Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Cariboo Encore

As promised last week I am sharing a few more pictures from my recent trip to the Cariboo region of BC.

In 100 Mile House we saw this Stage Coach.
This original B. C. Express Stage Coach (No. 14) is the only surviving Coach of the Barnard Express and Stage Line which travelled between Ashcroft and Prince George as late as 1917.







Falls on Bridge Creek
 

 
Bridge Creek Falls from above.

 
The Stevenson sawmill was built near the turn of the 20th century by brothers Frank and Sydney, who also owned the historic roadhouse and adjoining ranch land. Bridge Creek was diverted upstream to the power mil, through a series of wooden flumes to a drive-pipe, and ultimately to a water driven turbine. All that remains is the stack (drive pipe) at the falls (below).


 
....and now for the wildlife............

There are wetland areas throughout the area, the one below was located right beside a large grocery store, so rather than shopping I went to see what bird life I could find.
 
 
I think this is a Brewer's Blackbird, at first I thought maybe a Grackle but I don't think the tail is long enough.


 
This one is easy, a Red-winged Blackbird:
 
 
This is a new one for me, a Yellow-headed Blackbird (male)
 
 
 
and a YH Blackbird (female):
 
 
 
 
 
Also in 100 Mile House we stopped by a play ground that was covered in holes,
 
 
and soon spotted this Marmot.
 
 
As we looked around a few more Marmots appeared, the one below seemed as interested in me as I was in it. Much bigger than a squirrel, but I would estimate less than a foot tall with tiny ears and mole like front paws for digging. I don't know what kind of a Marmot it is, any ideas?
 
 
 Very cute critters indeed but they had left the playground in a mess.
 
 
 
On a walk by Watson Lake in the afternoon I saw some swallows.
 
The Tree Swallow below stayed still for me to take some pictures.



 
This is another new bird to me, an Eared Grebe, in fact a pair:
 
 
Beautiful birds!


Well that is all the photos for today,
I hope you are enjoying my photographic tour of the Cariboo.
 
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I did do some painting this week in fact I have been working on 2 or 3 things at the same time, only one is finished.

This is an ink and watercolour painting called "Peaches and Cream" showing an ear of corn:
 

 It is the latest of my Food cards, which include a recipe card using the pictured ingredient. What is the recipe for this card, take a look:
 
 
or all the food cards at: http://www.pswhimsy.com/food.html
 
 
 
 
Until next time...

Thank you for all your kind comments on my last post.
 
Thanks for stopping by,
 
happy Whimsy Wednesday
 



Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Cariboo Country

I have just returned from a visit to the Cariboo region of British Columbia.

Old Trappers Cabin


 
"The Cariboo was a land born of dreams … dreams of discovery, yellow dust and instant riches. In 1862, Billy Barker found gold on Williams Creek, a discovery that started a rush of adventurers from North America and around the world.

Between 1862 and 1870, over 10,000 adventurous people travelled the Cariboo Waggon Road, and towns sprang up in their wake, from Lillooet in the south to the goldfields of Barkerville in the North.

The gush for Cariboo gold soon declined, but not the trek of discovery into the rugged wilderness of the Cariboo. People from all over the world still venture here, following the footsteps of the expeditions that went before them. It is still a land of golden dreams with summer images of golden rolling pastures, grazing horses, and forest meadows filled in spring with beautiful flowers."

http://britishcolumbia.com/plan-your-trip/regions-and-towns/cariboo-chilcotin-coast/cariboo/

My sister and brother-in-law live in a beautiful log house, not at all like the trappers cabin above, near 100 Mile House. The numbered place names get their names from distances on the old road that started in Lillooet and led north to Barkerville.

We visited the 108 Mile Heritage Site and walked around the lake. First here are some pictures of the Heritage site.
 

 
 
 






 

 
 

 
The Clydesdale barn below is the largest log barn in Canada.

 
 
 


 



 

 
 The Heritage site is open to the public from the third week of May to the beginning of September, so I was a bit too early to see inside.



Next we walked around the lake. There are many wetlands and lakes in the area and they attract a lot of birds' some passing through and some nesting and raising young. I saw quite a few birds that I had never seen "in the feathers" before.

These Red-necked Grebes were clacking their beaks together in what I presumed was part of their courtship ritual.




 
Mergansers below, here the female seems to be outnumbered.

 
At first we thought that the birds below were swans, but a closer look revealed them to be pelicans, they are on a shallow "island" in the middle of the lake. Also a new bird to me.
 


I think this little beauty is a Western Tananger, another new one for me. There is gold in them there trees!
 



 
He thought I had enough pictures and turned his back on me below.

 
These next two I am not sure of, the first I thought might be a Cedar Waxwing but now think a Nuthatch (thanks Tex)
 
and the next two are either a Cowbird or a Blackbird.
 

 
Speaking of a gold rush look at these little fluff balls!
 
These Canada Geese were keeping their goslings very close, we though we saw a hawk in the area.
 
  
 
A Barrows Goldeneye.
 

 
 
The birds were wonderful but here are a few other sights from our walk.
 


 
Well I took almost a thousand pictures, so there will be more in future posts.
 
Sorry no art to share this week.
 
 

Until next time...

Thank you for all your kind comments on my last post.
 
Thanks for stopping by,
 
happy Whimsy Wednesday, 
 
Gillian.