Landscape photography still on display at The Art Gallery Osoyoos Summer Artisan Market

Bands of late afternoon sunlight strike the raging waters of Ashnola River during the May freshet – the time when snowmelt in higher mountains plunges down this creek, swelling its size. The Ashnola is a tributary of the Similkameen River near Keremeos. (© Richard McGuire Photo)

There are still three weeks left to see a selection of some of my landscape photography at the Summer Artisan Market at The Art Gallery Osoyoos. The show, which includes a number of other local artisans and artists, closes on Labour Day.

The gallery is located at 8713 Main Street, Osoyoos, BC — just up the street from town hall — next to the quail sculpture. Opening hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday to Friday. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

See more about the gallery’s Summer Artisan Market 2021 at this location.

Spring in the Okanagan-Similkameen

“Spring in the Okanagan-Similkameen” is my own show within the Summer Artisan Market. Due to limited wall space, only a few of these photographs will be shown on the wall framed. Most of the rest should be available at the gallery either as prints or photo greeting cards. Any sales must be handled by The Art Gallery Osoyoos during the show.

These photos were mostly taken this spring in the Osoyoos and Similkameen areas. There are a few others including a photograph on canvas of Osoyoos on a May evening, now on the wall, and other old favourites available as prints and cards.

In landscape photography, I’m drawn by seasons, weather and light — these are constantly changing and they give a landscape character. They also convey a sense of time — of day and of year.  It’s a theme in all my landscape photography.

Enjoy!

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The rushing waters of Ashnola River rage down in the May freshet – the time when snowmelt in higher mountains plunges down this creek, swelling its size. The Ashnola is a tributary of the Similkameen River near Keremeos. (© Richard McGuire Photo)

Oregon grape grows in the right conditions throughout the South Okanagan and in this case the Similkameen. Botanists call it Mahonia aquifolium. In this view, in mid-May, the yellow flowers contrast with red and green of the leaves. It has holly-like thorny leaves. The yellow flowers will develop into purple berries, which are not true grapes. (© Richard McGuire Photo)

Fluffy cumulous clouds and the sinking sun of later afternoon in May light up a rocky ridge. The landscape here is rugged, and the Ashnola River narrows into a canyon. (© Richard McGuire Photo)

The evening sunlight plays with the contoured landscape on the mountains south of the Similkameen River near Cawston and Lower Similkameen Indian Band land. (© Richard McGuire Photo)

Sun strikes Osoyoos Lake and the vineyards above Osoyoos on an evening in late May.

In April, the orchards of the South Okanagan bloom with the pink blossoms of cherries and other fruits. (© Richard McGuire Photo)

Sprinklers shower a cherry orchard with droplets in the late afternoon sun of April near Osoyoos, B.C. (© Richard McGuire Photo)

A band of pink cherry blossoms rises above the highway north of Osoyoos, while white apple blossoms grow above. (© Richard McGuire Photo)

The Red Bridge west of Keremeos was built in 1907 for the Great Northern Railway’s Vancouver, Victoria and Eastern (VV&E) line. Since 1961, it has carried vehicular traffic instead. The bridge underwent restoration in 2005 and in 2019 appeared on a Canadian postage stamp in a series on covered bridges. It is not a true covered bridge as it is open at the top. (© Richard McGuire Photo)

The brittle prickly-pear cactus, or Opuntia fragilis, grows in the South Okanagan. It’s different from other prickly pears, which have a larger blade. These things have long “quills” – the word “spine” doesn’t do it justice – that can’t go through armoured steel, but can puncture almost anything else. (© Richard McGuire Photo)

For a short time in the sping, the wild cacti are in bloom around Osoyoos. I believe these are brittle prickly-pear cactus, or Opuntia fragilis (© Richard McGuire Photo)

This gopher snake was relaxing on the Canal Walkway path in Osoyoos. They are non-venomous, but sometimes they are mistaken for venomous rattlesnakes. I took this photo from a distance with a long lens, but when I did get closer, it hissed at me. (© Richard McGuire Photo)

Seasons, Weather and Light – Views at Home and Around

Sun catches the tops of trees on a January day on Mount Kobau near Osoyoos. Many trees were killed by forest fire in 2015, while others nearby survived. (© Richard McGuire Photo)

My local landscape photography will be displayed at The Art Gallery Osoyoos during the “Up Close And Personal” show and sale by the Osoyoos Photography Club (OPC).

