Imagine: As I slowly open my eyes and tune my senses to the usual morning sounds I detect the sure sounds of strong wind gusts and heavy rain drops pelting the bedroom window… wet leaves are slapping together as tree branches bend in the unrelenting wind trying to stay strong with these sudden elemental changes. The weather report is proving to be correct… autumn has arrived and if all predictions come true for this week snow flurries tomorrow will have me scramble for winter sweaters and boots. Winter tires are being installed as I am typing this post… (I took the above image with my iPhone… and it doesn’t convey the furiously spinning wind sculpture in the foreground – it should just look like a blur, but the white caps and bending trees in the background paint a pretty good picture of what it feels like outside today – and yesterday for that matter…)
Turn back time by three days and join me as I recall a fabulous day. I rose to dense fog blanketing the landscape. Fog of this intensity at the lake predicts a heavy snow fall 90 days from the fog day. But let’s just remember how the day brightened as it progressed.
Our camera club was hosting a brand new interest group for the first time. I just could not miss this get-together (partially because I am one of the facilitators of this group…). Ten photographer met at one of the nicest coffee shops in Moose Jaw. It was “Miksang” at “Mitsu” time and what great energy this group generated! After an exchange of objectives and ideas for the future we decided to venture to the nearest back alley to make some photographs based on Miksang philosophy.
The afternoon brought together 24 photographers participating in the 9th Annual World Wide Photo Walk. Another enthusiastic group explored Moose Jaw’s Downtown Main Street and Crescent Park. We had participants from Moose Jaw, Buffalo Pound Lakeside communities, Roleau – better known as Dog River, Mossbank, Avonlea, Regina and Pilot Butte. And the weather was stunningly beautiful!. Two hours of oscillating between mingling with like-minded people and spending solitary time to gather last impressions of summer and autumn. Who knew I would have to turn to these images so soon to remind me that there is sunshine behind that heavy cloud cover?…