This is a collection of photographs all taken on the Bighorn Ridge property. It will let you taste some of the seasonal flavours offered by this stunningly beautiful land and maybe help you to bridge the distance and develop an initial sense of place.
The blooming of sagebrush buttercups in early March signal unmistakably the arrival of spring.
Nectarines are one of the very first fruit trees to bloom in spring. The garden contains about 25 trees which bear beautiful fruit every year.
During early spring, mule deer are often browsing collectively on the warm sunny slopes around Bighorn Ridge where Mother Nature serves her first tasty greens of the season.
When the Nectarines are at full bloom, the cherry blossoms start to open.
Apex Mountain (2,247 m/7,370 ft), Penticton’s own downhill and Nordic ski resort, still wears a heavy blanket of snow when the cherries are blooming in the South Okanagan Valley.
The warm days of late April and early May soon cause a sea of white to appear. The warm air is filled with the sweet fragrance of cherry blossoms and the relentless hum of honey bees.
The famous Okanagan sky …
Annually, the South Okanagan is blessed with over 2,000 hours of bright sunshine.
California quails are some of the permanent residents of Bighorn Ridge. During spring, the male’s distinct calls to mark their territory and gather the flock are heard throughout the day.
Arrow-leaved balsamroot, provides another feast for the senses during early spring. The showy flowers, can turn whole hillsides into a sea of yellow.
Once a very important food source for the BC Interior native peoples, Arrow-leaved balsamroot likes warm, dry soils and an abundance of sun.
Bitterroot is another beautiful early spring wildflower which once was a valued source of food for the BC Interior first nations.
About a dozen of different apple varieties are cultivated in the garden. Shown here are the impressive blossoms of a Bramley tree, an old English variety. (maximize)
The afternoon and evening solar reflection on Skaha Lake is an important factor for the existing microclimate of Bighorn Ridge which is very conducive to the cultivation of high quality wine grapes
One of the newer cherry varieties currently grown at Bighorn Ridge is called Stardust. Harvest of the beautiful fruit takes place in early July.
Big, sweet cherries do not appreciate rain! After a July rain storm, all available options are used to dry the delicate fruit as soon as possible.
S A V E D !!!
Premium cherries from Bighorn Ridge: world-class fruit for very discriminating high-end markets all around the world.
Ripening apples sunbathing in the Okanagan sun.
Several varieties of table grapes surround the vegetable and herb garden.
The various apple varieties are harvested at different times. Today's pick, a delicious mid season apple called Ambrosia.
By mid October, the rich colours of autumn have changed the appeal of the Okanagan Valley once again. In the background: Mt. Parker, a favourite destination for serious hikers in the area.
Spectacular compositions of colour and scents can be savoured in the Okanagan autumn sun.
Varietal differences in autumn leaf colouring in Blasted Church Winery’s vineyard, Bighorn Ridge’s northern neighbour. The winery produces a wide selection of internationally recognized and awarded wines.