August Lake Flowers

The downward pointing flowers of Few-flowered Shooting Star (Dodecatheon pulchellum) resemble a star falling to earth. In my last post I wrote about Arrow-leaved Balsamroot, the most obvious flower in bloom at August Lake near Princeton, British Columbia. While I have to admit that the fields of beautiful yellow sunflowers were captivating there were a number of other smaller flowers …

Arrow-leaved Balsamroot

Arrow-leaved Balsamroot (Balsamorhiza sagittata) produces gorgeous yellow flowers in the early spring. One of the signature plants of the Okanagan is the Arrow-leaved Balsamroot (Balsamorhiza sagittata). This beautiful member of the Sunflower family is hard to miss – in the early spring the yellow flowers produce a dramatic display on dry hillsides of the interior. During our recent trip to …

Birdwatching in the South Okanagan

Haynes Lease Ecological Reserve As often as we can Jocie and I love getting out to the Okanagan and spending our time birdwatching and botanizing. For Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island birders, the Okanagan offers an opportunity to pick up a whole host of birds that are associated with the dry grasslands of the South Okanagan. With the two kids …