Monochrome Madness 2-17 – Beautiful BC and a Graduation

I’m home again!! I hope you all have had a wonderful week and weekend.

I will have to catch up with you all as my Sony laptop (Vaio) gave out on me while I was gone and I find cell phones a pain except for the most cursory of texts. Let’s take a break from technology and breathe the outdoors!! How did we ever communicate before social media!!? 😀

Here is my entry to Leanne Cole’s MM 2-17 on images starting with the letter K as the theme. Please visit her blog for all the great submissions.

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Koi in The Japanese Gardens in Penticton

It was a wonderful but short trip and a time of passage!

My niece in her gorgeous dress and a beautiful grad ceremony. I thought it was Oscar Night!!

Small towns often have lovely traditions like the Graduation Parade every June, down the main street of Penticton where everyone gathers and shouts “well done” as the graduates drive by! My nephew is the red ninja driving his sister in the pickup truck.

The Graduation Parade

Here are a few random shots 

I tried to do some long exposure shots without a tripod, balancing my camera on the bridge railing for the creek shots!

And here are few random facts:

British Columbia was the last province of Canada to be colonized and in the 1800’s was the equivalent of the American wild west.  Billy Miner also known as the Grey Fox became famous after moving his operation from the U.S. to British Columbia, continuing his career as a train and stage coach robber.

Many wealthy families sent their errant sons overseas to find their fortune in BC and many did just that, sometimes marrying first nations women and giving their names to places, towns and rivers.

Hedley outside of Penticton- a frontier mining town

Hedley outside of Penticton- a former frontier mining town

Penticton is a resort destination for sun seekers. The climate is hot and dry in the summer and crisply cold in winter with snow cloaked mountains. The Okanagan is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream in both summer and winter.

The two lakes are large and deep enough for the Ogopogo to hide and only be glimpsed from time to time- just enough to keep the legend alive.

In spite of it’s small size Penticton is full of great ethnic restaurants. Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese etc call the Okanagan home along with the Similkameen first nations peoples.

The Graduation ceremony was attended by first nations drummers and singers and the address given in both English and Similkameen.

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Vineyards of the Okanagan

Vineyards, orchards and horse and even ostrich ranches fill the surrounding hills and valleys.

Bonus –

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coloured version of joyful

May God bless and keep you always, may your wishes all come true, and may you stay forever young!

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