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June in the East KootenayPosted: July 4, 2012

Ahh, June in the East Kootenay. Just writing that sublimely brilliant headline made me smile and take a deep cedary breath.

There are millions of people around the world – right now; at this very minute – daydreaming about the Canadian Rockies. The lucky make their dream come true by booking/planning a vacation here.

We’re 24/7 baby. We’re livin’ the dream.

Each week as we toil to make e-KNOW happen, we meander our way around the East Kootenay to attend community events or cover news as it is happening.

Part of our travels are taken up by photo shoots as we capture images that help us tell a month-end tale of life as it is happening in this region. The photo shoots are ‘on-the-spot’ affairs as we have to make the most of the day as it unfolds before us. There is no waiting several hours for the light to change enough to allow for the best shot.

This monthly presentation is an honest portrayal – and it comes warts and all.

While the concept of June in the East Kootenay may invoke dreamy reverie of the like that sensitive poets would murder themselves over, the fact is the month BLEW CHUNKS weather-wise.

In some cases it literally blew chunks, in the higher elevations. Down in the Columbia, Kootenay and Elk valleys, it was a rain-lover’s banquet.

The current high water conditions along the Columbia, Kootenay and Elk rivers, as well as many tributaries and regional lakes, such as Wasa, Tie, Windermere and Koocanusa, are a result of all that rain and the normal snow melt. Hey, that’s life in paradise.

The publication of this monthly photo spread is the 12th one we’ve done, signifying by divine right and providence (thank you Monty Python) that we are almost one year old.

East Kootenay News Online Weekly turns one on July 6. In the past year we have presented each month as we’ve seen it through our eyes.

And here is June in the East Kootenay. Fittingly, it is the 2,000th item we have published since we opened for business last year.

We’ve covered many, many miles (kilometers the young’uns) and expect to be covering many, many more.

Cheers and here’s to a awesome summer!

Click on an image to enlarge and to begin a self-directed slide show.

Ian Cobb/e-KNOW

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