Upstanding on a February afternoon

FTLComm - Tisdale - Thursday, February 27, 2003

Though we all think of snow when we think of winter we must also realise that with snow comes blue shadows. The pictures on this page were taken late afternoon between 4:45 and 5:15 Wednesday afternoon with an ice blue sky and a razor sharp golden sun illuminating everywhere one looked.

What caught my eye and I wanted to share it with you were those things that defy the flatness, those things that stand up fighting gravity, wind and in some cases all logic.

The juvenile tree that tops this page is on a corner of what used to be the TUCs school yard and it is a defiant individual. Each alley hosts a forest of powerlines weighed down with telephone, cable and the elements.

SaskTel's communications tower in the middle of town was devised as a microwave tower but has been transformed into a holder of "cell phone" antennae

These mature trees shade the street West of the Co-op but in the winter their leaves gone they are reduced to shadow makers as light streams between two houses.

Between the Co-op and the Provincial Service Centre building is a no man's land, a DMZ of tranquility and deep shadows, all year round.

This picture appeared on the bottom of Ensign yesterday and features a street marker with a splatter of shadows at its feet.

But perhaps the most significant of these upstanding images is the one of the South facing brick wall less than a block West of the main street with the fire from the sun melting the snow and peeling it back as the bricks absorb and radiate the heat and tell us that once again the cycle of the seasons is progressing right along and in time with more sunlight the snow will go away once more, the grass will turn green, we will curse the mosquitoes and wish for rain. There will be days when the sun only semi-retires and there will be harvest and frost once more.

Timothy W. Shire



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