Monday, May 2, 2011

Spring is here, finally!

"In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours."   ~Mark Twain

On Saturday, a friend and I, drove to Castelgar to deliver new artwork to the Kootenay Museum & Gallery.  We stopped at the summit of the Creston-Salmo pass to take these pictures.

@At the top of Salmo Pass, April 30, 2011
    Laura Leeder

@Summit Lake (hidden by the mounds of snow), Top of Salmo Pass, April 30, 2011
    Laura Leeder

Driving through the pass at this time of year is a unique experience.  I enjoy seeing and experiencing the change in weather as we climb higher up the mountian.  In a matter of minutes we go from spring to winter.
The scenery and the view is alway spectacular!  And the best part, after enjoying the beauty of the snow topped pass, in a matter of minutes we head back into spring.
With an elevation of 1,775 m (5,823 ft), the  Kootenay Pass is one of the highest highway-served passes in Canada that is open year-round, although it is frequently closed in bad weather.   

©Highway 3 to Trail, April 30, 2011
   Laura Leeder

©Bombi Pass to Castelgar, April 30, 2011
   Laura Leeder

"No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn." ~Hal Borland


© "Miss Lucy", Creston, BC, May 1, 2011
What a difference a day makes!  Sunday was a warm, sunny, spring day, and out on a morning walk through the countryside, we are greeted by Lucy the goose.  If you look closley, you can see the she is indeed speaking to us!  
And just one more photo from our walk in the countryside.......Donkey! 
A new friend who is yet to be named! 
©Donkey, Creston, BC, May 1, 2011
   Laura Leeder

It is Monday, May 2, 2011.  The sun is shining, and dare I say it?  Spring is definately here!  

I say this because....yesterday afternoon, as Ivor & I sat outside enjoying the late afternoon sun, we had our first Hummingbird visit.  It was a male can hear them long before you see them.....he made a brief visit to our feeder and disappeared into our spruce tree.   Like spring....this visitor is a few weeks late. 

Male Rufous Hummingbird in flight.  Photo by Vic Shuman.  Click to see a larger image.  
   Photo by Vic Shuman of Ramona, CA.

Every year, we put our feeders out in early April.  The Rufus seem to be the earliest vacationers, although, many of them do not stay, they travel on ....further far as Alaska.  The majority of hummingbirds will arrive mid-to late May.   We like to believe that by putting our feeders out so early, we are providing nourishment to some of these early migrators.  

And now, back to the studio and painting.  There is a blue teacup painting that needs to be completed and a new sketch that needs to be started.  

Have a good one,
Laura Leeder,
Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC    

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