Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Saskatchewan Now, Then and Future

The silence breathes gusts of prairie winds across the highway. That's the beauty of Saskatchewan - now, in this moment. The silence. The emptiness. At least the silence and emptiness when you exit
one of its major centres.

Sparsely populated is a reality for Saskatchewan and one that has been exploited by the politicians and the economists. We need more people - we need to grow the economy is their endless cry. But right now, I look around me as we travel down the highway and I see space and room - room to breath, room to think, room to be. There are vast stretches of land where the only thing to see is cultivated fields and if you're really lucky, the occasional reminders of unmarred prairie. Truthfully, it makes a drive boring as we whip by at speeds never considered 100 years ago. But, from a standing point, with camera in hand, it's incredible, majestic and 100 years from now it will be rare. Here's to the wide open spaces of Saskatchewan!

And to add to the beauty, on last weekend's trip to Calgary we saw a wolf. She trotted down the ditch in her majestic grey splendor. And on the way home, a coyote loped a solitary figure in a vast, empty field.

And that's Saskatchewan today and I know ten years from now what I have said may just be a note in history - that other things will replace those vast fields and lone wolves. And those other things will be just as good, just different.



Anonymous said...

Oh man! When were these pictures taken? It's beautiful out there. You have to post to some pics of what it looks like when the snow hits the ground. This inquiring mind wants to know. ;-)

Ryshia Kennie said...

Except for the wolf and coyote, which were impossible to get a picture of they were so unexpected, I took the rest of the pictures on the way to Calgary. I think the beauty of southern Saskatchewan is just in the fact that it's so unpopulated and lots is still untouched except for farm land. I'll post pics of snow - it should be here to stay by the end of November.