes in Victoria Park filled with snow. These are used to create huge blocks of snow for the artists to carve snow scultures out of at this years Fire and Ice show at the Konafest Winter Festival.

Friday, February 8, 2008

4 Months Ago

This picture was taken 4 months ago on October 8th. Wascana park is one of my favorite places to go to spend time outside.

Located in the centre of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, this park (officially known as Wascana Centre), covers a total area of 2300 acres (930 hectares) . Land 2000 acres (810 hectares), Water 300 acres (120 hectares). One of the largest urban parks in North America, (before you ask, Central Park in New York City is 834 acres).

Thursday, February 7, 2008

RCMP Heritage Centre

Here is a picture of the new RCMP Heritage Centre. A very impressive building, inside and out.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Recruits Wanted

I heard an ad on the radio today geared towards the recruitment of new members to the RCMP. I thought that posting this photo of a vintage recruitment poster from August 27th, 1914 might be kind of neat. They were originally called the Royal North West Mounted Police before they became the RCMP.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Abstractions Cafe

Abstractions Cafe just off 14th Ave.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Mount Pleasant

Here is photo of kids tobogganing at Mount Pleasant. This photo was taken by my Mom.

Friday, February 1, 2008

The Imax Theatre

Here is a picture of the Imax Theatre that is housed at the Saskatchewan Science Centre. It is a fun place to visit.