Wednesday, August 30, 2006

summer holidays

Another vacation done and a ton of photos to sort. We headed north, via the old Gold Rush Trail (sort of), to the sparsely-populated South Cariboo region of British Columbia this year, and stayed in an old cabin on Timothy Lake near the thriving metropolis of Lac la Hache (population 400). It's at an elevation of 925 metres (3000 ft) so even though the days are still hot, the nights got pretty darned cold! It's ranching and lake country: rolling brown hills covered in cattle ranches, forests of Lodgepole Pine and Aspen and dotted with fish-filled lakes.

What was particularly interesting environmentally was seeing the devastation wrought by the Mountain Pine Beetle in this region. When the beetle sweeps through an area it hits only the most vulnerable trees so the resulting burnt sienna amongst the green is actually rather scenic, if sad.

So what did we do? Paris Hilton would be bored silly but we managed to entertain ourselves. We went canoeing:

The boys enjoyed the cutting-edge, highly-skilled sport of 'tubing':

And we even did the more traditional vacation activities of swimming, hiking, and hotly-contested games of Monopoly and Scrabble:

We headed out to do tourist activities (and not just because we had the togs) at places like The 108 Mile and Nicola Ranches:

And there were endlessly beautiful vistas and wildlife. I was definitely a happy camp photographer even if my pathetic attempts at watercolour landscapes ended up in the circular file. Guess I needed a few silent sunrises and cheap thrillers to recharge my batteries.

PS Now that September is almost here, don't say the 's' word!


Blogger carla said...

Ah! Lovely photos! I am in the midst of my first day with students, and already I would like to be as free as that duck in flight:> I'm glad you had a good holiday, and I'm gald you're back!

30/8/06 8:36 a.m.  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

WOW! absolutely delightful pix Andrea! I love the quaint interior shots of long ago items used by womenfolk! The bluehouse is a charmer and the birds and scenery beckon as if to say photograph me!!! Lovely!

30/8/06 9:17 a.m.  
Blogger Homo Escapeons said...

Oh Canada!
Gorgeous. Your holiday looked Picture Perfect.

Regarding that beetle it is worth noting that man has never eradicated ONE single species of insect.
Secondly, a famous observation about the existence of God has been that whoever or whatever God is, He/She has an inordinate fondness for beetles...because there are hundreds of thousands of species.

I sound like a real geek.

30/8/06 9:37 a.m.  
Blogger ChittyChittyBangBang! said...

Great pics, Andrea. I am envious. Seems you had a fanatstic holiday,

30/8/06 11:49 a.m.  
Blogger Brian the Mennonite said...

People living in B.C. must have a difficult time deciding WHERE to go for a holiday. I've been North and South in your fine province, and there are no sour spots.
The gulf islands is our next BIG destination. Could be in a couple of years though.

30/8/06 4:56 p.m.  
Blogger kj said...

andrea, your photos are great--so great that i could imagine being there. how incredibly beautiful the world is(and your kids).

i am just getting reaquainted with my camera and you inspire me!


30/8/06 6:41 p.m.  
Blogger CeCe said...

Beautiful! Looks like a good time!

30/8/06 8:22 p.m.  
Blogger kyknoord said...

It took me a while to figure out what the 's' word was. Did you happen to meet Sir Cliff Richard while you were there?

30/8/06 10:25 p.m.  
Blogger tlc illustration said...

Looks like an idyllic, low-tech holiday. (If my kids are away from internet access for more than a couple of days, severe IM withdrawal sets in!) You sound like you had a good and relaxing time. I hope your 're-entry' is gentle and easy.

30/8/06 11:33 p.m.  
Blogger Mei Shile said...

The only parts of BC I know are Vancouver and Victoria, where I spent only few hours more than 20 years ago. Thank you for the glimpses of your beautiful province!

31/8/06 3:30 a.m.  
Blogger muddy red shoes said...

Georrrrgus pix, what a place, I must come and visit and bring my paints.
Looks like a great holiday.

31/8/06 3:47 a.m.  
Blogger justin said...

Wow, your photos are wonderful, Andrea... fabulous light.

