Saturday, October 30, 2010

Autumn's path

The scrubby trees, bushes and undergrowth near the lakeshore aren't terribly picturesque most of the time, but on a dreary fall day they have a kind of messy beauty.

Thursday, October 28, 2010


A half-submerged barge, probably the better part of a hundred years old. Before the road up the valley was paved, the lake was the easiest way to get stuff to and from the community reliably.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Saturday, October 23, 2010


Slocan-style development: logging huge pines and cedars, piling up the slash to burn, all a mere 100 metres from the main intersection in town. Rumours say this will be the site of a new food store. The economy around here is hurting for the most part, but there are a few signs this fall of something other than endless waning.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Mountain ash

According to some people around here the extent of the mountain ash berry production predicts the snowiness of the upcoming winter. I guess we'd better get the boots, shovels and skis ready!

Thursday, October 21, 2010


The village campground, with its beautiful lakefront campsites, has almost completely emptied out now.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Two seasons

Around here we like to say that there are only two seasons: winter, and road work. The latter season is coming to end with a flurry of activity.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Sandon Cemetery

Original headstones, most of which had toppled or otherwise succumbed to the passage of time over many winters, are now in the museum. Wooden replacements mark the graves. The cemetery is hidden in the forest a mile or two from Sandon. Sandon is now a ghost town, but in the late 1890's it was a booming silver mining metropolis. Miners who died without the means to have their remains shipped back to families were buried here.

Monday, October 18, 2010


Cold, high, dark and forgotten, Cody is the ghost town beyond the ghost town. This ramshackle building is all that remains of it. 

Sunday, October 17, 2010


It's only somewhat octagonal, full of funky angles and roof-lines, but Slocan-esquely unique and ripe with character.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Cell tower

The villages held out for three long years, with petitions, meetings, referendums and advocacy. But finally this fall the cell tower has been turned on. So far life as we know it hasn't ended, but you never can tell, an insidious shift in local culture may be taking shape...

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Nearby Idaho Peak, which towers 1760 meters above Slocan Lake, provides a perfect jumping off point for paragliders.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Mushroom season

The pine mushroom is king around here, driving the local economy some years. But even an unassuming brown mushroom is a lovely thing to behold in the autumn sun.

Monday, October 11, 2010