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When Photography Plans Go Awry

a yellow-bellied marmot - marmota flaventris - looks out from a burrow at kekuli bay provincial park - vernon - british columbia - canada

Yellow-bellied Marmot
(Marmota flaviventris)

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   When a photography plan goes awry, or the weather changes, there are almost always images that can still be made. I often can look back on such instances at photos that I never would have been able to make if my plans had come to be. Sometimes those are the most satisfying.

   Years ago when I would go on a day trip I would try to plan very thoroughly. No matter how much forethought had gone into a trip I found myself throwing off the whole plan because the first or second location I’d visit had more photo opportunities than I had anticipated. I would then rush through the remaining locations and not feel that relaxed when doing so. I’ve realized how silly this was.

   Now my planning tends to be towards becoming familiar with locations in the area and not always the order I plan to visit them. What locations might be good at sunset, for early morning, for the harsher midday light? I find getting this information beforehand, if possible, means that I can adapt to the conditions available. After all, the conditions will seldom adapt themselves to my plans!

   During my last trip to the Thompson Okanagan region of British Columbia, I had to be flexible on many occasions. While attempting to photograph wildflowers in Kekuli Bay Provincial Park and the local populations of Osprey, Red-wing Blackbirds, and Killdeer I was instead presented with wind and near horizontal rain. This didn’t bother me much either, as I already had figured this could occur and had a place to go when the weather cleared. This change in my plan did create an unforseen opportunity, however.

   So I relaxed in my car reading a photography magazine and eating cold soup for dinner. I watched the rain fly past my window horizontally. Looking out my car window I saw a Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris) peeking out from its burrow – then scurrying up the bank and eating some of the grass. I’d never seen a Marmot before – and I still might be able to say that if the rain hadn’t changed my “plans”. This was near a path up to a children’s play area near the campground – and I’d walked within a few feet of this burrow about 20 minutes before without noticing it. I turned the car around (less rain flying in my face) and made the above photo from inside the car. Getting my magazine wet was worth it!

a mule deer odocoileus hemionus laying in the pine forest at ellison provincial park - vernon - british columbia - canada

Mule Deer
(Odocoileus hemionus)
(Odocoileus hemionus columbianus)

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   As this was Vernon and not an area near Vancouver, the rain didn’t last too long, and the storm moved on. I then headed bakc in the direction of Ellison Provincial Park to see what the sunset might have in store. I’d noticed a few spots down there earlier in the day that would be great for a sunset shoot. I drove to the parking lot, walked part way down the path and realized that sunset light was just not going to happen. So I left in order to see what else I could find to photograph.

   Just as I exited the parking lot I noticed a few Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus) laying down in the Pine forest along side the road. They didn’t seem to mind me photographing them, though I didn’t get out of my car either. Just as I turned onto the main road on the park border – I noticed about 15-20 Columbian Black-tailed Deer (Odocoileus hemionus columbianus) grazing in a field. I parked the car, put the 1.4x extender on my 70-200mm f/4 L IS lens for just a bit of extra reach. I suppose deer are pretty common in the area, but I liked how they were grouped together, and in the earlier photo I posted how they seemed pretty unconcerned with my presence. Though in the above photo I certainly looks like I’d been spotted!

a group of columbian black tailed deer odocoileus hemionus columbianus standing in a field at ellison provincial park - vernon - british columbia - canada

Columbian Black-tailed Deer
(Odocoileus hemionus columbianus)

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   So what I am trying to suggest is that if you are planning your photo trips too tightly – relax! I enjoy photography a more when I’m not as concerned with where I have to be next. The planning I do helps me adapt to changing weather conditions and my own timing – allowing me to make photos during times when I would have just considered that moment a failed plan. Photography is a lot more fun that way.

Kalamalka Lake at Kekuli Bay Provincial Park

arrowleaf balsamroot blasamorhiza sagittata growing in kekuli bay provincial park - vernon - british columbia - canada

Arrowleaf Balsamroot
(Balsamorhiza sagittata)

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This Arrowleaf Balsamroot (Balsamorhiza sagittata) is growing in the fields of Kekuli Bay Provincial Park right on the shores of Kalamalka Lake near Vernon, British Columbia. In the few days I was staying in Vernon I visited this park four times. It was on my last day, on the drive home that I made this photo – and it was fairly close to the images I had imagined at that location. My first day I was there looking for sunset only to realize the sunset was not in the right direction for what I wanted. The next day the light was great for a while but when I returned to Kekuli Bay a storm brought some wind and horizontal rain – so nice wildflower/lake photos were not going to be easy. This did present another opportunity I had not anticipated though – and I’ll write about that later. Luckily the conditions were just what I wanted on my way back home, and I knew exactly what I wanted to shoot having been there numerous times already.

Kalamalka Lake Flowers and Trees

I arrived at Kalamalka Lake in May just before the bulk of the wildflowers had really started to flower but there were some Lupines (Lupinus arcticus) in bloom and the invasive species Toadflax (Linaria vulgaris) mixed in amongst the grasses.

First photo here is a lone Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa) that is unaffected by the Mountain Pine Beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) outbreak rampant in the interior of British Columbia.

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Kalamalka Lake and Kekuli Bay Provincial Park

In May I travelled through North Cascades National Park on the way (via the Okanogan in Washington State) to Kelowna, BC. Early the next morning I visited Kekuli Bay Provincial Park which is on the shores of Kalamalka Lake near Vernon, BC. I think this is nearly the perfect time of year to visit the area, the grass and foliage is still lush and the heat and dryness of the Okanagan summer has not baked everything brown yet.

A few shots from the shores of Kalamalka Lake:

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A million dollar view (literally) along Kalamalka Lake.

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Kekuli Bay Provincial Park Panorama

In May of this year I ventured into the BC interior. This is a morning view from Kekuli Bay Provincial Park at Kalamalka Lake.

5 exposures stitched, Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM @ 17mm

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Kekuli Bay Panoramas

Kekuli Bay Provincial Park is located just south of Vernon, BC. on the west shore of Kalamalka Lake.

Two stitched panoramas from Kekuli Bay first one right above the parking lot, second panorama is NE of the first towards Vernon. Both taken with the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS.

1. 9 stitched photos

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2. 7 stitched photos

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Yellow Toadflax (Linaria vulgaris), classified as a noxious weed by the BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands

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