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Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lakes

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Crossing the Lake on the Needles-Fauquier Ferry

The Needles ferry is part of the provincial highway system and therefore using it is free of charge. The ferry leaves each side of the lake every 30 minutes from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. After that the ferry is on call during the night. Last week I had to do some shopping in the nearby village of Edgewood. Since it was a brilliant and almost cloudless day, I took my camera with me and captured the following images. As you can see, we are still in the grip of winter. Enjoy!

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While waiting for the ferry, I captured the brilliant sunshine upon the lake.

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The fully loaded Needles Ferry arrives.

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Looking south from the Ferry

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The Canada and BC flags against a Cloudless Sky

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Looking North with Ingersol Mountain in the Background

Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lakes

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Our Feathery Friends in Winter

When the days are getting shorter and the temperature begins to plunge below freezing in the late fall, it is time to tell our feathery friends that we plan to feed them throughout the entire winter season. So we fill up the feeders with black sunflower seeds and hang the feeders into nearby trees early. Soon the word gets around and chickadees, juncoes and sparrows and of course the greedy stellar jays are dropping in for the daily feast. Here are five photos of our daily visitors. Enjoy.

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Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lakes

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Nature’s Amazing Art Work

Last week we looked at some wintry photos revealing the beauty of our area in the West Kootenays of British Columbia, Canada. Today our focus will be on the amazing shapes and forms that Mother Nature can produce in the winter. Again I present five images to you. I would like to find out which ones my readers like best. Although always welcome and appreciated, no comments are necessary. I numbered the photos, so it would be easy to give a quick personal assessment. Just use three numbers in the order of your preference. Have fun! Enjoy!

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1) Africa Shaped by Ice

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2) Undulations in Snow

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3) The Three Frosty Graces

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4) Tree Stump with a Table of Ice

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5) Mystery Shapes

You can also view my photo stream at flickr.com. Photos are taken mostly from the Arrow Lakes area. Simply search for Peter Klopp under people.

The Most Liked Photo in Last Week’s Post

There were fifteen people of my followers at WordPress and FaceBook, who sent in their evaluation of last week’s photos. Most stated that they found all pictures equally beautiful, but if pressed they would choose …. It turned out that picture #4 (Fauquier Twilight Hour) had a slight edge over the other four. Here is the winning photo:

Fauquier Twilight

Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lakes

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Arrow Lakes Winter Scenery

When the winter days appear to be dreary and the lack of sunshine is getting you down, you must get out of the house and make good use of a rare sunshiny day. And even if the sun never manages to penetrate the gloomy cloud cover in the valley, open your eyes and you will find beauty everywhere to capture  with your camera. I am sure it will give you a big lift and pull you out of the winter blues. Today I present five images to you. I would like to find out which ones my readers like best. Although always welcome and appreciated, no comments are necessary. I numbered the photos, so it would be easy to give a quick personal assessment. Just use three numbers in the order of your preference. Have fun!

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1) View of the Nakusp Marina

Saddle Mountain

2) Saddle Mountain behind a Cloud Frame

Burton Creek

3) Burton Creek Estuary

Fauquier Twilight

4) Fauquier Twilight Hour

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5) Taite Creek Area south of Fauquier

You can also view my photo stream at flickr.com. Photos are taken mostly from the Arrow Lakes area. Simply search for Peter Klopp under people.

Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lakes

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Wild Birds of the Arrow Lakes

On today’s post we will look at the grouse, the merganser, the mallard duck, the cedar waxwing and the bald eagle. These wild birds are well established in our region and can be easily observed in the water and on land. Of course, the list of annual visitors is by no means complete. Some time in the near future I will have to present a complementary post on the osprey, the Canada geese, the blue heron, and other birds, which have made the Arrow Lakes their home. I hope you will enjoy the images.

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The Grouse

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Merganser Pair photographed from the Canoe

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Mallard Ducks in a local Drainage Ditch

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The Cedar Waxwing taking a Break at Taite Creek

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I was lucky to capture the Bald Eagle at Ground Level

You can also view my photo stream at flickr.com. Photos are taken mostly from the Arrow Lakes area. Simply search for Peter Klopp under people.

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Canada Geese at our Lake Shore

Every year the Canada Geese are staying longer, before they are turning south towards warmer climates. Here in Fauquier they like to gather at the local golf course, where they have easy access to large areas of high quality grass. While one goose is indistinguishable from another to the human eye, the geese definitely know the difference. What appears to us like a giant gaggle of over a hundred geese, could easily be a dozen different flocks, which is only noticeable, when they are  being alarmed and take off, one flock at a time. Today’s post will highlight the Canada geese at the Arrow Lake in Fauquier. Enjoy the sights!

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The head goose puts the flock on high alert at a distance of about 50 m.

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At distance of about 30 m from me the geese are taking off.

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Most are now air-borne and are heading towards the safety of the lake.

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Safe! Humans, try to catch us in the icy waters, if you can.

You can also view my photo stream at flickr.com. Photos are taken mostly from the Arrow Lakes area. Simply search for Peter Klopp under people.

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