Snow wonder

 

The air seems a little more blue this time of year, and snow wonder is all around. I went walking a few days ago and took some pictures of Okanagan lake (above) and included a couple pictures from when my wife and daughter went snowshoeing at Apex mountain {link to the left if you are curious} over the Christmas/New Year holidays.

toqueIt takes a little more discipline or determination to get out and walk this time of year. All dressed warm, toques on, gloves on and nose poking out from my balaclava; it feels good, refreshing, rejuvenating to face the elements. Plus there is tea and hot chocolate waiting by the fire.

The Okanagan valley definitely has all four seasons and each part of the valley receives from Mother Nature differently. The south end towards Osoyoos is always the first to receive spring and the last to receive winter.  The fruit trees in the south are the first to have ripened fruit, cherries sometimes in early June. At the north end of the valley which runs north & south, the city of Vernon will have two feet of snow when midway near Penticton we will have just a few inches.

heart-snowWe are over the December 21st “hump” and daylight hours are advancing slowly again. Soon the longer hours of sun will be more noticeable and everyone will feeling optimism in the air. Gardeners will be starting seeds indoors, and lawnmowers and grass seed will filling their thoughts..

The cold chill will be soon replaced by leaves on the trees, and plans for fixing of fences and lakeside sashays.   Naked branches wait the first blooms heralding the picking of fruit and the joyful singing of birds.

winterBut right now the calendar says it is winter, and snow wonder is still to be enjoyed.

Thanks for reading, for following this blog. Comments, feedback, and suggestions always welcome. – David

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About dfolstad58

I live in the South Okanagan. BC. I enjoy reading, exercise, toastmasters. spending time with my son, my daughter, & her husband , and my patient wife. Enjoy my second experiment with blogging. thanks.
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8 Responses to Snow wonder

  1. Beautiful description of the circle of life😍

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  2. Lovely country you live in! And a lovely daughter and wife. Enjoy the snow wonder while you can.

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  3. Sartenada says:

    What a lovely post. Have a good day!

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  4. I’ve never been there in the winter, just the summer, but a couple of writing colleagues are now living in Summerland and Penticton. It’s been an eye-opening experience for those former Vancouverites 🙂

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    • dfolstad58 says:

      I moved to Penticton in 1992. Within a few weeks I decided that the lifestyle had already added 10 years to my life. I imagined the Dreadful commuting has only gotten worse down there. I still visit regularly Vancouver but it always feels great to come back to the valley. My parents live in Richmond and my daughter lives in downtown Vancouver so I still feel a connection. But I am now a Penticton person and I love it here

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