Most people around the world view the Canadian prairies as a vast, flat, uninteresting, windswept terrain. But this is far from the reality. The prairies hold a spirit within them that is not present in any other place in our world. Indeed many parts of the prairie are flat, and produce some very high yields. But that is not the only or entire picture of this land.
In the last few days, I have had the pleasure of traveling though the southern part of Saskatchewan along highway 18 (and I use the term "highway" very loosely because at times, this route is not for the faint of heart). The vistas were breathtaking. We had the joy of walking on a prairie that is virtually untouched (except for grazing) and we were able to feel the power of this place in the wind and weather. We watched a storm approach and overtake a prairie ghost town, and had to run for shelter as the hail beat the ground. We felt the heat and and the ever present wind.
This picture is presented to demonstrate the difference of what the prairie really is, from what it is assumed to be. it is not just fields of wheat, it as also a sacred land with deep folds and convolutions that hold deep meanings.
In the next while I will post some of the images from this excursion. many of them will be similar to the ones I have posted before, but there is and always will be a fundamental difference in the power and spirit that I felt while in these lands.
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July 4, 2012