Photos on a spring day

Welcome to “Life and Random Thinking” ! Thanks for visiting today.

It’s Spring! – I see people outside raking and doing yard clean up, and today I turned on my outside taps (I turn them off so they don’t freeze in the winter) and that’s a sure sign of spring. It’s still a bit chilly to wash the car in the driveway, but I could now. ♥

A few days ago my wife and I were walking at the north end of town along the Penticton River Channel. It’s a man-made river and only 7 kilometres long that connects the Okanagan Lake to the Skaha lake which are the two lakes at either end of my city.

It was created in the 1950’s to control flooding and now there is a dam at the north end to control water flow.

It was a huge project and a perfect project for men needing work after World War II ended, many of them deciding to stay and were given land to settle.

The river channel straightened out the winding oxbow that existed before and resulted in reclaimed land where previously was swamp.

It was here at the dam where my wife found a heron and where we were walking, and here are here pictures.


It’s the simple things that we can take for granted but that are so important.

Health is easily overlooked, the simple ability to tie my own shoes or walk any distance have been a challenge in the past – but now I am more aware, and hence grateful.

_ ♥ I hope you have amazing regular day! – David

Another walk with my dear wife.

About dfolstad58

I live in the South Okanagan. BC. I enjoy reading, exercise, toastmasters. spending time with my son, my daughter, & her husband , and my patient wife. I try to respond personally to every comment on my blog, and in this way I hope to get to know my readers a little bit and and am able to thank readers for their encouragement on what they liked and suggestions on what they would like to see me try in order to improve.
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29 Responses to Photos on a spring day

  1. Wynne Leon says:

    Beautiful pictures! Looks like a lovely walk and it’s so fun to see the signs of Spring!


  2. Ernie says:

    All in all a very nice day by the sounds of things!


  3. James McEwan says:

    Great pictures and I found the brief history of building the dam, it was interesting.


  4. Lovely heron photos! The duck is a Common Goldeneye. Don’t you just hate it when they put the word ‘common’ in the names of such clearly un-common looking birds. He really is quite striking.


  5. lghiggins says:

    Work projects have been so important at various times. I didn’t know Canada did that too. It looks like the channel and dams were valuable projects. Historically people have wanted to support their families; it was part of a person’s self-respect. I don’t understand what is going on now. Businesses in the U.S. have trouble finding people who want to work. I guess it is a lockdown leftover when people were paid not to work. There are so many help wanted/now hiring signs on businesses. On a lighter side, I love your avian pictures. What a fun walk for you and your wife!


  6. Lovely photos, Dave. So glad spring is here!


  7. Hi David,
    Beautiful pictures and beautiful reminder to be thankful for every second!


  8. Pooja G says:

    Beautiful pictures and it seems like beautiful weather too!


  9. Darlene says:

    Great photos. I love the herons, they always amuse me.


  10. debscarey says:

    Being able to get outdoors for daily walks is to important for so many things, but mental wellbeing in particular. You are fortunate to have such a wonderful area in which to walk. We’ve got a (hopefully) temporary fuel shortage, so I’m staying close to home today, but hope to get to the coast later in the week as I’ve a few days leave.

    Great photos of the heron. I’ve never been able to get close enough to get anything so good. My fault, as I don’t have a long lens (they’re too heavy for my poor old back).


    • dfolstad58 says:

      Hi Deb. I am trying hard to get out for extra walks lately and I agree the fresh air and exercise are a wonderful combination. Which coast are you referring to? I give credit to my wife for those excellent heron pictures and her new camera which has astonishing capacity to Zoooooooooom in! LOL I hope you have an excellent day. – David

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      • debscarey says:

        I live in the southeast corner of the UK in the county of Sussex (about an hour outside of London by rail) so that’s generally the coast we head to. We go further southwest from time-to-time, but that’s a much longer drive and the roads here are nothing like a good as you have.


      • dfolstad58 says:

        I understand, thanks for sharing. We have close friends in Brightlingsea. They relocated from London and love the area.

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  11. gc1963 says:

    Beautiful pictures


  12. debscarey says:

    Brightlingsea eh? I haven’t been up there is about 10 years. My ex’s family live near there, so I remember visiting the coastline roundabout thereabouts. It was lovely indeed, and a perfect antidote to the frantic pace of London life.


    • dfolstad58 says:

      I hope to visit there myself some day. I encouraged my wife to go when I couldn’t and she had a lovely holiday there and in Ireland. She also is encouraging me to visit Quebec City which I may. My next mini trip will be to Banff though – the views will be awesome but not of streets or ocean. There will be wildlife though, bears and moose wouldn’t surprise me.


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