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A black bear sow rests in a pine tree south of Kamloops, BC, Canada

I thought, after writing the previous four blogs on Kamloops and surrounding areas, including Sun Peaks that I had covered all the bases from my local travels. I was gently reminded however that I had missed a vitally important direction; that being south! So, with some file searches I found I had a fair bit of content, and some of the most diversity as well, in the way of wildlife, great light and conceptual portraiture.

Trumpeter swans south of Kamloops, BC, Canada
Fall is mirrored in a pond south of Kamloops, BC, thompson okanagan region, Canada

As I live in upper Sahali, I’m constantly on the old 5a highway because when I’m on my way to the Okanagan or lower mainland I just jump on this curvy, scenic gem that’s a stone’s throw from my place. It’s filled with all kinds of wonders like Trumpeter Swans, Pelicans, beautiful landscapes and area history. However that’s not the only piece of paradise south of the city, the Knutsford, Long Lake, and Edith Lake road are fantastic to visit as well.

Hoar frost on ponderosa pine needles south of Kamloops, BC, Canada
Edith Lake, south of Kamloops at sunset, thompson okanagan region, canada

I’ve kept the content here to just south of Stump Lake, about 30 minutes from Kamloops. The rest of the trip into Merritt is beautiful as well and well worth a Sunday drive. The whole area is rich with farming history, mostly cattle, and ranch land is of course prevalent. The wildlife is abundant as well, with healthy populations of Mule Deer, Coyote, Trumpeter Swans and even Sandhill Cranes and Pelicans.

Pelicans south of Kamloops, BC, Canada
Bald eagles communicate south of Kamloops, BC, Canada
Fall colors south of kamloops, near Knutsford, BC, Canada
Sun rays stream through the trees and fog south of Kamloops, BC, Canada

The conceptual portraits I mentioned above showcase the nuance and mood of both the land and the subjects; it’s a very inspiring area and I find my mind wandering there often to create the always elusive masterpieces that are never reality; but hey, it’s fun to dream!

Enjoy the images and as always if you’d like to see more of my work, head over to my portfolio page here. Cheers and have a fantastic day!

Napier Lake at sunrise under a moody sky, south of Kamloops, BC, Canada
A young dancer poses on Hwy 5a, south of Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
A young woman and her horses, south of Kamloops, BC, Thompson Okanagan region, Canada
Lupines and balsamroot flowers south of Kamloops, BC, thompson Okanagan region, Canada
stump lake in the spring flowers, south of kamloops, BC, Canada
Hikers enjoy a beautiful day in the flowers over Stump lake, BC, Thompson Okanagan region, Canada
Sunrise south of Napier Lake, on Stump Lake ranch, BC, Canada

From very early on, Kamloops-based photographer Kelly Funk has utilized the environment - both natural and urban - to accentuate the strengths of his professional photographic career, forming a unique, fresh perspective and high-end product.