Category Archives: musings

Too Gorgeous

We recently visited Twin Falls Gorge Territorial Park not far from Hay River, NWT.

The river was very low from the dry summer but the falls were still very impressive.


It was an invigorating visit – quite cool at only 6°C.

Winter is approaching quickly and yes, it will be cold. Be we will also have the delights of winter.

Greetings from the spectacular vistas of the Northwest Territories.

Northern Autumn

Here in the north …

… the rivers are low. It has been hot and dry.

But it’s cooler now and the autumn colours emerge quickly and early.

The birches are lovely …

… and the air invigorating and fresh.

But soon, all this will be covered in snow. We have to enjoy the wonders of the north as they appear today. They will not be the same tomorrow.

Greetings and good autumn wishes from my home away from home, the Northwest Territories, at 61° N latitude.

Night Garden with Moon

My wonderful friend C has an equally wonderful yard. It took her many years to bring it around.

She has many beautiful, mature trees, a small pond, and a vegetable patch.

Loads of flowers, ornamental plants and a gurgling stream complete this garden oasis.

It is truly stunning but also relaxing. My friend has built a remarkably calming haven in the middle of a dense and busy neighbourhood.

On a recent night, we sat on her large comfortable deck, ate good food, listened to sleepily twittering birds, and watched the sun go down and the bats flit in search of dinner. We talked and spent time together.

Thank you, C.

My British Columbia Home

Here’s a little tour of my home in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. When I am not working in the Northwest Territories, I am usually here.

Okanagan Lake is a very deep, very long north to south (135 km) body of fresh water with very different climates from one end to the other.

Even within short distances, there are extremes. Enormous sage bushes crouch in the dry soil in one spot, and a few meters away …

… there’s a vibrantly green apricot tree.

And then there are the grape vines. Many, many varietals. Some of these grapes will become very expensive bottles of wine while others are much more lowly, but pleasant and worthwhile all the same.

Part of this valley is classified as desert while other parts further to the north are made up of deciduous and coniferous forest.

A vineyard on the Naramata Bench.

Right now it is very hot (about 36°C) and dry and while the wine grapes might really like that, there have been some significant lightening-triggered fires as well. A few rain showers would be very helpful.

What are the defining characteristics of your part of the world?

Prairie Skies

We recently drove across Alberta’s northern prairies during a rain storm.

We passed beautiful canola fields.

And then we left the storm behind as we continued our drive through the Rocky Mountains.

The western provinces are very different from each other but very beautiful.

We are home now in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley.

How is your July?

A Dodgy Summer

It has been a rather dodgy spring and summer also has had an interesting start. Well, not really. Kind of alternating. A couple of days of cold rain followed by a couple of days of sweltering humidity. Really unattractive.

But …

There have been wild roses.

And interesting clouds.

And panting northern hot dogs.

And lots of green growing.

And more wild roses.

But my, it’s been rainy and humid and cold.

Not the best spring/summer, but lots to appreciate.

How about yours where you live?