Kalamalka Lake Flowers and Trees

I arrived at Kalamalka Lake in May just before the bulk of the wildflowers had really started to flower but there were some Lupines (Lupinus arcticus) in bloom and the invasive species Toadflax (Linaria vulgaris) mixed in amongst the grasses.

First photo here is a lone Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa) that is unaffected by the Mountain Pine Beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae)outbreak rampant in the interior of British Columbia.

lone pine along ridge near kekuli bay provincial park lupine lupinus arcticus near vernon bc

yellow toadflax linaria vulgaris brassica sp

Kalamalka Lake and Kekuli Bay Provincial Park

In May I travelled through North Cascades National Park on the way (via the Okanogan in Washington State) to Kelowna, BC. Early the next morning I visited Kekuli Bay Provincial Park which is on the shores of Kalamalka Lake near Vernon, BC. I think this is nearly the perfect time of year to visit the area, the grass and foliage is still lush and the heat and dryness of the Okanagan summer has not baked everything brown yet.

A few shots from the shores of Kalamalka Lake:

kalamalka lake at kekuli bay provincial park train along kalamalka lake at kekuli bay provincial park ponderosa pine pinus ponderosa tree beside kalamalka lake at kekuli bay provincial park

A million dollar view (literally) along Kalamalka Lake.

million dollar view along kalamalka lake near vernon bc

A Few Leftover Winter Shots

Now that the weather has turned hot I’ll post a few pictures with snow. Lots of snow this past winter – almost 3 feet on the ground at once which I do not think I’ve seen here before. Enjoyable except for being trapped at the house for almost a week due to snow on the road.

pinetree buriedfence birdtracks

walnuttree roses

A few from early January:

frostedmagnolia frostyrosebush frozenhips