This is Skaha Lake in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. I spent a lot of time there while on summer holidays.
It is very serene …
… and placid. Soothing and relaxing and exactly what water and sun and fresh air and nature can do for a tired human being.
A beautiful day in the neighbourhood.
Happy Tuesday. 🙂
These lovely blue wild flowers shouldn’t make you feel blue …
Or this little red (and yellow) flower make you see red …
… or feel yellow.
They are all as fresh as a …
Funny how we have used colours and flowers to represent our feelings and even our state of cleanliness!
But they just are what they are, from the perfectly cultivated and sophisticated …
to the tiny, wild and perfect.
They are nature’s lovely gifts. 🙂
I think these lovely flowers are miniature petunias, but I’m not sure.
Aren’t they pretty?
So fresh and bright. 🙂
There is a large park and a lake with a nice beach near our home in the Okanagan Valley. There are lots of ducks looking for snacks there and they sometimes follow you around. These three were persistent.
I don’t don’t feed them because there is lots of regular duck food available and it’s much healthier for them. So, they were out of luck on the people food.
They are very sweet though and so cutely waddling around as M and I enjoyed an afternoon on the beach.
Hello from the friendly ducks of Skaha Lake. 🙂
We recently had dinner at a lovely winery called Kismet.Really nice Indian food accompanied by Kismet’s wines. These were great matches which is a bit of challenge with spicier foods as the wine can be overwhelmed.
We were also treated to their pretty rose garden.
And one more rosie.
Skol from the Okanagan Valley. 🙂
The towering hibiscus bushes are in full bloom right now. Many of them are three metres (10 feet) or more tall.
Originally from Korea, and in fact the national flower of Korea, these bushes are now a part of many gardens and parks here in the Okanagan.
In the United States they are known as Rose of Sharon, but they aren’t related to roses at all. Frilly and pretty, they add a lovely blowsy richness to the landscape.
Happy Thursday from the flowering hibiscus of the Okanagan Valley. 🙂
A couple of days ago, I saw these rather spectacular cirrus clouds, or
horsetails, as I called them when I was a child.
Cirrus clouds are usually very high, between 5 and 25 kilometres (3 – 9 miles) above the ground. They often indicate the arrival of a front, or in the tropics, the possibility of a hurricane. Our weather remained steady (and hot), so these cirrus weren’t indicative of a change – they were fair weather cirrus.
What I found particularly interesting about these clouds was the corkscrew in the center of them. It looked like someone had swirled the clouds with a whisk. That corkscrew shape is also a type of cirrus, but they aren’t usually found together.
Cirrus clouds have been documented on Mars and Jupiter and are also responsible for light halos and winter sundogs.
Cheers from cirrus clouds of the Okanagan Valley. 🙂