The show runs from Thursday, March 4 to Saturday, March 27. The gallery is located at 8713 Main Street, Osoyoos, BC — just up the street from town hall — next to the quail sculpture. Opening hours are noon to 4 p.m., Wednesday to Saturday.

The work of more than a dozen other local photographers who are OPC members is also on display during this show. See the Osoyoos Photography Club website.

Seasons, Weather and Light – Views at Home and Around

“Seasons, Weather and Light – Views at Home and Around” is my own show within the OPC show. Due to limited wall space, only a few of these photographs will be shown on the wall framed. Most of the rest should be available at the gallery either as prints or photo greeting cards. Any sales must be handled by The Art Gallery Osoyoos during the show.

These are photos I’ve taken over the past three years in the South Okanagan, Similkameen and Boundary District of southern British Columbia. There are also a couple from an OPC trip to Palouse, WA in early 2019.

In landscape photography, I’m drawn by seasons, weather and light — these are constantly changing and they give a landscape character. They also convey a sense of time — of day and of year.  It’s a theme in all my landscape photography.

Enjoy!

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After an early February warm spell, the Similkameen River is carrying chunks of ice downriver. (Richard McGuire photo)

 

Winter is not my favourite time of year, but getting outdoors helps you make the best of it. By February there are usually signs of relief in the southern BC Interior. Ice melts, days get a little longer and there are more days of blue sky. Weather inversions still hold fogs in the valley and mountains, making for moody atmosphere.

A man walks a dog at Haynes Point (swiws) Provincial Park in Osoyoos on a mild February day. (© Richard McGuire Photo)

A mallard duck showers by flapping his wings in Osoyoos Lake. (© Richard McGuire Photo)

A Canada goose loudly expresses an opinion while another picks through snow on the shore of Osoyoos Lake. (© Richard McGuire Photo)

In February in the South Okanagan, sometimes the cloudy skies break up to let in sunlight. Spotted Lake, which is sacred to Okanagan First Nations, is already a magic place. This day was especially magic. (Richard McGuire photo)

Other winter months — December and January — can be flat and almost monochrome, crisp and cold, foggy and freezing.

A bird rests on ice next to the raging Ashnola River near Keremeos. (© Richard McGuire Photo)

Burned trees near Rock Creek are shrouded in fog on a January day. A vast area of forest burned in the wildfire of 2015. (© Richard McGuire Photo)

Horses graze on dry vegetation through the snow near Anarchist Summit, east of Osoyoos, B.C. (© Richard McGuire Photo)

An old log barn on Wagon Wheel Rd. sits in a farmed area with many evergreen trees all around. On this late December day, the top edge of a foggy thermal inverson was lit by the afternoon sun. The Okanagan Valley below was covered in clouds and fog. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Mount Baldy is covered in January snow as seen from the Okanogan Highlands near Molson, WA. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Horses graze on dry vegetation through the snow near Anarchist Summit, east of Osoyoos, B.C. (© Richard McGuire Photo)

A man walks his dog along the road through swiws (Haynes Point) Provincial Park at the end of December. Much of the lake is still open water. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Burned trees near Rock Creek are shrouded in fog on a January day. A vast area of forest burned in the wildfire of 2015. (© Richard McGuire Photo)

Burned trees in the Similkameen rise from the snow on a January day. This file occurred in 2018. (© Richard McGuire Photo) (276) (© Richard McGuire Photo)

Spring, summer and fall round out the year. For more from those seasons see some of my previous shows. Here are a few:

The setting sun casts shadows on the undulating land of the Palouse, Washington as seen from Steptoe Butte in late April. Isolated rainstorms create moody skies. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Several members of the Osoyoos Photography Club met up in Palouse, WA and drove up Steptoe Butte for sunset — a popular spot for photographers. The weather and light this evening as the sun went down were amazing.

The setting sun casts shadows on the undulating land of the Palouse, Washington as seen from Steptoe Butte in late April. Isolated rainstorms create moody skies. (Richard McGuire Photo)

A flower has gone to seed in a burned forest on Mt. Kobau that is now regenerating after a fire a few years earlier. (© Richard McGuire Photo)

From late April until well into May, a yellow flower blooms on the mountains and grasslands of the South Okanagan. Arrowleaf balsamroot is a native species related to the sunflower. (© Richard McGuire Photo)

Warm sun lights the mountains in gold as seen from the boardwalk at the Osoyoos Desert Centre. (© Richard McGuire Photo)

