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I am taking advantage of being cooped up during a snow storm in Vancouver to catch up on my blog. I’ll publish photos of snowy scenes here later, but in the meantime, this is a selection of my photos posted to social media during the month of October.

 

A maple in orange at the Butchart Gardens near Victoria, Canada.

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I don’t remember a recent Summer on the West Coast of Canada as unsettled as the one of 2016. Well, the Autumn didn’t start off much better but we were lucky to get the odd day or even stretch of sunny weather. I took advantage of the more pleasant days with walks, short hikes, and visits to various gardens. If you like dahlias, there are many on this post, as I visited the gardens of Ferncliff on three occasions. These are my photos of the week posted to social media in September.

 

A whole lot of Summer colour and a touch of Autumn too…
Dahlia garden at Ferncliff Gardens in Mission, Canada.

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August was a very busy month for me. I didn’t travel far but had a lot of fun with walks, hiking, road trips, and dinners. I was also excited to hear from my doctor that I can finally fly again after the apparent success from my ear operation. I’m still a little nervous but will be happy to get away somewhere soon. I know I’m very late with this post so let’s get started. This is a selection of my photos posted to social media during the month of August.

 

I never will forget this sunset from my sail through the Gulf Islands of British Columbia on B.C. Ferries Spirit of British Columbia.

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I often get asked what sections that a pilgrim may want to bypass during their walk on the Camino del Norte. Although I don’t advise missing any of the Camino, the stretch west of Bilbao has kilometers of urban sprawl and pavement through the suburb of Cruces. You can also skip one morning climb if you stayed at the municipal albergue and two if you stayed downtown.

I left my last post, On the Camino del Norte in Bilbao, Spain, in well…. Bilbao, Spain. I arrived exhausted to the municipal albergue and was lucky to get one of the last beds. After a good dinner with fellow pilgrims, and some much-needed rest, I was off early with our small group.

The Camino was very quiet here as many pilgrims took the bus to Cruces, Portugalete, or even further. I walked the Camino and this first section was actually quite enjoyable….

Euskadi Bilbao camino del norte spain

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I love Summer but don’t enjoy the heat. Usually July is the warmest month in Vancouver but this year was very unsettled, rainy and cool. Good thing there were pleasant days in between the not-so-pleasant ones and I could get outdoors with my camera. These are my photos of the month posted to social media in July.

Here’s some Summer brightness from early July…
Monarch Butterfly and orange coneflower at Krause Berry Farms in Langley, Canada.

Monarch Butterfly coneflower Krause Berry Farms

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Well, I would like to blame the beautiful Summer weather for the lateness of this post but to be honest, there were many gray and rainy days in Vancouver during early July. Like most months of Summer, July just breezed by, and we are now facing August. I won’t make excuses for my tardiness, but will just present you with a selection of my photos and videos posted to social media during June.

 

The rose arbor was just beautiful when I visited the Centennial Rose Garden on Burnaby Mountain in Burnaby, Canada on a sunny Sunday in June.

Centennial Rose Garden Burnaby Mountain

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