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.
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:
Until next time...

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


  1. Worth living here it is just brilliant.

  2. What a collection of birds, most of those I have never seen in person before, what a treat. We are trying to figure out if the 5 new visitors to our yard are just starlings, or something's the eye, so similar to the Brewer's Blackbird. And I have never even heard of a Eared Grebe...lovely.


  3. What a collection of birds, most of those I have never seen in person before, what a treat. We are trying to figure out if the 5 new visitors to our yard are just starlings, or something's the eye, so similar to the Brewer's Blackbird. And I have never even heard of a Eared Grebe...lovely.


  4. i really adore places like this....such a great variety of birds and ducks!! the marmots are soooo cute, are they prairie dogs???

    i am using up my cards quickly, i can't express to you how much i love them!!!

  5. Wow! What wonderful birds you found, Gillian. I would have been beside myself with excitement. Every single one of them (except perhaps the Redwings that we see here), inspired oohs and aahs here. Great photographs, too! Loved the marmots too, and also the historical info. Truly a rich post! Sorry I dropped out of blogging for a bit. All is well, though, and hoping the same for you and yours!

  6. wow, your painting is superb! congrats on the new sightings! both would be new for me as well. the marmot is adorable! i'd rather not have them digging up my pasture, however.

  7. Your painting is fabulous! You must have great patience for the finer details in your works. This is what I am trying to achieve in my art. Love all the images especially the Marmots and the birds.

  8. What a lovely adventure! I really like that yellow-headed blackbird!

  9. Wow, that is the most beautiful images I have seen this evening, lovely Gillian.

  10. I had no idea that stagecoaches were still being used in 1917! The eared grebes are lovely. They are very rare in my part of Ontario so, sadly, I have never seen one.

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