Focus Friday: Okanagan Sunflowers

arrowleaf balsamroot

You’ve probably seen Kelowna’s official flower blanketing sunny hillsides up and down the valley. The official name has the ring of an ingredient in a witch’s brew: Arrowleaf Balsamroot. It was an important food source for First Nations people, who ate the starchy root and tender shoots in early spring. Every year, local nature photographers try to find unique views of the exuberant wildflower, and I thought Chris’s subtle take on it this year was fantastic.

Untitled by Chris Phillips

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