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After some searching of satellite views of the area I found what appeared to be a rare, well treed location at the north end of Blackstrap Lake, a fresh water reservoir that supplies drinking water to the area plus water to irrigation canals.
If you have spent any time travelling through the province you will know that a copse of trees large enough to block wind and preserve moisture can be hard to find outside of river valleys and landscaped properties.
I took the scenic route from Edmonton to Saskatoon; secondary highway 13 out of Alberta which becomes secondary highway 14 in Saskatchewan and meets up with the Yellow Head highway 16 in Saskatoon which then took me south to Camp Dundurn. Perhaps one of the most surprising and pleasing things I found during the trip was just how verdant eastern Alberta and western Saskatchewan are this year.
I've spent years travelling the roads just described as part of my job and I was familiar with an arid, scrubby landscape with exposed rock on the hillsides and salt-caked lake beds. This time the lakes are full, the planted fields lush and the hillsides thick with prairie flowers, grasses and shrubs. This year looks to be a good one for western farmers and ranchers.