I'm running a small series of lectures on Photoshop, including a session on photo-montages, so I'd be interested to know some info about your mosaic - what the tile sizes were (in pixels and KB) before you uploaded the mosaic onto Flickr? The Photoshop course is for a group of old-timers like myself, (at the University of the Third Age, where everything is done on a voluntary basis - unpaid).
I'd like to do something similar on my blog too, for displaying my holiday photos.

31/8/06 5:42 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great pics ! Looks like your family had a wonderful time ! :) Canada is beautiful !

31/8/06 6:22 a.m.  
Blogger susan said...

lovely photos... hey, no fair throwing away artwork...
it is so GOOD to get away!

31/8/06 6:47 a.m.  
Blogger in2deep said...

seems like you had the perfect summer! ive never been to canada, but it looks beautiful:)

31/8/06 8:49 a.m.  
Blogger kj said...

i wish you were my next door neighbor too....

31/8/06 9:46 a.m.  
Blogger Cherrypie said...

Your holiday looks and sounds perfect x

That house looks just like one of your paintings

31/8/06 12:56 p.m.  
Blogger Belinda said...

It looks divine. I'll be lingering wistfully over your flickr pages later!

31/8/06 12:59 p.m.  
Blogger Sally said...

Gosh, that's really beautiful!

31/8/06 1:53 p.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Carla: Poor you. But I bet it's kind of fun to be planning new curriculum, too. I was plotting a return to teaching yesterday -- but only teaching painting at a night school continuing ed programme!

Val: I knew you'd like the house!

HE: I like beetles, especially scarabs. I also like geeks.

Chitty, CeCe, Sheri and Susan: It was definitely hard to return to the realities of urban life! I loved that I could drive for miles and see only a house or two and no people!

Brian and Mei Shile: BC is a surprising place. Just try telling people whose knowledge of Canada is limited to cliches and stereotypes that we have a desert here and watch the eyebrows disappear!

KJ: That's great. My camera is like a third arm -- especially in the digital age.

Kyknoord: I pride myself on my ability to get the lateral references immediately but I'm absolutely stumped on that one.

Tara: My husband brought his laptop so thought we had no internet they could watch movies, so we weren't completely rustic. *sigh*

Muddy: When you come, maybe you can give me some tips on why my watercolour landscapes suck so thoroughly!

Justin: I'm a cheat and all about playing with the images rather than such technical things as coding and exploring the intricacies of photoshop. Go here and choose Mosaic Maker for hours of fun:

in2deep: Come with Muddy Red Shoes and we'll have a painting party!

Cherrypie: Thank you for the idea!

Belinda: There are even a few horses and dogs in there.

KJ: Thanks. :)

Sally: I would be lost without my camera!

31/8/06 2:52 p.m.  
Blogger Joyce said...

good grief. Those photos are salve for the soul- so beautiful!

31/8/06 7:17 p.m.  
Blogger Jana Bouc said...

Beautiful photos -- you had a real summer vacation! I haven't had one of those for years. I'm sure the experiences and memories and fabulous photos will be a source of inspiration for a long time to come!

1/9/06 12:11 a.m.  
Blogger albina said...

Gorgeous photos, beautiful atmosphere -- wish I was there!!! I keep on coming back just to drool, some of them so beautiful, making me want to break out paint and brushes and do some still lives. You are an inspiration!

1/9/06 7:13 p.m.  
Anonymous krista said...

That blue house looks like a painting that I totally loved that you did awhile ago!!!

PS- Awesome pictures.

4/9/06 5:45 a.m.  
Blogger Carlotti said...

When I was describing my vacation to a colleague some years ago, she listened patiently, then asked "But where's the beach? Where are the margaritas? Where's the room service?"

Love your photos, looks like a wonderful summer.

4/9/06 7:07 a.m.  
Blogger tiffinix said...

Lovely photos! It looks gorgeous there. The rafting photo is adorable.

5/9/06 4:29 p.m.  
Blogger Caty said...

Great pictures! and beauuuuuuuuuutiful holydays!

6/9/06 11:47 p.m.  

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