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I had promised myself this post would be published by the weekend. Of course that was two weekends ago and I can’t believe it’s already near the end of June. This is a long post so I better get to it and at it (please excuse the Stompin’ Tom Connors reference). I hope you enjoy this selection of my photos posted to social media in May.

 

Happy daffodils, along with the emerging azaleas…
Early April in the beautiful Butchart Gardens, near Victoria, Canada.

Butchart gardens victoria daffodils

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One of my highlights from last Summer was witnessing the Monarch butterfly release at Krause Berry Farms in Langley, Canada, just east of Vancouver. I have seen and appreciate butterflies in the wild but this event was certainly different. While the range of the Monarchs includes Southern Canada, I have never seen one outside of an enclosed sanctuary. For photo enthusiasts, such as myself, who enjoy flowers and butterflies, the butterfly release was a perfect opportunity on what was a beautiful Summer’s day in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia.

During the event, participants make donations to a sponsored local charity and then release a Monarch butterfly into the garden of Krause Berry Farms. These butterflies don’t necessarily fly away but linger amongst the flowers…

Two of my favourites… a butterfly and a Tiger Lily.

tiger lily monarch butterfly

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It’s been a couple of months since I’ve had a “Photos of the Week” post. Let’s catch up a bit with photos for the month of April featuring Spring flowers and the skies over Vancouver. I also have a few photos from my travels last Spring and Summer. It’s going to be a long one so let’s get to it. These are just some of my photos posted to social media for the month of April.

 

This daffodil and I welcome you to this post! 🙂

daffodil Queen Elizabeth Park vancouver

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During one of my travels last Summer through British Columbia, Canada, I was very lucky to be visited by a couple of chipmunks at a roadside stop in the mountains. They actually came to the car door and, for a moment, I thought they were going to hop inside. For privacy sake of the chipmunks, I won’t reveal the location, but let’s just say it was somewhere in the southern half of the province. I have never seen such friendly chipmunks before, but I have a feeling that if I didn’t have sunflower seeds and acorns, they may not have stayed around.

Please bear with me with my captions, and if you have a better one, you can post it in the comments below. I have also posted my YouTube video from the same visit and please share if you like it. The video appears about half way down this post. Now, here is “Somewhere in Canada… Chubby Chipmunk Cheeks.”

 

Hello. Is that acorn for me?

cute Chipmunk british columbia

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Tulips in the Rain

March 10, 2016 — 2 Comments
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Last Spring, I did something I never had before. I purposely went out in the rain to take photos of tulips. Please enjoy this collection taken in parks and gardens around Vancouver, Canada. This is Tulips in the Rain, and sometimes, after the rain.

 

I loved this double tulip with forget-me-nots… from the gardens of Queen Elizabeth Park.

Tulips rain forget me not Queen Elizabeth park

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You have a choice if you’re walking the Camino del Norte west of Lezama. Should you climb Monte Avril or take the lower route along the highway? Even easier is the bus that connects Lezama, Zamudio, and Bilbao. Since I was determined to walk the Camino, bypassing on an easier route or taking the bus wasn’t an option. If you choose to climb Monte Avril, ahead of you is about 300 meters of elevation gain along a road which completely wore me out on a hot Summer’s afternoon.

I left my last post, On the Camino del Norte, Pepiena to Lezama, Spain, just as I entered the town of Lezama with Bilbao just over 11 kilometers away. At the time of writing, Lezama had an albergue, but it was still early for me and I continued on what would be a difficult walk ahead.

The Lezama town hall or ayuntamiento.

Lezama town hall Euzkadi espana

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