This image appears in a just-released book by Gary Doi: In the Moment, Real Life Stories of Hope & Inspiration*. The image illustrates a Salt Spring story about a couple visiting the Island on Christmas Eve during a big snow, the ensuing steep hill problems and help from a local.
This photo shows the road at the top of the hill we live on. Four wheel drive only that day. Who wouldn’t love a snow day that looks like that?
Snow doesn’t seem to happen much on Salt Spring, at least not in the last few years. And not like 1996 where we had more than a meter on the ground. Or the year we built a two meter ‘green ninja turtle’ snowman at the end of the driveway for Halloween.
* book proceeds are donated to Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada.
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Last August we saw news and videos of a raging wildfire near Rock Creek and the nearby Kettle River Provincial Park. Twelve months later, near the end of our Kootenay trip, we stopped for a couple of wonderful days at the Park and saw first hand the burned Ponderosa Pines. (The lower campsite was open and seemingly untouched).
As we walked though the area above the campsite, it was fascinating—to me at least, how fast the forest floor plants had rebounded in just one growing season. On this walk, we watched a man catch and release a lovely Rainbow Trout. We saw pheasant, quail and many smaller birds. This was strange given the black and somewhat eerie scene.
Strange too as the two blackened pines in the foreground of the photo are along the river’s edge. Yet when we turned ninety degrees toward the river we saw this tranquil scene:
Stunning sky to wake up to.