Takin’ A Stroll

Welcome to Colleen’s Corner. This is a column meant for fun and some information About myself: I am Colleen Fielding, a Freelance Photographer you often see me on the side of the road  or in various places taking photos of different things animals, birds, places, people etc.  l have lived in Lumby just over 8 years, you have seen my photos in the newspaper (Lumby Valley Times) and once in awhile in the Vernon Morning Star, and the Lumby Art Gallery. Photography is my passion. Disclaimer:  The information on some of my photos that I write about a lot of times come from the Internet or books I research them, hopefully the facts are as close to the truth as I can come.

Since the work has been going on down at the  Besset Salmon Trail I have not been there. Today I took a stroll through there. WOW! What a huge improvement. It was stunning. There is now a new Bike Path it looks great. Also they have a brand new bathroom.

There are now two beautiful fountains, the fountains were in full force. The sun was shining, people walking were all smiles. After being in awe of the fountains  while I was looking at them, a female Mallard flew in and landed in the water where the first fountain had been put so of course I took her picture. I carried on.   On my stroll ( I was only strolling so that I could stop and take pictures ) Just after the first bridge there was a young boy in the creek with a small bright green net, I asked him what he was catching and he said ” little tiny Salmon do you want to see?” “Sure.” I said So he put his tiny net in the water, and sure enough he caught one. He held it up for me to see, then he gently put the tiny fish back in the water. I am sure he will make a great fisherman. While I was talking to the young boy, a couple  of other people came over to get their dog a drink, they had mentioned that a couple of days ago just across from where we were they heard a scream as a snake had crossed in front of them. The young boy’s face lit up and asked where the snake had been seen, letting us know he loved snakes. The people told him where they thought it was. He put on his shoes, grabbed his net, and said “I am going looking for that snake!”  And he was gone in a flash. I continued on my stroll, seeing lots of crickets, so of course I took their picture. Around the bend there was the young boy getting ready to go into the tall grass, he said to me “I think this is where the snake went because there is a trail here that a snake would leave. If it’s a female I will probably find it, she won’t go too far from her eggs, but if it was a male he could be traveling anywhere.”  I told him to be careful, so he wouldn’t get bit, he said he would be fine. We both carried on our ways. When I looked back the grass was so tall, all I could see was the top of the boy’s head, and his bright green net waving in the breeze. 

As I carried on with my stroll, there were some areas where the leaves were beginning to turn color getting ready for fall, one of the bushes had green and red leaves, looking very cool so of course I took a picture. 

I met a couple of  people on my stroll on the different paths, one person I ran into had a bucket and a pail. I asked him what he was going to dig up. He said ” some minnows, and pan for gold” cool I thought and wished him good luck. 

I saw a hawk in a tree, so of course I took it’s picture. On my way back to my car I saw a Dragonfly, so of course I took it’s picture. Before I got into my car I looked around at the new and improved Salmon Trail, and thought “this was always a nice trail but how beautiful it is now”. 

Thank you to the Village of Lumby council, for allowing this to happen. Thank you to Parks for putting this together, and thank you to all the workers that continue to maintain this awesome Salmon Trail. Great Job Everyone! 

Your continued efforts help Lumby to follow their logo of “Simply The Best”