The Easter Bunny has come and gone today and with the sun
shining so nicely, we decided to go for a drive to capture some spring shots of
Kamloops. It didn’t take long and that
cloud moved in and stole the sunshine!
Not to be discouraged by this, as none of the subjects were, I took the
Kamloops is the Tournament Capital of Canada and McArthur
Park is a great sport location that has several fields for many different kinds
of sports. Today is a sure sign of
spring when there are some baseball tournaments going on at the park. The parking lot is full at the Stadium for
that game and there are several filled chairs lining the road to watch this one.
|McArthur Island Slough|
McArthur Park is an island surrounded by the McArthur Park Slough and
is the home of so many waterfowl.
At this time of year, when the water level is low, the slough has
limited water and in places it has none.
This does not seem to matter to the ducks as they are congregated close
to the footbridge where there is some water enjoying the quiet times.
|Boat launch at the slough|
This is the Thompson River’s mouth of the slough which
houses the boat launch, a very busy place in the summer but at this point in
time, getting ready for goslings and ducks to hatch as they did at this time
last year. They may be waiting for this
wet chillier weather to leave before the babies arrive, Mother Nature’s good
|Quiet view of Kamloops|
This view offers very little movement at this time of
year. Other than movement in the river
as it slowly rises from the rain and snow melts, there are a couple of dogs on
the river’s bank retrieving from the river, doing one thing that so many dogs
love to do and enjoying themselves, no matter what the weather is.
|Bench awaits a visitor|
The new growth has just begun to spring out on the trees
that line the river. Very few blossoms
have been seen yet but as they say, “April showers brings May flowers” so we’ll
just have to wait a bit more time to see the blossoms appear on other trees. This
lonely bench will have more visitors soon.
|A fallen tree|
This tree once stood on the bank but likely due to high
waters, the edge gave away and the tree fell, but with it took the roots,
allowing it to stay alive. These new
leaves can attest to that. Time will
tell if it can continue to survive but so far, so good.
Look who I found! As
I’d walked above the river’s edge, I’d been looking for any sign of marmots as
they live in their tunnel homes along the banks at the park. I’d seen nothing and as much as I didn’t
expect much, I was sure they didn’t relocate during the winter. Then this one pops his head out and sits
right in front of his home! We had a
nice little chat, his part silent but I'm sure I ‘heard’ his thoughts!
I noticed several carrots scraps that someone had fed them,
and tossed them toward him trying not to scare him away. Each one would come close but bounce away,
and he was watching it all with interest.
I finally decided I would have to get closer in order to reach the
carrot he seemed to have his eye on and once I got that close, he dove back
into his home. I gave it a toss and it
hit the opening and rolled down! Bet he
was happy to have dinner delivered!
This is MacDonald Park, a smaller neighborhood park on the North shore with
lots of playground entertainment for the young ones. There are several here visiting in spite of
the weather and by the sounds we hear, they are enjoying themselves. We took our Maggie for a walk and she was
happily greeted by Oscar, a very friendly young dog looking to make her
acquaintance. Of course, Maggie doesn’t
consider herself a dog so one sniff was enough! lol