Focus Fridays

Our snapshots of life and art in the Okanagan, Focus Fridays are single pictures from local photographers, curated by Jeremy Hiebert. They feature interesting, aesthetically pleasing, well-composed, all-around A-OK shots.

Focus Friday: Christmas Orchard


Some of the local orchards look like they’ve been decorated for Christmas, with colourful bobbles still hanging from the branches. I’m choosing to appreciate their abstract beauty rather than pondering why it didn’t pay for the farmer to pick this fruit. Anyway, this post marks two years of Focus Friday and In Focus articles — 83 photo features showing unique views of the valley. Thanks to Brandon and the Awesome Okanagan team, as well as readers who have appreciated, liked, faved, shared and commented on the pictures!

Focus Friday: Late-Autumn Greenway

There’s not much green in the Greenway right now, but it sure is a beautiful place for a walk. When we put Greg’s photography In Focus last year, several of his pictures included spectacular trees. This recent shot is no exception — like a little bit of local Lothlórien.

Mission Creek Greenway by Greg Gaspari

Focus Friday: Wild Horses

It’s so cool to encounter wild horses while hiking or biking — amazing that they seem to be thriving year-round in the Okanagan. Lori got a great shot of this pair near Penticton, with a beautiful forested backdrop. You have a good chance of seeing a few if you pedal the old KVR railbed between Summerland and Penticton.

Between the Woods and Frozen Lake by Lori-B

Focus Friday: Pear Tree

Local orchards and vineyards are putting on quite a show this week — spectacular lemon-lime mixes on the vines, and oranges or reds starting to light up the fruit trees. The leaves will drop after the first couple of frosts, so enjoy ’em while you can. These pink-red beauties were from pear trees in Summerland, with no partridges in the vicinity.

Focus Friday: Great Grapes

Judging by the beauty of the grapes hanging in vineyards (and rumours on the street), the 2012 vintage of Okanagan wines will be one to remember. We’re lucky to see such a direct connection between the farms on our hillsides and the food and wine we enjoy. Looking forward to sampling these as vino next year!

Focus Friday: Monashees

If our summer hadn’t lingered so long, you’d have to think that this sub-alpine scene would look like mid-winter by now. We should still have a few weeks to explore the higher places above the valley. Ryan found this gem near Cherryville, called Monashee Lake. We’ve featured his high-country photos a few times, and it’s always inspiring to see these epic landscapes so close to home.

Monashee Lake by Ryan Van Veen

Focus Friday: Climbing Skaha

Few people outside of the Okanagan’s climbing community know how awesome Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park really is. John’s incredible photo gave me vertigo and sent me looking to find out more about it. It sounds like Nature Conservancy Canada and The Land Conservancy teamed up with BC Parks to purchase land around the bluffs and ensure safe public access. Just this year, that initiative added over 300 hectares to the park, providing protected habitat for up to 15 species-at-risk. Check out the incredible trail network (pdf) that gets climbers to the best rock faces — mountain bikers and hikers can also explore the rugged region with beautiful views of the lake. This is a real gem!

Climbing Skaha by John Shiers


Focus Friday: Super Summer

So here we are on the last day of a fantastic summer, with a weekend weather forecast that looks more like July than late September. In some ways, this is my favourite time of the year in the valley — cool, sparkling water, quiet beaches and surprising heat from the sun as it sinks toward the horizon. Even the evenings have even been warm this week, helping us forget that autumn is just around the corner.

199 by H2O Crew