Autumn’s Arrival

Fall doesn’t officially start for 11 more days but these trees don’t read memos.

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Lenticular Love

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Fall Feels





This year, summer officially ends in B.C. Saturday, September 22. Unofficially, if previous years are any indication, there should be plenty of summer-like days after that until winter officially arrives Friday, December 21.

I make no secret of the fact fall is my favourite season and I’m looking forward to another. While the cooler air is refreshing, it’s the feeling of fall that I like.

As the summer flood of tourists recedes, lakes and rivers see fewer wake-filled days. Wheeled travel becomes less a white-knuckle experience and more a pleasant thing to enjoy. Steam rises in the morning and valleys begin to fill with fog. Wildfire smoke dissipates as increasing rain and dew dampen flames and give an assist to brave, battle-weary firefighters.

The Cliffs - Slocan Lake

Fall colour abounds and new, yet familiar, contrasts develop across local landscapes. It’s not exactly a renewal but part of the renewal of all things. Unlike summer, when fall ends it doesn’t seem to do so gradually. Instead, there’s a day when the world seems to become black and white overnight. It’s then the macro lens clicks onto my camera and a search begins for the small things retaining autumn’s vibrancy; my mind’s protectionist move against the confinement and cold as the countdown to spring begins.

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Boating Under A Smoky Sky

…or a visual metaphor for loneliness?

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Here are a few more from Adams Lake, B.C. This lake is surrounded by beautifully treed mountains, with numerous streams flowing into it… most days, you can even see those things!

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Hazy Shores

Lingering summer wildfire smoke is just a thing to get used to in B.C. now.

And I know, sadly, we aren’t alone. With the planet warming, we’re all feeling some effects (or going to).

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Too Close

Wildfires are such common occurrences now it almost takes one to be on top of your home before it garners much attention. This one, however, is hard to miss.

I took this photo of the East Shuswap Road fire (K21128) burning NE of Kamloops on the traditional territory of Tk’emlups te Secwepemc around 10 p.m. Thursday, July 12. It’s still burning and, as of 6:48 p.m. today, is estimated at 500 hectares. Winds are forecast to gust above 60 km/h tonight which could prove a challenge for firefighters.

Fingers crossed it gets no larger.

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Helmcken Falls – Wells Gray Provincial Park

I like to try to visit at least once, and preferably twice, per year.

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