For anyone who’s spent any time at all exploring the Thompson Okanagan region, it’s easy to see the vast diversity it contains.  From the lowland hoodoos and rugged hills rising up to the grasslands, heavily forested pine, spruce, fir and even cedars and as we climb even higher, stunning alpine meadows.  It’s easy to see what keeps people here!  I’ve lived in the area most of my life, having grown up in Merritt and then coming back to Kamloops after being away for about ten years.  I’ve always found the desert and lowland areas of great interest; I can’t explain it, it just draws me in.  Even while traveling in the States I marvel at the Utah, Nevada and Arizona landscapes; they have a mesmerizing effect on me.

So, I’d been wanting to explore the north side of Kamloops lake via water for quite a while.  I’ve been photographing from the south side for so long I was more than a bit intrigued to see what it would be like up close. When the opportunity came up to write my next column for Outdoor Photography Canada Magazine I thought what a perfect time it would be to make the trek!  Working with a local outfitter, and traveling with my friend Ashley, we made plans to camp on the north side.  We lucked out with some really good weather, stunning clouds, and not too hot for hiking in the north hills.  We missed the heat wave by only a day!

Enjoy the images and the story they tell about our beautiful region; we live in a pretty stellar place!  To see more of my work, visit my portfolio here

Cheers, Kelly

 

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