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Photos of some of the vegetation and reptiles living at Valley of the Sun

There is a photo of a salamander, frogs, mossy rock, rose hips and wild rose bush, white barked trees and red branch shrubs below.  Please wait for this page to load as there are many photos on this page.

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Photo of a frog found in a yard at Valley of the Sun on July 14, 2008
There are many frogs that I see in my yard during a certain time of year here at Valley of the Sun, which my yard is not that close to the ponds.  This frog in the photo above was in my yard July 14, 2008.  My yard is all gravel with no surface water so I guess that is why I find them hanging out around the roof water I save in a barrel, trying to get in I suppose.

This one year, there were so many baby frogs everywhere in our yards, it was hard not to step on one.  At some point in the year there are so many frogs croaking at night. These frogs are not that big, but I have also seen larger bull frogs in my yard, as well as on the gravel road that leads up to the gold mine.  If you like frogs legs?

Green frog found at Valley of the Sun in the sunny Okanagan.

Frogs can be seen hopping around anywhere here at Valley of the Sun.

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Here is a photo of a Salamander found in a yard at Valley of the Sun
Salamander found in a yard at Valley of the Sun

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There are bull rushes, wild roses, white bark trees (are they white poplar or maybe white birch trees we are not sure), and there are also many red coloured shrubs growing around these lakes.
These are some of the white trees growing around these lakes at Valley of the Sun
Some of these white barked trees have very large trunks, so they must have been growing there for years. 

We noticed at the base of the the trunks of these white trees that the white bark is not as white, its more of a grey colour and the bark is not as smooth but instead its cracked looking.
Bark at the bottom of these large tall white bark trees at Valley of the Sun.
These white bark trees almost look like they are a cross between two types of trees, part one type at the bottom and part another for the rest of the way up.

 

Here is another photo of some of these white barked trees.
White bark trees that grow around the lakes at Valley of the Sun.  Photo taken Dec 10, 2008

 

Tall white bark trees found around the lakes at Valley of the Sun
These white bark trees seem to grow pretty tall as seen in this photo we took.

 

Leaves that have fallen on the ground from the white bark trees plus a rock with green moss all over it ... unless its a stump .. you cannot see under the moss in this photo.
Here is a photo with some of the leaves that fell on the ground and off the white bark trees.  There is also a rock or something with green moss growing all over it ... maybe its an old stump?  This green moss was found near the furthest and largest pond Dec 10, 2008.

These trees may be poplar trees (not that sure yet).  This information we found below about White Birch trees do not really describe this location at Valley of the Sun around the ponds, as it doesn't look like this area has been burnt or cut, but it is very wet and the trees are getting lots of light.  Will have to do some more research and will post it here if and when we figure it out.

About White Birch Trees (Betula papyrifera)
A native British Columbian species, this tree is easily recognized by its smooth, white peeling bark. Intolerant of shade, white birch (Betula papyrifera) thrives on burned-over and cutover areas. It is found throughout the British Columbia Interior, but only in a few scattered places on the Coast. Birch constitutes less than 1% of the province's total growing stock.

- http://www.bcforestinformation.com/assets/pdf/Tree-Species-White-Birch.pdf

- http://images.google.ca/images?hl=en&q="white+birch"&btnG=Search+Images&gbv=2

- http://forestmanagement.enr.gov.nt.ca/forest_education/trees_shrubs/white birch.jpg

- http://forestmanagement.enr.gov.nt.ca/forest_education/trees_shrubs.htm

About White Poplar Trees (Populus alba)

- http://www.treecanada.ca/tree-killers/white-poplar.htm

There are many wild rose bushes growing around the Valley of the Sun, and they grow all over this area.  You can see some rose hips in the photo below.  You can also see many white bark trees.
Rose hips on Dec 10, 2008

 

There are bull rushes growing around all the Valley of the Sun ponds, as well as blond straw looking grass like what is growing in the middle of this pond.
There are bull rushes growing around the Valley of the Sun lakes.
We know bull rushes need water to grow.

 


This photo is a mixture of vegetation we wish to point out.
Rose hips, bull rushes, and red branch shrubs.
There seems to be many of these red branch shrubs (shown in the right side of this photo above) surrounding the lakes.  You can see there are red rose hips in the left of this photo as well as bull rushes and straw grass looking vegetation growing on the lake bank in behind the red branch tree.  There are also some of the those white bark trees growing around this Valley of the Sun lake (which this is the lake we figure has the most water).  Just look at the different colors in this photo at the start of winter, aren't they beautiful?

 

Here is another photo with some of those red branch shrubs in it.
Red Shrubs growing around the lakes at Valley of the Sun near Fintry BC
Don't know much about trees and shrubs so don't really know what type of red branch shrubs these are, but they really show up red and the bush in some locations around these lakes are thick with them.

 

Red branch shrubs found at Valley of the Sun near Fintry B.C.
In this photo you can see how these red branch shrubs stand out behind the white bark trees.

 

Here is a couple photos of some mushrooms breaking through the pavement on Balsam Road at Valley of the Sun near the spring that we are told runs all year round.  It was funny because one day Okanagan Lake was wondering what some very young children were doing on Balsam Road and so we asked, and then we heard back from their parent, stepping on mushrooms LOL.  There seems to be more than just one patch of mushrooms breaking through the pavement on Balsam Road at Valley of the Fun.

 

Here is a photo below of a wild rose bush growing alongside Firwood Road near the entrance to Valley of the Fun on June 8, 2007.  We do live in gods country .... not that we are religious, as this is just a saying!
Wild Rose bush alongside Firwood Road just inside the entrance to Valley of the Sun.
This photo was taken looking into Valley of the Sun subdivision and you can see the sign down the road a little ways on the left hand side welcoming you to Valley of the Sun or something to that effect (the little white spot is the sign).... there may also be a block watch sign there too (not sure).  Even though we live here LOL... okanaganlakebc.ca is kinda stupid regarding that sign for some reason.  We do know there is another sign here at Valley of the Fun that says something about illegal dumping across the road from this rose bush, as we took a photo of it in the past.  Its located high up on a tree.  We are just waiting for someone to paintball it LOL!  These signs kind of ruin the natural atmosphere.  It seems there are many human signs all over the place these days LOL and not just the board type!  okanaganlakebc.ca feels everyone should have access to the internet so real estate signs and bulletins are not required.  For instance, what we are referring to are all the real estate signs at the corner of Westside Road and Westshore Estates and all the bulletins that blow off the bulletin boards at the entrance to each of the subdivisions.  For instance, this is the result of one of the last wind storms.

Photo of bulletins blown off the local bulletin board at Valley of the Sun after the last wind storm Oct 19 08
This bulletin board is located at the entrance to Valley of the Sun.  These bulletins were blown off this bulletin board by the wind and laid on the ground there for weeks.

We have complained to RDCO, the North Westside Communities Association, as well as our Central Okanagan West director Jim Edgson about the bulletin board problem, but we have yet to receive a reply, and its been over a year now.  It seems that our complaint email has gone into outer space and got lost, never to be heard from again!

Okanagan Lake prefers the look of the wild rose bush welcoming everyone to Valley of the Sun rather than the bulletins laying on the ground around the bulletin boards and human designed real estate signs littering the landscape.

 

Check back every so often to see what we have been working on.  We are sure this will be an ongoing project until time is up.

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