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!
On a recent walk down to the Arrow Lake and our local Heart Creek we encountered so many wild roses that I decided to devote an entire post to the Alberta rose, which is also native to much of the BC landscape. As an emblem, it represents our neighbouring province to the east. It is extremely hardy as far as roses go. It can easily take -40 degrees weather and raging blizzards, which are quite frequent in that corner of the world. It must feel like being in heaven here in our relatively mild Pacific climate. So here are five pictures of our recent evening walk. Enjoy.
Even though we had our first snow our friends, the Canada Geese, decided to stay a little longer to enjoy the green grass still growing abundantly on our golf course at the lakeshore. I captured them in the air, on the ground and on the water. Calm conditions and brilliant sunshine made our walk down to the Fauquier boat dock a memorable event. Enjoy!
The Alberta rose is the provincial emblem of the eastern neighbour of BC. It is such a beautiful flower that I am inclined to call it the queen of the wild roses. It thrives in cold climates, but it does not disdain to grow in milder regions such as the area around the Arrow Lake. I took the photos in a single session late in the evening as the sun was setting. One landscape shot with a rosebush in the foreground shows the Needles ferry as it was crossing the lake. Enjoy.
Three Stages of Development in one Photo: Buds, Flowers and Seed Heads
Rosebush decorating the Lakeshore
Rosebush against the Evening Sky
The Needles Ferry making its 15 minute Crossing of the Arrow Lake
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!
The head goose puts the flock on high alert at a distance of about 50 m.
At distance of about 30 m from me the geese are taking off.
Most are now air-borne and are heading towards the safety of the lake.
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.