Tuesday, April 25, 2017


We're pulling up stakes tomorrow morning and leaving the Shuswap.  Our plan is to stay near Hope tomorrow night then catch a ferry to Vancouver Island on Thursday.  We are going to spend a few days at my cousin Neil's in Duncan.  We have a funeral to attend in Courtenay on Saturday for one of my Dad's sisters.   It  puts us closer to Richard, Robin and Georgia in Victoria for visiting.
In less than a month, we will be taking a road trip in the car to Alberta for a nephew's wedding.  It has been quite a while since we have been on a long trip with the car so we'll have to put a lot of thought into what we need to take with us.  We are really spoiled packing our complete house around with us for so long.
We aren't sure if we will be back through the Shuswap this fall as we will be staying on the Island until after the Canadian Thanksgiving as that weekend, we celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary with a party.
We have checked off the big list of things we needed to do in Salmon Arm and visited several friends and some family.  The weather has been pretty lousy this trip with spring being way late and lots of rain.  There are very few of the regular birds here yet and hardly any flowers blooming so my photography has been suffering.
Since it was a pleasant evening for a change, we went for a drive after supper.  It was nice to see some Glacier Lilies and Spring Beauties beginning to bloom.  Ironic that they start just the day before we depart?

McGuire Lake  -  Salmon Arm

Spotted on a side street in Salmon Arm, I call it a rat rod camper

So nice to see some sunshine this morning, it highlighted the steam rising from my hot drink

An Osprey having fish for lunch

A couple of Ospreys on a nest

Another Western Painted Turtle 

This is just a record shot showing the general scene today at McGuire Lake.  That's the local hospital over there. 

By squatting down as low as I could and zooming in, I was able to create this shot with no changes made in the computer.

Red-winged Blackbird

Glacier Lily

Spring Beauties

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