I was returning to Osoyoos from Mount Baldy today when I turned a corner and saw this amazing super moon rising right in front of me. Osoyoos was socked in clouds all day, but the elevation of Mount Baldy was above the clouds. Moments later the clouds rose and the view of the moon was gone. Happy New Year everyone! (Richard McGuire photo)
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)
It’s not often at this time of year that a rare day of sunshine coincides with a day off work. Yesterday (Saturday) I took advantage of the sunshine to do a drive up the Similkameen Valley to Princeton and back. Arctic air has moved in and although the temperature was about -6C in Osoyoos, it fell to -16C as I got into higher elevations closer to Princeton. The Similkameen Valley is gorgeous and without the runaway development that has taken over much of the Okanagan. (Richard McGuire photos)
Whenever I need to take my mind off the stresses of work and be surrounded by nature, I take a trip up to Kilpoola Lake to the west of Osoyoos. It’s about 20 minutes away, but it’s like stepping into another world. The road — better described as a “track” — is rough, but the used truck I bought in July is better able to handle it than my car. I took a trip there in late July when water levels were still high from the wet spring, but the effects of drought were starting to take hold. (Richard McGuire photos)
Mount Kobau and Spotted Lake, both west of Osoyoos, BC, are areas of great natural beauty that are also sacred in local Indigenous tradition. I took a drive part way up Mount Kobau late in the afternoon on the last Sunday of August when the wildfire smoke was lighter than usual for this year. From viewpoints on Mount Kobau, you can look down on Spotted Lake in the distance, with the help of a long lens. Later, I stopped at a highway pullout to admire Spotted Lake from closer. With all the flooding this spring, the mud rings in the lake are less visible, despite the summer drought. (Richard McGuire photos)
The Osoyoos Desert Centre is a protected island of endangered antelope brush habitat on 67 acres outside Osoyoos.
The interpretive nature facility provides a 1.5-km boardwalk taking visitors into the dry, shrub-grassland sometimes referred to as a “pocket desert.”
Last month I took one of the evening tours when animals are often more visible than they are in the hot daytime.
The Desert Centre remains open until early October. Check my stream for earlier photos I took there in a previous spring when flowers abound.
(Richard McGuire photos)
The smoke has been heavy in Osoyoos in the last while — off and on for several weeks — from the wildfires burning throughout the B.C. Interior. I took a few photos on the weekend prior to sunset, when the effect of the smoke on the sunlight is the most dramatic. Incidentally, I had to travel to the Sunshine Coast on Friday to retrieve my car and there’s even smoke down there, though not as bad as the interior. (Richard McGuire photos)
Rodeo is a rural tradition that’s especially popular in the cattle ranching country of B.C. and Alberta and neighbouring U.S. states. Cowboys and cowgirls compete to show off their skills. The May long weekend is rodeo time in Keremeos, about 40 minutes west of Osoyoos. I went there to photograph the events on a sunny, but scorching hot Sunday. (Richard McGuire photos)
It may have one of the warmest average annual temperatures in Canada, but a white Christmas in Osoyoos, B.C. is quite common. Most of Osoyoos Lake is still open water, but there are large areas that are now frozen, following a recent cold spell. Merry Christmas to all. (Richard McGuire photo)
This old house near Anarchist Summit east of Osoyoos probably saw many Thanksgivings over the years before it was abandoned. I’ve photographed it in many seasons, but it looked particularly appealing in the glowing autumn sunlight with yellow aspens behind. (Richard McGuire photo)