Up at 4am, packed a lunch, filled up with gas, and headed south along hwy. 97. Just south of 70 Mile, I turned west along Meadow Lake Road. I was on my way to Churn Creek Protected Area to photograph for the day.
As it turned out, it was a cloudy day with passing thunder storms and rain squalls. Perfect for photography! I drove slowly, stopping to make photographs of the Marble Mountains. In the image below I took a multiple exposure of 8 in order to make the vegetation more impressionistic. The total surprise when I saw it on my monitor was how a single bird became a flock of eight! They are even positioned perfectly for my composition!!
On days like this, with its fast changing weather conditions, I keep my eyes on the sky. The following image is a beautiful formation which I captured in a multiple exposure of nine.
At one point I parked my truck on the side of the road and hiked to one of several small alkali (calcareous) lakes. The results were amazing. I made one discovery after another; in fact, I never made it half-way to Churn Creek! Eight hours later I turned my truck around and returned home! I think I may share some of those discoveries in my next Newsletter.
One thing that did happen while I explored the shoreline, was a pair of American avocets dropped down as if to pay me a visit.
These elegant shorebirds feed in shallow water by sweeping their bills back and forth and stirring up aquatic invertebrates, which they capture by touch. I think I captured this very activity below.
American avocets are an endangered specie in British Columbia, and are very uncommon in the Cariboo Chilcotin.