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!
April 13, 2012
It must be true that March showers – and April ones too, oh dear – bring April flowers!
March 24, 2012
March 23 seemed like spring had truly arrived … the next day, March 24, not quite so much. The sun was trying half-heartedly to peek through a high-overcast sky, and Old Man Winter kept puffing out swirls of chilly breeze. Still, at least it wasn’t raining, hailing, sleeting (like a lot of March before and after), so we went up to Munson Mountain, where the famous “Penticton” sign overlooks Okanagan Lake. The view from the lookout is pretty spectacular, even on a greyish day, as these shots demonstrate. Afterwards, we went for a walk on Skaha Lake beach. Although few folks were out, those that were had spring in their hearts! Yummm…. marshmallow roast!
March 23, 2012
The old saying tells us that “March comes in like a lion and goes out with a lamb.” Well… This spring in Penticton, it’s pretty much been like a lion all month. However, we’ve had a couple beautiful very-early-spring-like days – and joyfully for the kids, one of them was during spring break. In fact, it was such an amazingly beautiful day, that it seemed like everyone in the city was out enjoying it.
April 26, 2011
It’s one of those spring days when the earth has been washed and refreshed by spring rains all night, and now the spring sunshine is doing its best to shine through the thin remaining cloud cover overhead. There is new snow on the mountaintops, but in the valley blossoms spring flowers brighten the landscape. The wind that accompanied the rain has drifted away, and the water in our beautiful lakes is almost smooth, providing watercolor reflections of the skies, mountains, and landscape.
April 12 2010
It was such a lovely sunny day – surely spring had arrived! Had to get out and about and soak up some of that fresh air and vitamin D! Couldn’t resist taking the camera along. Snap! snap! snap! A potpourri of spring sights implanted themselves digitally onto the memory card.
Good thing. The days since have been mostly cloudy, breezy, and generally not very spring-like. But at least we can gaze at the snapshots and dream of warmer days to come. Enjoy!