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: Orchard Blossoms

The orchards have finished up their annual show, with blossoms replaced by tiny fruit growing fast. Local strawberries are hitting the fruit stands and farmer’s markets, and it’s only a couple of weeks before the first Okanagan cherries join them. Don’t forget the wild saskatoon berries that cover many of our dry hillsides as well — you can’t usually buy them, but they make a great trail-side snack.

Focus Friday: High Lake

It’s been cool seeing photos of the Okanagan’s high-country lakes popping up in our Flickr group lately. We must be officially out of hibernation, busily hauling out the camping gear for another season. This is High Lake, near Vernon, which is where Ryan and Sabina often document their back-country adventures with beautiful photos. Looking at a map of the valley, you see that there are dozens (hundreds?) of these little lakes dotting the landscape — just waiting to be discovered.

High Lake by Ryan and Sabina

Focus Friday: Naramata Vineyard

Doesn’t this image just scream Okanagan? I know we already put Caillum In Focus back in March, but his classic wine country shot just jumped off the screen a couple of days ago. Let this inspire you to explore the valley this weekend, soaking up the sunshine at the wineries, parks and patios.

Okanagan Wine Country by Caillum Smith

Focus Friday: Pioneer Garden

There’s something different about the light in spring, as if the rain has washed away the fog of winter and the sun is burning new colours into everything. I hadn’t seen this unique bit of landscape architecture along Kelowna’s waterfront, so I was glad that David shared it. It reminded me of how far the city has come since I first arrived in 1990, when the whole downtown seemed sleepy, disjointed and just a bit sketchy.

Shadows in the Sun by David Emond

Focus Friday: Okanagan Sunflowers

We know winter is officially done when the Arrowleaf Balsamroot starts popping up. They’re just getting going right now, but over the next few weeks they’ll be blanketing south-facing valley slopes with wildflower exuberance.  With yesterday’s rain and today’s sun, they should be exploding — why not head out on a hike this weekend to see where you can find them? Gary spotted this cluster earlier in the week.

Yellow by tenfeet_tall

Focus Friday: Three Amigos

These young Great Horned Owls are becoming celebrities in Penticton, and it’s not hard to see why. Their parents apparently selected the location of their posh downtown loft for maximum visibility and traffic. Nice to see creatures of all kinds waking up to warmer temps and sunshine these days.

Three Amigos by Through Tania’s Eyes

Focus Friday: Okanagan Gallery

Our web cousins over at Flickr’s I Love the Okanagan group recently pulled together some of their favourite pictures from last year. Some have appeared here as Focus Fridays or were included In Focus features. Shown together like this, you can’t help but marvel at the beauty of our valley.

Focus Friday: Signs of Spring

These warmer sunny days in March get us looking for things sprouting out of the ground, and noticing some of the creatures waking up. Tania found this pair at the Summerland Ornamental Gardens, a real Okanagan gem that most people don’t know about. Great place for a picnic, with amazing views of  Trout Creek Canyon and the steam train puffing onto trestle.

Honey Bee on a Common Snowdrop by Through Tania’s Eyes