When we think of winter, we think of cold and snow but that isn’t always the way it is!
Kamloops also has a lot of sunshine, even in winter. I am no weatherman and I don’t keep a weather journal but for those winter days that we think will go on forever, we need to remember that it won’t be this way for long and then find a way to enjoy it.
View to the west, Kamloops, BC, Canada
North Thompson River appears to be frozen over at this point but never can it be trusted to be safe for crossing or skating on. The river will be flowing beneath the ice, although slowly, but it could take very little weight to break through.
South Thompson River has been frozen at times, but at this time it is open with snowcovered sandbars, as seen on the other side of the river. Very often you will see a variety of birds and geese visiting this area but snow now covers any food they may forage so none were seen this day.
The range of hills and mountains behind Batchelor Hills seen in the distance, offer a beautiful setting with a dusting of snow as the winter setting sun shines onto some of those hills. From this vantage point we can see some of the Lac du Bois area and then in the far distance is the Porcupine Ridge; both areas are favorites with the snowmobilers in winter.
The Trumpeter swans usually spend time here over the winter. Those residents that live near the river are likely very familiar with the loud nasal honking call of the trumpeter, which is how they got their name. They are the largest swan species and one of the largest flying birds. The trumpeters are the only swans that live exclusively in
North America and they may fly 2500 km (1600 mi) on migration.
Both sexes of the adult trumpeter swan look alike with their white plumage but the immature birds have grayish plumage with gray-pink legs and their bills are gray-pink toward the tip. The swans can weigh up to 13 kg. (30lbs) and may live to be 24 years old. There have been incidents on the
S. Thompson River in past years that swans have frozen to the surface, then were rescued by some very caring and careful people.
The vantage point for this photo was taken from the Dufferin area and shows a beautiful fresh new snowfall and a bank of fog hanging over the city. It can be socked right in when down in the valley but a short drive up the hill and we’re ‘above the clouds’ enjoying sunshine and blue skies.
I believe this to be a great example of hoar frost. It is a white frost, tiny solid deposits of water vapor from saturated air. This happens when the temperature of the surface is below freezing, usually with clear skies.
Peterson Creek is a great spot to see some incredible views from. This particular spot is near the parking lot just off Summit Drive in the Sahali area and from there you can hike on several paths to enjoy more of the view.
Enjoy the Kamloops winters and the beauty of the snow covered hills, there is just no place like home.