Calendar creators long ago did a little math and figured out the 12 provinces and territories in Canada roughly aligned with the number of months in the year (until another territory was added in more recent times). They determined that if they found a nice photo from each area, they would have a marketable calendar to sell across the county.
Years ago, the token Saskatchewan shots would typically be scenes with elevators in the midst of grain fields or, if they mixed it up a little, images of just grain fields. They can be nice but it’s all a little predictable.
Granted if you only have one opportunity to depict a huge province it would be tempting to fall back on the tried and cliched. Why run the risk of dampening calendar sales by confusing people with the truth of what the rest of the province looks like? Just because there are 100,000 lakes here doesn’t give calendar makers the freedom to include one of them.
Thankfully the calendars in recent years have discovered a few more ways to portray our province though somehow it often seems like a huge missed opportunity. Given this record, I find it astounding that no calendar people ever called me up for advice. I am, however, undeterred! I have decided to post my unsolicited opinion here and let the pieces fall where they may.
Now I could recommend a gorgeous lake shot but why miss an opportunity to show off a predator? If it was up to me, I would pick a hawk on a fence. It’s beautiful, iconic and familiar scene if you’re travelling down a country road as the sun is setting. Where else would you want to be?
As it happens, I have two potential candidates for this imaginary calendar. I would be honoured if you would help me choose which hawk shot best depicts Saskatchewan. Feel free to completely ignore the fact that most readers of this blog live outside Saskatchewan, or even Canada for that matter. Oh heck, even if you couldn’t find Saskatchewan on Google Maps, it’s really an honourary thing anyway.
The important thing is which hawk photo would you pick?