Portland Japanese Garden

A few weeks ago I visited Portland, Oregon. Intrigued by the Japanese Garden, I went there my first afternoon in the city. It did not disappoint. The scenery was amazing and set around tall redwoods, scenes missing from my prairie home. A Japanese Garden is a landscape garden, designed as place of reflection and meditation. Typically it includes the following elements – water, bridge, rocks, … Continue reading Portland Japanese Garden

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Wood Duck (on the left) Aix sponsa Location: Wascana Lake Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Regina, SK My friend and I came across a male wood duck swimming with a few mallards while snowshoeing in February. Saskatchewan is in breeding range for wood ducks; although it early for breeding and we did not see his partner. Interesting facts: – The wood duck is a perching duck; it … Continue reading Fauna of Saskatchewan 20

Snowshoes and Sunshine

In late December I purchased new snowshoes to get me outdoors and keep me active in the winter. So far I have been out a dozen times and logged nearly fifty kilometers of snowshoeing. Snowfall was below normal in January which limited where I could go. We received about 10 cm total in two snowfalls in February. Now we have just enough snow to enjoy … Continue reading Snowshoes and Sunshine

Cannington Manor Provincial Historic Park

Cannington Manor was founded in 1882 by Captain Edward Mitchell Pierce. His hope was to emulate an aristocratic English colony in western Canada. Remittance men from England moved to the village throughout the 1880s. These men were younger sons of elite families who had no chance of inheriting their father’s wealth. Several businesses were established to bolster the community. This included the Moose Mountain Trading … Continue reading Cannington Manor Provincial Historic Park

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American Bison Bison bison Location: Grasslands National Park (West Block)     Interesting facts: – Male bison may weigh up to 2,200 pounds; the largest mammal in North America. – Baby bison are known as “red dogs” because they are orangish red in colour in the first few months. – More people were injured by bisons than bears between 1980 and 1999 in Yellowstone National … Continue reading Fauna of Saskatchewan 19