Scenes from Saskatchewan

For this blog we are going on a trip- to Saskatchewan!

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Family farm

Saskatchewan is bursting with scenes like this.   Huge fields of crops, cattle, barns, hay bales, and fenceposts.

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horned cow on a hill

But Saskatchewan has many scenes, including ones you may not expect.

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Castle Butte

In the far south lies some really surprising geography, plants and animals.

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cacti

Like cacti!  I have no idea how the cacti survive the harsh Saskatchewan winters, but it was growing in many areas we visited.

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Western Kingbirds

To my great delight, the ubiquitous fenceposts and hay bales were great perches for birds.

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Western Meadowlark on a fencepost

I got to see the western versions of Kingbirds and Meadowlarks.

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Squawking hawk

And I have never seen more hawks in my life, except maybe on Amherst Island in the winter.

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Coyote pup

We got a really good look at a juvenile coyote just as the sun was setting.   The car acts as a blind, so rolling down the window and quietly putting the camera out works- sometimes.

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Burrowing owl

We were in Burrowing Owl territory but they are few and far between in the wild.  We did get a good look at them at a conservation centre in Moose Jaw.   Like so many other animals, habitat destruction and pesticides have been the cause of their decline.

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Zach and me

Perhaps the most astonishing animal I saw in Saskatchewan was Zach, my mother in law’s cat.   I just had to share a photo of this 26 pound sweetie with you!

Hope you enjoyed this little side trip to Saskatchewan!   We’ll be back in Ontario next post.

Thanks for stopping by.

Leslie

 

2 Comments:

  1. Leslie, I had no idea about cacti growing in Saskatchewan. That is amazing. I love your scenic first shot and your photo of Castle Butte. Do people explore in what looked like it might be caves? Thank you.

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