Butchart, Garibaldi and a lot of Spring Colour, May Photos

June 28, 2016 — 4 Comments

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



One of my favourite spots…
Looking back to Summer on the edge of Garibaldi Lake in Garibaldi Provincial Park, Canada.

Garibaldi Park Lake Summer



Under cumulus skies…
Descending Helm Glacier from Panorama Ridge in Garibaldi Provincial Park.

Panorama Ridge Garibaldi park canada



A rainbow of colour…
April at the Abbotsford Tulip Festival, east of Vancouver.

tulips rain Abbotsford Festival canada



Loved this Anemone from Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver.

Queen Elizabeth Park Anemone April



A little Spring brightness in one of the many tulip gardens at the Butchart Gardens.

Butchart Gardens Victoria April tulips



tulips pink Butchart gardens victoria



No, it isn’t snow but…
fallen cherry blossom petals, early Spring in Vancouver.

cherry blossom pathway vancouver



cherry blossom petals vancouver canada





Daffodils in the sky at the Abbotsford Tulip Festival

daffodil garden abbotsford tulip festival



daffodils garden abbotsford tulip festival



Daffodil on a mossy rock…
Well, just behind a rock… early Spring at Stanley Park in Vancouver!

daffodil vancouver stanley park garden



I have driven by this cross at the Valley View Funeral Home and Cemetery in Surrey, Canada many times, but on the sunny Spring day, I decided to stop.

Valley View Funeral Home Cemetery Surrey



Anemones at Queen Elizabeth Park.

Queen Elizabeth Park Anemone purple



vancouver Queen Elizabeth Park Anemone



One of my favourite drives is between Banff and Jasper on the Icefields Parkway!

Icefields Parkway Drive Jasper National Park


What am I listening to?

Thanks for asking. Another great song from the new Dierks Bentley album. This is Pick Up.




I visit these daffodil fields in Bradner, Canada every Spring. They are usually quiet and peaceful.

Bradner stormy clouds daffodil field Spring



Bradner daffodil field



I’ve walked along these rocks to the Battleship Islands at Garibaldi Lake many times. Summer at Garibaldi Provincial Park.

Garibaldi Lake Park battleship islands canada





Magnolia in the rain…
Early Spring at VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver!

Magnolia rain VanDusen garden vancouver



Magnolias at Stanley Park…

Magnolia vancouver Stanley Park



Magnolia Stanley Park vancouver canada



Under cumulus skies…
A beautiful evening at Burnaby Lake, Canada.

Burnaby lake cumulus sky



A sign of Spring… Peony garden at VanDusen Botanical Garden.

peony pink Van Dusen garden vancouver



The Anemones were amazing this past Spring in Queen Elizabeth Park.

Queen Elizabeth Park Vancouver Anemone



I don’t often see this colour of Anemone…

Anemone Queen Elizabeth Park Vancouver



Do you ever dream of tulips in the sky? Me neither, but here are some from April at the Abbotsford Tulip Festival.

tulips sky Abbotsford festival



tulips sky pink Abbotsford Festival



Loved visiting this spot…
Spring colour courtesy of these rhododendrons and daisies. Taken at VanDusen Botanical Garden.

rhododendron daisy VanDusen garden



Beautiful colours of the emerging rhododendron flowers at VanDusen Botanical Garden.
Recently, I had someone teach me the difference between the rhododendron and azalea. I used to look at the size of the plant but now also look at the stamens (generally, 5 for the azalea and 10 for the rhododendron).
This is definitely a rhododendron!

rhododendron Spring VanDusen garden



A rare sighting 🙂
The Forget-me-not Anemone, this past Spring at Stanley Park.

Stanley Park Anemone vancouver



What else am I listening too?

Thanks again for asking 🙂 A catchy, happy song for Summer, this is Hold On (The Break) by Walk Off The Earth. Love the video too!



Very different sunsets in Vancouver taken from my balcony in Surrey.

Vancouver mountains Sunset clouds



sunset fire vancouver moutains



sunset orange vancouver



Spring brightness and Majestic Mount Cheam…
From the former Tulips of the Valley Festival, east of Vancouver.

Tulips of the valley Mount cheam



On Love a Tree Day, I posted… if there was a Love a Tulip Day, this photo would work well! Taken this past Spring in Downtown Vancouver.

tulip hug vancouver downtown



Tulips and forget-me-nots at VanDusen Botanical Garden.

VanDusen garden tulips Spring



Hello purple parrot 🙂
From the gardens of Queen Elizabeth Park!

tulip purple parrot Queen Elizabeth Park



Mirror image… well, almost!
Tulip garden from Downtown Vancouver, earlier this past Spring!

tulips orange vancouver



Tulips and drops from April at the Butchart Gardens.

tulips raindrops Butchart gardens



The view from Vancouver Lookout on Cypress Mountain.

Vancouver Lookout Cypress Mountain



Spring brightness… Tulip garden at Stanley Park.

tulips orange vancouver Stanley Park



More tulips from the Abbotsford Tulip Festival.

tulips pink Abbotsford Festival



Can you believe a mountain hillside covered in phlox?
From my Spring hike to Elk Mountain near Chilliwack, Canada!Elk Mountain phlox flowers meadow


If you made it through the entire post, I thank you. Wishing you the very best for a happy and safe Summer.

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.


4 responses to Butchart, Garibaldi and a lot of Spring Colour, May Photos

  1. Beautiful photos. I don’t know if I will ever have an opportunity to visit these places in person, but I certainly appreciate your gorgeous photography.

  2. I love all your photos of Butchart Garibaldi & spring flowers …. The contrast with Australia, where I live is amazing. We plan to visit Canada in the next couple of years so I will enjoy your posts. Great photography! 👏☀️👍

    • Thanks so much, Gerrie. Glad you enjoy the photos. I wish I had a DSLR when I visited Australia. When you visit Canada, don’t forget the West Coast. It’s very beautiful here. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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