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.

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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

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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)

Osoyoos from above on an August weekend evening

It’s been a smoky summer over most of B.C., but there were occasional breaks in the smoke as weather patterns changed. On Aug. 4, the B.C. Day long weekend, I took a few photos from the West Bench with a long lens. (© Richard McGuire Photo)

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)

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

Early summer dusk in Osoyoos

Dusk at the beginning of summer in Osoyoos can be a colourful time — especially if there’s a changing weather pattern with moving storm clouds reflecting the setting sun. The view from my balcony looks over a small vineyard. (Richard McGuire photo)

Dusk at the beginning of summer in Osoyoos can be a colourful time — especially if there’s a changing weather pattern with moving storm clouds reflecting the setting sun. The view from my balcony looks over a small vineyard. (Richard McGuire photo)