Ice mostly gone from Kal Lake, but beauty remains frozen in time through photographer's lens

Jordan McGrath captured this photo of Kal Lake on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017.
Image Credit: Jordan McGrath Photography

VERNON - If you haven’t gone for a skate at Kal Beach yet, you’ve likely missed your chance.

Just last week, the bay was frozen over enough to skate on but warmer temperatures over the past several days have turned much of it to slush.

Local landscape photographer Jordan McGrath found that out the hard way.

“I went a couple days ago to skate and it was frozen, that’s for sure,” McGrath says. “I went back to take pictures yesterday, and the ice was pretty much gone. It was a shock.”

On Tuesday morning, he says there was only about ten metres of ice left, and most of it was pretty slushy. His goal had been to capture an image of the layers of ice forming at the end of the dock, but it wasn’t meant to be.

“That’s the biggest part of landscape photography — you go out there and you can never be 100 per cent sure. It’s hit or miss,” he says.

But, McGrath didn’t leave empty handed.

“I was thinking to myself, maybe I’ll take a panorama just for the heck of it. So I did that not expecting anything great. I took it home and stitched it together and it came out pretty nice,” he says. “There was just a bit of light coming down the valley, a soft light hitting the hills.”

No matter what the season, he says there are always fantastic landscape photography opportunities around the Okanagan. With or without ice, Kalamalka Lake is one of his favourite subjects — although he’s still holding out for that one shot and hoping the lake freezes over again so he can get it.

“I don’t know if it will, but I hope it does because it was really cool and different. A lot of people were thrilled about it,” he says.

The 'Lake of Many Colours' as seen through MGrath's lens in other seasons:

Kal Lake
Kal Lake
Image Credit: Jordan McGrath Photography

Kal Lake
Kal Lake
Image Credit: Jordan McGrath Photography

Aerial photo of Kal Lake
Aerial photo of Kal Lake
Image Credit: Jordan McGrath Photography

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