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SENS Photo Contest winning entries

Posted by on 7. August 2014 in Blog / Journal, News & Events, Photography | 2 comments

SENS Photo Contest winning entries

Two of my images won “Best in the Category” prize in the 2014 School of Environment and Sustainability Photo Contest. Each year, SENS holds a photo contest to showcase the photography talents of school’s students and alumni. Category winners and the overall show winner are selected by popular vote.  I entered several images and won in two categories: Sustainable Community and The Urban Environmentt. Category winners and the overall winner are posted on the SENS Web site. Besides bragging rights that my images are winning entries in the “international” photo contest (SENS students come from the United States, Mexico and many countries around the world), I also received as small financial award. My images will be displayed in SENS hallways at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon. Here are the two winning entries and a short description that accompanied the images during the vote.   Category winner: Sustainable Community   Community Pasture Program, administered by the Canada’s federal government was designed to assist small- and medium-sized mixed farm operations. Each fall, PFRA pasture managers work with hired riders to sort out cattle for delivery to patrons at the end of the grazing season. These cowboys are crucial in maintaining a proper management of the pastures, for the benefit of pasture users as well as plants and animals that rely on a healthy prairie ecosystem. In October of 2013 I visited the Wolverine PFRA pasture near Lanigan, Saskatchewan to document the cowboy life, part of our cultural heritage and tradition that has a crucial role in sustainable management of our grasslands.   Category winner: The Urban Environment   Saskatoon city skyline reflecting in South Saskatchewan River at dusk. This is a panorama composite image created from 3 separate frames. I took this picture to mark the 2012 World Rivers Day.   P.S. You might be interested in seeing a few images from older posts celebrating the 2013 World Rivers Day and 2012 World Water Day....

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A tribute to rivers in our lives – 2013 World Rivers Day

Posted by on 26. September 2013 in Blog / Journal, News & Events | Comments Off on A tribute to rivers in our lives – 2013 World Rivers Day

A tribute to rivers in our lives – 2013 World Rivers Day

This post is a tribute to world rivers, in anticipation of the World Rivers Day on September 29th, 2013. Communities in Canada and around the world are planning events to acknowledge the contribution of river systems to human well-being, raise awareness of the importance of river conservation and to encourage positive river stewardship. The World Rivers Day in celebrated annually throughout the world, and it is estimated that several million people in 60 countries will help mark this special occasion. The Saskatchewan Eco Network and several local community and environmental organizations are leading public events to celebrate the World Rivers Day and South Saskatchewan River flowing through Saskatoon, and to encourage people of Saskatoon to enjoy many benefits that the river offers us. The main events will take place at the  Friendship Park in Saskatoon next to the Meewasin Valley Centre at 403 3rd Avenue South. Here are some of the planned activities for this Sunday: Saskatoon Nature Society bird watching walk family yoga with Sam Banesh water & permaculite workshop music and spoken word entertainment Friendship Park and river clean up led by volunteers from Trash Dashers Saskatoon an evening with the South Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Rivers – program at the Grace Westminster United Church A prepared a small image gallery of rivers from around the world. Enjoy and join the celebration – plan on attending an event near you or start a World Rivers Day activity of your...

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News: City of Saskatoon seeks community input on wetlands policy

Posted by on 6. September 2013 in Blog / Journal, News & Events | Comments Off on News: City of Saskatoon seeks community input on wetlands policy

News: City of Saskatoon seeks community input on wetlands policy

Hot off the press, this community announcement arrived this morning. It is for a good (and important) cause so I am posting it here for your information. The City of Saskatoon (City) is seeking input on a new planning initiative that will establish a framework for the identification, preservation, and management of wetlands in the City’s future growth areas.  The Wetland Policy will ensure that impacts to wetlands are an important consideration in any future development decisions within Saskatoon. Saskatoon is growing and with that comes pressure on the natural environment. Saskatoon and the surrounding areas contain a significant number of wetlands that when preserved can provide many social, environmental, and economic benefits to the community.  The benefits of integrating wetlands into the urban landscape include: replenishing ground water supply; reduced flooding; less reliance on traditional storm water infrastructure; habitat preservation; improved water and air quality; and recreational and educational opportunities. The Wetland Policy will require developers to account for and address impacts to wetlands as part of the development of new neighbourhoods so that the effects can be minimized and important wetlands can be preserved and integrated into the city. The preservation of important wetlands supports many of the strategic goals identified in the City’s Strategic Plan 2012-2022.  Specifically, the Wetland Policy furthers the strategic goals of Quality of Life and Environmental Leadership by preserving natural areas for citizens to enjoy, reducing damage to property from flooding, improving water quality, and providing habitat for plant and animal life. To provide feedback on the draft Wetland Policy or to learn more about wetlands in Saskatoon, please visit the City’s wetlands policy project website at...

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Great Sand Hills book among top 30 best-sellers in Saskatchewan

Posted by on 25. December 2012 in Blog / Journal, News & Events | Comments Off on Great Sand Hills book among top 30 best-sellers in Saskatchewan

Great Sand Hills book among top 30 best-sellers in Saskatchewan

A happy news that I am proud to share with you: the Saskatchewan Publishers Group has compiled a list of their top 30 best sellers for 2012. The top-ranking list includes ‘The Great Sand Hills, A Prairie Oasis’ book in 13th place. If you have not picked up a copy, check them out and order a copy. Or two. Here is an excerpt from the book review by Dr. Bram Noble, a University of Saskatchewan professor who was involved in the GSH Regional Environmental Study. The review was published in the Great Plains Research journal, University of Nebraska – Lincoln. “The Great Sand Hills region of southwestern Saskatchewan is among the largest and, unfortunately, last intact native prairie ecosystems in the Great Plains. The Great Sand Hills: A Prairie Oasis is thus a fitting title. Filled with spectacular photography alongside narrative text telling the story of the prairie’s past, present, and future, this 124-page book was a finalist for the 2007 Saskatchewan Book of the Year Award as well as in the nonfiction and scholarly writing categories. Rebecca Grambo covers a lot of ground, eloquently telling the region’s history from its first cultural inhabitants and the rise and fall of the Plains bison, to the emergence of a ranchinglifestyle and the cultivation of the surrounding mixed-prairie landscape. The text is interspersed with stories and narratives of homesteaders extracted from personal memoirs.”    ...

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Photography field trip to Cranberry Flats Conservation Area

Posted by on 21. October 2012 in Blog / Journal, Workshops | Comments Off on Photography field trip to Cranberry Flats Conservation Area

Photography field trip to Cranberry Flats Conservation Area

Last week I led an outdoor photography field trip for members of the Saskatoon Nature Society. We had a very good turnout – 17 people showed up. The weather was great; blue skies with interesting clouds greeted us upon arrival, with a bit of cloud cover later on in the evening. Although we did not get a spectacular sunset, a soft light from overcast skies allowed us to focus on details in nature. I took the group down to the banks of South Saskatchewan River to work in the area with a lot of interesting patterns created by water erosion of sandy beaches. A few ravens kept us company throughout the afternoon and I found and photographed a sand bank that resembled the inquisitive birds. Right after the sunset, several hundred sandhill cranes landed on one of the sand banks in the middle of the river. Their distinctive and loud calls filled out the air.  A great ending to a pleasant, and photographically successful day. Here are a few images from this field trip....

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