Thursday, April 14, 2016


Another Spring visit to Salmon Arm has come to an end.  Income taxes done and sent away, appointments completed, several friends visited.  As usual, we have missed getting together with other friends, time gets away and runs out.  I did visit friends Ian and Wendy as Wendy saw in the blog that we were in town and about to leave.  That's how the blog is supposed to work.  I made it out geocaching a few part days and was able to combine that with some photography.  When I'm geocaching, photography trumps caches.  If I see something interesting, I will abandon the caching to pursue the photo.
We are heading down the road later this morning.  We will stay near Hope, BC tonight and have been invited to supper at my Aunt June's.  She lives in Hope.  Tomorrow we will catch the ferry to Vancouver Island and will stay near Sidney for five nights.  We will visit our son and his family and are getting together with Aileen's cousin and his wife for lunch on Monday.  Next Wednesday, we will move further up Island to my brother's.  Along the way, we will join our Escapees Chapter friends at their monthly luncheon in Ladysmith.

Close up of Balsam Root Flower

These pretty little guys are Spring Beauties

Glacier Lily

Yellow Bell

Chase, BC where the Thompson River flows out of Little Shuswap Lake.  This was "our" town from 1977 until 1993.  Aileen worked there and the kids went to school.  We lived several miles out of town in Turtle Valley.

We went to visit friends Ann and Dave the other day, who have an acreage along the river east of Sicamous.  Dave gave this little Chipmunk a peanut so he posed for me.

We watched these American Goldfinches from the table while we were having tea

Mitzy and I wandered around down at the lakeshore while Aileen was visiting friends.  This Great Blue Heron was busy having breakfast.

We watched two Osprey catch and eat their breakfast

The turtles were enjoying some sunshine

Nice to be back in the land of evergreen trees

As Mitzy and I were walking along, I looked back and saw Mitzy nose to nose with this Western Painted Turtle 

The fountain in McQuire Lake, Salmon Arm

Backlit lily pad leaf

Ring-billed Gulls and turtle

Friends, just hanging out

Red Winged Blackbird

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