Monday, November 30, 2015

Amazing Little Man Formation And The Tranquille River In Kamloops British Columbia (Pictures/Video)

 Above Photo: Little Man Formation Kamloops, British Columbia.

Above Photo: Blow Up - Little Man Formation Kamloops, British Columbia.

On our visit to my families home in Kamloops, British Columbia, I was driven around to see some of the sights Kamloops has to offer travelers.
One day my son-in-law and my grandson thought it would be fun if we drove some of the back roads on the outskirts of Kamloops. As we drove along following the Tranquille River which was way, way down in a canyon my son-in-law pointed out a really awesome formation.

The formation was located across the canyon and half way up the mountain side, and there were no roads that we were able to take for a up close look at this amazing formation.

Above Photo: Bridge over the Tranquille River Kamloops, British Columbia.
After a good look at the crazy formation through binoculars, we jumped back into the truck and headed off to another spot they wanted me to see. We started to drop in elevation to where we came to the Tranquille River. We crossed over a small bridge and my son-in-law made a turn off the road and into a small B.C. Forestry recreational site.

 Above Photo: Bridge over the Tranquille River Kamloops, British Columbia.

This spot was really beautiful as the Tranquille River went through a mini canyon and then into a pool. The water was so clear and cold as it was in early November 2015 when we were there. Also there was ice at the sides of the mini canyon.

 Above Photo: Tranquille River flowing through a mini canyon at Kamloops, British Columbia.

Above Photo: Tranquille River flowing through a mini canyon at Kamloops, British Columbia.
Video Clip: The Tranquille river Kamloops, British Columbia.
There was something else I found really interesting, and that was how so many trees were twisted and covered in a coating of bright green moss.

Below Text Information is from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Kamloops British Columbia Climate:
The climate of Kamloops is semi-arid (Köppen climate classification BSk) due to its rain shadow location. Because of milder winters and aridity, the area west of Kamloops in the lower Thompson River valley falls within Köppen climate classification BWk climate. Kamloops gets short cold snaps where temperatures can drop to around −20 °C (−4 °F) when Arctic air manages to cross the Rockies and Columbia Mountains into the Interior.
The January mean temperature is −2.8 °C (27 °F).[18] That average sharply increases with an average maximum temperature of 4.3 °C (40 °F) in February. The average number of cold days below −10 °C (14 °F) per year is 19.9 as recorded by Environment Canada.
Although Kamloops is located above 50° north latitude, summers are warm to hot with prevailing dry, and sunny weather. Daytime humidity is generally low (sometimes less than 20% after a dry spell) which allows for substantial nighttime cooling. Occasional summer thunderstorms can create dry-lightning conditions, sometimes igniting forest fires which the area is prone to.
Spring and fall are usually pleasant and dry but can be short in duration.
Kamloops lies in the rain shadow leeward of the Coast Mountains and is biogeographically connected to similar semi-desert areas in the Okanagan region, and a much larger area covering the central/eastern portions of Washington, Oregon and intermontane areas of Nevada, Utah and Idaho in the US.

Above Photo: Twisted trees and green moss.
These areas of relatively similar climate have many distinctive native plants and animals in common, such as ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa), big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata), prickly pear cactus (Opuntia fragilis in this case), rattlesnakes (Crotalus viridis), black widow spiders and Lewis's woodpecker.

 Above Photo: Twisted trees and green moss.

The hottest temperature ever recorded at the airport, 40.7 °C (105 °F), occurred on 13 July 2014; the hottest reliably accurate temperature ever recorded within the city, 41.7 °C (107 °F), occurred first on 27 July 1939 and again two years later on 16 July 1941.
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