After seeing a photograph of Spotted Lake by Becky Wolfe on the Earth, Sea and Sky Photo Critique Forum (the photo will scroll off in a few weeks, but for now see the post on 07/12/06 at 9:23 pm EST), I had to see the lake in person, so I made the trip on Saturday. A small roadside stop is the best vantage point without trespassing on lands belonging to the Okanagan First Nations, so photographic opportunities and perspectives were limited. Along with a number of photographs of the lake, I thought it might be interesting to also use it as a background for a few plant images, as you see in today’s photo.
Crested wheatgrass was introduced into North America from the steppes of Russia. Although useful as a forage crop and a stabilizer in battling erosion, it does the latter job so well that it both displaces and prevents re-establishment of native grasses. If the Proposed South Okanagan-Similkameen National Park Reserve ever becomes established, I imagine it is going to be very laborious to control the introduced grasses in the area.
By the way, you can help establish the National Park Reserve by signing the petition – I have, and I’m number 1056. I don’t often ask for much from you (other than patience!), but if you could spend a small bit of time informing yourself about the proposed park and signing the petition if you agree, I’d appreciate it.