Winter…. a season that comes with mixed opinions for many of us but as with all weather, the changes we see are usually a great topic of conversation. The older we get, though, it seems the more we notice the cold weather. Some of us become Snowbirds or plan those trips to other warmer climates but for most of us, we can still appreciate the beauty of winter in our hometown.
Early winter snowfall may offer some of the prettiest sights of winter in the city. We took a drive through
during the first snowfall of the
season and could feel the cold and the quiet.
I prefer looking out through the window to enjoy these sights and it
seems am not alone, we did not see one person on this day. McArthur Park
|The duck pathway|
What we did see were flocks of fowl. These ducks were not down on the water, as is usual for them, but rather up on the walkway where they may have thought would be an easier place to receive treats from the visitors who usually pass by and feed them.
|The duck gathering|
This was a gathering of ducks and some Canada Geese all nestled into the snow covered parking lot. When we stopped to take some photos, they seemed to think we might have something for them so began flying our way. I didn’t like to disappoint them but we sure didn’t come prepared with bird feed! It seems they may associate park visitors with food, interesting!
|Winter days on the North Thompson River|
I will admit that the days of winter are best when the sun shines. This drive along the North Thompson River with a view of Mt. Paul and Mt. Peter shows a day with low lying clouds that hover over the east side of the river and do not give the benefits of sunshine unless you rise above them. The valley often sits under clouds while the upper levels might enjoy the winter sunshine.
|Hoodoos overlooking the S. Thompson River|
Driving east along the
River during these early winter days offers a different view. The light snow coverage highlights the
voodoos that are such a significant part of Kamloops scenery and a great sight to see any
time of the year.
|Scenic hills Kamloops, BC follow the S. Thompson River|
The Thompson River is very low at this time of year but usually has some water flowing by, and is therefore a winter home for Trumpeter swans that we saw on another visit to the South Thompson River in this Valleyview area of
. Click here to view them. Kamloops
|Bald headed eagle in Kamloops, BC|
There was an optimistic eagle perched high above the
S. Thompson River waiting for his lunch to swim by. The early winter snow may have surprised us
but I wonder, did it surprise this eagle or the wildlife in the area? Some animals hibernate and some birds fly
south but as long as the river does not freeze over, this eagle just might stay
around awhile. Many more eagles to be seen here.
|Banana Island on the S. Thompson River|
Speaking of fishing,
is known worldwide for the fishing in this area and winter doesn’t seem to stop
the avid fishermen. River fishing is
left for the eagles and Trumpeters but we have several lakes within minutes of
the city and when conditions are right, fishermen gather to try their luck at