There are rainbows everywhere in Vancouver’s Davie Village, the heart of the gay community. From my 11th floor balcony at the Sandman Inn, I looked out on the action. (HDR with composite of rainbow) (Richard McGuire Photo)

When you book a discounted hotel room through a popular site — Hotwire — you often don’t know the hotel you are getting. You just know the class of hotel and the general area. I drew three nights at the Sandman Inn in Vancouver’s Davie Village at the end of October 2019. It was a lucky draw because this area has dozens of great restaurants of every ethnicity and style, and it’s an active part of the city. It’s also the heart of the gay community, and crosswalks and posts were decorated in the colours of the rainbow. As my visit coincided with Halloween, many people were dressed up. As I went up to my 11th floor room, I shared the elevator with a group of men in drag. I photographed the scene at night with a tripod on my tiny balcony, only looking down through the viewfinder.

I normally don’t manipulate photos beyond basic exposure and contrast adjustments, but I had fun afterwards layering images taken at different time exposures and compositing in a much bigger rainbow. Below is a detail of the crosswalk on the lower right of the larger image:

There are rainbows everywhere in Vancouver’s Davie Village, the heart of the gay community. From my 11th floor balcony at the Sandman Inn, I looked out on the action. (Composite HDR with multiple time exposures) (Richard McGuire Photo)

 

Christmas Artisan Market at The Art Gallery Osoyoos

As I headed off on my journey, it alternated between rain and sunshine. Near Cawston in the Similkameen Valley, a beautiful rainbow appeared. (Richard McGuire photo)

The Christmas Artisan Market opens at The Art Gallery Osoyoos on November 9 and it features the work of several dozen local artists and artisans. It runs until December 22, 2019.

Items at the market are perfect for unique Christmas gifts.

I’m participating this year for the second time and am showing a selection of recent photos, as well as several others I’ve never shown before. Because space for each artist is limited, I’ll be rotating the featured photos throughout the exhibition, but all are available and can be seen in the web gallery below. I’ll also have a special selection of cards and matted photos on display.

The Christmas Artisan Market, “Christmas Treasures,” kicks off with an open house on Saturday, November 9 from noon to 4 p.m.

The gallery is open from noon to 4 p.m. on Tuesday to Saturday. It’s located at 8713 Main Street, Osoyoos, just west of the Town Hall.

Richard McGuire

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Spotted Lake, to the west of Osoyoos, B.C., evaporates into hundreds of mineral pools surrounded by mud rings in the late summer.

Spotted Lake, to the west of Osoyoos, B.C., evaporates into hundreds of mineral pools surrounded by mud rings in the late summer and into the fall. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Late afternoon sunlight bathes some vineyards on the Osoyoos East Bench. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Haynes Point (Swiws) stretches out into Osoyoos Lake with vineyards and orchards of the Osoyoos East Bench in the background. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Part of Osoyoos is seen in this view from the Osoyoos West Bench. Noteable landmarks shown include Osoyoos Baptist Church, the Sun Bowl Arena and Curling Club, Watermark Beach Resort and White Sands. (Richard McGuire Photo)

The Okanagan River passes the Oxbows in a channel and empties into the north end of Osoyoos Lake. Vineyards are turning yellow. (Richard McGuire photo)

Vineyards cover the South Okanagan making the antelope brush and sagebrush dry vegetation in the foreground more scarce. (Richard McGuire Photo)

The Cottages on Osoyoos Lake have mostly been built over the past six years. They are on Osoyoos Indian Band land with a long-term lease. (Richard McGuire photo)

The waters of Kilpoola Lake add some blue to the arid autumn landscape. (Richard McGuire Photo)

A cluster of golden aspens zigzags up a slope from a small pond west of Kilpoola Lake. (Richard McGuire Photo)

The last glow of golden hour strikes the trees and wetlands vegetation at Blue Lake, west of Osoyoos. (Richard McGuire Photo)

The sun emerges from behind a mountain and a wall of clouds on a frosty winter day west of Osoyoos. Filtered by clouds, it almost looks like a full moon. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Osoyoos spreads along the shores of Osoyoos Lake in this view from the Anarchist Lookout. (Richard McGuire Photo)

The sun casts shadows of trees onto the Kettle River between Rock Creek and Westbridge. (Richard McGuire Photo)

A log barn sits next to the highway to the west of Midway, B.C. (Richard McGuire Photo)

In summer, the population of Osoyoos swells as tourists move in. Through traffic also clogs Main Street, making it hard to find parking spots and harder still to make turns or drive or walk across the street. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Tall, rocky bluffs rise above the eastern shore of Vaseux Lake between Oliver and Okanagan Falls. (Richard McGuire Photo)

 

Yard Katz rock Osoyoos Music in the Park

Greg Reely, of Osoyoos, appears to be having fun as he drums for the Yard Katz at the July 12, 2019 Osoyoos Music in the Park. (Richard McGuire Photo)

The Penticton-based Yard Katz had many from the crowd of more than 650 people up and dancing July 12 at Osoyoos Music in the Park.

