Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lakes

Wednesday’s Photos

Ice Sculptures

Winter has finally arrived. Extreme cold has gripped the Arrow Lakes region with temperatures hovering around the minus 15 C mark. Luckily, the cold weather was still tolerable, as the sun was casting its brilliance over the winter landscape. My wife and I all bundled up walked along the lakeshore at the Fauquier boat dock. The freezing temperatures had worked hard to cover driftwood, boulders and boat launch with a thick layer of ice. Then I discovered icicles in all kinds of forms and shapes which I captured with my camera. The following is just a small sample of Nature’s artwork. Enjoy.

Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lakes

Wednesday’s Photos

One More Video Clip

Last week before the weather changed our natural playground into a deep freeze, my wife and I went for another hike along the shoreline of the Lower Arrow Lake. As always we took our cameras along. I also had my camcorder in my pocket. I placed it on a tripod and pointed it to the near-by mountains where the morning fog was just lifting. The 15-minute video was later reduced in time-lapse fashion to less than two minutes making the fog lifting look more dramatic. Enjoy.

Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lakes

Wednesday’s Photos

Rain, Rain, and more Rain

This has so far been the mildest winter, since we moved here over forty years ago. In the early 1980′, we experienced massive snowfalls with snow piling up all the way to our kitchen window. In the extreme cold weather often lasting several weeks in a row, the lake would occasionally freeze over and our ferry barely managed to break the ice in the morning. It seems that such extreme weather is now part of the past. After a night of wet snow covering the ground with a white blanket, rain, quite heavy at times, returned to our area at the Arrow Lakes. When it let up a little, my wife and I went out for our daily walk equipped with our cameras hunting for rain drops. Here are the results. Enjoy!

Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lakes

Wednesday’s Photos

Juniper Berries, Moss, and Oregon Grapes

Last week a major wind and rain storm was pounding the Southern Interior of BC knocking out a number of power stations and leaving thousands of households without electricity. With temperatures rising to 10 degrees C in some areas most of the snow has melted away in our valleys. When the sun came out last Thursday, January 15, my wife and I went to our favourite look-out to capture some of the plants covered with sparkling hoarfrost and dew drops. I brought so many photos home from the foray in the early morning light that I decided to break my 5-picture rule. I know you don’t mind. Enjoy.

Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lakes

Wednesday’s Photos

Snow-capped Mountains and Not Much Snow Elsewhere

Another first in more than forty years: After a good dump of snow just in time for Christmas, we experienced nothing but mild weather in our Arrow Lakes valley, which made the snow quickly disappear on our highways and along the shoreline of our beloved lake. Then rain started to fall in the first week of January and more rain is in the forecast. This is highly unusual for the Interior of BC. We did not let the fog deter us from going for our daily walks. I tried to capture as much light and colour as possible under the overcast sky. Enjoy.