We drove 1/2 hour outside of Saskatoon to lay in the prairie grasses beside a lake, cuddled up close to protect against the night chill as we listened to the ducks and other wild life calling to one another, watching the meteors streak across the sky. The girl alternatively whispering in awe and shrieking in excitement while the cold slowly worked it’s way into her bones.
Every so often we could hear the crunch of something walking or landing nearby, but in the almost complete darkness knew it would be useless to try and identify what it was. Nothing attempted to approach, so I’m sure whatever it was had been benign… or at the least, more curious than hungry. We’d call back to the animals who called out to one another and us. And every so often our giggles and hoots would cause curiouser sounds to come back to us on the night air.
It was close to one a.m. when the kid passed gas, giggling when her Dad suggested it was probably a duck who had made the noise. Then we all fell silent again, just in time for him to let one rip too: “Yep, it was a duck.” And I’ll admit it, in the stillness of the dark and wild night, I let one go too: “Lot’s of ducks out tonight.” We all cracked up when a duck, with perfect comedic timing, seemed to quack in reply.
Time passed both too quickly and too slowly. It’s amazing how quickly the night air chills you, even in August when the days are still hot. In spite of laying so close to one another on that soft bed of grass that our arms and legs intertwined, in spite of the heat I could feel being generated between our bodies lying there, we chilled all too quickly… making time feel slow. And memories, dear, precious memories being formed, the kind that will last a lifetime, making time feel all too fast.
“How many more meteors do you want to see?”
“Okay, we’ll wait for two more.”
“Oh! There’s one!”
“I didn’t see it, that one doesn’t count.”
“Over there? Did you see that one?”
“I didn’t. It doesn’t count either.”
And so our last two quickly became four or five… but who was counting anyway. 😉
Okay, lots of photos in this post (hence the title). 😉
There have been a few days where I promised to upload but hadn’t yet, so here are photos for those days plus today. 🙂
Not much to say here. 🙂 Wee girlie had a treat, and is just super cute.
Here is the wee girlie doing the “I got a new hat” happy dance.
Sandy, Rosalie, and Paul – She absolutely LOVES her new hat, and has worn it every single day since it arrived. It is sooo cute, and just looks absolutely adorable on her. Thanks so very much! It’s awesome!
Sandy is an accomplished artisan here in Saskatchewan. If you’d like a hand-felted one of a kind beret for your little one, you can drop her a line at sgcompton at sasktel dot net (obviously remove the spaces and replace the at with @ and the dot with .). Her work is outstanding. The hats are perfect in the rain (nothing gets through them) and are really good to throw on your little one after swimming too. Keeps them warm even with wet hair. Seriously, I can’t rave about Sandy’s work any more than I do. Really, really awesome stuff!
So, yesterday a wonderful astronomical event took place… and once again, we here in Saskatoon, totally missed out. The last several events listed as “not to be missed” have been missed here due to cloud cover. Totally not cool.
Yesterday, for the first time in twenty years, the sun and moon rose and set at the exact same time. This causes an amazing effect which completely lights up the sky, due to the way the light reflects from one, off the other. Well. As I said. Couldn’t see it. Clouds.
So here’s a picture of some horses. Played with it a little in iphoto in an attempt to have it look as if I’d lifted it from an old western. Considering the limited scope of iphoto, I think I came close. 😉
And here are a couple shots of the sunset. That did manage to pierce the cloud cover for about 90 seconds. Enough time to focus in the opposite direction to snap a couple shots.
Shaun, I know you were really looking forward to seeing pictures of the aforementioned astronomical event. Sorry. 😦
Damon was sick today… which means I didn’t have time for much beyond the essentials. So, here’s a quick night sky shot for you. Camera’s interpret the dark in such interesting ways. From time to time I enjoy pointing off into space and seeing what happens. Tonight’s photograph is completely unedited… not cropped, colour adjusted, or altered in any way. It’s just the sky, outside my home, as the camera sees it. 🙂
Night all. Be good to one another.