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Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lakes

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Mushroom Fever Strikes the Arrow Lakes

While everyone in the valley is waiting for the pine mushroom (official name: Matsutake) season to kick off, my wife and I made use of the recent heavy rains to harvest the chanterelles (Pfirrerlinge in German) in one of our most favourite spots. It is located in the narrows between the Upper and Lower Whatshan Lake. A recent video gives you a review of the beautiful landscape here.

Since we only had a short afternoon, we took our Ford Escape to reach the place over a bumpy logging road. The first photo shows the scenery at the lake, the following pictures show the chanterelle mushrooms as they had popped up in great numbers in the forest and had been gathered into the shopping bag.

We prefer the chanterelles over the pine mushrooms. The chanterelles are easier to prepare and have an incredibly tantalizing flavour. The Japanese love the pine mushrooms and pay a premium price for what they consider a delicacy. Local buyers in a good season pay as much as $20 per pound, resulting in a veritable mushroom bonanza. Enjoy.

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Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lakes

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Following Highway 6 to New Denver

When we have company, it seems we try harder to impress our visitors with the beautiful surrounding we live in. So I travelled with our guests north to Nakusp and turned south to Summit Lake and finally New Denver, where we stopped for lunch and spent some time at the Slocan Lake with the majestic Valhalla Mountains in the background. I selected five photos and posted them in chronological order. Enjoy.

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Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lake

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Canoe Trip on Whatshan Lake

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On Monday my wife and I took the ferry across the Lower Arrow Lake and travelled with our canoe to the nearby Whatshan Lake, a mere 4 km distance from Fauquier. Surrounded by forested hills, the 30 km long lake is actually comprised of two lakes connected by a narrow and winding channel. The boat launch not far from the public beach was virtually deserted so late in the summer season. Biene and I knew that we would have the lake almost entirely to ourselves. Bent on relaxation with a chance to capture the wild scenery on our cameras, we let the electric motor do the ‘paddling’ for us. Here is the video of our exploratory canoe trip. Enjoy.

Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lake

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A Moment in a Chipmunk’s Life

While camping at Taite Creek we had a daily visit from a chipmunk. The chipmunks (Streifenhörnchen in German) are undeniably the cutest squirrels in the forest. Intelligent enough to know that we human beings at the campsite generally pose no danger to them, they are, however, constantly on the alert for any threatening move that might signal the need for a quick escape. I was lucky to snap a sequence of photos showing our chipmunk friend eating a morsel of food he found in the fire pit. Enjoy.

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Dear blogging friends, I am presently camping with my wife and have limited access to the Internet. I try to give you likes, but there is no time for writing comments. I am so sorry.

Wednesday’s Photos

More Discoveries from the Canoe

It is my hope that I will not tire or worse not bore my blogging friends with yet another photo shoot taken from our canoe. However, traveling this time north in the direction of Fauquier along the eastern shoreline of the Arrow Lake my wife and I encountered a merganser mama and her almost grown-up brood. With the imposing rock formation as backdrop I felt compelled to capture the lovely scene of wildlife unfolding before our very eyes. On our way back to the campground a pair of whitetail deer was frolicking at a deserted beach. Enjoy.

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Nature’s Inspiring Wooden Sculptures

On a recent canoe ride going south from Taite Creek towards Octopus Creek, my wife and I spotted some amazing structures along the shoreline of the Southern Arrow Lake. These gigantic sculptures designed by Nature in pleasing forms and shapes of purest abstraction are a marvel to look at and enticed me to capture them  with my Canon Powershot camera. Here are a few examples from our theme based trip. Enjoy.

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