This is the perfect time to really check out the oxbows. The sun is shining, the air is fresh and warm, and there are beautiful spring blossoms from fruit trees that have taken root in wild ground, and fresh green grasses that provide a soft springy underfoot. But at the same time, the trees are only in bud which means there are no leaves to block your view. You can easily spot and follow the trails that animals use to get through the brush to drink water at the oxbows, so you can get right down to the edge of the ponds. And from that perfect vantage point you can spot ducks and turtles and other wildlife close up. You can also get a really good view of the plant life and silt that have slowly but surely been filling in the oxbows, and you will gain a greater understanding of why community members like The Friends of the Oxbows are working hard to stop this process and rejuvenate and restore these important wetlands.
Here is a slideshow of some snapshots taken this morning (April 5) that will give you a taste of what you can see–but getting out there is so much more inspiring. To visit these particular sections of the oxbows, drive to the foot of Warren Avenue, and park beside the oxbow there, right next to the highway. Then walk along the lane that runs parallel to the highway. Just one reminder: it is wood tick season already, so wear long pants, tucked into your socks, and/or do a thorough check for ticks when you get home!
You can also do an “oxbow” search in this blog for many pictures of the oxbows taken at various times of the year, and especially check out the post called “Penticton Oxbows Tour” for a detailed photographic and written tour of the Penticton oxbows between Okanagan Lake and Skaha Lake–the remains of the once-meandering river that connected these two lakes.
We’ve been having some amazingly sunny, warm weather in Penticton! In fact, yesterday, April 1, we had a record-breaking temperature of 21.5 Celcius! Lovely! And a perfect time to check out spring at the oxbows. These photos were taken on March 26th at the oxbow at the foot of Kinney Avenue, and on April 1 at the oxbow at the foot of Warren Avenue. Enjoy!
Kinney Avenue oxbow:
Warren Avenue oxbow:
The 2016 Spring Break school holiday started Friday afternoon, March 11, as students got out of school between 2:30 and 3:00 pm … and by 4:30 pm or so, there was a major windstorm, thunder and lightning, rain … and lots of hail! What a wonderful start to “spring” break! And the weather for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday wasn’t much better. But this morning, Tuesday, the sun was shining in a blue sky laced with fluffy clouds … at least for a while! And so the grandkidlings and I went out to soak up as much spring as we could! Here is a selection of the snapshots we collected 🙂
When I was growing up, we had a family tradition. All the relatives from the Okanagan Valley and from the Lower Mainland of BC would meet together on Thanksgiving Monday at Manning Provincial Park to go hiking and picnic together. It’s just a 2 to 3 hour drive from either direction, and an amazing way to have a reunion. But the years went by, and folks moved farther afield, and gradually the tradition died out. But this year, my two brothers, my sister, and I decided to resurrect it–a couple weeks early! We hiked around the Lightning Lakes, and then up in the alpine meadows. And I’m celebrating those long-ago Thanksgiving Monday memories by posting the snapshots from our Sept 27 sibling get-together today–Thanksgiving Monday 2014. Enjoy!
Summer doesn’t end in Penticton just because the calendar says so! Check out these Okanagan beach shots from late September!
The following photos were taken from Penticton’s West Bench on September 24, 2014. Thanks to my friend, Cabrini, for introducing me to the amazing trails–and scenery–so close to town!