Catching up on photo backlog

Circle Drive South Bridge officially opens, Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (Darrell Noakes)

Circle Drive South Bridge officially opens, Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (Darrell Noakes)

Personal projects always get short shrift.

That’s not good, because personal projects are the most engaging, the most energizing, the most rewarding and the most creative.

But they fall behind because other work pays the bills.

Anyway, I figured this weekend would be a good time to catch up on a backlog of personal work. There are a couple of photo books that have been in the works for far too long and a wall decor project that’s running behind schedule and over budget.

Then, darned if I didn’t discover a whole photo session that I forgot to catalogue — last summer’s official opening of Saskatoon’s new Circle Drive South Bridge.

Circle Drive South Bridge officially opens, Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (Darrell Noakes)

Circle Drive South Bridge officially opens, Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (Darrell Noakes)

 

Circle Drive South Bridge officially opens, Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (Darrell Noakes)

Circle Drive South Bridge officially opens, Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (Darrell Noakes)

It’s hard to miss a bridge. I mean, it’s this huge thing right there over the middle of the river, and not very far from the house. On a bad day, I can even hear the traffic roaring over it (actually, it kind of sounds like a distant mountain stream, so it’s not so bad). The bridge, along with the accompanying roadwork and overpasses, made for this city’s largest, most ambitious and most expensive infrastructure project to date. It was completed behind schedule, but thankfully under budget. It was at times controversial. It’s hard to miss something like that.

The city threw a big party the day it opened, with a citizens’ parade and politicians and a ribbon-cutting and everything. There might have been cake — I couldn’t get close enough to tell, and I wasn’t brave enough to elbow my way through the huge, apparently very hungry, crowd to find out. It was an historic occasion, and it seemed as though a good proportion of the population was out to celebrate on that sweltering summery day. I wasn’t about to miss that, nor miss witnessing the first automobile to cross the span when the barricades were cast aside later that day.

Besides getting caught up on projects, it’s always nice to be reminded of how hot it gets here in the summer when the forecast for the next three days says minus-friggin’-30 degrees Celsius. Hey, but at least it’ll be sunny. And it’s a dry cold.

Circle Drive South Bridge officially opens, Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (Darrell Noakes)

Circle Drive South Bridge officially opens, Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (Darrell Noakes)

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