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iN PHOTOS: Kamloops photographer braved thunderstorm to get these stunning photos

Aberdeen Columns located about half an hour east of Vernon.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Lyn McDonald

Kamloops photographer Lyn McDonald took a short trek, and her trusty camera, to the Aberdeen Columns this month.

It was the first time she has seen the unique formations, and she got some impressive photos of the memorable trip.

“A friend saw a post about the columns and searched all the directions, so we went for the drive to find them,” McDonald said.

Aberdeen Columns are columnar basalt formations located near Vernon.
Aberdeen Columns are columnar basalt formations located near Vernon.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Lyn McDonald

Located about a half hour east of Vernon, the columnar basalt formations have long since drawn the awe and attention of photographers and outdoor enthusiasts alike with their interesting design and cascading colours.

Over 20 metres tall, the formations are the result of volcanic activity and are shaped by the physics involved in the cooling of rock after a lava flow.

“We found a sign in the trees directing us to the trail,” McDonald said. “The hike wasn’t too difficult, but then we saw the boulder-scramble to get to the bottom of the formations for photos. We had to be careful of our footing.”

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The pair took their time admiring the formations and snapped numerous photos.

Yellow and orange lichen growing on the Aberdeen Columns near Vernon.
Yellow and orange lichen growing on the Aberdeen Columns near Vernon.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Lyn McDonald

“The yellow and orange lichen on the columns almost looked like paint had been dropped down on them,” McDonald said.

The trip was cut short by thunder and rain that turned to hail.

“We had passed some trees with black trunks and wondered if it was from lightning strikes,” she said. “The rocks were getting wet and slippery so we decided we should get out of there.”

McDonald plans to adventure to the columns with her friend again.

The basalt columns of the Aberdeen Columns near Vernon are over 20 metres tall.
The basalt columns of the Aberdeen Columns near Vernon are over 20 metres tall.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Lyn McDonald

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