Golden Days Of Spring: Okanagan WildFlowers

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Balsam Root Fields Forever, Boho Wild

Balsam Root Fields Forever

Each spring the mountain sides surrounding the Okanagan Valley turn gold with breathtaking wild blossoms. This is my favourite time of year. It is like living each day surrounded by small bursts of celestial, golden sun rays springing forth from Earth!

Balsam Root Flowers, Boho Wild
Balsam Root Flowers, Boho Wild

I have lived on my mountain in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia for 15 years; yet each spring I discover the new blossoms with such delight, it is as though I am seeing them for the first time. Every morning I hike or run past the blossoms and wish that I had brought a camera other than my iPhone. Yesterday, I went on my usual early Sunday morning mountain bike ride and remembered to bring a DSLR camera with me to capture a few of the early spring flowers—many more have yet to bloom; I am waiting on the patch of wild orchids in my front yard to make their appearance…

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Tea break at Dead Frog Pond, Boho Wild

Sustainability

It is important to recognize the vast urban development that threatens the wild fields of the Okanagan. The mountains are constantly being carved up to build more and more large homes. Balsam Root Fields Forever will be no more unless the Okanagan Valley stops the urban sprawl and starts condensing–build up, not out.

Oregon Grape Blossoms, Boho Wild
Oregon Grape Blossoms, Boho Wild
Oregon Grapes surrounding fir tree, Boho Wild
Oregon Grapes surrounding fir tree, Boho Wild

Okanagan Biodiversity

Knox Mountain Park is at risk of loosing its biodiversity. To ensure the park remains rich with natural flora and fauna, Kelowna needs to limit development and traffic in the park and also make sure the park does not become strangulated by urban sprawl—a corridor of wilderness must remain, linking Knox Mountain with the natural Okanagan wild spaces.

Chocolate Lilly, Boho Wild
Chocolate Lilly, Boho Wild
Chocolate Lilly, Boho Wild
Chocolate Lilly, Boho Wild
I hope you enjoy the show case of early spring alpine flowers of the Okanagan Valley:
Saskatoon Berry Blossoms, Boho Wild
Saskatoon Berry Blossoms, Boho Wild
Paint Brush, Boho Wild
Figwort: Red Paintbrush, Boho Wild
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Woodland Star, Boho Wild
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Arnica, Boho Wild
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Anyone help me out identifying this one:sunburst, spiked leaf pattern? Boho Wild

2 Responses

  1. young kwang goh
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    Hi, Myself and wife are middle age and would be in the Okanagan on 9 Jun for a few days. Planning for half day hikes to see wild flowers. Please advise on possible trails and location.
    Thanks

    • mixhart
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      Try the Knox Mountain trails,right in Kelowna. Bear Creek trail (West side of Okanagan Lake) is also stunning with great canyon/water fall views. The gorgeous, yellow, Balsam Root flowers should be in bloom at that time.

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