A few blocks in any direction from my home, I can find countryside trails right within our small Saskatchewan city.

Whoever planned our hiking/biking/walking/running paths here, had the foresight to develop the majority of the paths alongside the river in otherwise untouched spaces and through nature habitats.

Evidence of the city is never far away, but while on these paths, you don’t even notice it because you’re caught up in the sights, sounds, and smells of nature.

It truly is a walk in the country : always peaceful, guaranteed enjoyable, and ever-changing.

Photography Note: In post processing for my feature photo, I straightened the landscape a bit, then took it into Snapseed to tweak the white balance and add a bit of contrast to feature the bridge reflection in the river.

“In great cities, spaces as well as places are designed and built: walking, witnessing, being in public, are as much part of the design and purpose as is being inside to eat, sleep, make shoes or love or music. The word citizen has to do with cities, and the ideal city is organized around citizenship — around participation in public life.”

Rebecca Solnit