Scenes of Summer. Scenes of Spring. I even have a rare appearance by me in a photo from my Sunday hike to Joffre Lakes Provincial Park, north of Whistler, Canada. Now that was a long drive from my home in Vancouver, but well-worth-it. These are my photos posted to social media for the last full week of August, 2015!

 

From my recent trip along Highway 5A between Kamloops and Merritt, Canada, a beautiful view over Napier Lake at sunset.

Kamloops Merritt Highway 5a napier lake

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Hello, everyone. One of the highlights from my week happened very close to home. I was returning on Saturday afternoon when a mama racoon and her five kits or babies were outside my front yard. They “posed” for a few photos and then visited my neighbour’s grape vines where they feasted for half an hour. I have included one cute photo on this post. Other photos look back to my recent trips to the Canadian Rockies and Cathedral Provincial Park, as well as Spring and Summer flowers. Please enjoy my Photos of the Week :)

 

A lovely mix…
From the Tulips of the Valley Festival, east of Vancouver, Canada, this past Spring!

Tulip valley festival purple fields canada BC

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My new “photos of the week” post features a few photos from my trip to the Canadian Rockies as well as a look back to tulips of Spring. I finish with a beautiful Vancouver sunset from my Thursday night dinner at Kits Beach. Let’s take a look, shall we? :)

 

One of my favourite spots in Banff National Park, that is Mount Rundle from the edge of Vermilion Lakes! As you can tell, it was a beautiful afternoon on Saturday.

Banff Vermilion Lakes Mount Rundle

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I post new photos to my social media every day but they rarely appear on my website. I intend to change that with a new “photos of the week” feature. I don’t believe in keeping “in season” but post whatever inspires me on that particular day. I hope you enjoy and please share this post if you do :)

A rainbow of colour…
Tulips of the Valley Festival, near Agassiz, Canada, this past Spring

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In January of 1937, the Republican government, then mired in the Spanish Civil War against the Nationalists led by General Francisco Franco, commissioned renowned Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso, to paint a large mural to be displayed at the 1937 World’s Fair in Paris. Picasso, who had left Spain in 1934 and not returned, had toiled with different ideas for the mural, and abandoned his initial project when he heard of a significant Spanish and World history changing-event.

The 26th of April, 1937 was a market day in the Basque town of Guernica (Gernika in Basque and officially Gernika-Lumo) but this day would be like no other in its long history. At 16:30, air forces led by the Condor Legion of the German Luftwaffe with support from Mussolini’s Italian air legion, began an assault that would last three hours, and destroy or severely damage almost every building in Guernica. Although the number of dead has been debated for years, it is now accepted to be between 200 and 300 with many more being injured.

Why did the bombing of Guernica happen? From the perspective of Franco’s Spanish Nationalist government, it intended to demoralized and break the Basque people and the Republicans. It may be arguable, but Hitler and the military of Nazi Germany were not only looking to complete a favour for their ally, General Francisco Franco, but were looking for somewhere to “practice.” Hitler and the Nazis wanted to test and hone their new method of carpet bombing that would later be used in Russia and throughout Europe in World War II.

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For years, I had passed the Cathedral Provincial Park and Cathedral Lakes Lodge signs on the Crowsnest Highway (Highway 3) in southern British Columbia, Canada and wondered what it was like in the remote area close to the United States border. I had seen photos and heard so much about the unique rock formations, rugged mountains, peaceful lakes, and vibrant meadows. Cathedral Provincial Park is a true wilderness experience and was on my list of top places to explore. This year, I had an opportunity courtesy of the Cathedral Lakes Lodge and looked forward to my visit on a sunny weekend in late June. Well, my anticipation was more than met by the beauty and ruggedness of this remarkable part of the World!

Cathedral Provincial Park is located at the eastern edge of the Cascade Mountain Range in British Columbia. Unlike Manning Provincial Park to the west, Cathedral is influenced by the semi-arid Similkameen Valley that is evident along Highway 3 as you travel east from Princeton. It provides for an interesting and unique ecosystem in this small area of the province. The dryness is certainly evident, but as you increase elevation, there is a lushness under the canopy and in the meadows, due to the snowpack that normally lingers into June.

Now, let me take you on an overview of my visit to Cathedral Provincial Park. Imagine waking up to this! Just outside the Cathedral Lakes Lodge, the reflection of Quiniscoe Mountain on Quiniscoe Lake early on a Sunday morning. Later, the fisherman in the canoe arrived to the lodge with trout. Not everyone is here to hike!

Quiniscoe Lake Cathedral Park reflection canada

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