The Star Mine Suspension Bridge

Star Line Suspension Bridge

I really think one of these in Saskatoon would be a lot of fun.

The Star Mine Suspension Bridge is a 117 metre long pedestrian suspension bridge which crosses the Red Deer River in Rosedale, just outside of Drumheller, Alberta.

Constructed in 1931, the bridge was built for the coal workers of Star Mine. Although once used by miners, the bridge is now a favourite among locals for fishing and to access great Badlands terrain. 

The Hoodoos

The Hoodoos near East Coulee

The Hoodoos in the badlands

Mark and Oliver at The Hoodoos

The Hoodoos

Jordon, Mark, Oliver, and I explored the badlands in and around Drumheller when we came across The Hoodoos

Hoodoos take millions of years to form and stand 5 to 7 metres tall. Each hoodoo is a sandstone pillar resting on a thick base of shale that is capped by a large stone. Hoodoos are very fragile and can erode completely if their capstone is dislodged.

The name “Hoodoo” comes from the word “voodoo” and was given to these geological formations by the Europeans. In the Blackfoot and Cree traditions, however, the Hoodoos are believed to be petrified giants who come alive at night to hurl rocks at intruders.

For the trip I borrowed Olympus’ amazing M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II lens which has a focal length of 150-600 in 35mm equivalency.  The Hoodoos were perfect to photograph with this lens as I tried to keep track of both Mark and Oliver as the explored the canyon walls and ducked in and out of crevices and behind hoodoos.  It’s a great lens and is far smaller than the Sigma 150-500mm or the new Tamron 150-600mm lens.

St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Co-Cathedral

St. Paul's Roman Catholic Cathedral

St. Paul's Roman Catholic Cathedral

St. Paul's Roman Catholic Cathedral in Saskatoon

The corner stone of St. Pauls’s Co-Cathedral was laid by Sir Wilfrid Laurier.

Originally built as parish church it became a pro-cathedral in 1921, and a full cathedral in 1934 when the diocese of Saskatoon was established.

The organ was installed in 1912 with the stain glass added in 1945 to commemorate those who lost their lives in World War II and in 1976 for those that lost their lives to a fire. 

Due to its small size it has been unable to function as a Cathedral since the mid 1990s; when the new Holy Family Cathedral opened, St. Paul’s became a co-cathedral and continues to function as a local parish

Ace Burger meets Don’s Photo

Ace Burger meets Don's Photo

Some test photos with a Pentax Q10 mirrorless camera in front of Don’s Photo and the Ace Food Truck.

Ace Food Truck

Taking a Selfie

Oliver Coope taking a selfie

SIAST Kelsey Campus

SIAST Kelsey Campus

SIAST Kelsey Campus as the sun goes down on Idylwyld Drive.

SIAST’s Kelsey Campus has nearly 600,000 square feet of classrooms, laboratories and shops. It is named for explorer Henry Kelsey. This site has also been the location of several previous vocational schools. South of the main SIAST building is the original Saskatoon Normal School, later renamed the Saskatoon Teacher’s College, and now the E.A. Davies Building. This is where prospective teachers came from various parts of Saskatchewan to train as teachers from 1922 to 1964.

2014 PotashCorp Fringe Theatre Festival

Wendy and Oliver at the 2014 PotashCorp Fringe Theatre Festival

PotashCorp Fringe Theatre Festival

Broadway Theatre and the 2014 PotashCorp Fringe Theatre Festival

Muscians at the 2014 PotashCorp Fringe Festival

Buskers at the PotashCorp Fringe Theatre Festival

German Shepherd at the 2014 PotashCorp Fringe Festival

Wendy and Oliver goofing around at the 2014 PotashCorp Fringe Theatre Festival

Street musician at the 2014 PotashCorp Fringe Festival

Elim Church

Elim Tabernacle

Built in 2012, Elim Church is one of the 1100 churches that make up the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada.

London Flats

London Flats in Lakewood

Some of the only unique condominiums in the Lakewood Suburban Centre.  I think that Saskatoon would be enhanced with more vibrant buildings like these and Monarch Yards.  Considering we are a winter city where grey is the dominant color, we would be well served by buildings with more color.

Food Trucks on the Fringe

Ace Burger Food Truck

The Ace Burger food truck serves a long line of people at the PotashCorp Fringe Theatre Festival.

Thrive Juice Co.

Meanwhile right next to it, a quiet Thrive Juice Co. truck waits for someone to get thirsty.