Easter Sunday and April Fool’s Day happened to land on the same date this year–and I’m thinking that momentous event totally messed up Spring! How else could it be that here in Penticton in the sunny South Okanagan, four days later, the weather forecast reads “rain showers or wet flurries.” Come on! It’s April! Easter has come and gone! This isn’t Alberta, after all 🙂 Check it out:
Even the sky can’t make up its mind…cloudy or clear?
Though the sun does peek through occasionally
And snow piles are finally melting away…
Well, at least the ice has melted off the oxbows … and the turtles have come out of hibernation and are hopefully trying to catch a few rays….
The urban deer are looking chipper, too — and I see they’re mighty pleased to be able to nibble at the fresh green tulips … and have even left a few buds behind to let us humans enjoy the flowers when they finally get around to blooming!
A few brave souls figure that if they get outside and pretend it’s Spring, the weatherman might take the hint and send some truly Spring-like weather along.
Oh! Check it out! Lots of flowers! It must be spring after all! Or is it?
Ohhhhh… someone has just been to the nursery …
And so sad … beautiful plastic flowers!
But wait! Maybe spring is springing after all! Looks like Mother Nature isn’t going to let Mr. April Fool get away with his tricks altogether …
Yes! Spring has sprung!
July 9 2012
While the Penticton area is generally sunny and hot in summer, we do get occasional rain – usually in the form of amazing downpours following awesome displays of thunder and lightning. We were treated to a wonderful display of nature’s glory last evening, topped off with beautiful skyscapes following the thunderstorm. Then off to sleep in the peace following the storm – only to be awoken several times during the night with several encore performances by Mother Nature.
September 11, 2011
Enjoy this slide show of the September harvest moon rising over the hilltops above Penticton.
And watch out for the alien spaceships in some of the shots – Penticton’s aliens seem to have come back to visit us again! 🙂
15 July 2011
It’s been an unusual season. Spring arrived very late, and the summer has been kind of sketchy! We’ve had the odd day in the 30’s (Celsius), but mostly it’s been in the low to mid 20s, and often down to 11 or 12 at night. On the other hand, we’ve been spared the floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, wildfires, and wild weather that so many places have been suffering from, which is a blessing. We really have nothing to complain about.
Mid 20s weather is actually quite pleasant, with a mix of sun and cloud, and – something I enjoy greatly – fairly frequent thunderstorms! Fortunately, they are usually accompanied by good downpours, so we haven’t had the wildfire problems of many previous years. A nice side effect of the thunderstorms is amazing skyscapes. And that is today’s theme.
As you look at the pictures, imagine yourself sitting curled in a comfy lawn chair in my pleasant little gazebo, watching, with awe, the clouds and lightning, and listening to the rolling thunder, and then to the rain as it splatters onto the fabric roof of the gazebo. Rain droplets hit the ground around the gazebo and bounce up, the wind catching them and swirling them under the covering, gently splattering your face with their coolness.
What a beautiful gift from the Creator!
(I’m trying something different – posting the photos as a slideshow. What do you think?)
May 14, 2011
Some folks complain that Penticton doesn’t get the incredible sunrises and sunsets that areas like the Pacific northwest coast or the prairies get. I beg to differ!
April 9, 2011
In the past few days, there have been some rather amazing “opposites” overhead. In the morning, face east, and the mountains and sky are obliterated by fog; face west and not only are the mountains clearly seen but there are breaks in the sky through which the sun is shining. In the afternoon, face east and the sky is india-ink-wash-blue threatening thunder and downpours; turn about and face west, and the sky is full of sunlight, summer blue, with white fluffy clouds. Another day, mid-afternoon, high overhead the moon hangs languidly above the roof tops in a pale sky; while slightly to the west, the sun blazes blindingly, making the same pale sky appear a deep-dusk-blue in the camera’s eye. Amazing how the same sky can present such different tableaus so closely together!