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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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SennaVaden Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOVE
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015
Thanks for your visit Kay
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bulloney Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
Highway 83 in Southern Sask? The 83 that comes to mind is in Manitoba & runs N-S through Virden, Melita, Minot... Major road that parallels the border.

Highway 13 aka Redcoat trail?  Weyburn, Carlyle and the like...  If so then you missed a beaut of a barn a 15 km detour south of Redvers on Highway 8: bulloney.deviantart.com/art/Mo…

And I can vouch for those roads not being for the faint of heart!!  :)  Good thing you didn't take Manitoba 3 / Saskatchewan 18, it is in much poorer condition (though you would have seen this one: bulloney.deviantart.com/art/Se…, bulloney.deviantart.com/art/La… )
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
It was along highway 18 in Saskatchewan.  Don't know why I said 83, atrophied brain perhaps.  But thanks for pointing out the road, so i could correct it.
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lilycat14 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Were you near North Battleford?
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
Not on this trip. The picture was taken around Shaunavon.
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lilycat14 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh okay. I live in North Battleford. Thats why. Have you ever been there?
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
I figured you lived there, yes I have visited, never for long though, usually we are traveling through.
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lilycat14 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh. Well I was born in Halifax, then moved to St. John's, and then we moved to North Battleford.
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
I grew up in Thunder Bay (Fort William back then) moved to Brandon in the 70's then Winnipeg and Thompson. Now we are in Morden
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lilycat14 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah. Where is Thunder Bay?
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
On Lake Superior in NW Ontario.

Google it.
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12jack12 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
BIG SKY! :nod:
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
lol... the biggest :D
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
thanks... I don't believe I have ever refused a request.
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thanksthatisenough Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
You are most welcome :)
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calimer00 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
Amazing landscape! Love it!
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crazygardener Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
stunning shot!!
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Brian-B-Photography Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Another one of your very Iconic shots:clap:
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
A splendid view for sure Wayne. Reminds me a lot of places in Wyoming and Montana. I like your views about the prairie as I feel much the same.
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
yes, the country is very similar. I have not been there in many years. I would like to visit again some day.
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coldgopher Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful commentary to accompany a beautiful photo. Yes, we are "the land of living skies".
Can't wait to see more.
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glunac Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012   General Artist
This landscape is so incredibly beautiful. It's like viewing what the 1st pioneers to this area must have seen.

Wonderful cloud formations.
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taibossigai Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Gorgeous! This has a few of my favourite things about living in the prairies - the rolling hills, old barbed wire fences and big dramatic skies.
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
thanks Donna
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Selladorra Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love Saskatchewan. When I first drove across the country, we passed along a road and each side had sunflowers growing for as far as the eye could see. The sky was gorgeous, as well. It was breathtaking.

You've captured it brilliantly :)
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
thanks Sydney
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RezzanATAKOL Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
Great capture!
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Achello Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing capture!

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peterpateman Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Glorious!
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isayreadordie Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
I think its beautiful, you definitely captured it well :)
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XYZExtreme13 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
I'm so glad to come from such a beautiful province
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CarolynYM Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
Wonderful photo:)
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
thanks
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anjaleck Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It almost reminds me of the beginning of the badlands and South Dakota. (Of course, it was many, many years ago I went through there so my memory could be playing tricks on me.)
Hugs,
Anj
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
It is very similar and may even be an extension of it But of that last bit I cannot say for sure.
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Professional Photographer
a beautiful land... and a wonderful capture, Wayne.

the wind is indeed a fifth element in the prairie... love the words as well :clap:
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j0rosa Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
space... beauty!
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oxalysa Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
Very nice landscape
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dove-51 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconcheerplz: for our beloved Prairies. Sounds like you had an awesome trip. It is always great to get off the transcanada and see what is really out there. Look forward to more submissions.
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inObrAS Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
Wonderful shot! :clap:
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psychsg Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
love this pic! reminds me of when i was on a roadtrip :)
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
me too.
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pagan-live-style Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
very nice scenery !! has some scottish feeling to it !! greetz len.
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
my friend was commenting on that when we were walking on the prairie. It has been many years since I have been to Scotland.... perhaps it is time to go again.
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pagan-live-style Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
Last time i was in Scotland i was 15, travelling for 4 weeks on my bike through England , Scotland and Wales. so nearly 40 years ago !!

Have good and fond memory's of the wildness & weather, and the hardships it could give !!

Was travelling alone, with all the possesions in one rugsack and a small tent attached to the bike.

Can remember was standing sheltering from the pouring rain for hours, at the road to Inverness at Loch Ness, and nearly all cars and lorry that passed stopped to ask iff everything was alright and needed a lift !

same on the road from Fort William too Mallag (west coast), had to punctures in one day , and while repairing the inner tube on the roadside everybody stopped to see iff they could help.

And on two occassions with rain, soaking wet and not bothered to put up the tent , i nocked on the door of a farm too ask iff i could sleep in the Barn and they took me in and helped me with warm dry clothes from their son in order to get mine dry and offered me a bed and a meal for the night.

Same at an old Monastrie on the way to Mallag.

Often think iff it would still be the same.

greetz len.
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
what a beautiful memory Len. It creates great images for me.
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pagan-live-style Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
thats what the picture gave me , rememberance of scenes i saw 40 years ago !!

greetz len.
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1001G Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
awesome wayne
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