My first visit to Waskesiu was very long over due. Almost a right of passage to being a Saskatchewan resident, is visiting the infamous lake located in the Prince Albert National Park.
As luck would have it on my recent tour of northern Saskatchewan, I was able to spend about 48 hours in the park. It will not be my last.
Unfortunately a large part of the short stay was mired with storm clouds and light rain. However there was a small window of opportunity, and I was not about to let it pass. After hiking one of the many ultra scenic trails around the lake, I found this section of lake edge that jutted out from the naturally smooth shoreline. Almost as if it knew I was coming, there was a perfect tree leaning out towards the water, its base weakened by erosion giving it the perfect aesthetic for my lens. I made note of the spot, and I knew the sunset would align perfect for the quintessential lake side paradise image I was seeking. I returned to the spot at dusk, and as anticipated, the skies delivered a trademark Saskatchewan sunset which set the scene perfectly.
With a limited time crunch, I could not be more pleased with Lake Life. The image excites me for future adventure in Waskesiu, with ample time, and hopefully improved weather conditions for proper scouting and set up. The possibilities are endless as the visitors to the national park are seemingly treated to endless beauty on a daily basis.
The bridge constructed during the Great Depression was a government funded “make work” project. Creating jobs for locals who had fallen on tough times during the drought.
Decommissioned since 1985, it is still open to foot traffic. I would highly recommend pulling over and spending a few minutes enjoying the gorgeous view of the North Saskatchewan river, and marvelling at the amazing architecture that is Borden Bridge.
In January my friend Laura and I spent 14 days backpacking through Costa Rica. I had never backpacked through a country before. The whole concept of staying in hostels, utilizing public transportation, hiking in the jungle all felt a little bit scary to me. I could not have been more wrong. My lens would connect me the “Rich Coast”, a doorway to intimate encounters with the landscape and exotic wildlife alike.
I am beyond excited to share my stories, and photography journal from my recent visit to Costa Rica with you. Join me on Friday, November 23rd at the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum for exhibition opening and the artist reception.
Erik Laudenschlager had been riding a hot streak entering the 2018 Tougher Than Dirt Tour, however the elusive gold cup had eluded him through four nights. Finally on Championship Night the 49 IMCA sport mod struck gold. Following him to the stripe would be Chase Conway and Chad Strachen, two stand out local drivers who were not following the tour. The only item left for debate would be crowning a champion. Iowa’s Rocky Caudle entered the night with a slim three point advantage over Minot’s Robby Rosselli. Candle would be able to hang on for a fourth place finish, Rosselli in hot pursuit, scoring a fifth place finish. The finish would be enough for Caudle to capture the 2018 championship and deny Rosselli a back to back crown.
In the IMCA hobby stock division Brock Beeter entered racing action with a 3 point margin over Duane Wahrman. The racing action would see Andrew Bertsch spoil the party as he officially be undefeated, scoring two wins in two outings on the tour. Jason Ruby and Adam Goff, who both return to action after suffering heavy damage from separate incidents, rebound with second and third place finishes respectively. Brock Beeter and Dana Brandt would round out the top five. The fourth place finish would be enough to crown Beeter as tour champion, Duane Wahrman would score ninth, which would be enough to serve him the runner up position.
For full Tougher Than Dirt Tour points (click here)
Rocky Caudle, the Ellsworth, Iowa native, lived up to his nickname Saturday evening at the Estevan Motor Speedway. The Rockstar claimed his second Tougher Than Dirt Tour win in four nights, with a fourth corner push to edge Brady Bjella at the stripe. The trip to victory lane was highly contested, as the top four cars put on a spectacle for the fans. In the end Caudle led for the last few inches that mattered, as Bjella, Robby Rosselli, Erik Laudenschalger and Dylan Barnhart rounded out the top 5. The win keeps Caudle at the top of the tour standings with a slim 3 point lead over Rosselli.
In the hobby stock feature, Brock Beeter was not to be denied Tougher Than Dirt Tour victory, after taking the runner up position in Williston the night before. The victory for Beeter came as the Tour has now seen 3 different winners in 4 nights. Unfortunately the points standings will see a major shake up Sunday morning. Adam Goff who had led the standings from night one, was involved in an incident on a yellow flag restart which ended with the 30A car rolling during the feature. Adam was unhurt in the incident and at the time of writing it was unknown if he would be able to race the final night of the Tour. The win will now see Beeter on top of the standings, holding a 3 point lead over Duane Wahrman, the driver out of Kansas.
Tougher Than Dirt Tour champions will be crowned Sunday evening at the Nodak Speedway in Minot, North Dakota.
For full Tougher Than Dirt Tour points (click here)