MIssion Lake, Qu'Appelle Valley, Saskatchewan, at sunset.

MIssion Lake, Qu’Appelle Valley, Saskatchewan, at sunset.

The Qu’Appelle Valley is beautiful in the fall with the autumn colors, the Qu’Appelle River and the calling lakes. I only live 20 miles south of this Saskatchewan treasure, at the other confusingly-named town of Qu’Appelle (or “plain” Qu’Appelle on the Trans-Canada Highway as I tell people, not the “Fort,” or Qu’Appelle Valley).

When I was doing the photography needed by my illustrator for my last book, L is for Land of Living Skies: A Saskatchewan Alphabet, I selected Mission Lake on a September evening to photograph for the letter Q.

My illustrator, Lorna Bennett, did an amazing two page spread of Q is for the Qu’Appelle Valley.

L is for Land of Living Skies: A Saskatchewan Alphabet, written by Linda Aksomitis, and illustrated by Lorna Bennett.

L is for Land of Living Skies: A Saskatchewan Alphabet, written by Linda Aksomitis, and illustrated by Lorna Bennett.

Each letter of the alphabet has a poem and a sidebar of factual information, so here’s the poem for Q.

Q is for the Qu’Appelle Valley:
Here you’ll find a chain of lakes,
where we head for summer fun–
fishing, camping, sailing, too
in southeast Saskatchewan.

At any rate, the photo excursion was amazing, as we drove around Mission Lake in the Qu’Appelle Valley, catching the sun’s last rays along with the painter’s palate of fall foliage. My illustrator was very pleased with the results, as was I.

  


 
South side of Mission Lake in the Fort Qu'Appelle Valley.

South side of Mission Lake in the Fort Qu’Appelle Valley. This was the photo used to paint the two-page spread for Q.


 


 
North side of Mission Lake in the Qu'Appelle Valley.

North side of Mission Lake in the Qu’Appelle Valley.


 


 
Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in the town of Lebret, SK, viewed from Mission Lake at dusk.

Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in the town of Lebret, SK, viewed from Mission Lake at dusk.


 


 
Dock on east side of Mission Lake in Qu'Appelle Valley.

Dock on east side of Mission Lake in Qu’Appelle Valley at sunset.


   

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