Local landscapes, 2017

With 2017 coming to a close, I thought I would post a few photos of landscapes in the Osoyoos area that I’ve taken in the last half of the year. I’m truly lucky to live in such a beautiful part of Canada, and although I like some seasons better than others, the constant change of season always brings changes to the landscapes. (© Richard McGuire photo)

An old log barn on a sideroad near Anarchist Summit, east of Osoyoos, B.C. This shot was taken in mid-August, after the worst of this year’s smoke from wildfires was past, but there was still some haze in the atmosphere. (Richard McGuire photo)

Starlings perch on a wire. (Richard McGuire photo)

McIntryre Bluff is a massive ridge of gneiss rock at the south end of Vaseux Lake between Oliver and Okanagan Falls. (Richard McGuire photo)

The mud mineral rings of Spotted Lake west of Osoyoos become more and more dominant later in the summer and fall. The white is minerals — not snow — in this photo taken in early October. (Richard McGuire photo)

A grove of aspens is lit up in autumn gold as the sun lowers on an October day. (Richard McGuire photo)

As water evaporates, the mineral rings in Spotted Lake become more pronounced. The lake, sacred to local First Nations, is just west of Osoyoos, B.C. (Richard McGuire photo)

An autumn evening in October descends on the town of Osoyoos and Osoyoos Lake. (Richard McGuire photo)

Dusk descends on Osoyoos and the town lights up. The name “Osoyoos” comes from the Okanagan language and refers to the land bridge across the lake. (Richard McGuire photo)

A pool in the mountains west of Osoyoos reflects the autumn colours. (Richard McGuire photo)

The water of Kilpoola Lake ripples on an October afternoon. (Richard McGuire photo)

Aspens give off a golden glow in the grasslands above Osoyoos on an October afternoon. (Richard McGuire photo)

Burned trees on the hilltops tell of a wildfire in the past. The flaming aspens and other bushes almost appear like fire on an autumn afternoon west of Osoyoos. (Richard McGuire photo)

As dusck descends on Osoyoos, the town’s lights shine around Osoyoos Lake. (Richard McGuire photo)

Stars fill the sky above Haynes Ranch just north of Osoyoos. The building and grass are lit with “light painting” — the combination of a long exposure and “painting” using a flashlight. (Richard McGuire photo)

Snow covers the higher elevations on Mount Kobau in the background, but Osoyoos is still enjoying the last of autumn on a mid-November afternoon. (Richard McGuire photo)

Snow has covered the fields around the old Lawless House just west of Anarchist Summit on the descent to Osoyoos. Each year the old house’s condition looks more deteriorated. (Richard McGuire photo)

A tall dead tree stands like a sentinel overlooking the Okanagan Valley east of Oliver. (Richard McGuire photo)

This old barn stands next to the Haynes Ranch off Blacksage Road on Road 22 north of Osoyoos. (Richard McGuire photo)

A dusting of snow covers the grassland in the foreground on Mount Kobau. This view with a telephoto lens shows the different landscapes descending through pine forest, grasslands and finally to the valley bottom planted in vineyards and orchards. (Richard McGuire photo)

Snow covers the slopes of Mount Kobau as the Okanagan Valley enjoys a sunny day in early December. More and more days are overcast at this time of year and it’s not long until the snow reaches into the valley too. (Richard McGuire photo)

A few golden delicious apples still hang in the trees and others are scattered on the ground. It’s early December and the harvest is over. Soon the leaves and apples will be covered in a layer of snow. (Richard McGuire photo)

A lone pine tree is living on the edge of a rocky cliff east of Vaseux Lake. (Richard McGuire photo)

The shoreline of Vaseux Lake is brown after the end of autumn in early December. Snow is creeping down from higher elevations into the Okanagan Valley. (Richard McGuire photo)

A bighorn ram munches on dry grass in the hills east of Vaseux Lake. This shot was taken from considerable distance with a very long lens. (Richard McGuire photo)

About Richard McGuire

Richard McGuire is a photographer and photojournalist based in Osoyoos in the South Okanagan region of British Columbia, Canada.

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