Can Spring be far away? I think we have already been experiencing it, certainly here in Kamloops we have!! Trees are budding, tulips and daffodils are emerging, and the TICS are out already!!
With the extra time I have had at home this year I have found the Facebook Kamloops Photography group. It has been very interesting and I have gotten to ‘meet’ some talented photographers from our area. There is a weekly little themed contest, the last one being ‘Graffiti’ It was fun searching out some good examples around town….
On one of my walks with Mickie we went east on the beach and came across this old log cabin on the beach, just above the high water line.
If only these wall could talk! It is very difficult to find history of this area. We do know ‘Frederick’ used to be a stopping spot on the CN line before continuing east into Kamloops. There was a station located here. ‘Frederick’ was named after a man who had 3 mines in the hills above, each named after his daughters.
The roof has caved in but the walls are still in pretty good shape.
With the gorgeous weather we have been experiencing lately we have also been graced with some beautiful ‘cloudy skies’!
We actually had some more ‘winter like’ temperatures overnight the other night, down to -9! Ice was forming on the shore and the rocks of Tranquille Creek.
With Spring beginning to show itself it is inspiring to bring home a pot full of spring bulbs, the hyacinth is so fragrant the whole house seems to smell wonderful!!
One other sure sign of Spring coming is the urge to bring out the 105mm lens and go searching for subjects to examine a little more closely! While rooting around in our ‘junk’ pile I discovered these two wasp nests! Luckily they were empty!!
Wasps are expert paper makers, capable of turning raw wood into sturdy paper homes. A wasp queen uses her mandibles to scrape bits of wood fiber from fences, logs, or even cardboard. She then breaks the wood fibers down in her mouth, using saliva and water to weaken them. The wasp flies to her chosen nest site with a mouth full of soft paper pulp.
Construction of the wasp nest begins with a suitable support – a window shutter, a tree branch, or a root in the case of subterranean nests. The queen adds her pulp to the support. As the wet cellulose fibers dry, they become a strong paper buttress from which she will suspend her nest.
The nest itself is comprised of hexagonal cells in which the young will develop. The queen protects the brood cells by building a paper envelope, or cover, around them. The nest expands as the colony grows in number, with new generations of workers constructing new cells as needed.
I found these two hives close together, obviously not huge colonies. Judging by how many actual wasps we have around in the summer there must be a lot more of these hiding around the property!!
Hope you are finding pockets of Spring in your neighbourhood!!
Until next time……..