River City at Dawn
Just before the sun rises above the horizon, a beautiful golden light shines over Alberta's capital city. A consequence of being one of the world's most northerly cities, this golden light shines very early in the morning during the summer months and very late in the morning when the Saskatchewan River is a sheet of ice. The golden light really only lasts a few minutes but gives the towers a magical look. Many are a golden earth colour that seem to abosorb the rays. The newer Manulife (centre back) and Epcor Towers (far right) are a blue glass which sparkle in the light.
Early in the morning, the Saskatchewan River valley - North America's largest urban park - is full of eagles, beavers and other animals that are rarely seen during the day. The river reflects the bridges and towers that stand over it - normally it is a shad of green or brown.
This time of the year - late October - the landscape colours have largely faded and the deciduous trees are skeletons, the grass is starting to look grey and wanting for white snow, and the conifers cry out for Christmas lights!
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