The picture shows Highway 31A as it winds through the Slocan Valley, traveling along side snow-capped mountains in late summer. The sky is blue and clouds drift overhead, blurring the division of mountains and sky. Slocan Valley is located in the Kootenay range of mountains in British Columbia, Canada. Better known as Silvery Slocan, the majority of the communities in the Slocan Valley had their beginnings in silver mining.
The Slocan Valley is a popular tourist stop for those interested in the history of the region. Most of the communities are about 100 years old and many have seen a rise, a fall and a slow rise again in their populations as people moved to the little communities, looking for a different, more cooperative lifestyle. Originally drawn by the prospect of wealth through the silver mining industry, as the silver dwindled, the populations of the villages turned their attention to agriculture and recreation as their means of existence.
The recreation commissions offer residents and visitors alike rock hound hikes, movies under the stars, bear hiking, star gazing and hikes specially designed for seniors. Amazing opportunities exist in all four seasons for cycling, climbing, skiiing, horseback riding, snowmobiling, birdwatching and just plain strolling on a lazy summer afternoon.
A growth in the arts and crafts industry has also benefited the region. Mountainous regions are inspiring and inspired. Potters, glass artists, photographers, furniture makers and many more artists and craftspeople now make the Slocan Valley their home and a group has formed a vibrant Sunday market in Silverton that is not to be missed. The culture of the Slocan Valley is rich and diverse, an amalgam of many cultures who came to this area over the last hundred years. A visit to the Slocan Valley in the midst of the Kootenay Mountains is an enriching experience.
Winding road alongside snow-capped mountain peaks, Highway 31A, Slocan Valley, Central Kootenay, British Columbia, Canada.
I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, aperture of f/11.0, exposure time of 3/10 sec. on ISO 100, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 130mm.
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