It was a mix of classic rock and blues with a bit of alt-country thrown in — all covers, but skillfully pulled off.

I’ve tried to enjoy some local music without lugging my camera around, but for this one I made an exception.

It’s not entirely accurate to say “Penticton-based.” Drummer Greg Reely is from Osoyoos and is president of the Osoyoos Photography Club, of which I am a member. I certainly wasn’t the only OPC member photographing Greg and he seemed amused by the Osoyoos paparazzi.

Greg is not just the drummer. He had the sound controls at his fingertips and was shooting video from at least two angles of the band’s performance.

He showed his photography along with mine and Peter Hovestad’s at The Art Gallery Osoyoos in the Trifocal Perspectives show in April.

Besides music, photography and sound engineering, word is that Greg’s not bad at golf.

The other Yard Katz members from various locations up the valley were no less impressive Friday.

Dancing styles in front of the band were all over the map. When a line dance of mainly senior women sprang up, singer Ron Weiten confessed he was wrong in his notion that line dancing was only in country music.

For more info:

For information about coming shows at the free Friday evening Osoyoos Music in the Park concerts, visit their page on the Osoyoos and District Arts Council website.

The Osoyoos Photography Club also has a page on the Arts Council website.

The Yard Katz are on Facebook.

For information about my photography and photographic services, contact me through my website, or visit my booth most Saturdays at Market on Main.

Richard McGuire

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Penticton-based Yard Katz rocked Osoyoos at Music in the Park on July 12. They play a mix of classic rock, blues with a bit of alt-country thrown in. From foreground right to left: Jim Gallagher, Bob Farmer, Ron Weiten, Dan Gustak, Gary Dray. Keyboardist Bryan Chamberlain is obscured at the left end. Behind on drums is Greg Reely. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Greg Reely, of Osoyoos, appears to be having fun as he drums for the Yard Katz at the July 12, 2019 Osoyoos Music in the Park. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Ron Weiten plays harmonica as Yard Katz entertained Osoyoos at Music in the Park on July 12. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Clint Hawes and his wife Brigitte are among the many dancing up a storm as Yard Katz performs at Osoyoos Music in the Park July 12. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Dan Gusztak belts out a classic rock song while playing guitar. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Ron Weiten (left) sings as the Yard Katz perform at Osoyoos Music in the Park. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Gary Dray plays guitar and sings with the Yard Katz at Osoyoos Music in the Park. Behind is guest performer Harvey Kostenchuk on congas and percussion. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Bryan Chamberlain (left foreground) plays keyboards with the Yard Katz. Behind is guest performer Harvey Kostenchuk on congas and percussion. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Osoyoos Cherry Fiesta 2019 – Part 2 – Gyro Park and fireworks

Osoyoos Cherry Fiesta takes place in the downtown in the morning, but in the afternoon the Canada Day action shifts to Gyro Park.

This photo collection shows some of the Gyro Park events, including the always-fun cherry pie eating and cherry pit spitting contests.

In some of my photography workshops we talk about the technique for catching the cherry pit in mid air as it leaves the mouth. Briefly, it involves using a very fast shutter speed and anticipating from the contestant’s facial expression when the pit is going to come out. It’s easier than photographing a speeding bullet — a topic I’d better leave for an advanced class. 😉 To find out about my photography classes and workshops this summer, check out the Town of Osoyoos Summer Leisure Guide.

The evening ends with the impressive fireworks display over Osoyoos Lake. This selection ends with the pyrotechnic wizardry of Frank Zandvliet and his volunteer crew.

Reprints are available. Contact me through my website, or visit my booth most Saturdays at Market on Main.

