Saturday, January 15, 2022

MIXED GROUP OF PHOTOS FROM THE PAST FEW DAYS

There may not be any more photos for a while as we are now into the blahs, weatherwise.  Dirty snow, foggy not much colour in anything. 


McIntyre Bluff and the Okanagan River



Beaver runway down to the river in our park.

This the path where the beaver went in and nipped off some tender young shoots.

And another beaver trail down to the river

Our place with reflections in the damp road

That's Aileen up near the dam the other night just after it quit raining

Friday, January 14, 2022

JEWELS AIR BORN AND IN THE WATER

 Just a few recent shots to share.

There was some hoar frost one morning when I was walking up the river trail.

Ponderosa Pine


River jewels

There were two of these Sharp-shinned Hawks in the tree along the river bank.  One of our neighbours feeds the birds and the hawks have found it is a happy hunting ground for them.


Wednesday, January 12, 2022

STARSHINE AND SUNSHINE

 Well, we are into much milder weather and for a change, very little wind.  For the next ten days our highs range from 2-4C (that's above freezing for US readers) and -2C for a couple of nights with several nights remaining above freezing.  That will make a mess of the snow.   It was a hard slog up the trail tonight with the snow getting water laden and slippery.


McIntyre Bluff lit by a sliver of moon and the stars on our evening walk a few days ago

Our house


These sunny shots are along the Okanagan River in our park



A lonely Oregon Grape leaf


Tuesday, January 11, 2022

I TOOK ANOTHER WALK UP THE RIVER TRAIL

 I went for a walk up the river in the sunshine but before long McIntyre Bluff blocked the sun so I was in shade for most of the time.


This is a Sharp-shinned Hawk that has been feasting on local birds.  He was across the river from me so this is cropped from the original as it was quite far away.


This is a closeup of the next photo.  The colours are the prism effect caused by the angle of the sun relative to the angle of my camera.

This little sparrow has a sumac seed in his mouth



Can you see the tiny American Dipper in this shot?



The American Dipper has a Crayfish for lunch.  He was shaking it vigorously.










Monday, January 10, 2022

UP THE RIVER

 As mentioned in my last post, I took my big camera, big lens and tripod with me on my trudge up the river trail.  Here are a few photos I captured.


Male Barrow's Goldeneye

I wonder how they are able to maintain their position in the fast flowing water


Using the tripod, I was able to slow the shutter speed down to create the flowing water effect




These last two were taken with my phone



Sunday, January 9, 2022

YEP, IT'S WINTER

 Here's a few recent photos of what our winter is like.


The Okanagan River flowing past our park started to freeze when the temperatures dipped for a few days.  It has warmed up since then and some of the ice has melted. 

We had a significant dump of granularly powdery snow that was difficult to walk in.  It filled in your tracks instantly and didn't give any traction so your feet were continuously sliding in all directions. 

I was the first one to walk up to the dam that day and I had to stop and rest every hundred feet or so.  It took me much longer than usual to make to the trip.  I took my big camera and lens as well as my tripod to try some slow shutter speed photography of the moving water flowing past the ice and snow covered rocks.  I will post those photos tomorrow. 



The snow piles are growing alongside our driveway