Anatidae and Serpentes

My first day in Osoyoos was a good one. The weather was HOT! I can’t believe that just a few days ago I was scrambling to find cold weather gear!

One of my contracts picked up speed this week, so I was able to put in a full day of work (if only it would keep up steady like this for the next four months!). Having the attention span of a gnat, I like to break my work day into roughly one hour chunks, then take a break away from the computer. I work a much longer day that way, but I find I am more productive.

For one of the breaks I took today, I headed to the beach, just a couple of minutes from my spot. There are a bunch of ducks who like to lie around on the sand and I had fun watching them for a spell.

Okanagan Lake

Okanagan Lake

Mallards chilling out

beautiful mallards

Mallard making sure his boy parts are still there?

For my lunch break, I decided to walk into town to see if there was anything practical within reasonable walking distance (nope). I made sure to capture this sign placed just before the entrance to the RV park:

snakes crossing sign

Longtime readers will not be surprised that my reaction to this sign was Ooh! rather than Ew!

I have to say that this geographic area astounds me. There is no doubt I am in a desert, and many people practice xeriscaping, but there is still this lush abundance that fits in with what I think the Mediterranean coast would look like. On my walk, I saw cacti in one garden and grapes in the next!

lush desert

Sometime in the middle of all this, I met some more blog readers (thank you for stopping in!) and soon as I hit publish, I’m off to the pool. This Okanagan stay is off to a good start and I hope it stays that way!

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  • I loved the mallard picture plus the caption!

  • Welcome to the Sonoran desert!

  • The Okanagan Desert is the common name for an arid area located in the South Okanagan region of British Columbia, Canada, primarily around Osoyoos Lake. The area, which is technically shrub steppe, has been defined as the Osoyoos Arid Biotic Zone.
    If you Google on Great Basin Desert you may find some maps that will show its range as far north as the Okanagan but that is reaching. Similarly Google on Sonora Desert and you will find that most maps show its northern boundary to be in AZ and CA.
    It seems that the references to the Okanagan being part of the Sonora are more wishful thinking than geography.

  • There is an argument to the contrary:

    “The Great Basin Desert, in the USA, stretches up into a bit of Canada (the Osoyoos in the southern Okanagan valley of B.C.). They call this the “pocket desert” — the only desert in Canada. Sagebrush and some varieties of small cactus dot the landscape in some parts of Osoyoos. Some sites say that even the Osoyoos is not a ‘true’ desert while other sites say it is.”

  • Martha: glad we share a sense of humour. 🙂

    Ed and Croft: I’ll let you two duel this one out. 😉

  • I loved the mallard picture plus the caption!

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