Our province’s past is filled with colourful characters like Gabriel Dumont, a Metis military leader. I was always surprised he was able to move in and out of Batoche for days without getting caught after the Metis were defeated by the Canadian military in 1885.
Despite the illusion of peaceful surroundings, there is still a shadowy underworld on the Saskatchewan prairies.
No one seems to know how many individuals are involved or what they are doing. There are subtle movements and vague outlines but they magically disappear at the first sign of trouble. Who knows what sinister plots are being hatched in the darkness?
I wait. Then I see something moving on the water but it fades like a ghost into nearby bulrushes. I try to peer into the darkness and see nothing.
Eventually I seize the moment and take my photo. In a few seconds all signs of life have disappeared again. I think it’s the Gabriel Dumont effect.