Photo and Commentary ©2021 by Cheryl Boardman
Monday, October 25, 2021

This is a view of Mission Creek in Kelowna, British Columbia. It runs for 47 miles and provides 25% of the water in Okanagan Lake.

In the spring, during the thaw, it is more like a raging river. In the summer, people float on parts of it. In the fall, there is a spawning kokanee (land-locked sockeye salmon) run. We saw a couple of struggling fish which were at the end of their life cycles.

When I went, a little over a week ago, there were a lot of signs of fall. The weather was cooler, the color of the leaves on trees and shrubs was turning or had turned and some trees had already lost all of their leaves. Even ferns had turned yellow. The fish run was almost over. There were signs about looking out for bears. The water in the creek was about the lowest I have ever seen it. There seemed to be fewer varieties of birds. (I’m sure some had already flown south,)

Take a good look at God’s wonders—
they’ll take your breath away.
Psalm 66:5 (The Message)