Check out Jim’s latest post Mara Meadows Magic (Aug. 02 2013) over at his Shuswap Passion blogsite .
A wonderful read!
Shuswap’s unique valley of the gods
It is a landscape so unique and fragile that the public is forbidden to enter. The 178-hectare Mara Meadows Ecological Reserve, located in a hidden valley below the Larch Hills ski trails, protects a unique calcareous fen wetland ecosystem that is home to the richest diversity of orchids in the province and many other rare species. We recently had the opportunity to accompany the voluntary warden for the reserve, biologist Jeremy Ayotte, on his bi-monthly visit to measure the water levels.
* Image from Jim’s site – used with standing permission.