Every June around the summer solstice Swift Current, Saskatchewan hosts “Windscape”, a kite festival that attracts participants from around the world.
The premier of Saskatchewan, Brad Wall officially opened the event which has been organized for 10 consecutive years, providing locals and visitors of all ages with activities and performances.
From stilt walkers…
…to a pouncing tiger among flying fish… a little fantasy, a lot of color and music into the night…
And least of all great individual kite flyers and groups to enjoy.
All this and more all weekend long is worth checking out. We arrived mid morning today and were treated to amazing performances by skilled kite flyers. And since one never knows what the wind brings next we were all treated to a rain squall immediately following the opening speeches… the clouds blew east and soon the sun appeared with blue sky. “Windscape” continues tomorrow, June 22nd and if you can’t make it this year… put the dates on your calendar for 2015!
And for a “taste” of what “Windscape” is all about, check out this video of Jean Lamoureux flying his “stack of twenty kites”. Enjoy!
It’s time to share some exciting news: What happens when the mercury hits its lowest point (- 60 C with windchill!) in Saskatchewan during February? I get a bad case of cabin fever! What is the best remedy for cabin fever? Taking a trip to warmer climates…
Nice thought, but not an option for me as I have numerous commitments close to home. The next best thing to physical travel for me is to embark on a journey of learning. I had been looking at a diploma course with The Photography Institute for a little over a year. February 27th I took the plunge… I signed up and was immediately enrolled in this challenging online program. My main goal was to learn more about the technical aspects of the camera. And learn I did! I was hooked on knowledge, and once an assignment was submitted I immediately downloaded the next module to find out what the topic might be. I am sure you can tell that it was a fabulous experience!
Last week I finally narrowed down images for the final assignment, a portfolio of six of my best images. It was tough to hit that submit button. Luckily I didn’t have to wait long. My tutor didn’t disappoint.Throughout the course I received feedback within hours of submitting each assignment, and after less than an hour I had my mark, a perfect 10/10 with helpful suggestions about where to go from here.
Here is the portfolio I submitted. I hope you enjoy the images. I can’t wait to receive my diploma in the mail… and no, I didn’t get a perfect score throughout. I had to work hard for my 93 % overall mark.
Aurora’s Dance was oe of the images I made last November during my visit to Yellowknife,
Algonquin Park autumn morning mist
Early morning at Emma Lake, SK foreshadowing a tornado twelve hours later.
Breakwater at Fumicino Beach, Italy in the mid-afternoon sun.
Golden Gate Bridge rising from the autumn fog.
Serenity – lone fisherman in the afterglow of the Saskatchewan Sunset.