Richard McGuire

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Outgoing Osoyoos Ambassador Aikum Takher speaks at the bandshell, flanked by incoming Ambassadors Kaelyn and Kristen. At left is master of ceremonies Tom Shields. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Town councillors C.J. Rhodes and Jim King slice Canada Day cake for the crowd in Gyro Park while Mayor Sue McKortoff (right) supervises. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Councillor Myers Bennett (left) serves Canada Day cake at Gyro Park as people line up. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Tom Shields, former mayor, horse race announcer and CIRO Radio personality, was master of ceremonies during the afternoon at Gyro Park. (Richard McGuire Photo)

The girls from Dance Oasis gave an energetic performance at Gyro Park. (Richard McGuire Photo)

The girls from Dance Oasis gave an energetic performance at Gyro Park. (Richard McGuire Photo)

The girls from Dance Oasis gave an energetic performance at Gyro Park. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Cindy Doucette, a Canada Day favourite, sang and played guitar Monday afternoon at Gyro Park. (Richard McGuire Photo)

There’s no room for table manners as participants in different age groups try to be first to devour a cherry pie with their hands clasped behind their backs. (Richard McGuire Photo)

There’s no room for table manners as participants in different age groups try to be first to devour a cherry pie with their hands clasped behind their backs. (Richard McGuire Photo)

There’s no room for table manners as participants in different age groups try to be first to devour a cherry pie with their hands clasped behind their backs. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Participants of all ages showed off their cherry pit spitting skills in a contest at Gyro Park. This year there was strong participation by girls and women, some of whom put in impressive performances. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Participants of all ages showed off their cherry pit spitting skills in a contest at Gyro Park. This year there was strong participation by girls and women, some of whom put in impressive performances. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Participants of all ages showed off their cherry pit spitting skills in a contest at Gyro Park. This year there was strong participation by girls and women, some of whom put in impressive performances. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Participants of all ages showed off their cherry pit spitting skills in a contest at Gyro Park. This year there was strong participation by girls and women, some of whom put in impressive performances. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Participants of all ages showed off their cherry pit spitting skills in a contest at Gyro Park. This year there was strong participation by girls and women, some of whom put in impressive performances. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Participants of all ages showed off their cherry pit spitting skills in a contest at Gyro Park. This year there was strong participation by girls and women, some of whom put in impressive performances. (Richard McGuire Photo)

As in past years, Canada Day ended with an impressive fireworks display from Gyro Beach attended by thousands. Town employee Frank Zandvliet is the pyrotechnical wizard, along with his team of volunteers. (Richard McGuire Photo)

As in past years, Canada Day ended with an impressive fireworks display from Gyro Beach attended by thousands. Town employee Frank Zandvliet is the pyrotechnical wizard, along with his team of volunteers. (Richard McGuire Photo)

As in past years, Canada Day ended with an impressive fireworks display from Gyro Beach attended by thousands. Town employee Frank Zandvliet is the pyrotechnical wizard, along with his team of volunteers. (Richard McGuire Photo)

As in past years, Canada Day ended with an impressive fireworks display from Gyro Beach attended by thousands. Town employee Frank Zandvliet is the pyrotechnical wizard, along with his team of volunteers. (Richard McGuire Photo)

As in past years, Canada Day ended with an impressive fireworks display from Gyro Beach attended by thousands. Town employee Frank Zandvliet is the pyrotechnical wizard, along with his team of volunteers. (Richard McGuire Photo)

As in past years, Canada Day ended with an impressive fireworks display from Gyro Beach attended by thousands. Town employee Frank Zandvliet is the pyrotechnical wizard, along with his team of volunteers. (Richard McGuire Photo)

As in past years, Canada Day ended with an impressive fireworks display from Gyro Beach attended by thousands. Town employee Frank Zandvliet is the pyrotechnical wizard, along with his team of volunteers. (Richard McGuire Photo)

As in past years, Canada Day ended with an impressive fireworks display from Gyro Beach attended by thousands. Town employee Frank Zandvliet is the pyrotechnical wizard, along with his team of volunteers. (Richard McGuire Photo)

As in past years, Canada Day ended with an impressive fireworks display from Gyro Beach attended by thousands. Town employee Frank Zandvliet is the pyrotechnical wizard, along with his team of volunteers. (Richard McGuire Photo)

 

Osoyoos Cherry Fiesta 2019 – Part 1 Downtown

Osoyoos Cherry Fiesta is a colourful highlight of the year, drawing thousands of visitors to the community, along with the locals.

I’ve photographed it in past years for the Osoyoos Times, but this year was the first I was shooting for myself. More than a few people asked if I was back with the paper. I’m not. It’s just a fun way to keep up my camera skills and share the images with the community.

This collection features 37 photos from downtown events, mainly the parade, water fight and bhangra dancers. I’ll be posting more photos from the Gyro Park events and fireworks later.

