Friday, August 29, 2014


Yet another picture taken through the window of a moving car, this one of a friend's 200 acre ranch at the northwest end of Lake Okanagan. To the left (southeast), desert hills; to the right, those associated with the Pacific coast.

Thursday, August 28, 2014


While driving west of Lillooet, I had time to reflect on the many wineries that line the highway between Osoyoos and Oliver. With all these wineries, and relatively few varietals, things are bound to get competitive. In an effort to get a leg up, some offer fine dining; others, such as Rustico, a no less market savvy form of hokum.

After purchasing bottles of their Gew├╝rztraminer, Pinot Noir and Meritage, Rustico's cowboy-proprietor (and former Jim Pattison Group marketing executive) suggested a visit upstairs, where he operates a gallery -- "home to over sixty artists, most of 'em local." The painting below is my favourite.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Like Vernon (versus, say, Kelowna), Lillooet is a town that has more in common with what it was than what it wants to be. An example can be found in the building above: a stuccoed-over structure that, through a careful application of paint, attempts to revive its past.

Monday, August 25, 2014


Not sure what motivated this YouTube post. Nor am I sure the person who posted it is bothered by his discoveries.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Burrowing Owl

Like many established wineries, Burrowing Owl, located between Osoyoos and Oliver, has a restaurant and a retail outlet. While driving towards it, I was reminded of a similar structure, this one from film: