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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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With a climate perfect for growing tulips, every Spring, the Skagit Valley of Washington State, U.S.A. is home to one of the most popular tulip festivals in the World. The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival takes place between April 1st and 30th, and a can’t-miss attraction is RoozenGaarde. Well-known for growing tulips and other flowers, RoozenGaarde opens its gardens and fields during the festival with a breathtaking display of beauty. I had heard so much about RoozenGaarde and couldn’t wait to visit on what turned out to be a beautiful Spring day.

I would advise to plan ahead before visiting. In addition to the weather, Mother Nature doesn’t always cooperate with the set date for the festival. Please check the current blooming conditions so that you’re not too early or late. Also note that sunny days, especially on the weekends, can be extremely busy. Now, let’s visit the gardens…

With scenes like this, it is no wonder that RoozenGaarde welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors every Spring. Let’s take a closer look…

tulips bright RoozenGaarde Skagit Valley

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As I continue to catch up on these weekly posts before taking a break from them, I published one featuring the cherry blossom trees of Vancouver. If you missed it, please read, Scenes of Sakura, Plum and Cherry Blossoms of Vancouver. I really hope you enjoy it. Now, please join me on my photos of the week posted to social media, one week behind edition.

 

On the morning of my ear surgery… I’m off soon for a long anticipated / dreaded operation on my ear. Wish me luck. I need it!

No photos of me with a scalpel operating / dissecting my ear but…
Some Spring brightness at Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver, Canada.

tulips spring garden Queen Elizabeth Park

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