Reprints are available. Contact me through my website, or visit my booth most Saturdays at Market on Main.

Richard McGuire

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As in the past two years, the South Okanagan Punjabi Cultural Society used the street (85th St.) next to BMO for Bhangra dancers. They served samosas and drinks to those who came by. Later the dancers took part in the parade. (Richard McGuire Photo)

As in the past two years, the South Okanagan Punjabi Cultural Society used the street (85th St.) next to BMO for Bhangra dancers. They served samosas and drinks to those who came by. Later the dancers took part in the parade. (Richard McGuire Photo)

As in the past two years, the South Okanagan Punjabi Cultural Society used the street (85th St.) next to BMO for Bhangra dancers. They served samosas and drinks to those who came by. Later the dancers took part in the parade. (Richard McGuire Photo)

One of the highlights of Cherry Fiesta is the water fight between kids, kids at heart, and local firefighters. The action takes place in front of Osoyoos Home Hardware. The firefighters, some dressed as Batman characters, have the heaviest artillery, but the kids out number them. (Richard McGuire Photo)

One of the highlights of Cherry Fiesta is the water fight between kids, kids at heart, and local firefighters. The action takes place in front of Osoyoos Home Hardware. The firefighters, some dressed as Batman characters, have the heaviest artillery, but the kids out number them. (Richard McGuire Photo)

One of the highlights of Cherry Fiesta is the water fight between kids, kids at heart, and local firefighters. The action takes place in front of Osoyoos Home Hardware. The firefighters, some dressed as Batman characters, have the heaviest artillery, but the kids out number them. (Richard McGuire Photo)

One of the highlights of Cherry Fiesta is the water fight between kids, kids at heart, and local firefighters. The action takes place in front of Osoyoos Home Hardware. The firefighters, some dressed as Batman characters, have the heaviest artillery, but the kids out number them. (Richard McGuire Photo)

One of the highlights of Cherry Fiesta is the water fight between kids, kids at heart, and local firefighters. The action takes place in front of Osoyoos Home Hardware. The firefighters, some dressed as Batman characters, have the heaviest artillery, but the kids out number them. (Richard McGuire Photo)

As in the past two years, the South Okanagan Punjabi Cultural Society used the street (85th St.) next to BMO for Bhangra dancers. They served samosas and drinks to those who came by. Later the dancers took part in the parade. (Richard McGuire Photo)

This year the Osoyoos Cherry Fiesta celebrated 71 years, including the time it was known as Cherry Carnival. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Sgt. Jason Bayda, commanding officer at the Osoyoos RCMP Detachment, waves to parade crowds from the RCMP’s ATV. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Members of Branch 173 of the Royal Canadian Legion marched near the fron to the parade, accompanied by several American Legion members from Oroville. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Summerland Pipes and Drums played for the crowd near the front of the Cherry Fiesta parade. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Wearing an oversized hat, town counillor Jim King waves as he walks in the Cherry Fiesta parade. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Osoyoos Mayor Sue McKortoff smiles and waves as she walks in the Cherry Fiesta parade. (Richard McGuire Photo)

J.F. Launier, connoisseur of fine vehicles, drives a convertible in the parade. Waving from the back seat is town councillor C.J. Rhodes. (Richard McGuire Photo)

A large crowd watches the Cherry Fiesta parade in front of Osoyoos Home Hardware. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Incoming and outgoing Osoyoos Ambassadors give the crowd the royal wave. (Richard McGuire Photo)

These colourfully dressed girls announce the arrival of the Okanagan Portuguese Drummers. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Okanagan Portuguese Drummers performed in the Cherry Fiesta parade. (Richard McGuire Photo)

A clown on a unicycle tosses candy into the air as kids scramble for it in the Cherry Fiesta parade. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Bob Sherwood of the Osoyoos Lake Water Quality Society waves from the local volunteer group’s new boat used for lake water testing. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Harold Cox drives his 1928 Ford Model “A” in the parade. A sign on the back declares that although the car is 91 years old, Cox is still a young pup by comparison. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Girls riding in a Mercedes convertible for Luna del Sol Hair Design show off some colourful hairdos. (Richard McGuire Photo)

You can tell a federal election is approaching when candidates show up for the Cherry Fiesta parade. Here Liberal Connie Denesiuk waves to the crowd. With her was federal Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna. Conservative Helena Konanz was also in the parade. MP Richard Cannings, NDP, attended the pancake breakfast, but missed the parade while he travelled to events in other communities. (Richard McGuire Photo)

