Tour Guide

Recently, I was chatting with a friend about a trip he’d taken. He’d briefly visited a warm destination from our cold city, escaping the deep pit of Winnipeg’s long winter. He remarked that the first thing he couldn’t help but notice was the volumes of tourists we don’t see here.

Despite the fact that we don’t attract many visitors, there’s still plenty of interesting places and beauty in my town, although you might have to look a little harder to find it. I went deep into the archives of my camera phone to find these three images, ones that are special to me for various reasons.

The J.H. Ashdown Warehouse, the beautiful tree marking the almost-halfway point of my runs, and Main Street and Bannatyne, looking south. Photos by Krista.

On the left, in the back of the photo, is the J.H. Ashdown Warehouse. James Henry Ashdown, also known as the “merchant prince of Winnipeg,” literally helped build much of the city. He bought the land for the warehouse in 1870, and turned it into a thriving hardware business. Today, you can actually live in his legacy, in one of the building’s lofts.

In the center is this huge, beautiful tree I pass on my runs through Assiniboine Park. I happened to catch it at the halfway point as it transitioned to fall color, just a day before the first lasting snow of the season.

On the right is my favorite, if slightly melancholy shot of Main Street and Bannatyne Avenue, looking south. I can still hear the adhesive sound of the car tires on the wet road that day.

And now, over to you. Share with us an image, or two, or three, (or more!) of where you live. For bonus points, tell us what it is about the photo(s) that you love. I can’t wait to go on a fantastic virtual tour of the world, courtesy of photo challenge participants. Away we go!

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