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iN VIDEO: Kamloops man makes time lapse video of river activity across the year

Kamloops resident Shawn Pooley has been putting together a time lapse video of the junction of the South and North Thompson rivers.
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September 09, 2021 - 7:30 AM

A Kamloops man has pieced together a time lapse video of the rising and falling water at the junction of the South and North Thompson Rivers across the span of a year.

Every Sunday, in rain or shine, Shawn Pooley walked to a lookout near his home and stood in the same spot to capture a ten second video of the river junction using his iPhone.

It is a hobby that was sparked by flooding in his hometown of Merritt three years ago.

“I did a couple of regular videos to record the flooding that was happening in Merritt,” Pooley explained. “The flooding happened two years in a row. I wanted to capture the river before and after flooding so I did a time lapse video. I liked how the video turned out so I brought the idea to Kamloops.”

Every few months, Pooley releases an up-to-date video on social media. This is the second year in a row he has been recording the river junction.

“The people of Kamloops like the videos,” he said. “They loved it last year and that’s why I am doing it again. I love watching the mixture of the waters of the South Thompson and North Thompson and how they are different colours.”


Not only do the videos show the rivers swelling up in the spring and lowering in the fall, they show the weather and the wildfire smoke. The landscape around the rivers change with the seasons.

“The biggest surprise I found was the amount of birds chirping in the cold, winter months,” Pooley said. “If you listen closely you can hear them chirping in the videos."

Pooley plans to post his final video update for the year at the end of December. He intends to continue his recording next year.


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