If you walk to the back of Butchart Gardens in Victoria, you’ll come upon Daphne Inlet. Not that I know anything about it, it was just a pleasant surprise. I love little surprises tucked away. You walk down a path, through some trees and plants and it opens up into an inlet, kind of like a scene in a movie only for reel. Sorry, bad pun. In any case, most of the surprise today were in the grounds of the gardens, the biggest being that plants and flowers held my attention for an entire day. You really must visit if you ever go to Victoria BC because if I (Mr. Dont-know-nothin-about-gardning) liked it, then pretty much anyone would like it. I’m not sure that came out right but you get my drift.
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This is Black Rock Hotel in the town of Ucluelet where I recently stayed. It’s on the west coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia. The shoreline couldn’t be more different than that of Florida, yet the contrast was something I very much appreciated. The coast is rugged, yet punctuated with long beaches frequented by surfers, and while the waves aren’t huge, they’re respectable even on calm days. I loved walking along trails here and exploring tide pools and just listening to the sound of the ocean on the rocks. Food for the soul indeed.
If you ever make it to Vancouver Island In British Columbia, be sure to visit Butchard Gardens. I was unprepared and very pleasantly surprised when I finally made it after being told the same by others. The gardens here are as exquisite. Unlike my wife I’m no gardener, and quite frankly the thought of spending a day in a garden, while relaxing, is not at the top of my list. Butchard Gardens changed that and after about eight hours of walking the grounds, I wished I had more time. Anyway, I was just sitting by a walkway taking a break when I snapped this.
A couple of weeks ago I was in Victoria which is the capital of British Columbia. Pretty much every night shot you see of Victoria features this parliament building. On this weekend they had a jazz festival, or maybe a boat show, or may both, I wasn’t sure. But walking around the harbour there was live music coming from different directions and lots of folks out and a-boot (that’s Canadian for about). I was standing here composing this and some people saw me with the tripod and said, “hey man, are you shooting the show or just random?”. I thought about it for a few seconds and figured “random” was the right answer. So, in case you’re wondering, this is a random shot of Victoria at night.
Last summer we took a train across the Canadian Rockies and this was a shot on the first morning as we approached Kamloops BC. I didn’t sleep much and was up early to capture the train as we followed the Thompson River. I must go back and do this again.
This is about an hours drive north of Vancouver and is one of the spots you can catch a ferry to Vancouver Island. There are campsites nearby and I could see the smoke from campfires already started. It’s such a great feeling to be surrounded by these huge mountains. The people in this part of Canada are into the outdoors in a big way. On this afternoon I saw campers, kayakers, fishermen, rock climbers and cyclist, not to mention people just walking around enjoying the view. When you’re surrounded with this much beauty it’s only natural to spend a bit of time outside enjoying it, don’t you think?
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