It’s a long reach for a stilt walker to touch hands of small children. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Members of the Penticton Royalty were in the parade to promote their city’s Peach Festival. (Richard McGuire Photo)

A tractor leads the way for the South Okanagan Punjabi Cultural Society’s parade entry. (Richard McGuire Photo)

As in the past two years, the South Okanagan Punjabi Cultural Society used the street (85th St.) next to BMO for Bhangra dancers. They served samosas and drinks to those who came by. Later the dancers took part in the parade. (Richard McGuire Photo)

The Desert Spirit Osoyoos dragon boat club carried a fabric “dragon” along with parade route, sometimes stopping to “devour” young children. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Vince Sam waves to the crowd after shoveling up a deposit of horse poo along the parade route. Many people cheered him. (Richard McGuire Photo)

You can tell a federal election is approaching when candidates show up for the Cherry Fiesta parade. Here Conservative Helena Konanz waves to the crowd. Liberal Connie Denesiuk was also in the parade. MP Richard Cannings, NDP, attended the pancake breakfast, but missed the parade while he traveled to events in other communities. (Richard McGuire Photo)

It was an Osoyoos standoff as these kids aimed their water artillery at each other, but held their fire. They were saving it for the firefighters who were about to return. (Richard McGuire Photo)

One of the highlights of Cherry Fiesta is the water fight between kids, kids at heart, and local firefighters. The action takes place in front of Osoyoos Home Hardware. The firefighters, some dressed as Batman characters, have the heaviest artillery, but the kids out number them. (Richard McGuire Photo)

One of the highlights of Cherry Fiesta is the water fight between kids, kids at heart, and local firefighters. The action takes place in front of Osoyoos Home Hardware. The firefighters, some dressed as Batman characters, have the heaviest artillery, but the kids out number them. (Richard McGuire Photo)

One of the highlights of Cherry Fiesta is the water fight between kids, kids at heart, and local firefighters. The action takes place in front of Osoyoos Home Hardware. The firefighters, some dressed as Batman characters, have the heaviest artillery, but the kids out number them. (Richard McGuire Photo)

One of the highlights of Cherry Fiesta is the water fight between kids, kids at heart, and local firefighters. The action takes place in front of Osoyoos Home Hardware. The firefighters, some dressed as Batman characters, have the heaviest artillery, but the kids out number them. (Richard McGuire Photo)

VIDEO: Governments sign memorandum of understanding on South Okanagan national park reserve

Federal, provincial and First Nations governments held a signing ceremony on Tuesday, July 2 on a memorandum of understanding on the proposed national park reserve in the South Okanagan-Similkameen. A final establishment agreement is still one or two years away, if ever. A few park opponents showed up to protest, but federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna couldn’t offer them much except to keep listening. (Richard McGuire Photo and Video)

Summer Artisan Market at The Art Gallery Osoyoos

Osoyoos Lake is calm on a summer evening in a view that shows the Main Street bridge, Hotel Row, the Cottonwood area, Nk’Mip Campground and Spirit Ridge. (© Richard McGuire Photo)

The Summer Artisan Market opened at The Art Gallery Osoyoos on June 1 and it features the work of numerous local artists and artisans.

I’m participating this year for the first time and am showing a selection of recent photos, as well as several others I’ve never shown before. Because space for each artist is limited, I’ll be rotating the featured photos throughout the summer, but all are available and can be seen in the web gallery below. I’ll also have a special selection of cards and matted photos on display.

The Summer Artisan Market includes work by a number of talented local painters, potters, quilters and more and is definitely worth a browse. It runs until Labour Day on Sept. 2.

The gallery is open in June from noon to 4 p.m. on Tuesday to Saturday. Then in July it switches to summer hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

I’ll also have a booth at Market on Main most Saturdays through the summer where I’ll have a wide assortment of photo cards and matted photos taken over the years. The market includes a range of local crafts and, as we get into the fruit and veggie season, locally grown produce as well. It’s held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Town Square, the park next to town hall. Please drop by to say “hello,” chat and browse.

