Slocan B.C. is a truly lovely spot. A recent drive to visit my daughter and her wife was full of memorable moments. The family time was full of conversation, memory building and remembering, gourmet meals, restful viewing of the Slocan valley from Sarah and Therin’s living room, and wonderful hikes and cross country skiing.
I spent hours gazing over the Valhalla Valley from the living room windows.
As you might guess the bulk of this blog will be the wonderful bird life that presented for portraits during my trip.
Wild turkeys are really beautiful once you get beyond the crazy face.
One of my goals while visiting Slocan was to locate and photograph Trumpter Swans. They came close to extinction in the early 1900’s due to hunting for their feathers, meat and skin but have rebounded and are not considered threatened now. Sarah told me that they overwinter on Slocan Lake so we headed out on a beautiful ‘Rail to Trail’ spot just a few minutes from their house. A fresh snow the night before and a deliciously warm day helped us fly along the trail to a spot where the trail comes close to the Lake.
My first glimpse of the swans came after a short walk through the trees where the lake shore comes close to the trail.
The grey coloured ones are younger. Notice the Canada Goose getting in on the action.
The brown staining on the head comes from foraging in iron rich sediments on the lake bottom.
This group was a long way off and were flying to a new spot for feeding.
A few other species were visible along the trail as we came back home.