Richard McGuire

Click on thumbnails to view as gallery with larger images:

The Lawless house, named for the family that lived there, sits in a field near Anarchist Summit. In recent years it has deteriorated badly. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Yellow balsamroot, a cousin of sunflowers, is abundant in the South Okanagan Grasslands in May. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Wagonwheel Road meanders past an old log barn near Anarchist Summit, east of Osoyoos. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Osoyoos is a paradox — a town in a desert-like setting where you are never far from water and where the irrigated vineyards and orchards are lush green. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Osoyoos straddles both shores of Osoyoos Lake and is connected by a spit of land over while Highway 3 runs east and west. (Richard McGuire photo)

Haynes Point Provincial Park, now officially known by its Sylix language name of “swiws”, is a popular camping spot throughout the spring and summer. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Vineyards grow quickly on the Osoyoos East Bench in late May. (Richard McGuire Photo)

From the lookout off Highway 3 heading west of Osoyoos you look out across Osoyoos Lake. On the opposite shore are The Cottages on Osoyoos Lake. (Richard McGuire photo)

Billowing clouds float over Kilpoola Lake, west of Osoyoos, on a day in early May. (Richard McGuire Photo)

The South Okanagan Grasslands are still green in early May. Behind, Snowy Mountain still has some snow. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Small lakes collect water in the South Okanagan Grasslands. In the background is Kilpoola Lake to the west of Osoyoos. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Autumn colours in the South Okanagan

The autumn colours are normally my favourite time of the year to photograph and depending on where you are, October is normally peak. Here in the South Okanagan we don’t get the flaming reds and orange of the sugar maples, but there’s a kaleidoscope of colours — even if yellow dominates. Grasslands come together with orchards and vineyards and nature blends into agriculture. I only really had a chance to get out one weekend, on the 13th, but it was a good one. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Vineyards cover the South Okanagan making the antelope brush and sagebrush dry vegetation in the foreground more scarce. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Autumn in the orchards north of Osoyoos glows golden on a sunny day. Green glass and blue sky add to the palette. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Grapes for red wine ripen on the vines in a vineyard north of Osoyoos in October. The leaves haven’t yet changed to their full autumn colours. (Richard McGuire photo)

The Okanagan River passes the Oxbows in a channel and empties into the north end of Osoyoos Lake. Vineyards are turning yellow. (Richard McGuire photo)

Plants leave squggly reflections in a small lake’s water, which is yellow with autumn reflections. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Golden aspen leaves are backlit in a forest on Kruger Mountain Road.

A cyclist enjoys an autumn ride through pines and aspens to the sagebrush landscape near Kilpoola Lake. (Richard McGuire photo)

Golden aspens and arid hills surround Kilpoola Lake. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Golden aspens and arid hills surround Kilpoola Lake. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Golden aspens and arid hills surround Kilpoola Lake. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Rosehips next to Kilpoola Lake add some bright red to the colourful autumn landscape. (Richard McGuire Photo)

The waters of Kilpoola Lake add some blue to the arid autumn landscape. (Richard McGuire Photo)

The waters of Kilpoola Lake add some blue to the arid autumn landscape. (Richard McGuire Photo)

A cluster of golden aspens zigzags up a slope from a small pond west of Kilpoola Lake. (Richard McGuire Photo)

The South Okanagan Grasslands Protected Area and the Sage and Sparrow Conservation Area offer spectacular and ever-changing vistas of this unique grasslands landscape. (Richard McGuire Photo)

The South Okanagan Grasslands Protected Area and the Sage and Sparrow Conservation Area offer spectacular and ever-changing vistas of this unique grasslands landscape. (Richard McGuire Photo)

The South Okanagan Grasslands Protected Area and the Sage and Sparrow Conservation Area offer spectacular and ever-changing vistas of this unique grasslands landscape. (Richard McGuire Photo)

The South Okanagan Grasslands Protected Area and the Sage and Sparrow Conservation Area offer spectacular and ever-changing vistas of this unique grasslands landscape. (Richard McGuire Photo)

The South Okanagan Grasslands Protected Area and the Sage and Sparrow Conservation Area offer spectacular and ever-changing vistas of this unique grasslands landscape. (Richard McGuire Photo)

The South Okanagan Grasslands Protected Area and the Sage and Sparrow Conservation Area offer spectacular and ever-changing vistas of this unique grasslands landscape. (Richard McGuire Photo)

The South Okanagan Grasslands Protected Area and the Sage and Sparrow Conservation Area offer spectacular and ever-changing vistas of this unique grasslands landscape. (Richard McGuire Photo)

I managed to find time Saturday for a drive to one of my favourite spots outside Osoyoos. Autumn at golden hour. A great time if the weather cooperates. (©) Richard McGuire photo)

The last glow of golden hour strikes the trees and wetlands vegetation at Blue Lake, west of Osoyoos. (Richard McGuire Photo)